Moon / Federation Beyond Intelligence, Phenomena, Flash Inc.
Added on February 9th, 2005 (7857 views)

Tell us something about yourself.
My name is Anders Elmén and I was born on the 14th of April 1973 in Luleå, Sweden. I live in Stockholm since 2000 and I work as a Consultant, mainly programming. My interests are my family and computers.

What handle(s) did you use and how did you come up with it/them?
My main handle is Moon. From the beginning it was S-Moon, which was the name of the machine code editor implemented in one of my cartridges. After a while I found out that removing the 's-' would shorten the time writing my handle, and so I did.

What group(s) were you in?
Oh, my god! This is about 15 years ago. I hardly remember them all, but I think it was something like this: Federation Beyond Intelligence (FBI), Phenomena and last but not least, Flash Inc.

What roles have you fulfilled?
I was mainly a musician, but to keep yourself updated in those days, you had to be a swapper as well. I also coded as much as there was time to.

How long were you active for?
From 1987 to 1993.

Tell us about those years and how you got into the scene in the first place.
It was a beautiful growth. When I think about it, I always end up smiling. Life was simple, life was fun and it gave me the best education. It was Blaster (at that time the leader of FBI) who recruited me and introduced me to the scene, and that's how it all started.

Describe a typical day for you in front of the computer.
I watched demos, listened to music, composed, coded.

Did you personally invent any special techniques or tools to make things easier for you?
A couple of cartridges, and I guess the best one was The Final Cartridge III.

When you look at what you did back then, what are you most proud of?
I'm most proud of the fact that my music is still alive thanks to the Internet and the people behind the High Voltage SID Collection. It's awesome!

Who were your heroes on the scene and why?
Coding: Zodiac – no doubt! Music: Drax and Laxity – still listen to their music. Graphics: Creeper – for lots of great graphics.

What, for you, was the coolest thing ever invented on the C64?
Zodiac's Globe Swing in Legacy II!

Did you go to any copy-parties, meetings or tradeshows?
I only went to one. It was in Eskilstuna, Sweden in 1988 I think, and of course Flash's own meeting in Tyresö, Sweden.

In your opinion, what was the scene all about?
I guess I've never understood the power of the scene. I really can't answer that question as I never paid too much attention.

What were the particular highlights for you?
It must be all the mails from fans all over the world, no doubt. I could not really handle the fans or understand them.

Any cool stories to share with us?
In 2001, I found out that I was working together with an ex-member of Phenomena. It was a coincident that we found out that we've been members of the same group and that we sat together in the same room at the copy-party in Eskilstuna.

Are you still in contact with any old C64 people today?
I have mail-traffic with some people. I still get requests for music from people who like/liked my tunes.

When did you get your C64 and do you still have it lying around somewhere?
I guess it was back in 1986. It's all gone now.

Was the C64 really as special as we like to think it was?
It was not the C64 itself that was that special, it was the scene.

When can we expect to see some new C64 output from you? :)
Let's see... Maybe the day after tomorrow and a half...

Do you have a message for your old contacts and/or anyone reading this?
Feel free to send me an e-mail at any time.

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