Thomas Detert is a German music producer who began his career as computer games music composer.
Detert was always influenced by music, specifically Vangelis, Jean-Michel Jarre, Howard Jones, Art of Noise and Pet Shop Boys. When he heard Martin Galway's arrangement of Jarre's Magnetic Fields, Part 4, he became fascinated with the sound of the Commodore 64 and taped the arrangement. When he got Soundmonitor, he started composing himself.
In summer 1988, Michael Detert (his brother, a graphic and foley artist) and Helge Kozielek (games and sound programmer) and he founded the demo groups Omega 8 and X-Ample Architectures, which turned into a game development group for C64, Amiga, PC and Playstation.
After leaving school, he did some jobs to earn money and to build up his own little studio. In 1993 he founded his own records company: Activate Music Productions. In 1994 he created the A-Team with producers and songwriters Mike Griesheimer, Andreas Hoetter and Alexander Stiepler. The fruit of their collaboration was the eurodance project Activate. Then he started his act, 666, which sold several millions records worldwide. In May 2004, he founded Airbase Recordings with Alfonso Bernasconi and Griesheimer. He owns Airbase Media GmbH with Griesheimer.
According to his brother Michael, Thomas did not enjoy making sound effects, unlike himself.
- mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,9797/ - MobyGames.
- facebook.com/thomas.detert - Facebook.
- twitter.com/thomasdetert - Twitter.
- youtube.com/channel/UC2Wgz6zFK0f-GL7ezo-VOPA - YouTube.
- csdb.dk/release/?id=16745 - C64 Disk Interview from December 1990.
- remix64.com/interviews/interview-thomas-detert.html - Interview from April 22, 2001.
- atlantis-prophecy.org/recollection/?load=interviews&id_interview=173 - Interview from January 13, 2002.
- web.archive.org/web/20150122094437/http://www.magicdisk64.de/detert%20interview%2001.htm - Interview from January 21, 2015 (only first third; in German).
- files.slayradio.org/download.php/ziona_and_Slaygon_-_An_evening_with_Thomas_Detert_20181113.mp3 - Audio Interview from November 13, 2018.