My real name is Jan C. Obergfell, which should explain my pseudonym “jco”. I was born in 1982, and became fascinated by technology early enough to witness the breathtaking, ongoing revolution that began when homecomputers became affordable. The first machine I laid my hands on was a C116, and then a C64 on which I wrote my first BASIC-Programs (but my interesting BASIC-Programs I wrote on an Atari 1040 STE).
My first PC was a 286 – an ugly machine in comparison to my Atari.
I have always been fascinated by technology, and all the same I found a lot of satisfaction in being creative, in whatever way possible for me.
I began to play violin when I was 3 or 4 years old, and I later got a few years of piano and saxophone lessons as well. But what I really wanted to do was being able to control a whole bunch of instruments at the same time – replacing a whole orchestra or a band as a single person, and I remember my first vivid fantasies about being able to do so very well.
I came in contact with “modern music production” as soon as there were sufficiently powerful computers around. While I had my first tries with computer-aided music-production with my Atari and a MIDI-Capable electric piano, things became really interesting when I had my first AWE32…
My first tries with video-production happened equally early in my life, soon after my father bought a Canon “Canovision 8” – the world’s first all-in-one camcorder. At first I was not allowed to touch that expensive device, but I was allowed to play with an old Super8-machine, and so I did my first stop-motion shots.
Later I tried to shoot my first movies with the Canon-camcorder, but i soon became frustrated by not being able to “fake” certain special-effects. Many years later, when TV-Cards became cheap consumer products, the situation radically changed again to my advantage.
Simply put, I’m totally stunned by the creative possibilities that come with my current equipment.
You might have noticed that I did not actually tell anything personal about myself, nothing which explains why I do what I do. As to that, I could write much for sure, but I would never regard it as true. I believe the answer to why I do what I do lies somewhere within what I do. But of course, you may always ask me about my intentions 🙂
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