Dr. Voice / Panic
Added on November 19th, 2003 (7378 views)
Tell us something about yourself.
Name: Mikko Antikainen. Age: 23. Birth date and place: 3rd of August 1979 in Kuopio, Finland (where I still reside). Job: Trying to do some music stuff for living. Interests: 80s stuff like music, movies etc. computer gaming, nature.
What handle(s) did you use and how did you come up with it/them?
Dr. Voice. I can't remember how I ended with a such a horrible nick, but I guess I had a hard time trying to think one. I tried to change it later on to some other horrible nick, but decided to keep the original one.
What group(s) were you in?
What roles have you fulfilled?
Musician and swapper.
How long were you active for?
From 1993 to the present day. I faded away at one point, but made a few tunes recently, so can't say I ever quit.
Tell us about those years and how you got into the scene in the first place.
In 1993 I remember putting some advertisement to a local paper magazine called Mikrobitti that I was looking for C64 contacts and got a few replies. Among them was a reply from Mike/ex-Panic (Mike/Byterapers Inc. nowadays) and it seemed that they were looking for a musician and it turned out that I was interested in composing, so I decided to join them right away. Also big thanks goes to ex-Axl Snow/Energy (Moraff/Panic nowdays) as he was my very first contact and he helped me out getting in to the C64 scene. About those years, it was great. Tho, I was hoping that it all would've happened earlier since I love a lot of those 80s demos. Also thanks to Bloodsuckers for giving me some demos and making me interested in the demo scene. I actually was pretty young (about 10 years old) when I became interested in demos.
Describe a typical day for you in front of the computer.
If this means my typical day in front of the computer, then it's something like surfing, gaming, retroing, composing, surfing, gaming etc. I sit in front of the computer quite a lot and mainly surf and play. My typical day used to be gaming 24/7 for a while, since I played three years Unreal Tournament in a clan, but those days are over thank god. Well, it was great time with such masterpiece of a game and I accomplished what I wanted; a gold medal in one cup. But hardcore gaming took pretty much time and I don't miss that time that much.
Did you personally invent any special techniques or tools to make things easier for you?
Not really, tho every musician has their own ways of making sounds and stuff. We made some modified versions of some music editors, but I didn't have anything to do with those except using them.
When you look at what you did back then, what are you most proud of?
Well, the most proud I am about being in the scene 1st place. It was simply so great, enjoyed every bit.
Who were your heroes on the scene and why?
Bloodsuckers is one of my heroes. I knew a couple of their members and when I was a lil' kid, I used to ring their doorbell every day asking for some games and stuff. Also, the first time I saw a demo was when they accidently gave me some demo disks instead of games. First I was like, "wtf is this", but then I just started to like what I saw. Crest is another bunch of heroes, because there were some Crest demos on those disks and they rocked.
What, for you, was the coolest thing ever invented on the C64?
Rasterbars, shadebobs and plotscrollers! I love that stuff! Also multispeed tunes was quite an invention.
Did you go to any copy-parties, meetings or tradeshows?
I went to Assembly 94-97 and also to some Panic meetings. I might visit a new party someday.
In your opinion, what was the scene all about?
Having fun, making friends, making cool things with computer and trying to find the limits.
What were the particular highlights for you?
Event: The 1st party I ever visited (Assembly 94) and met the Panic crew and some other friends too. Groups: Crest and Topaz Beerline. Demos: One Year Crest / Two Years Crest. Well actually I pretty much love every Crest demo. Problem Child by Topaz Beerline. Composers: Jeroen Tel, Drax, Hubbard and Martin Galway. Artist: Electric/Extend. Swapper: Domey/Panic (earlier known as Raffish/Morale).
Any cool stories to share with us?
Sorry, not at the moment. Maybe update someday.
Are you still in contact with any old C64 people today?
With some of them yeah and hoping to catch those who disappeared.
When did you get your C64 and do you still have it lying around somewhere?
In the middle of the 80s and my parents bought it for a Christmas present. What a great present it was, thanks for that. Unfortunately the original one broke down some time ago, but I have three C64s anyway.
Was the C64 really as special as we like to think it was?
Was? It is special. It will always have a place in my heart.
When can we expect to see some new C64 output from you? :)
Hopefully soon. I'm working on a few new tunes and I actually never made a music collection, . What comes to Panic, I cannot say anything. I kind of was hoping for a 10th anniversary demo, since this is the year. Need to contact the guys.
Do you have a message for your old contacts and/or anyone reading this?
Thanks and greets to all people who was/is in contact with me and for those who I lost contact with (especially Domey/Panic & Warlock/Panic).
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