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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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…
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.
|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|
|SLB-S013||January 14, 2019||Død Over Duploklods|
The name “Slaskeben” roughly translates to “floppy legs” in english. It sounds pretty funny in danish, and is a word my brother and I 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! 😀