Ramiro Vaca

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Ramiro Vaca Schommartz
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Born 1969-08-03
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Aliases R. Vaca, Ramiro Vacaz

Ramiro Vaca is an artist best known for Rock'n Roll (C64) and Turrican (C64).

Vaca made music very early. For Christmas 1979, he got a Bontempi organ and sometime between 1984 and 1986, a synthesizer and a Commodore 16. He wrote a drum program in BASIC he remembers to sound poor due to the limits of the hardware and possibly his self-perceived programming skills. At 16, he bought a second-hand Commodore 64, but was unable to make music until he got a disk with Chris Hülsbeck's Soundmonitor. After a few exasperated days on its UI, he started scoring his friends' C64 demos.

By mid-1988, he had been a cartographer in Berlin, but found drawing letters all day so boring that he looked at Magic Bytes and Rainbow Arts, then both in Gütersloh. He applied at the latter with graphics and music, interviewed with the founder Marc Alexander Ullrich, and soon went to work in Düsseldorf with Chris Hülsbeck. Vaca does not know if Hülsbeck had been aware of his application.

In the early 1990s, Vaca threw or gave away his C64, professionally switched to graphics only and moved to Hülsbeck's company Kaiko in Langen, Hessen, which itself worked for Factor 5. He kept using MIDI in private until he had 2 kids. Once a year since 1994, he does stage design, lighting and music for a theatre group in Dreieich, Hessen. He cited a few songs by Cirque du Soleil and Hans Zimmer as compositionally interesting, very elaborate and in great moods. Generally, he finds harmonic wholeness more important than style, rhythm and instrumentation.

Music Development

Commodore 64

Vaca used internal tools by Chris Hülsbeck. On Title - Garrison, it was Soundmonitor with the driver and drum samples from Danger Freak and The Great Giana Sisters. On everything else, it was TFMX. For most compositions, he brought himself into the fitting mood - for example, by listening to nothing but rock'n'roll music before scoring Rock'n Roll (C64) - and often jammed on the keyboard.

Vaca was always eager to hear new effects from other musicians and was inspired by a bit of everyone. His favorite songs include all by his main inspiration Rob Hubbard - starting with One Man and His Droid (C64) - whose interesting sounds, harmonies and moods kept fascinating him, Tim Follin and most by Maniacs of Noise whose fabulous sounds impressed him, Wizball (C64), Arkanoid (C64), and some very beautiful if not as ingenious songs by Hülsbeck. Among his own, he finds too much room for improvement, but considers Rock'n Roll his funniest, most different, and Turrican his cleanest. He is open to remixes of his music.

Vaca likes the absolute versatility of SID, but found it difficult to extract the most important elements of a song onto the 3 voices and especially to choose instrument sounds that did not conflict with each other.

Gameography

Released Title Sample Notes
1988-0?-?? Garrison (C64) Title song composed by Pascal de Sapio and/or Andreas Hommel.
1988-??-?? R-Type (C64)
1989-0?-?? Spherical (C64)
1989-??-?? Rock'n Roll (C64)
1989-??-?? Rock'n Roll (AMI) Arranged by Chris Hülsbeck.
1989-??-?? Rock'n Roll (AST) Arranged by Barry Leitch.
1989-??-?? Rock'n Roll (CPC) Arranged by Barry Leitch.
1989-??-?? Rock'n Roll (ZXS) Arranged by Barry Leitch.
1990-0?-?? StarTrash (C64)
1990-0?-?? Turrican (C64)
19??-??-?? Dyter-07 (C64)
19??-??-?? Dyter-07 (AMI) Arranged by Karsten Obarski.
19??-??-?? Dyter-07 (AST) Arranged by Karsten Obarski.

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