Addybook 14 Interview Unifier
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---------------------------------------- INTERVIEW in addybook issue #14 ---------------------------------------- welcome to another interest chapter. this time we present you an interview, done by rrr/oxyron with UNIFIER/spirit. chapter music composed by PEACE/oxyron. ? hi ulf. our readers would like to get some information about you. please introduce yourself. ! are you sure that they would like that? ok, then. my name is ulf h|rn- hamar. i just got 22 years old, and at the moment i live in an own apartment in a student corridor (sharing a kit- chen with 7 other students) in a ! beautiful swedish town called v|xj}, where i study programming and english at the university. i really like the kind of life you live while studying here, but sometimes it makes you very stressed when you have to do lots of studying for several courses at ones. i'm 1.78cm tall, and my weight is 69 kg. i've got brown hair and brown green eyes. except for the student ! life, my biggest interests are compu- ter and computer programming, music, books, movies and making radio pro- grams (i'll try to become one of the dj's for the university's local radio transmissions, when my studies start again in august). when i produce something for the c64 scene, i use the handle unifier. ? how does your "computer career" look like? ! i bought my computer in december 1985, and my first diskdrive sometime in 1986. late in 1986, i chose the handle tfb (the future brain), and me and some of my friendsfrom my hometown built up a group called 1096 crackware late in 1987, i bought my first modem ! and started calling some local boards, and in 1988, i coded my own bbs-prog. and put up a board called "old street bbs" with it. through my board, i got to know lots of other people, who were trying to find some group to join. in 1988, i changed handle to beastian, and first joined tpf (it's the same group that exists today. zeldin and those people built up that group, and ! then they just never left it!!) for some month, and then me and a friend built up a new group called sfa, and in late 1988, both sfa members joined sector 90. in 1989, sector 90 canged name to hostages, and shortly after that, nearly all hostages members built up a new group called eltronic. in the middle of 1989, eltronic first changed ! name to shine (and released a kind of nice demo, called "a lot of coke", at the horizon-equinoxe party) and then died. i joined zone45 for a short while, and then weird science, where i changed my handle to unifier. later in 1989, i joined censor design, where i stayed until i got kicked in august 1990. i got kicked, because didn't get along with dr. cool and ! other low iq skinheads who was members of the group back then. when i got kicked, i called some flash members that i knew, and i joined flash inc. three days later. in april '93, i left flash inc. and joined spirit. ? where does your handle come from? ! as you can see in the answer before, ! i had used the handle beastian for a long time, and i was really tired of it. to find a new handle, i looked trough an english dictionary. i think that unifier is a nice handle, but i have discovered that people who are bad at english have got a big problem spelling it. (they usually write it down as "unifer", or something stupid like that.) ? give us some further information about your job in spirit, the current member status and the further projects. ! well, i'm a coder and a swapper (plus an unactive musician, i usually finish one tune every year or something like that). spirit members are: ans, art, astaroth, bulldog, cane, ! keymaster, pompom, rage, rantanplan, rave, rcc, runaway train, starkiller, unifier, whopper. in the future, spirit will puplish new demo, some more issues of our disc magazine "impulse", and some more crax some spirit members are also working on game projects. ? why did you leave flash inc and join spirit? ! i had two major reasons: 1) some members of flash inc are get- ting unactive. i don't think the group is going to die, but the way i see it, they are sure getting lazier and la- zier, and that just made me feel that ! i wanted to join some other group in- stead. 