Espen is one of the four core members of the Precursors Remixing Team.
Espen Gätzschmann was born in Trondheim, Norway 21. November 1979. He never had much interest in music, and was often quoted saying that he "had heard no music he really liked". The reason for this wouldn't be apparent for many years.
At an early age, he saved up money and bought a keyboard of the kind that is made for kids. This must have been a mystery for those that had heard of his dislike of music, for he was often heard playing the keyboard for hours at end. This interest in keyboards and synthesizers would never dwindle, although the keyboard sadly did. For a period of many years, he had no access to such musical hardware.
The replacement would come through his interest in computers. The Commodore 64 didn't satisfy. Having to manually program every note in an environment with only three channels proved a bit daunting to a young boy. Things improved considerably when he got an Amiga 500, and for the first time in his life, saw a tracker program. This was the OctaMED.
A few years later, and he had a PC. The demo scene brought his attention to the popular Scream Tracker, which became his tracker of choice for years to come, only to be replaced by Impulse Tracker 2. He kept using this tracker for many years, but had to migrate to more professional tools around 2002.
At the moment, Espen is using Reason 2.5 for his musical compositions, but is also trying to learn Cubase SX and the joys of VSTi plugins that are never in sync. He has a Yamaha CS1x synthesizer and a Roland JV-1010 sound module.
In 2001, Tore Aune Fjellstad and Espen formed a music group called Medieval Future.
Released Ur-Quan Masters Remixes
Espen Gätzschmann has been involved in the creation of the following Ur-Quan Masters remixes:
Full Remixes or Original Compositions
- Arilou - Welcome to Falayalaralfali
- Kohr-Ah Battle
- Slylandro Home - Floating Gas Bags
- Slylandro Probes - We Come In Peace
- Starbase - Under a Red Sky
- Traddash - Culture 19
- Ur-Quan - Now and Forever
- VUX - Ultra-gross!
- Orbit V - Extraterrestrial Lifeforms
In addition to his interest in Star Control 2, Espen Gätzschmann also involves himself in other projects. At the moment, he's also creating modules and music for the popular PC game Neverwinter Nights. So far, he has released one module, Beasts of the Night, which has gotten good reviews from the NWN community.