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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…

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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 : )

 

LastFM 2015

LastFM kicks off indie musicians

Well, there more than 10 years now that i used LastFM to scroble the song i listen to, but also to share my music album. In 2005, LastFM was the first place i could upload a complete album let it share to you freely.

Bought to CBS in 2007, LastFM have tryed some dark streaming pay version but kept the free solution till augutst 2015. At that date, a BETA version have been released with many options deleted.

One of them is the possibility to upload music as a independant artist or label. But LastFM have also unlinked all the music freely available till ten years. That means many of my Cyborg Jeff’s album was now unvailable.

Once again the world of music have made a step in the darkness.

 

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Crossroads in my life – Y

For sure, years passed and music is sometimes far from today’s life. I’ve so many works with the children, movies, weddings, photos, gardening,… anyway, i’m still there.

Sometimes you’ve just on a crossroad in your life. both left and right road seems to be a good way. Once with flowers and and another with cute far village. Once seems to be long and the other one with some hills to climb. None of them was worst, you just need to choose your way and can’t go forward.

Cyborg Jeff - YAt that moment, you’ve been dropped in a temp crash, that let you stay in both life. Your mind was connected to Open Mogplug Tracker with the minimalist 4KLange VSTi and you hands let play some notes between to movie rendering. A song was borned. That tune have not a one way direction, there are many hypothesis, no schemes but surprises, aproximations, imperfections… just like the life.

What a chance, i realy need a new generic theme for IFRES season 2015. For sure i should also try to use this song in a 4K Demo or 64ko project, but i need to share it now. It’s still in the same mod than Love Potion Level 4 as it use the same synths.

Musically, i was proud of this bass sound that balance the track. It sounds minimalist but have something modern too. The bass theme is for sure a poke to New Beat generation.

About the quite intro note sequence, it remember scenemusic ambient (maybe 2L from Alkama ?)

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