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Interview with Matti R?nk?, Sage of Beyond Force

What is your alias? If you find the story interesting, then let us know how you came up with it?

I've been using alias Sage since 1987. I had been watching demos for about a year then and I decided I might want to be part of the scene. My local friend used alias Groo and he had taken that name from a comic Groo the Wanderer. In that comic there was also a sage named Sage so I took that my alias from that. :)

Have you changed handles? If so, give us the reason(s) and your previous nickname(s)!

I've always been Sage.

When and where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born on July 13th 1972 in Turku, Finland and I'm still living in Turku.

When did you get your first computer and which computers do/did you own? When did you get your C64?

I got my first computer which was C64 as a birthday present in 1984.

How did you get to know the scene? Who was your first contact (person you knew) on the scene?

I met Viz/Z-Circle in a local supermarket's computerdepartment in 1986. For some reason we started to talk and we both were interested in demos. So he was my first scene contact.

Describe your scene career, including all groups you have been a member of! Keep chronological order please!

I'm a long time looser. :) I joined TJU (The Jezebels Union) in 1987 as did almost everybody in Finland who were in scene in that year. Then I joined Zodux in 1988 (group which changed to Beyond Force later that year) and in May '88 Beyond Force was founded and I joined it right away. I coded one couple of demos for Zodux on c64. I also coded something for Beyond Force (before we got famous :). And I also made one demo on amiga.

Which scene do/did you consider best and why? If you have been only on the C64, then give us the reason(s)!

I think the only real demoscenecomputers are c64 and unexpanded a500 and a1200 as they are closed systems. On other amigas and pc demos need more and more cpu power and those demos are boring. The feeling is missing in those demos. For me c64 scene is the original real scene. Then amigascene and I'm not so interested in pc scene.

What do you think you gained by being a member of the scene?

Lots of cool friends. I have known those guys for almost 10 years now and I would have missed much if I didn't know them. Also demos and scene music have given me much pleasure during these years.

What do you consider lost, wasted or meaningless during the years you have spent on the scene?


What is/are/was/were your main interest(s)/function(s)?

Coding and being a mascot. :)

What made you start doing graphics/composing/swapping/coding/modem trading organising or whatever you did?

Friends and the pleasure which comes when I did succee to code something.

What are/were your greatest successes/fiascos?

There are none. :)

Was there any special connection between you/your group and some other people/groups on the scene (co-operation, war, friendship etc.)? If so, what made it start and stop?

We have always been good friends with Origo Dreamline. And Z-Circle's guys have been my friends for years.

There was this war between two lame finnish groups Zodux and Byterapers Inc. in '88 which led to the death of Zodux and the birth of Beyond Force.

Have you attended parties? Tell us about your favourite conferences? You can even mention some fiascos.

I have been for many parties during these years. The first one was in Vaajakoski/Finland held by FIG. It was also the first ever scene party in Finland. I also remember well DDG party in '88 as Beyond Force was founded couple of days earlier. The worst one was the famous Lahti party in '89 when the whole party was cancelled about the same time it was supposed to start as someone broke a beer bottle and the janitor of that school saw that thing. I also visited HZ's easter parties in '90 and '91 in Stockholm/Sweden. Then there are many smaller finnish parties I've visited. And of course I were in Assembly 92 and Assembly 94.

Is/was there any special feeling in your crew, something more than just being in a group?

There has never been any fights in our group. We have always been good friends with each other. Nowadays we get together about twice a year and drink some booze and talk about everything. And of course we watch demos (mostly old ones :)

What were your favourite groups/artists/coders/productions? Why do/did you like their work/these programs?

There are too many to be listed. I don't even want to start as I would forget somebody that should be in that list.

Give us a brief description on the development of the scene as you experienced it and computer society in general!

In the beginning almost everybody in the scene knew each other but when the scene got bigger it got worse. There is now real friendship feeling in pc scene like there is in c64scene. That's also one reason why I don't like pc scene.

What is your profession? What do you do for a living? Does it have to do anything with computers? Is there anything you do in real-life that is similar to what you have been doing on the scene?

I'm a math student and I'll be math researcher. Of course I have taken many computer science courses and I have studied much about the mathematical foundations of computer science.

How did your attitude towards computers change during the years?

I've learned to hate them. I don't want to work with them. I couldn't stand if my living depended on doing some shit with computers. But still I spent quite much of my spare time using computers. :)

What do you like doing in your spare-time when not computing? What is/are your hobby(ies)?

I listen much music and I'm a movie enthusiast. I also read a lot.

Are there moments when you feel nostalgic thinking back to the past years of the scene? If so what do you do when it happens?

Many times. Especially in our comeetings with Origo.

What are your plans for the near/far future?

I'll finnish my studies and start working in our math department.

What is your goal in life? What would you like to achieve?

I'd love to be a known mathematician. :)

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