Commodore 64 platform
One of the main characteristics of Vibrants (or features, if you’d like), are the members. Most demo groups consists of a coder, musician, graphic artist, hacker, cracker, supplier, swapper, organizer, importer, sysop, webmaster (later). BUT for Vibrants, all members are musicians.
Also, this is a group that had multiple music editors at their disposal and of course created by the members themselves, but as time progressed, the main editor they’ve used was the editor by JCH/Chordian.
Before we dive into the good stuff, I will mention that I haven’t heard any of these original tracks “back then”, as I never had a Commodore 64 myself. This means that I don’t have a “Totally best of” or “All time greatest hits” for any of these members.
But instead, I’ll look into my stash of downloaded file that was acquired many years back and select my 5 tracks, or I will look at the “Greatest hits” lists by Chordian, and do my picking from here.
But, not having a Commodore 64 doesn’t mean that I haven’t heard any of their music.
Now, lets begin …
Real name: Thomas Mogensen (Thomas Laurits Vedel Mogensen). One of my favorite Vibrants musicians. Below is two of my all time favorite Drax tracks – and even “growing” up with the AdLib versions, I do enjoy the original versions very much, also.
The tracks (above) can also be found on the Vibrants (PC) page as AdLib tunes, so these are only for comparison (original/conversion). And the same goes for the three tracks below (original/conversion).
These are my 5 picks from Drax. I’ve deliberately included Crooner once again, as this is another version of the tune (a more tight and electric/sticky bass).
Future Freak is in real life known as Kim Christensen and maybe the least productive member, with only around 20 releases.
But I was still able to find these 5 picks from Future Freak.
JCH a.k.a Chordian, is of course none other that Jens-Christian Huus. Let me start by saying that I’ve only meet Jens once. It was at his parents house, sometime in the 1990’s. I was there together with Lars, Peter A, Peter J. and we talked music editor stuff and heard a lot of different tunes.
Not keeping up with any Vibrant members, I was surprised to find a fairly new track from JCH, made in 2017 – his first in 25 years – and it is actually not bad.
Joss, best known as Johannes Bjerregaard and considered one of the most brilliant Commodore 64 composers of all time. During my search for his music, I wasn’t all that lucky when searching for his handle ‘Joss’, so he may only have used his real name when signing his tunes.
I believe that I once read that Johannes Bjerregaard wasn’t all that interested in composing and spreading his own music, but was very keen on doing remakes/covers of popular music from the radio, so there might be a lot of Johannes Bjerregaard music, that never will be shared with the public, hidden away on some floppy disks, somewhere.
I still managed to get my 5 picks of Joss/Johannes Bjerregaard.
Johannes Bjerregaard may be best know for his often jazz-type music style and in my search I found 4 tracks named ‘Jazz‘ but even though not being a huge fan of Jazz music, I still find these tracks interesting.
This is Thomas Egeskov Petersen. On the Commodore 64, Laxity was a very productive composer with a very versatile music style. My all time favorite track is still “The alibi” as this has a awesome “feel” to it.
Many years back, I downloaded some tracks by Laxity, all starting with “D” and from that selection I picked these 5 tracks.
Klaus Engell Grøngaard and yet another awesome composer from Vibrants. I really like the variety in these tracks. These are all selected from “Link’s greatest hits” by Chordian. I’ve selected my 5 tracks from that list in alphabetical order.
Torben Korgaard Hansen is also known as Metal from Vibrants (and others). As I couldn’t find a “Metal’s greatest” by Chordian, I had to look for tunes myself and I of course used DeepSID for this, as I didn’t have any downloaded SID sources from Metal.
This is my 5 picks from Metal.
After selecting my 5 tracks, I had two tunes left ,that still intrigued me.
Therefore, I added them to a new list (below), under the category “Interesting” as they both are somewhat odd but still fairly okay tunes.
Observation, during my processing and selection of tracks from Metal, I saw more complete tunes than from the other members and also another funny thing; Many of Metal’s tracks actually ends – and not just loops.