Biography

1980

Slaskeben has arrived! Well, to begin with, my parents wanted to call me Henrik – and that is still my real name, actually. In short, I am a danish hobby musician, and I have been making music on/off in a variety of genres since the early nineties on Amiga, Commodore 64 and PC. Slaskeben is my old school Amiga hardcore project made on a real Amiga 1200 equipped with a Blizzard 1230 IV. I primarily use ProTracker, but some of my tracks are made with OctaMED as well.

1987 (approx.)

I got my first computer, a Commodore 64 breadbin model, and was quite fascinated with its amazing sound capabilities and the great music composed by very skilled musicians. I wanted to try it out myself, but had absolutely no idea where to start. There were no internet at that time, and after staring at a wall of hex codes for hours, tweaking and experimenting, and still getting no sound out of it, I gave up, and just continued to be amazed of other people’s music.

1994

Around 1994 or so, I got the coolest computer at that time – a Commodore CDTV! Several of my classmates had Amiga 500, but one had gotten a CDTV some months prior to me, and I was blown away by it – mainly because it was an Amiga and had great graphics and sound, but primarily because of the CDTV’s sexiness. I mean, look at it! It’s beautiful! And … it had a CD-ROM drive.

I quickly began to explore its music making capabilities, and one day, I got my hands on a public domain disk with a program called ProTracker. Just what I needed! It came with some modules and the ST-01 sample disk, and the best way to learn was to dissect the modules and try over and over again – and so I did.

I had no sampler to begin with, so I borrowed one from one of my classmates (he never wanted it back, though..), and it worked, although there were some weak solder joints and semi-broken connections – but it was good enough for me. I sampled anything that was remotely useful from the only hardcore CD I had at the time, Thunderdome IV, and started to put it together. It didn’t sound very good (to say the least), but I still forced my brother and classmates to listen to everything 🙂

Over the course of the next year or two, I improved my ProTracker-skills considerably, and also made some “regular” techno tracks, before the CDTV eventually broke – and I of course trashed all my disks … That was a good decision! 😀 Up until 1997, I had no computer of my own, but I still wanted to make music…

1997

Since my Amiga bailed out on me, the PC’s multimedia capabilities had improved quite a bit, so this was to be my next computer. I saved up a LOT of money to buy a 166MHz Pentium with 16MB of RAM and a Sound Blaster 16 sound card, and looked high and low for new music editors. The standard at the time were tracker-style programs, which I was used to from the Amiga, so the very first I got a hold of was ScreamTracker. It had some limitations, though, like max 64kb 8-bit samples (IIRC), and that didn’t harmonize with the Sound Blaster’s CD quality sampling.

So when I discovered Impulse Tracker shortly after, I made a quick transition and kept that as my preferred software for a long time, composing mostly techno and trance music, but also downtempo, ambient and various other unspeakable genres. I also started a project with my friend Jesper, “Jævrik Mix Inc.” – I wrote the music, and he supplied lyrics and vocals.

2001

Around 2001, I discovered a new piece of software – Propellerhead Reason – and was intrigued by its virtual hardware rack layout and software synths, so after changing my workflow habits a bit, I ditched Impulse Tracker for good, and for the first time I was able to make crystal-clear, professional sounding music with effects that were nearly impossible to create in a sample-based tracker. I continued in the following years with both my own projects and Jævrik Mix Inc., but at some point, I slowly lost interest in making music, and was lacking inspiration.

2014

In 2014, however, I wanted to give Commodore 64 SID-music another shot, and thanks to both the internet and some very friendly and helpful people, I slowly started to figure out how the SID chip actually works, and was able to compose quite a few tunes between 2014 and 2015. I became a member of A4 (a collaboration of the scene groups Atlantis and Fantastic 4 Cracking Group), and supplied music for two demos. I liked composing SID music, but over time, I was starting to lack creativity once again, and had too much going on at once to be able to focus on basically anything…

2017

As you probably can tell by now, I have always been into techno and electronic music, but in late 2016 or so, I got a renewed interest in hardcore techno, gabber, speedcore and other harder and noisier sub-genres, and since my Amiga had been tucked away in the closet for years, I thought it was about time to dig it out and go full circle: 4 tracks, gritty 8-bit samples and nostalgic noise. It was ProTracker time again! As opposed to earlier, I really don’t care now if my music is CD-quality or has a ton of effects. More is less, and it’s all about getting the most out of limited ressources and just make it sound hard and dark.


Discography

SINGLES
Cat # Released Title
SLB-S001 June 24, 2017 Fuck Your Eyebrows
SLB-S002 July 6, 2017 Stokelekpind
SLB-S003 October 9, 2017 Det Var Så Dén Weekend
SLB-S004 November 7, 2017 The Jævrik Mix Fromklips feat. RO9
SLB-S005 January 25, 2018 Arschenschmerz
SLB-S006 March 18, 2018 Rumlepotten
SLB-S007 March 24, 2018 Godt Parat I Ovnen
SLB-S008 April 28, 2018 Move You Make
SLB-S009 August 6, 2018 Break That Pussy
SLB-S010 August 6, 2018 How About Drums
SLB-S011 September 1, 2018 I Hate Neighbors
SLB-S012 September 16, 2018 Love Turns To Hate

What I’m using

  • Amiga 1200 equipped with a Blizzard 1230 IV / 50MHz / 64MB
  • Technosound Turbo II parallel port sampler
  • ProTracker 3.15 or OctaMED trackers
  • MOD2SMP for bouncing tracks
  • Cubase (for mixing, post-effects and mastering)
  • Yamaha HS7 monitors (for mastering)

Trivia

The name “Slaskeben” roughly translates to “floppy legs” in english. It sounds pretty funny in danish, and is a word me and my brother came up with when we were kids, watching the Olympic Games. There were a gymnastics disclipine called pommel horse (or something like that), and legs were flying everywhere = floppy legs. And – that’s also basically how you would dance to techno. Ta-daa! 😀