Esperenza '20th anniversary'

Esperenza ’20th anniversary’

Here is a new part of the Cyborg Jeff anthology. There was 20 years ago, i’ve opened my ears to a new musical universe. I worked on the future album Esperenza that should be finished in early 1998. At that time lot of things have changed in my life. First i left my familly to learn to Louvain La Neuve.

Far from my roots, i met new friends like Didier Rombauts, Damien Bruindonckx, Antoine Reekmans and François Janssen. We created the X-Perimental Association from LLN and share our differents musical epxerience that were new influence on my way of create musics. I was also inspirated by Luc Baiwir live performance and the new Future Music Magasine arrived here in Belgium.

This album was still written with the MS-DOS software : Impulse Tracker running on my brand new PC Cyrix 166mhz with 16 mo of RAM , a new Tascam Porta Studio II and a cheap microphone. pourri.

Finally, the song Esperenza was not included on that album. Composed in january 1998, it was not known by friend Valentin Boigelot that have realised the first original version of this album for my 20th birthday. There was also not on this new re-edition. But you will discover here stereo remastered version of the album including 8 new unreleased tracks.

Songs written by Pierre MARTIN
with the helps of Valentin BOIGELOT, Sylvain MARTIN, La chorale TETRACORDE, Antoine REEKMANS, Delphine JACQMARD

Software used : Impulse Tracker II

Produced by X-Perimental Association from LLN – Creative Sound Studio : New Technology
Original Edition : January, 1998.
Re-Edited by Quena Sound January 2018.

Thanks to 2B3, Alliage, Aqua, Luc Baïwir, DJ Bobo, Dune, Basehead, Simon Boigelot, Valentin Boigelot, Damien Bruindonckx, Damien Deville, Stéphanie Dricot, François Janssen, Floppy, ERA, Emax, Jacek ‘Falcon’ Dojwa, Faithless, Luisa Fernandes, Free Record Shop, Future Music Magasine, Kevin ‘Gopher’ Chow, Pierrick Hansen, Delphine JACQMARD, Jogeir Liljedahl, Marie Martin Nadine Martin, Sylvain Martin, Laurent ‘Parmy’ Mazzapicchi, Mellow-D, Moby, PC TEAM, PC FUN, Bruno Quoidbach, Antoine Reekmans, Robin S., Roland E38, Roland E68, Ronny, Didier ‘Hunter’ Rombauts, Jacques Siroul, Will Smith, Swallow & Illusion, Tetracorde, The Prodigy, TRSI, Vangelis, Vivien Vanoirbeek, Cédric Vanrutten

I was dreaming writing musics for video games

At 10 years old, my brother Pype and I allready dreamed to create video game on our C64 and i also had in mind to write the musics for them.

As in 1993 we launched some first project in EP Basic, Quick Basic and also Gamemaker for our heroes Bilou or Badman with Pierrick HANSEN, i should wait to 1997 before we were able to add our musics inside.

In early 1997, my brother coded in ASM an S3M audio player that let us imagine a small game from scratch. Code name : Crazy Brix.

Crazy Brix was a brick game like Arkanoid or Kypton Egg completly coded by my borthers. I wrote the techno-minute tracks for it in summer 1997 with a potential inspiration from One Must Fall 2097 video game music from Kenny Chow.

Crazy Brix'97 - PPP Team Software, 1997
Crazy Brix’97 – PPP Team Software, 1997

“Beurk, crappy transparence, it was better in Basic !”

For sure, i was not so kind with my brother at that time. I had the easier place with just giving ideas and wirtten the musics ! At that time, he only have some reading book to understand Assembler Machine Code as we do not have acces to Internet !

In 1999, we had in mind to go to the Inscene’99 our first Demoparty organised in Belgium. The idea was to rework Crazy Brix to fit to the 100ko game competition and that mean also completly change the musics of the game with tiny smaller files !

So for the first time all the tracks from Crazy Brix project is now available in a restored and optimised version on an audio album !

https://cyborgjeff.bandcamp.com/album/crazy-brix-ost

Music written by : Pierre ‘Cyborg Jeff’ MARTIN with Impulse Tracker
Original GFX : Sylvain ‘Pype’ MARTIN
Game Projet : P.P.P. Team Software (Pierre MARTIN , Sylvain MARTIN)

Thanks to : 2 Unlimited – Pierrick HANSEN – M00nB00t – Tarzan – Jean-Denis ‘JedD’ MAGIS – Valentin ‘T-Bob’ BOIGELOT – Simon BOIGELOT – Romuald DISPA – Delphine JACQMARD – Laura DANAPATI – Isabelle ROGER – Julie LIBIN – Claire GILLES – Vanessa RICHEL – Sophie POKRAKA – Sébastien VALENTI – Stéphane BEELEN – Robert MILES – B.B.E. – Kenny CHOW

Cyborg Jeff - Powerglove - Amiga - OST

Powerglove – Amiga OST released

Ode to the Amiga time, I invite you to discover the OST I’ve written for Powerglove (by Lazycow). The game from Matthias Bock will be soon available on the mythic 90s computer !

During you’re playing with the Hero and his powerglove to save our earth, i’ve choose to adapt my original C64 theme searching inspiration from the best musical of that early 90s period : Thomas Petersen ‘Laxity’ & Kim Christensen (DNA Warrior), Stéphane Picq (Dune), Tim & Lee Wright (Shadow of the Beast 2), Olof Gustafsson (Pinball Fantasies), Allister Brimble (Project X), Chris Huelsbeck (Grand Monster Slam), Robert A. Allen (Jazz Jack Rabbit), Koji Kondo (Super Mario Bros.), Martin Galway (Comic Bakery) or Yuzo Koshiro (Street of Rage).

