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Peter Hajba as Skaven
Vlad Khripunov as Flux
<Skaven> Hello there.
<FluX> Let's start. First question. How long have you been tracking?
<Skaven> Some seven years by now.. I think I started it in 1989 with
STM actually, but I only began doing it more actively when ST3 came out in 1992.
<FluX> Whoa. 7 years. How did you join FC? Was it your first group?
<Skaven> Yes, it's the first group I've been a member of, and also the
only one I'll probably ever be in. It all started when I noticed some bugs in
the old Scream Tracker 2 and phoned Sami "Psi" Tammilehto, its author, about
them. We sorta made friends. Later on he played my music to Gore/FC and he asked
me to join. At this time FC was working on the 'Unreal' megademo.
<FluX> Was there anything that surprised you a lot when you got to the Scene?
<Skaven> Pretty much everything - I was introduced to it
in a somewhat hasty manner: not long after I had
registered my first tracker, I was already asked to join
FC, then attend an Assembly. Before that, I didn't even
know such a thing was out there. There are three things
I remember the best from my first Assembly: the heat/humidity,
the lack of sleep, and the fact the floor was covered in sticky
Coke/lemonade/dust/goo mixture in most places.
<FluX> How did you come up with your nick? Does it actually mean anything?
<Skaven> Ever play the Warhammer RPG? It's just one creature
kind in the Warhammer series, a bipedal rat, a chaos
creature. Don't laugh, I thought it sounded cool back
then. Here is a link in my homepage which leads to the
Games Workshop homepage's Skaven page, in case you want
to know more.
<FluX> What was your first computer? When did you get it?
<Skaven> When as a kid, say 12, I got myself a Sinclair ZX48.
Great fun games, I even tried my BASIC skills on it,
but gave up programming pretty early. I remember
programming the Dynasty theme in Basic (just the main
melody line in BEEPs) as my first computer composition
<FluX> So what tracker are you using now?
<Skaven> Impulse Tracker.
<FluX> Are you licensed user? How're the filters?
<Skaven> Yes, I registered my copy of Impulse Tracker, the filters
and the stereo disk writer are at my disposal. :>
<FluX> Are you among the betatesters of IT III?
<Skaven> No.. I guess I could be if I asked to be one, but I haven't
gotten into doing that. I DID submit a logo suggestion,
<FluX> And what do you think about modern things like Buzz?
<Skaven> Well.. I tried Buzz at an early stage and it did seem very
promising, although it had some drawbacks; certainly a nice
idea. I hear there's a more 'professional' version of Buzz
coming out, I'd like to try out that too. In general I think
that the program needs to be done AND 'marketed' really
well before it's going to replace IT or FT2 - also, it
should be fully downwards compatible for easy adaptation.
Buzz was cool, but I'm afraid it just won't make it as a
really popular, mainstream tracking tool as of yet.
<FluX> Are you going to release any musicdisks or singles soon?
<Skaven> Well, I've donated two songs for the upcoming musicdisk
'Return to Stage 9', but it won't come out until
February. Beyond that, I have a couple of songs in the
works but I have no idea when they're coming out (I've
been quite busy lately), or in what form they're going to
<FluX> Are you going to take a part in any big projects? Kinda
megademos and this sort of stuff?
<Skaven> Hmm.. well, I am taking part in one large project, but
it's a commercial one, not a demoscene one: Max Payne
(see http://www.maxpayne.com/ to see what it's all about). Because
of this, I doubt I have time to partake in anything else big.
<FluX> What are you doing in Max Payne? Music or smthn else?
<Skaven> My task is to animate the 3D characters in the game, and to
do additional texture art. And some additional 3D modelling
as well. When I was in Ireland, I studied animation in an art school,
that's why I got the job.
<FluX> Do you have any idea what you are going to do after
"Max Payne" is over?
<Skaven> Max Payne II? :) Another wild idea that has occurred to me,
however, could be going back to Ireland and study computer
animation in the Ballyfermot college, and maybe even try
teaching some art. But that's just a vague idea, gonna have
to see how things will turn out.
<FluX> Is FC going to release smthn?
<Skaven> Future Crew is supposedly working on a new demo, yes,
but so far the progress has been minimal. Probably for
the same reason: we're all busy as hell with other things.
<FluX> And what other FC members are doing now?
<Skaven> Well, in addition to me, Henchman, Marvel, Gore and Jake
are working here in Remedy & Futuremark. Psi, Trug and Liquid
work at Bitboys Oy (http://www.bitboys.fi/) doing some 3D hardware
stuff, while Purple Motion pursues a freelance musician
career, Pixel works as a video editor at Factory Post
Productions, Wildfire studies at a tech school and Abyss
works in Assembly Organizing.
<FluX> What do you think about scene tendencies in general?
What is the scene's future in your opinion?
<Skaven> The scene is evidently growing, it's becoming more
widely know, more mainstream and less underground - and
therefore more mundane. Many say that the true scene spirit
died years ago, on the other hand that can just be nostalgic whining.
<FluX> Who, do you think, is/are the best tracker musician/s at
the moment? .)
<Skaven> Out of those I know, I'd say Hunz, Necros and Wave (in
alphabetical order), if we speak of the current PC tracking
scene. Of course, beyond the ones I know, there are probably
just as many equally good composers. On the other hand, it
sometimes seems that the number of musicians somehow exceeds
<FluX> What is the best group?
<Skaven> I don't do groups, so I cannot say, I rather just look
at single musicians, even at single songs.
<FluX> What do you like doing besides tracking and 3d modeling?
What are your "real life" ;) hobbies?
<Skaven> Not much, mainly biking and swimmnig, reading, drawing
heavily arm(our)ed ratlings, and that kind of usual stuff.
I have quite successfully managed to combine my work with
my hobbies, that's why it may seem I have no hobbies at all.
<FluX> What's your attitude to alcohol/tobacco, drugs? D'u use any of those?
<Skaven> Nah. I'm addicted to caffeine (Coca Cola, that is), but
that's about enough for me. The last time I took alcohol
was several months ago.
<FluX> Have you heard any russian tracker composers?
<Skaven> At least Treks, I chatted with him briefly on IRC. There was
another one too..... but right now his name escapes my mind,
he made 'Moscow ini Snow'.
<FluX> Wanna say a couple of words for russian tracker musicians?
<Skaven> Comrades, tracking is the liberation of music in its
purest form, as making it reqires no money (beyond a PC
and a sound card), no education, not even a goddamn tonal
ear. But you'll have to keep doing it for several years
before you may truly succeed; this in fact applies to ANY
art. So don't give up if your first song sucks. On the
other hand, if your 150th song still sucks, maybe you
should reconsider. :)
<FluX> Thanx for answering all those questions. See ya.