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DJ Marc Shake was born in 1978 in a tiny little town called Oldenburg in Lower Saxony, Germany. He started playing the keyboard as a hobby before he even could read. He had an old bontempi-organ and loved to play some improved stuff. In the 90ies he got a Yamaha SHS-10 which was able to play Wham's "Last Christmas" all the time. He improved his skills and was able to figure out how to play songs just by listening to them.
When the dance-hype came up, he was able to pick up an used Amiga 500. Installed on this machine, there was a program called Protracker which introduced Marc Shake to use trackers.
He turned to a tool called Octamed, when he realized that 4 channels are not enough but still the channels were not enough. Later, he bought a PC (486DX-2) and used Whackertracker which had just 4 channels. Somehow, he got introduced to a program called X-Tracker by the marvellous guys at delusion. While that program had a weird UI (that one that Borland used for Dos-Programs at the time) it offered 32 channels and unlimited length-samples. Only because of FT2 Marc Shake bought the best soundcard available at that time: The Gravis Ultrasound!
Some days later the BBS-Systems came out. (That was before the interwebz) and Marc Shake got introduced into the demoscene. He was never an active part of it like so many of his idols (Purple Motion, Keith303, Skaven) but he took part with some friends. They called themselves "Mirage Soundproduction". They created a music-disk called Mirage SP Mysteria which is lost now. The stuff was usually uploaded to the Cyberbox and Mirage was officially distributed with people like Radical Rhythms and Epic Megagames ;)
+-->> o CYbERbOX == FAST SUPPORT & DiSTRibUTiON SiTE o <<-------------------+ | SUSPiCiOUS o RADiCAl RhYThMS o F/WIN o QPV o KFMF o GRAViS o SFS o hbE | | TRAXX o EliOT MUSiC SYS'M o DiGiTAL UNDERGROUND o MC MAiL o ATMOS FEAR | | OS2COM o bTb o AZURE SKY o SDi o MiRAGE o EPiC MEGAGAMES o TbD o MoM | +------------------------------------------------------------------------+
What does Mirage SP do now? The group itself is dead.
There was a 16-bit-Version of X-Tracker available for some special users, but Marc Shake never got one. He turned his attention to a program called Fasttracker II. He used it, until Windows XP was available in 2001.
After that, he turned to Modplug and now he uses Renoise with a bunch of hard- and software synthesizers. The SHS10 is lost but there are some Casios available, now.
Since 2004, Marc Shake is active as a real DJ and he uses vinyl only, although CDs are better to transport. He loves the sound of a needle touching the black gold. And records sound better than cds, btw.