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Old 11 November 2016, 21:38   #1
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Jochen Hippel Tracker

Anyone have a copy of the tracker that Jochen Hippel used to write the music for The Seven Gates of Jambala?

Thalion, i'm looking to you in hope, man

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Old 12 November 2016, 13:16   #2
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Jochen Hippel/MadMax composed his early ST/Amiga stuff the old-fashioned way, pure code and data tables using his own routines, so no "tracker"-type sequencer involved, just lots and lots of painful hex in the traditional style of Rob Hubbard, Martin Galway, etc.

However, sometime during 1989, the mysterious Future Composer appeared, released by the enigmatic SuperSero of the Superions. This was a crude and buggy "tracker" that was clearly based around Hippel's playroutine, coming complete with (editable) demo songs direct from (if memory serves..) Chambers of Shaolin, RSI Theme, Jambala, etc.

Here it is in action:

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I don't know the back-story of Future Composer. Perhaps "Supersero" was a beneficent Jochen Hippel in disguise or, more likely, it was all completely unofficial and built around leaked source code. Hopefully someone else can explain the commonality between Chris Huelsbeck's TFMX and Hippel's multiplex (7 voice?) stuff.

One thing's for sure, Future Composer was the first popular Amiga synth/chip tracker, spawning hundreds of soundalike songs throughout 1990 (download Magnetic Fields Chip Music Festival as evidence). SoundMon, SidMon/Bugmon and several others all came before, but it took the release of Future Composer to convince several MOD luminaries of the day to persevere with its editor in order to knock out yet another Hippel soundalike, before abandoning it forever.
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Jochen Hippel/MadMax composed his early ST/Amiga stuff the old-fashioned way, pure code and data tables using his own routines, so no "tracker"-type sequencer involved, just lots and lots of painful hex in the traditional style of Rob Hubbard, Martin Galway, etc.

However, sometime during 1989, the mysterious Future Composer appeared, released by the enigmatic SuperSero of the Superions. This was a crude and buggy "tracker" that was clearly based around Hippel's playroutine, coming complete with (editable) demo songs direct from (if memory serves..) Chambers of Shaolin, RSI Theme, Jambala, etc.

Here it is in action:

[ Show youtube player ]

I don't know the back-story of Future Composer. Perhaps "Supersero" was a beneficent Jochen Hippel in disguise or, more likely, it was all completely unofficial and built around leaked source code. Hopefully someone else can explain the commonality between Chris Huelsbeck's TFMX and Hippel's multiplex (7 voice?) stuff.

One thing's for sure, Future Composer was the first popular Amiga synth/chip tracker, spawning hundreds of soundalike songs throughout 1990 (download Magnetic Fields Chip Music Festival as evidence). SoundMon, SidMon/Bugmon and several others all came before, but it took the release of Future Composer to convince several MOD luminaries of the day to persevere with its editor in order to knock out yet another Hippel soundalike, before abandoning it forever.
TFMX's 7 voice routines were based on a 4 voice routine written by Jochen for the ST
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in this page there's the source code of the Atari version.

http://home.wtal.de/gmb/Hippel/hippelm.htm

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I always thought Jochel Hippel composed the Thalion stuff using some 'private' version of Future Composer that saved in .hip format.
Or failing that, converted those tracks afterwards to his own custom format.

I could never get the hang of Future Composer myself, but loved its sound over the more common trackers for chip-tunes.
I need to go listen to some now

Still it was easier to learn than Brian Postma's SoundMon, which was obviously also responsible for some lovely little melodies.

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Old 14 November 2016, 10:11   #6
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Jochen presented his TFMX editor on the STNICCC 2015:



I presume the earlier games were done with a different editor (which Jochen programmed himself, too).
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Wahey! Thanks for that Gerry, it raised a smile. Good to know Jochen is still tracking
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Oh, I love you, Hippel ! ☺ Could FC be downloaded from somewhere ? ��
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It's on the EAB file server macce2.
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Old 26 November 2016, 19:16   #10
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Many thanks, ghosty777 ! ;-)

FC can be also found here:

http://janeway.exotica.org.uk/release.php?id=1146
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