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Bio / Frequently Asked Questions

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How did you get started in music ?

I had absolutely no music education. I just felt attracted to it very young, and spent entire hours listening to instrumental music vinyls or NES soundtracks I had tape-recorded.

When I was 8 years old, my parents offered me a cheap 24-keys portable keyboard, just a toy, and magic happened. I picked up the guitar at 14 by borrowing one from a friend, and got my hands on a home computer at around the same time. The first music software I ever used is Triton's FastTracker 2.

As I watched more movies and played more video games, I became more and more fascinated by the illustrative power of music, and quickly started to create soundtracks for imaginary stuff, in various genres.

As back in the 90's we did not have the same amount of storage resources, most of the music I wrote then got lost, but I could save some on tape, floppy disks or in my head !

Which services do you offer ?

In a nutshell, this is what I can do for you :

What are your prices / fees ?

Well it depends on the project you want to hire me for (budget, complexity, planning...). That is why I request direct contact whenever possible, so that we can discuss all aspects together. I'm open to any option that you feel most suited to your constraints.

Can I use one of your songs in a video I'm making ?

Yes, absolutely. If you need a written permission please contact me, I'll give it to you. The only thing I ask for in return is proper credit. Please make sure to add mention that the music in your video is by me, as well as a link to this website.

By the way, why "CarboHydroMusic" ?

In a nutshell, my lifelong 3-lettered retro games ranking nick is "CHM". I've registered my scores like this since around the NES/SNES era. A couple of my friends eventually started calling me that way too, and still do nowadays.

In the early 2000's, when I had to choose an Internet pseudonym and started publishing video game music remixes, "CHM" obviously was too common of a username though. At that time I was a student and I came up with the most uncommon idea, or so I thought : use chemical elements to stand for each letter. Carbon for C, Hydrogen for H, and none for M : CarboHydroM.

However, and against all odds, when I signed up on Youtube in 2010, I found out that somebody else had registered as "carbohydrom". A bit puzzled at first, I finally took the opportunity to give a purpose to this lonely M, and changed the username into "CarboHydroMusic". And here we are, it sounds a bit more like a studio name now !

Credits

Second Legacy - Independent game soundtrackCarboHydroM2015(Developer, Artist, Composer, Sound Designer)
Unsealed - A musical play through The Legend Of Zelda ALTTPCarboHydroM2014(Arranger)
ChargN - Independent game soundtrackBoxhouse Games2014(Composer)
Other Side (Global Game Jam 2014) - Independent game soundtrackLudonkey & Others2014(Composer, Sound Designer)
Prime Legacy - Fictional game soundtrackCarboHydroM2014(Composer)
Chroma Crunch - Independent game soundtrackRoguish Exploits2013(Composer, Sound Designer)
Divided Infinity - Independent game soundtrackCoded Emotion2013(Composer, Sound Designer)
Dino Racer Turbo Mega Destructor - Animation soundtrackDavid Carron2012(Composer)
Rock 'n' Twinbee - Pop 'n' Twinbee OST tribute arrange albumCarboHydroM2008(Arranger)
Extra Credits - Web series intro themeExtra Credits2008(Arranger)
Random Gamer Memories - Video game music arrange compilationCarboHydroM2004(Arranger)
VG Rocks ! - Video game music arrange compilationCarboHydroM2003(Arranger)

Gear

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Computer
  • PC Intel Core i7, 32GB RAM, 500GB internal SSD + 1TB external HDD
  • Synology DS411slim 4 TB
Audio Interfaces & Preamps
  • Steinberg UR44
  • PreSonus Bluetube Dual Path
Monitors System
  • 2 x Monkey Banana Turbo 8
Headphones
  • AKG K271MkII
Software
  • Cubase / WaveLab
MIDI Controllers
  • M-Audio Axiom 61 2nd Gen
  • Yourock Guitar Gen2
  • Roland HD-3 V-Drums
Instruments
  • Electric guitars : Ibanez SIR27FD-IPT, Ibanez RGD2127Z-ISH, Epiphone SG Special Cherry 1990-1995
  • Acoustic guitars : Epiphone PR350C/VC, Esteve Mod. 1 2008
  • Bass guitar : Storm Precision Bass 5-Strings
Amps & Effects Rack
  • Vox Tonelab EX
  • Marshall JVM210H + MR1960AV
  • Strymon Brigadier
  • Strymon OB1
Microphones
  • 2 x Shure SM57 LC
  • M-Audio Luna 2
Remote Recording
  • Tascam DR-100MkII