Have a nice trip !

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Divagation : 20th anniversary

It’s time to celebrate the 20 years anniversary of Divagation, the first CD album of Cyborg Jeff.  You should go back to year 1997 ! That years received an incredible influence of big sounds coming from Faithless, Sash!, DJ MD or B.B.E. and for sure this album pick up a lot of mood from that DJs.

I had just 19 years old and in april my best friend Vivien had just received a brand new CD writer for his computer. (Wooow). At that time burning his own CD was something completly new and incredible ! Anyway the 20 selected songs in WAV can’t fit inside a 650mo hard drive, that mean i should have only kept 15 tracks for this first album !

Just remember at that time, i’m creating soundtracker music with Impulse Tracker running under MS-DOS, a software coming from the Amiga scene. Compare to MAO solution from that period, this software will not just only record the note but include samples from the instrument, that mean the .IT file format will be render exactly the same on each compure and will not be dependent from a MIDI Keyboard soundbank.

Anyway, we can’t compare the quality of this album with big DJ productions. It was composed with our brand new Pentium 120mhz with a big 8mo memory. Anyway the computer will not able to manage such kind of memory in MS-DOS, and our audio card will not support Stereo output.

So if this original album was not using Stereo effect, this anniversary version will include all tracks with some stereo enhancement and polish mastering adjustement.

Divagation is not just and only a technical story, but also stories about teenage time with all my friends, girls and school time…

Cyborg Jeff - CD Album - Storytelling - 2017

Storytelling, the new mini-Album

Well, just a short album, but a new album ! Storytelling was a project settled in 2014 when i decide to write a little song that will fit for my elearning video production. I’ll grab back Open Modplug Tracker and the lovely sounds of 4Klang VSTi plugin that i’ve discovered in 2011 with the demoscene project D-Four with the song Love Potion Level 4.

Then i created a special ambient that fit each years for those new projects and I finally have a intersting mood of songs oriented to movie score, with similar minimalist sounds, demoscene influence but touching different electronic style.

This album for instance include the small song “Gimme a MOOC”, the jingle of the 3 first massive open online courses from the Universtiy of Liège. That means for now, this song have allready been heard by 15.000 people around the world… and i hope they like it !

Thanks for support and inspirations : Jean-François Van de Poël, Dominique Verpoorten, Julien Guertault, Laurent Lebrun, Charly Martin, Samuel Harcq, Thibault Crepin, Vincianne D’anna, Bjorn Olaf Dozzo, Daniel Delbrassine, Valérie Centi, Alkama, Rose Martin, Jessica Thirion, Sylvain Martin, Harry Morneaux, Yoan Sirenne, Patrick Schaffer

Illustration de la couverture par Charly Martin, photo Olivier Borsu.

Download it on Bandcamp : https://cyborgjeff.bandcamp.com/album/storytelling
Soon available on Spotify and cie…

Spaneo - Passage en ville basse

Spaneo – In the mix

Back to year 2000, just few weeks after have written the well known song “New Millenium” i had worked on this song “Passage en ville basse”.
Here is two videos (and other will soon arrive) realised by Spaneo to learn you how to mix and masterise such an electro-trance song to sound like a modern track !

Those project will also announced some special news.. stay tunes : )

 

Powerglove, the Amiga version

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PowerGlove Amiga Version still in developpement.

Do u remember PowerGlove video games from LazyCow on the C64 ? Yep, you’ve right that’s a kwel game for the one i’ve written the audio part in 2013.  Matthias Bock is for now working hard on the Amiga version and have presented some great GIF animated version last days.

So by my side i’m also working around the audio track for the game till around 1 years now. Here is some samples of the evolution of that project.

Well, i though i approach of how this Amiga version should sounds. Many references and inspirations : Dune, Shadow of the Beast, Pinball Dreams, Project X,… Great Job Matt for this great game in developpement !

“And what’s about the love ?” Finally downloadable !

What's about the love ? CD Album - Cyborg Jeff
What’s about the love ? CD Album – Cyborg Jeff

Well many of my CD Album were still available around the Web, but a great one of them like this “And What’s About the Love ?” were never released… Few days before the 20th anniversary of Cyborg Jeff, i’ve just push it on Bandcamp…

So, Go back to 1999. I was 20 years old, i believe i was a man, but i still just a teenager. I thought one day i’ll a be a star like the DJ i loved. Every friday nights i join my friend V and we go to the Metropolis Club listening to DJ Jurgen, Wamdue Project, Mr. Oizo, DJ Sakin & Friends and some other stuffs like this…

Then i meet a girl. I felt in love, I would like to let her heard my heart beating like a techno vibes, I dream of a live with her, with just the feeling a teenager like me could have but I would like she takes my hand, jump with me and put her head on my shoulder… the days passed, things was not so easy, she’s too far, i was sad alone in my bedroom with my new Yamaha DJX keyboard and my computer, i need to see her back, i wanna scream my heart once again for her… but this over, this day off, next life will be without her.

Well that CD Album is just the story about that.

So you’re welcome to (re)discover it… it’s freely downloadable and this second edition includes new covers and two unreleased tracks.
https://cyborgjeff.bandcamp.com/album/and-whats-about-the-love

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