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Colours & Notes

"This page is a place for music, images and maybe other nice things.
I shouldn't have built it today, nor should I have stayed awake 'till this time of the night..."


-» Deutsche Version

The material offered here was produced by myself. Thus I'm holding the respective copyright. For private purposes, you can listen to or look at and play or display the material and pass on links to the source as long as the source and the author are clearly shown. Any commercial or institutional use requires an appropriate agreement.


Photo Gallery


The Photo Gallery has been added in September 2022 :-)


Music... or at least: noises


Techno-Cultural Remark

By 2022, web browsers have become (for quite some time) another victim of the reign of marketing strategies over engineering principles.

Once a nice tool, now the full antithesis of the Unix philosophy.

The major web browsers push themselves into the foreground and lock users into the browser by grabbing the rendering task for more and more document types. It's soooo convenient, after all! - Now, after showing PDFs with space wasting, horribly limited and inefficient GUIs, the same offensive behaviour has been extended to many other media formats. For some browsers, even when a file type has been configured for "always ask" or to use a specialized player.

So if you want to play an .ogg, .mp3, .webm, .mp4 file with your favourite player - instead of the intrusive, but rudimentary browser UI - please search the Web for "disable built in mp3 player", maybe open "about:config", search for "media*enabled" and set the entry for the affected file format to "false". Even then, you might need a third party plugin to really free a file format from the "web browser" again.

Modern times...


The following two tracks are the second piece I produced with the Fairlight CMI II - and the attempt to re-produce it again, after I had accidentally overwritten the disk with all my initially made files by an operating system backup. :-(

Either piece uses just a few patterns in the Page-R Rhythm Sequencer. The lead voice is a Fairlight standard, but the timbre used for the background texture (which reminds me of a track on "I Robot" from Alan Parsons Project) is completely made from scratch with the built in sound synthesis feature. Sadly, I had not photographed all individual frequency vs. time curves of the initial version, nor did I have a lot of time for programming the same sound again, so the two versions use differently sounding voices.

Apart from the CMI, only an 8 channel mixer with statically set 3 band equalizers and statically set faders was employed. The fade in/out of the higher frequency texture material was controlled with a CMI keyboard slider patched to the volume of the respective voices. The results were directly recorded to DAT; neither effects nor other postprocessing were used. As usual, each "sketch" was made in a few hours of an evening.

Please look further below if you're interested in the history and some technical aspects of this instrument. It was previously owned by Vince Clarke and needed some repair after it had drowned in his studio...

The following two are more experimental pieces. There are more musical ones beginning in the next section.


Today, I open some links to music(-fragments) from a ... special time. I may write more about that when I have some quietude to do. As always: each one from a few hours.

07.08.2007, 11.06.2007

New music:


After some hours of writing, I just had to produce something different:
So I tried to make a sad ballad, but it didn't work out.

Addendum: 01.08.2007:

11 or 12/2003

One of two pieces made some night before Christmas -
this is not the quiet one :-)

Ogg encoding on level 4 makes the sound a bit coarse, but I tried to keep storage requirements low.

If you can't play the file, you might try to find yourself an Ogg Vorbis player.


Five and a half years later, this little piece was made:

If you can't play the file, you might try to find yourself an Ogg Vorbis player.


Having heard your voice after years, I just played these notes for you,
my friend, while my mind was wandering through future and past...
Originally played on the Korg New SG-1D, Piano II, Chorus off.
It is quiet, so you can use Piano I as well.
Please don't play it on a tiny sound card piano, 'cause it requires long lasting notes...


Small video clips and old games


Please note that the video clips are made available here in relatively small files. The original material is of higher technical quality.


Space... the Final Frontier...
Eventually, everyone want a spacecraft of their own!


Sportscars reloaded - reworked lighting, camera, drivers... This was intentionally designed as a dark evening scene.


Two small videoclips and - for comparison - some historical software:

Both videos were made with Maya. Both were rendered with Mental-Ray using raytracing, but with clearly different goals (and rendering options):

The 3D model for the sportscar design has been made some months ago, using a certain method that lead to its distinctive forms. The goal of the current work was, however, to implement a usable landscape, especially a road with a somewhat realistic texture, which could be followed by several cars and cameras. To a good extent, the final appearance of the car's body is a result of reflections of the environment and of the colourful sky.

The animated logo realizes the simulation of a metallic, but silky-matt surface. It is the late completion of an idea from 20 years ago, visible in the following programs:

The collection of little games comes as a zipped directory. Please use a virus scanner after downloading, and something like an IBM AT (80286, 6 MHz) up to possibly an 80486 to try them out... As some of these programs use EGA-graphics (though some may be used with CGA when started manually), they require the fullscreen mode under systems like Microsoft Windows 9x.

A Pentium III with 500 MHz under DOS is too fast to try out this software. An emulated VMware PC running Windows 98 may be too slow at least to show the simple EGA graphics animation which was the predecessor of the current animation - this depends upon the implementation of the emulation of the EGA. Two of the programs didn't run at all in this environment. The "dosbox" may possibly be a suitable environment on a fast PC.

After unpacking, "start.bat" + pressing any key leads to a menu. Provision only for private use, for historical and scientific purposes, and to be used at your own risk!


 saves lifes."

A parody of PacMan and certain kinds of advertising as technical demo and idea notepad.

The little movie with its very special message :-) was conceived and realised as a draft within a few hours: The molecule was imported from a *.PDB-File, the yummy tablet is hand made 3D animation, the texts were overlaid in a separate step.

The result was computed only in preview quality (77 MB) and afterwards shrinked multiple times. This results in a small file that could be created relatively fasst (0.7 MB) - but best viewable without zoom, or the display quality becomes very dowdy.


Technical stuff



I picked up my Fairlight CMI II Computer Musical Instrument in 2007 from Vince Clarke's Studio 37B.


News from several months ago: Two new Emulator Ultra fixes.


First comes the soldering iron, then better playing:


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