The.Fox / Pentangle,
Added on December 2nd, 2003 (6791 views)
Tell us something about yourself.
Stefan Jakobsson, 30, Gothenburg, Sweden, 23 September. I live and work in Gothenburg and some of my hobbies at the moment (and there's quite a bunch) are soccer, Tae Kwon-do, being a disc jockey (both resident DJ at some bars and also running my own clubs), partying with my friends, Mountain biking... I could go on forever.
What handle(s) did you use and how did you come up with it/them?
My handle was The.Fox (yes, the dot between The and Fox should be there ;)) and to be honest, I really don't know why I use that handle. Nowadays my nickname is Pingo.
What group(s) were you in?
Pentangle, Trigon and Zone 45.
What roles have you fulfilled?
Coder, but in the beginning I was a swapper. I did some graphics and music as well but mostly coding.
How long were you active for?
Hmm... I would say from 1988 to 1992 (bought my first C64 in 1983 or 1984 but then it was just playing games).
Tell us about those years and how you got into the scene in the first place.
Hmm... It started when I moved to a new place and changed school. I met Wisch/Flash Inc (Robert Smith). Together with some other guys our new interest in coding got bigger and we started Pentangle which later became Trigon.
Describe a typical day for you in front of the computer.
Coding, coding, coding, watching demos and coding some more. On that period there was a lot of time spent in front of the computer. I didn't play that many games though.
Did you personally invent any special techniques or tools to make things easier for you?
Hmm... Nah, not really. Maybe some small coding utilities which only I used.
When you look at what you did back then, what are you most proud of?
Hahaha, nothing special really. The demos I made were pretty all right I guess, but I wasn't much into breaking records and stuff.
Who were your heroes on the scene and why?
There’s a lot of them. Musically it must have been Rob Hubbard. When it came to coding, I liked a lot what the Horizon team did (Kjer and the others), but there were a lot of really good coders. Best graphics dude must have been Ogami.
What, for you, was the coolest thing ever invented on the C64?
Something I liked a lot was the invention of multiplex sprites (more than eight sprites). Not sure who came up with the idea.
Did you go to any copy-parties, meetings or tradeshows?
Yeah, a lot. I got a really strong right arm carrying that TV set around. ;)
In your opinion, what was the scene all about?
Having fun and meeting great people.
What were the particular highlights for you?
All the parties I went to were the highlights because there you met all your friends.
Any cool stories to share with us?
A funny highlight must have been when Cult 73 left Zone 45 and he actually had to create his own farewell demo. :) Cult 73 is a great guy! There's a lot of funny memories from the copy parties as well, such as waking up friends which haven't slept for 24 hours.
Are you still in contact with any old C64 people today?
I’m in contact with some of the guys in Zone 45 (Maniac, Matrix and Wisch) and I sometimes meet Geggin/Censor and Cult 73.
When did you get your C64 and do you still have it lying around somewhere?
I got it in 1983 or 1984 and I have it stored somewhere in a closet. Don't know if it works though.
Was the C64 really as special as we like to think it was?
I would say that the thing that was so special with the C64 was that the scene lasted for so long. It gave the scene a lot of members.
When can we expect to see some new C64 output from you? :)
Let me think... Never! :-) I don't think I remember that much of how to program machine code and C64 assembler.
Do you have a message for your old contacts and/or anyone reading this?
Love you all! Hope to see you in the future.
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