My name is, as you've probably guessed, Flemming. Full name — Flemming Rasmussen. I was born in late winter 1977 in the town of Nykøbing on the Isle of Falster in the kingdom of Denmark.
Nykøbing is a fairly small town with about 16.500 people living here and I'm one of them.
I did spend a few years in Nakskov while getting my Multimedia Design degree and a few years in the greater Copenhagen area while getting my bachelor of Computer Science degree.
My hobbies include writing music, coding stuff, photography and more recently videography.
I will never claim to be an expert at anything. There is always new stuff to learn at an exponentially increasing rate. And i think that is good thing. I like to learn new stuff. And while i don't necessarily delve deep into every single new technology, framework or programming language that pops up, I do like to at least take a look at it. Sometimes it remains just a quick look. Sometimes inspiration hits and projects arise from it. I tend to learn things more deeply when I need to use them.
I'm calm in nature. I prefer to think before I act, but sometimes forget to. I like solving problems and exploring possibilities. I find that when looking for path to a solution for a problem, a number of new paths to even more interesting problems are found along the way. The more you learn, the more you can learn.
"Jack of all trades, master of none,
Often times better than a master of one"
I'm not particularly opinionated, but I do have strong opinions on the thing that matter to me. I believe in science and the potential of man-kind.
My time line
These next paragraphs are a summation of things that have shaped me, my interests and who I am during my life. It's not high quality drama. You'll find that I'm quite common. If my "life story" doesn't interest you (and i can't really blame you for that), I'd suggest you take a look at my CV, portfolio and the media pages on this site to get some idea of what it is that i do.
If, however, you do decide to read on, i hope you'll find that maybe, we have some things in common to talk about.
The early years part 1: GOTO 10
Quite possibly the most important thing that happened during my early childhood was when my big brother decided to get a computer. The absolutely glorious and fantastic Commodore 64. This 16 color, 64K breadbox was my introduction to computers and while it was mostly used as a gaming machine, it did not take long before I started typing in code. It was BASIC, but it was still code.
Back then the code came from magazines and i would type in the code and then be delighted when it actually worked. But more importantly was seeing what happens when you change some variable, or move some code around just to see what would happen. And from that came inspiration and ideas for my own little projects.
I am certain that I would have not seen the potential in computers and electronics if i hadn't had the C-64 in my life this early and while I envy those who grow up with today's technologies I am glad to have grown up just before home computers started growing into the powerful machines we have today and before every piece of knowledge could be found in an instant on a device you carry in your pocket. Perspective is a good thing to have.
It was wasn't long until the old C-64 died and was replaced by another one (this time in the newer and much sleeker redesigned case). Once it too came to it's demise it was finally time for an upgrade.
The early years part 2: I think it means "girlfriend"
With its 16 colors,320x200 resolution and fairly limited sound chip, the C-64 was not a multimedia beast. But it's newer "sister", the Amiga 500 was, at the time for me at least, almost indistinguishable from magic.
What made the Amiga 500 special to me was its audio capabilities. 4 Stereo channels running 8 bit audio at 22kHz. Certainly not audiophile quality by today's standards, but in 1987, on a home computer, this was a big deal.
And it was the Amiga that got me into writing music. Protracker was my weapon of choice back then. So much so that even when i eventually switched to PC in 1997, i would still user tracker software (fasttracker) to write my tunes up until late 2001.
My main musical inspiration from childhood is Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells album. My father had bought it on tape, and over a number of years i had nearly worn that magnetic strip down to its final layer of atoms. What fascinated my about that album, and Mike's music in general was that it was clearly HIS music. It did not fit follow any conventions of popular music, it was not designed for radio or any other specific purpose other than to listen to. He just "Made an album", and somehow against all odds and marketing knowledge, it was a success.
Other artists that i was into were Jean Michel Jarre (Zoolook especially), The Art Of Noise and for some reason RUN DMC.
The teen years: Balls of steel
When i was about 15 members of my family had taken up petanque as a hobby. If you don't know what petanque is, think of it as curling in 3D but without the ice and with much more interesting rules. It took a year or so but eventually I too started playing this game. A year later i won the Danish Junior singles championship and over the coming years I won championships, won tournaments, played international tournaments and generally did quite well.
More coming soon
The 20's: Time travel, regular travel and the internet
The 30's: 日本語で。。。