2) when i left them, i had been a flash inc member for over a two and a half years, and i felt a bit limiting to be working with the same people all the time. when i had decided to leave flash inc, ! joining spirit was an easy decision for me, 'cause i've swapped with ans of spirit for a long time, and i'ved always loved the spirit productions. i never asked any other group, i just decided that i wanted to leave flash inc, wrote a letter to ans asking him if i could join spirit, and then i waited some weeks. ? when you were a flash inc member, you were also a member of the game produ- cing group octabits games. please wri- te down a memberstatus and the group projects. have you coded a game yet? ! octabits members are: redstar of ???, zodiac+morpheus+moon of flash inc. zodiac, redstar and moon haved finish- ed two games. the first one is called ! "psychic kaos", and it has been sold to cp verlag, it was puplished some month ago. no i haven't done any commercial game yet (but i've done two demoparts with built-in games). my personal point of view is that it's too late to make commercial games now, 'cause the soft- ware companies doesn't take the c64 seriously anymore. ? what do you think about cracking, and what are you doing with the illegal wares that arrive to your postbox? ! i think that nearly all games that software companies release these days are worthless, and i get a game that i think is worthless, it does ofcourse get scratched pretty fast. in my opin- ion, it should be illegal to try and ! sell people bugged shit games like "mc donald land". but ofcourse i admire the work of some quality crackers. (i'm not very inter- rested in speed cracking, thought.) many of the quality crackers know alot more about packers and loaders than the coders in the demo scene. ? do you own any other computer system? ? what do you think about other computer systems? ! yes, i own an amiga 500, too. i'm not active on that computer yet. but i'm trying to start some amiga swapping. i really like the amiga, but haven't got the time to learn anything about amiga coding. in school, we also have to use pc ! computers a lot, so i know lots of things about pc programming in high- level languages (pascal, c, ada). i even used this knowledge to make a smal commercial pc utility for a swe- dish companyin 1991. however, i have not got any pc, and i'm not going to buy one, 'cause i don't think those computers have got any kind of hacker feeling at all. (basically, i think ! that a pc is a computer for 50-year old owner of pavement companies, who buys lots of cd's with bryan adams and michael bolton!) ? what are your favourite... ! demo -dutch breeze, place in the space -let's disco, spiritual dreams. coder-mms, k.m., tron, kjer, rcc. ! artist -hein design, ans, ogami. musician -jeroen tel, rob hubbard, -martin galway. game -last ninja 1-3, monty on -the run, creatures 1+2. tool -unipacker v2, hackpack 3. swapper -bulldog of spirit+incubus -of triad. computer -nord-100. book author-margaret atwood, louise ! book author-lawrence, frederik pohl, -ursula k. le guin etc. etc tv-serie -northern-exposure, twin -peaks (most of series that -are shown on swedish tv -else i've seensome episo- -des of "beverly-hills", -but i really can't take -that shit seriously.) movie -tchao pantin. ! music -r.e.m. (especially their -old records), the boo- -radleys, the velvet under- -ground, marc almond, clan- -nad, the blow pops, julee -cruise, dinosaur jr, etc. ? what do you think about the mass of groups beeing rebuilt lately? ! people associate groupnames with the members and the feeling their releases have or used to have, and therefor i think no-one should be allowed to use an old group name if the old feeling is gone from the releases. it's of- course a different thing if a group STAYS ALIVE for many years, and grad- ually changes it's members over the years, like for example triad has done ? did you ever have remarkable quarrels in your 64 carreer? ! well, nothing personal. i've been in some groups who were involved in wars (censor vs fairlight, flash inc vs panoramic and light etc.), and i've written a war note or two for my groups, but fortunaly nothing very brutal happened. ? thanx for the interview. if you have any message for the scene, please share it with us. ! i want to urge everyone who's got any kind of interest for the c64 demoscene to go out and buy a 256k ram expansion unit (=extra memory) for theur compu- ter, and then mension the fact they've bought one, in notes they write to ! their contacts . lots of cool new demo effects are possible to make with the use of an reu, and many of the coders in scandinavia already own one, so the only reason that no special reu demos are made is that not enough people in the scene own one. those reu's are very cheap to buy, so i don't see any reason why all of you shouldn't rush out and get one!! ! at last, i want to thank rrr of oxyron for making this interview possible, and the addybook editors for publish- ing it. bye...