Dr. Pravda’s Ultimate Amiga Rave

Thanks to Unibomber, I found out about Dr. Pravda – one of the most blunt Amiga music on record. No fancy tricks or subtleties, this is pure unadulterated tracker rave! Most of the samples seems to be ripped from other Amiga mods also, which add another dimension to it. Like the guitar-sound from BIT Arts’ Wasteland that he uses in Operation. Although I can’t place all of them, I used a lot of these samples myself back in the days. It is an obvious consequence of the ‘open source’ distribution of Amiga mod-music. If you wanted to sample your own sounds in 1994 you needed to buy or build a sampler, but also struggle to find the records or machines that you wanted to sample. And wasn’t all that easy to get the optimum sound quality either. So obviously, when you were listening to other people’s music in Protracker, it was quite convenient to simply save the samples you liked and tweek them into your own music.

If you wanted to be elite you weren’t supposed to do that though, but what did Dr. Pravda care about that, and look where it got him! He released three 12-inches in 94-95 and appeared on numerous compliations on labels like ZYX. His music was not obscure by any means. Actually, “abfahrer” claims that Dr. Pravda’s Krankenhouse is the most played song at a single Mayday rave ever, “cause his minimal but very effective sounds kicked the crowd better than every other track at this time”. Can’t argue with that!

For me this is almost as Amiga-rave’93 as it gets. Compared to e.g. Aphrodite who  used the Amiga more ‘professionally’, Dr. Pravda could have been released in the demoscene both techically and aesthetically. As far as I know, there were not many crossovers between the demoscene and record labels. One example I’ve found is Cybermouse, who released gabber on Fischkopf that also appeared in an Amiga diskmag.

Now let’s get happy in raveland and then get an operation in the krankenhouse! Rave on, rave off!

9 Responses to “Dr. Pravda’s Ultimate Amiga Rave”

  1. ljud.org » Im Krankenhaus Says:

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  3. d0us Says:

    Nice find!

    Yeh this won’t be out of place on a demo, especially on one of the myriad of UK techno demos which seemed to be popular with the UK demo crews in particular.

    It’s interesting that even though mods were basically an ‘open-source’ form of music distribution; scene ethics at the time were far from ‘open-source’. Sample ripping was more than frowned upon: it was up there with stealing mods! You see this attitude in the criticisms against ‘doskpop’ mods for example.

    I’ve always been into the history of netlabels that have their origins in mod labels. I don’t know if the TRSI/Fairlight attempt at setting up a record label was just another mod label; I think it may have been an attempt at a ‘non scene’ record label.

    sampling back then on an amiga without a HD was a nightmare..it’s one of the main reasons why I preferred chip tracking on the ST as I tend to create instruments on the fly.

    Making Amiga chiptunes must have been the most time consuming form of chip tracking.

    Amiga hard panning was great for post mixing though. I’ve been going through some fifth era stem files and it looks like they went through a complex process of multitracking their Amiga remasters.

  4. chipflip Says:

    Indeed, ‘open source’ is a term that gives the wrong impression in many ways. It was frowned upon. Although I’m sure that people used other peoples’ samples more than what they admitted. Is there a better term than open source for MOD-music?

    Funny you should talk about mod & netlabels, I was just writing about it briefly in my thesis. Monotonik is a good example of course, but who else of these also released chipmusic?

    Making Amiga chiptunes is something that I still really enjoy. You don’t have to sample stuff if you don’t want to – you can use some synthetic tracker (MusicLine, etc), or load text-file-bullshit and find nice waveforms, or, well, use other people’s samples :)

    Do you have Fifth Era files? Nice! Where did you get those?

  5. arlen Says:

    Great post! Oldskool rave stuff like this is what got me interested in Amiga music in the first place haha.

  6. d0us Says:

    I think early forms of netlabels were tracker crew homepages.

    I think they were different from ‘musicdisks’ in that they weren’t ‘chiptune’.

    I’m still looking for releases by RSI/Fairlight records but maybe this was just a much hyped idea but with no acutal product.

    Bomb the Bass and that guy from Ultravox formed Nation 12 and Rhythm King with its ties to the Bitmap Brothers seemed to deal exclusively with this ‘mod’ based band for a while.

    There is a torrent of fifth era stems which seems to be distributed with their permission. Really interesting collection!

  7. chipflip Says:

    There were also some very non-chippy Amiga musicdisks. I remember these 10-disk jungle musicdisks, forgot who made them though. Randall?

    TRSI records are here: http://www.discogs.com/label/TRSI+Recordz

    Downloading the Fifth Era torrent now, thanks!

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