DOC Musicdisk (Amiga)

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Commodore Amiga platform The DOC Musicdisk (a.k.a 1st Real Musicpack) was the first time I heard the product of the Ultimate SoundTracker created by Karsten Obarski. The samples provided with SoundTracker were awesome – sounded like nothing I’ve ever heard … Continue reading

Karsten Obarski

I think most people got acquainted with Karsten Obarski through his music editor – the SoundTracker – and the music scores that came with it. And afterwards, a very large number of simple music- and demos discs, flooded the Amiga scene, where the music was composed with the SoundTracker or one of its successors. Doesn’t everyone remember the ‘D.O.C Musicpack‘?

I have to say, that I was completely blown away, the first time I heard Amegas, Crystal Hammer and Rallye Master.

I have selected some of my favorite tunes from Karsten Obarski, in the following posts.

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Downloads: Endtheme, Sleepwalk

Source of inspiration and material: ProTracker (de), Wikipedia, Intro-Inferno & LemonAmiga

Prelude to the Intro

Disclaimer: This article series doesn’t define the history of the intro/demo/megademo, for neither the Amiga nor any other platform. This is the point of view, I have chosen to write the article series, and in a way how I lived it. Your experience may vary.

In the beginning

I remember the first time I heard real samples played on the Amiga. It was at a friend’s house, and he had got his hands on a floppy disk from ‘Red Sector’ or was it from ‘Doctor Mabuse Orgasm Cracking’. I can’t remember, but I do remember that the sampled piece of music was ‘Flesh for Fantasy‘ by ‘Billy Idol‘. It sounded incredible. To think that this was possible, and you could do this at home – I was stunned!

In retrospect, the sampled Billy Idol song, was a bit like cheating.

The song was divided into smaller pieces that could be put together, by typing the name of the sample in CLi. The sampled pieces were named 1a, 2b, 3a, 3a, 3b and so forth.

Later we got the ‘Doctor Mabuse Orgasm Cracking’ musicdisk (musicpack) with Amegas, Crystal Hammer and Rallye Master all made by Karsten Obarski and we knew that this was the way to go, and this was, what we wanted to create.

And this was the start on a journey of demo-creating and music-making.

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