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BONZAI 2016 THE PHOENIX CODE (C64)

November 2, 2016  |  Commodore 64, Demo

Back in the mid to late 80’s I was quite active in the Commodore 64 demo scene, as Knatter of XAKK. That ended in 1990 when I got an Amiga and ventured into a period of game development.
I still like to keep track on what goes on with the old C64. There is a quite active demo scene, mostly consisting of men in their 40s and early 50s, hellbent on pushing the 8 bit boundaries even further.
Once in a while something really impressive is released, like this fresh new demo from Bonzai, called the Phoenix Code. Recorded on a real C64. Everything is great with it. The overall design and graphics, the coding and of course the music, oh the music.

I now have 10 tracks finished for my next album

October 24, 2016  |  Blog, Music

Haven’t decided yet if that is enough or if I should aim for a couple more tracks until I’m done. The ten tracks I have now totals in at 65 minutes. Hmm.. I guess there’s truly not something called a full length album anymore. When I released my last real CD album in 1999 a full lengther meant around 72 minutes. I’m not sure there’s a limit anymore, as long as it’s a digital release. I should get around to start the search for a label now though.

Another DIY kit for my modular synth

October 19, 2016  |  DIY, modular

DIY Modular kit

Winter is coming. To keep the inspiration flowing I have previously bought some kits that needs assembling. Something to keep me busy when it’s dark and cold outside. First up is this kit. Can you guess what it is?

Björn Fogelberg – Deep Strategy

October 16, 2016  |  Blog, Music, Music production

Here’s a better version of my new track called Deep Strategy. Now I just need one more track for my (full length) album. I’m starting to search for a suitable label, so please do hit me with any suggestion you might have. The style will mostly be electronic dance music on the deeper, more atmospheric side, with a mixture of progressive, deep house, modern techno and a dash of ambient. Think Lost and found, Bedrock, Sudbeat and Microcastle.

Just a little preview of my new track Deep Strategy

October 15, 2016  |  Blog, Music, Music production

Which will of course be part of my next album which now is aaaaalmost finished.

My tune is done. It's called Deep Strategy and here is a preview. I'll start looking for a label for my album soon so any good suggestions are welcome. #electronicdancemusic #electronicmusic #dancemusic #housemusic #housemusiclovers #progressivehouse #proghouse #guyj #deephouse #deephousemusic

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A treasure trove of old tape recordings

October 9, 2016  |  Blog, Music, Music production

Old tapes

I was digging around in some of my old boxes and came across a big bunch of cassette tapes. Most of them are more or less irrelevant today – they contain the normal stuff a young man would record from the radio and LP:s in the early 80s to mid 90s. But some actually have tunes that I produced in the early to mid 90s, when I was part of this company / band called Cyberpunk Development. That music was never released so it will be fun to listen to it again, some odd 20 years later. If it’s any good I will put it up on my Soundcloud page.

Oh, and there is also a DAT, but I don’t have any way of playing it, since I don’t have a DAT-player. Just had a look at Ebay and they are super expensive. Like 5000 SEK and upwards for a portable Sony DAT Walkman. What the hell?!

The Arturia Drum Brute

October 8, 2016  |  Blog, Music production

I might get another drum machine. Just wow Arturia. You just made a lot of producers salivate, all at once. Now where, in my tiny studio would I be able to fit this monster?

Dear Esther: Landmark edition for PS4 put me to sleep

October 2, 2016  |  Blog, Computer Games

Dear Esther
Grayness and depression.

Dear Esther: Landmark edition for PS4 could very well be the most boring game I have ever played. This narrative driven exploration game literally put me to sleep. Yes, after strolling around a grey and ugly island for about an hour, listening to a man reading from his letters to Esther, I fell asleep in my chair. Actually, calling this a game is a huge overstatement, because it doesn’t seem to have any interactions at all. There are no puzzles or mysteries to solve, except holding the joystick forward and and listening to the emerging story once you reach certain points on the map. Oh well it’s my own fault for not checking it out you Youtube before buying. Wasn’t really that expensive anyway.