Mad / Scoop, Maniacs of Noise
Added on December 1st, 2003 (7444 views)

Tell us something about yourself.
Full name: Marcel Donné. Age: 34. Birtplace and date: Venlo, The Netherlands June 19, 1969. Current residence: Hoofddorp, The Netherlands. Job: Network engineer. Interests: making music, reading (fiction/sci-fi), movies and drinking beer with my mates.

What handle(s) did you use and how did you come up with it/them?
MAD or MAD69. It's really just the first two letters of my first name and the first letter of my surname and 69, or 1969, is the year I was born.

What group(s) were you in?
Scoop and Maniacs of Noise for a very short period.

What roles have you fulfilled?
I was a musician only. I couldn't do anything else to save my life. :)

How long were you active for?
Between 1987 and 1989 (when I had to go into the Dutch army).

Tell us about those years and how you got into the scene in the first place.
There was this great gathering of C64 enthusiasts every month in my hometown (Venlo) where I met a lot of colourful people. Charles Deenen being one of them. That was pretty much the start of my career. :)

Describe a typical day for you in front of the computer.
Play a lot of games and listen to a lot of soundtracks. I honestly can't remember how often I just sat in my room listening to Lightforce, Terra Cresta or Yie ar Kung-Fu 2 with the games in their title screens with my eyes closed, enjoying the music.

Did you personally invent any special techniques or tools to make things easier for you?
Nah, I'm really not that smart! :)

When you look at what you did back then, what are you most proud of?
Socialising with a lot of extraordinary people. It just was a great time to be around.

Who were your heroes on the scene and why?
I can't remember any heroes honestly. Only that I had a great time back then.

What, for you, was the coolest thing ever invented on the C64?
The 1001 Crew's E.S.C.O.S. and the Judges F.L.D. spring to mind. I couldn't think of any use for those routines but I can't help remembering that I was dumbstruck when I saw it the first time.

Did you go to any copy-parties, meetings or tradeshows?
Only the ones in Venlo and Nijmegen.

In your opinion, what was the scene all about?
Meeting interesting people and making friends.

What were the particular highlights for you?
Nothing comes to mind, sorry.

Any cool stories to share with us?
Nope. I just had a great time back then. :)

Are you still in contact with any old C64 people today?
Charles Deenen and another close friend of mine in Venlo.

When did you get your C64 and do you still have it lying around somewhere?
I got mine for Christmas in 1985 and I still have it here. Hook it up to a 1702 monitor and it's ready for action! ;)

Was the C64 really as special as we like to think it was?
I'd like to think that the C64 was a pretty groundbreaking machine for its time so I'd have to say yes. :)

When can we expect to see some new C64 output from you? :)
Never I'm afraid. A while ago I was looking through some old 5.25" disks looking for some unreleased music for the HVSC and when I was looking through all the code in assembler I realised I'd forgotten a lot of it.

Do you have a message for your old contacts and/or anyone reading this?
Let's have a beer and a reunion. Everybody's welcome at my place!

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