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Evolution

 
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Vengol 2

 
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Before we get to the main feature: This second version of Vengol was done on the MT32, just to try what it would sound like... It’s here to round up the first part of this CD.

Maral

 
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Maral is the last real evolutionary step I did until recording Evolutions itself: Moving from computer-based interfaces to a real sequencer and keyboard. It’s from the same tape as the uncut recording of Evolution, done in 1993. At this point I was allready using the Wavestation and the DR660 drumcomputer.

Overlook Hotel

 
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... and the next step: Just before I started using real sequencer-software for the first time, enabling me to do real-time recordings, I bought my first Keyboard, the Yamaha PSS790 and a great FX processor: The Boss SE50.

Paradise Gardens

 
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Still using Sonix, this tune marks the next step: My very first own synthesizer, in this case the Roland MT32. Multitimbral, multichannels, an own delay-processor... I still love to use this little black box, it has a very warm sound.

Vengol 1

 
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Vengol 1, recorded in 1991 on a friend’s Yamaha DX-7 synthesizer, was my very first tune done with midi. Before that I only had programmed my tunes on different tracker programs either on the Amiga or the C64. This one wasn’t recorded with a sequencer though, I planted notes with the mouse in Sonix, using it’s extremely limited midi functions.

Data Transmission

 
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This one’s not only one of my favourite Kobayashi Maru productions but one of the best tracks period, I think. I don’t know why, but here everything fits together - dark lyrics about an over-technological world, really *electronic* sounds and the computer voice (from the Commodore Amiga) - it simply works. So it was no wonder, that I choose this as the final track for my first live performance.

It does sound a bit like Clock DVA, but unlike Circle of Evil it wasn’t meant to be a rip off, it simply ended up that way. And it still got enough of my own character in it anyway.

Brot fuer die Jugend

 
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Brot für die Jugend
Stahl für den Sudan!

Kernkraftwerk (Live At Gemjam)

 
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Der Killergaertner (Live)

 
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DJ Ottic and I wrote this one together - it's about a gardener going on a killing spree all around the neighbourhood.

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