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Please pardon the dust, we're still settling things around here. You can find a raw list of all (and potentially very, very old) music under Music Downloads. On this page, I'll present some highlights and recent works.



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C64 Song

(c) 2009 Josef Jahn [Download MP3]

My modded C64 at work

When we talk about the C64, there's definitely a unique quality to the sound of a real, physical device - something that simply cannot be duplicated by software emulation. For that reason, I set out to get one of these old home computers (which was one of my previously unfulfilled childhood dreams btw.), MIDIfy it courtesy of MSSIAH, and mod it to become part of my musical setup. This song is the first thing I did right after I closed the case and powered it on.

Althought I've never had a C64 as a child I did fool around with them and oh yes, there's nostalgia involved. At the same time I don't think C64 music has to sound the way it did 20 years ago. Hence I took some liberties here, enriching the mix with careful doses of machinedrum goodness and injected some Virii. It's true what they say: The real C64 sounds alive. No two plays of the same piece are 100% identical and it's this margin of error, along with the simple fact that the SID can sound wonderfully fat and rich, that makes many people believe in hardware over emulation. I was sceptical when I started this little project, but now I'm a believer - and I intend to squeeze even more sound out of the ol' box in the future!

Equipment: C64, Fantom G6, Virus TI, Machinedrum.



Timelapse

(c) 2009 Josef Jahn

A short piece to complement a timelapse animation of our local RC airfield. Warm Fantom EP sounds meet searing hot leads by the Virus.

Equipment: Fantom G6, Virus TI, Machinedrum.



Lead On

[Download MP3] (c) 2009 Josef Jahn

Sequenced entirely on the Fantom, LeadOn was yet another learning experience using a different workflow, not to mention a new keyboard workstation. It's a playful, jazzy piece of electronica.

Equipment: Access Virus TI, Elektron Machinedrum, Roland Fantom G6

Swirled Fruit

[Download MP3] (c) 2009 Josef Jahn


A happy little song using the Kaossilator as an improvisation device.

Equipment: Access Virus TI, Elektron Machinedrum, Elektron Monomachine SFX-6, Korg KP3 and Korg Kaossilator



Improvisation: Lonely Little Electron

[Download MP3] [Download Music Video AVI] -(c) 2008 Josef Jahn

Another short little tune in the style of videogame chiptunes. Lots of little elektrons buzzing around in this one :)

Equipment: Access Virus TI, Machinedrum, Monomachine

Also, have a music video version here:




Improvisation: The Colour Blue

[Download MP3] (c) 2008 Josef Jahn

A short improvisation. No beats or drums in this ambient song.

Equipment: Access Virus TI



Shimmer

[Download MP3] (c) 2008 Josef Jahn


An eerie yet fast dance track, with sharp pressing rythms and lots of arpeggiator love.

Equipment: Access Virus TI, Elektron Monomachine SFX-6, Korg Radias, Korg KP3 and Akai MPC-1000




Quiet-A-Ruckus

[Download MP3] [Download Renoise XRNS] (c) 2008 Josef Jahn


A short but lively track that highlights the versatility of three radically different synthesizers playing together. Made with Access Virus TI, Elektron Monomachine SFX-6, Korg Radias, Korg KP3 and Akai MPC-1000



Paradise Imperfect

[Download MP3] [Download Renoise XRNS] (c) 2008 Josef Jahn

An imperfect song for an imperfect world, from someone who plays imperfect synth leads ;) Most parts sampled live. Made with Access Virus TI, Elektron Monomachine SFX-6, Korg Radias, Korg KP3 and Akai MPC-1000



Viral Exercise 1

[Download MP3] (c) 2006 Josef Jahn

An exercise in sound, exclusively using Access Virus Indigo2 and nothing else except a sequencer. Some time after making this song I upgraded to a Virus TI.



Viral Exercise 2

[Download MP3] [Download Renoise XRNS] (c) 2007 Josef Jahn

Second exercise, using only a Virus TI and nothing else (other than a sequencer). First time I worked with Renoise.



Tribes Hymn

[Download MP3] [Download ImpulseTracker IT] (c) 2001 Josef Jahn

Made for the anniversary of planettribes.com, the inofficial hymn for Starsiege Tribes!



Winter Landscape

[Download MP3] [Download ImpulseTracker IT] (c) 2001 Josef Jahn

This is an example of how my older music sounds. It probably appeals to fans of tracker-based music. Made with Roland D50 and Modplug Tracker



Sea of Stars

[Download MP3] [Download FastTracker XM] (c) 1998 Josef Jahn

An old song inspired by Jon Sleeper's "Titanic" novel. Made with Roland D50 and FastTracker II



Yukon Quest 2

[Download MP3] [Download ImpulseTracker IT] (c) 2001 Josef Jahn

Another old song. Online for historical reasons ;) Made with Roland D50 and Modplug Tracker