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As I couldn't live from my music, I started to live from a former passion: computing. Once again, work melted with hobbies. I learned Internet basics that year; as I moved in with my future wife Stéphanie Canetta in June, and had my own computer at home, it became really serious! (or worse, depends how you see this)
Anyway, I couldn't give it up on music like that! I bought the great "Cubase" music program from Steinberg, that turned my computer into a small Home Studio.
October 1995 is the month of my first steps on the web. I had a shock when I heard that students of my former high school were doing a newspaper in collaboration with other highscools on the Internet.
Well, I was getting late. I bought a modem, and started browsing!
Back to using computers seriously! As I was starting my own entertainment company (BMSW Entertainment) with friends (see Work section), I needed some efficient material to create good advertising posters. At that time, Mac was the only choice to share stuff with publishing companies. That's how I got a Power MacIntosh 6100/66 to do desktop publishing, and made my first experiences on Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
Spending a lot of time programming my PC XT (half sponsorized by my father again!), I did a great program to transfer sound programs between my PC and my FM synthetiser ELKA EK-44, and then save the data on my PC. I also explored some 3D rendering with polygons. Tried some animations, but the PC was dam' slow. Some animations I made were recorded by a super-8 camera!
It was so much programming that at the end, I decided to take a break, and concentrate more on artistic stuff.. music. Therefore, the PC became a MIDI music sequencer (I used an early version of Cakewalk), synchronized with my 8 track Fostex recorder.
My first computer was a Sinclair ZX Spectrum (check that page full of links)that my father bought for my brother and I. It was colorfull and I had great time doing drawings or typing code to get basic games to play with my brother. Our favorite games were the very famous "Manic Miner" (can't forget the music the game played)
Knight Lore, Sabre Wulf, Alien 80
and a pioneer 3D game: "Ant Attack". Not bad for an 8bits machine!