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ex-Handle(s): Remix, Massive
Group: Broken (BRk - BR), Desire (DSR), Devils (DVS - DEV), Devious Dezigns (Devious - DVS - DD), Dive, Eremation (ERM), Fanatic (FNT - FNC), Planet Jazz (PJZ), Proxima (PRX), Supreme (SP - SRE), Surprise!Productions (S!P)
Tecon is a prolific musician with 142 known tracked Amiga musics referenced. He contacted me (Asle) recently and I took this opportunity to throw in a few questions.
hiya! sure Asle.. I'm born and breastfed in Norway, and turned 36 years recently. yikes!
for sure AMP is always hard core, taking care of business! Well, ofcourse I do.. As with anyone who's struggled to learn musics and tracking, I've got my share of early tracks and patterns that is meaningless garbage.
right! ehm, well, perhaps =) I did find some useful bits and pieces that could be fun to work on, so I wouldn't rule out a 'spur-of-the-moment' thing happening.
Mind you, amiga and its scene (past and present) has always remained a good source of inspiration for me, and I powered up the old a1200 about a year ago to investigate it's capabilities once again and maybe use it for some projects. Unfortunately it broke down some months ago and I haven't been able to fix it yet. Which suxx! The idea was to have it work as a flexible soundsource (f.x as my special amigaVST =P)
Entering the scene, then as now, one should find a purpose for oneself and contribute somehow. Mine started with swapping and gfx, but a friend of mine in class (later Nique of Proxima) had access to a 2400 baud modem once in a while and used to dial up this Crusaders BBS in Lillestrøm. He mostly downloaded modules and musicproductions, and the eurocharts ofcourse, and he introduced me to the Soundtracker.
At first, we were just listening to the music, made by the likes of Dr. Awesome, Fleshbrain, Anders Hamre and Walkman, Nightshade, Peter, Share and Enjoy musicdisks, M&K and many many more as our collection grew. We would think these guys were geniouses, and we could actually see the music they had written, in this program! So they made us want more, and to learn how to become as good as them =)
Ofcourse the first baby steps were crappy, to be polite. By 92 I might have learnt to compose something recognizable as songs. Up until 94 there's really nothing much but for curiosity, really!
hehe! I don't know about that, coz I ended up making music in a different way anyways. The goal sorta changed by itself as practice makes one able to better realize his own ideas. The real goal is to just keep that in mind as you walk the eternal road to (im)perfection =)
(Hehe, now this question begins funny =) I suppose you mean that "you were active "up to 97-98, then in .." )
Thanks! I just loved that tune so much =)
Yep, guess that's about right. Did the military services in 98, but after that I was still scening and tracking a bit up to 2003-4, only at a much slower pace, and mostly on #amigascne hehe. There were some bits of action left in our group planet.jazz still - and we had that little pimptro release which swedish coder Olle brought to the Grep-party in '03.
I basically quit when I moved to Kristiansand for some french studies - though I found a couple of tunes I might have done afterwards, coz they seems not to have surfaced elsewhere ;)
Hell yeah! that one was tailored for the audience.. totally ripping Jogeir's style!
It's a bit different I would say, yes, but can be as fun too (there are different ways of tailoring ;)
It's just a result of mind splatter! No really it's mostly about doing what you feel like, and test your skills.
Attacking the tracker with a plan didn't work out as often for me as it did with the combination of sheer inspiration/exploration/joy of tracking. Most of the times a plan would grow out of the experience in 4-channeling ideas spun out of those variables.
The local composerfriends took a move to the PC, but I stuck with Paula which made me the lone wolf around here. I guess I was too lazy to bother, except for at parties.. Optic-coops were done at parties or groupmeetings, and was good fun =)
From my experience, not much to strive for. The people who had interest in compos grew shorter and shorter towards the new century, so it wasn't much of the compo-feel left at the parties I think. The Kindergarden compos were fun tho!
Yeah, sheer inspiration coming from the challenge itself, and a nice little community happening.. a cool thing to do any given sunday =)
the protracker was a cheap and "exciting" enough solution for me. For a long time I was more of a protrackermusician than a musician, you could say! The Proxima things happened thru Nique who run a BBS for them. And Calvin/Anders, Yitzak, and Jade(?) hung out a lot with Cpix in and around our appartment in oslo, and they were my very first outspoken fans that weren't my friends haha! Hello t'yall if you stumbled down here =P
It's one of only three ahx-experiments, and the one that came out allright. I believe I ripped the samples from Pink too, just to be on the safe side!
I couldn't code hehe! Don't forget our little group planet.jazz's productions also! I did the organiser-part so I was finally able to push the coders and subsequently sneak in a couple more pieces to be released =P But most of the time I were in groups that had more experienced composers.
Although when I rejoined my first group Eremation in the middle of the 90s, there was this 'fruitopia' musicdisk we released all thanks to the help from Olle/Factor and the danish gfxian Dr. Zulu / Giga Productions. Also, sceneproductions became fewer in numbers, and mostly aimed for partycompos. Us jazz'ers pulled of a stunt at the gathering 98 and jammed out a partyslide released AT the party - See, we were babysittin' the mainstream norwegian scene and had to say "suck on this!" (hi eph, ctz, apt etc!)...
nope! But that has changed =D Anyone interested should get in touch coz I'm always broke!
It was a crazy ride! Lots of good times and much, much creative awesomeness! A playground that was very dynamic. An action somewhere caused a reaction elsewhere.. sometimes it got too serious and it turned out bad, and you could get a scent of it all in the diskmags and scrolltexts. Competition was strong, and groups seemed to go out of their way to present something new and/or spectacular to "the scene." It was rather powerful, I'd say. Much energy and willpower, reason and wisdom, quality and quantity, bla and bla bla... you've heard all the reminiscing stories =)
In the end I think friendship prevailed over competition, and kept the party going!
I've come in touch with some of the jazzers, and Ramon B5 brought me into this group of old dutch and their global gang of pandas, on faceb.
yeah, I gotta give it to those who have been kickin it ever since the scene-tide turned, keeping things running and making it available.
Special kisses to (if you ever read this) Brainwasher/ERM, Ramon B5/DSR, and my groupmates in jazz: Optic, Olle (also massive thanks for the personal '060-fix of pt2.3d), Morbid, Sublett, Crisp, and Dvize the aussie. The local sceneposse consisting of Axe/Proxima, Zike/Retire, and Shade/TRSi (rip).
And thank you Asle for taking an interest in my tracking-endeavours - truly appreciated! =)
If you ever wanna be exposed to the modern day tecon (comes free of charge with a portion of slimey sequencing and moist brainfarts), it's right here: http://www.soundcloud.com/smace ..there's even a recent remix of mod.alien_romance there even, which btw was a hint to 'indian romance' by you know who and from what demo, right? ;)
Take care and be well!
This interview was kindly sent to us by Tecon via email in Feb 2013. thx!
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