Re-introducing me into the scene?!

By Poltergeist

Champion (278)

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19-06-2004, 00:41

My real name is John van Poelgeest (so the nick is not that difficult to explain), and my MSX days started when my father and I bought an MSX2 computer: the VG-8235 from Phlips.

I already had quite some experience with homecomputers: in 1981 (I was 11 years old) we bought an TI-99/4a computer, which had the same PSG and graphics as the MSX later had: 3 channel sound with 1 noise channel, a resolution of 32x24 characters (the TI only worked (in Basic) with a screen 1 type of videomode) and 16 colors. This computer was also one of the reasons we bought an MSX. That, and the fact that a friend of my father was a Phlips dealer, and we could get the computer somewhat cheaper. I think we bought it for 1700 guilders, while the normal price was 2000 guilders.

I was the founder of FCS (short for First Class Software). I released the first software under that label in 1987 or 1988. Quattro was written in 1989, but released a few years later. In the meanwhile, I met Hayo Rubingh, and became a member of the FAC, to write music and test the new software they were working on (that software ofcourse being SoundTracker). I even designed some sounds for that program (the electron sounds are mine, for example), and I wrote the first implementation for the data entry, as I got totally crazy from all the number you had to enter: every note had its own number.

Somewhere in 1990 Jeff Timmer was at my door. He lived only a few streets away from me, and had seen my name in some FAC productions, and found my address in an old promo i'd written for a computerstore in Dordrecht. Very eager to learn, he made some things and wanted me the look at it. Somehow we decided to start programming together, and with two of his friends: Roderik Muit and Jurgen Kramer. FCS suddenly grew bigger.

We started to make the Quasar disks for MSX club Gouda. This was an idea from FCS, which Club Gouda embraced. This was fun to do, but we wanted to create something for ourselves. We started on a demo, which I had plenty of time for, as I was drafted for Military Service, and had to stay on the airforce base during the nights. FAC Demo 5 was born, but to be honest: only Jeff and I programmed that demo. Other FAC members really had nothing to do with it. They took care of distribution, though.

After FAC5, I decided to quit the FAC. After that, more programmes and demo's where released under the FCS label. Quattro was released, finally, Playboy strippoker (for MSX2+, was sold including the Playboy magazine), Megadoom (also for MSX2+, Synsation (FCS Demo 1.5) Turnix, and ofcourse, we made some 30 Quasar disks.

Hayo was editor with the MCCM, and decided to quit. As I wrote a very critical letter to Frank Druijff about the review for Fac Soundtracker (the review was written by Hayo, as was FAC SoundTracker), Frank Druijff asked me if I could do the music sections for the magazine. I decided to do so: If you want to be a critic, bare the consequences.

I did that till the last issue of the MCCM.

Programs we where working on but never got released: a Tracker like program which even had more possibilities than Moonblaster, in a graphical environment: It even played already, but it was to ambitious. Then a shooter a la Nemesis. Artwork was done, and the engine was partially ready: it was used in Megadoom.

In 1994 FCS decided to quit writing for the MSX: The MSX was not a real challenge for us anymore (we thought back then). Studies and work got in the way, and we wanted to do something on PC (which, by the way, did not work out as we thought).

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By [D-Tail]

Ascended (8259)

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19-06-2004, 00:50

Welcome back!

It's really strange you know: when I was younger, I was reading those MCCM magazines I stripped off my dad. Names like Hayo Rubingh, John van Poelgeest Smile, Frank Druijff, they are well-known terms. It's kinda strange that I'm now (since I've grown up that little bit) actually talking to those guys!

You know, it's more or less like you're legends Smile and it seems I'm the youngest one around...

By MrRudi

Hero (525)

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19-06-2004, 16:50

You talk like you're twelve to say the least. First time I heard 'John van Poelgeest' I was wondering where al these newbies came from Wink

But of course it goes without saying that FAC had a huge impact on the MSX Scene when they released Soundtracker. I never really got to know the FAC people except Hayo and of course you John. One of my fondest memories of the MSX time was that BBQ in Gouda and the MSX Music Day in Alphen the next day.

You still doing music btw?

By Poltergeist

Champion (278)

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19-06-2004, 17:36

No, except for playing some synths and singing in a choir. I would like to write some music again, but just seem to lack the time (and the programs, if you have a recommendation on programs to use on a PC (no MIDI), I certainly would like to hear that...)

By MrRudi

Hero (525)

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19-06-2004, 18:04

Well I only do MIDI myself, since I am still a hardware freak, no softsynths. But a friend of mine - the renowned Low Profile - seems to favor Reason a lot lately. And from what I have seen it is a very good softsynth/sequencer program, perhaps you want to take a look at that.

By wolf_

Ambassador_ (9971)

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19-06-2004, 18:54

IT2 for now, IT3 when it's ready.. I use it for all my projects ...

By [D-Tail]

Ascended (8259)

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19-06-2004, 22:13

You talk like you're twelve to say the least. First time I heard 'John van Poelgeest' I was wondering where al these newbies came from Wink
I've reached the decent age of 18. I'll be 19 in a month Wink. People like MSD had that age when I really came into the scene (I played on a MSX when I was four years old, but really got into programming (and reading articles) when I was somewhat older (11 perhaps)). So that is why Wink

By ro

Scribe (4707)

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07-07-2004, 07:43

Hey John, nice to have you here. I remember some tunes written by you, sure I do. Dunno if we ever met, but hey.. you should consider yourself lucky then.
ro.