1999 - 2001
I started making music on computers somewhere in the middle of summer 1999.
Not being "kaneel" yet, used to upload my work as the name of "Firefly" in 2001 (you won't find anything on the internet I believe).
I'm just mentioning these years to give Moonove and Knos a poke for the amazing work they've done administrating noerror.org during all these years and to express my gratitude for the first time Moonove let one song of mine make it on the noerror page... name of the track was "Smoking harmonious noise" (yes, you can laught :).
I also attended my first demoparty in August 2000.
Around year 2001, I decided to go by the alias of "kaneel", to express my deep love for the smell and the taste of cinnamon, often mentioning that my hair were actually almost of the same colour (that was some bad marketing idea, some people said). But it's only by the beginning of 2002 that I released my first modules under this name.
I decided to upload my first module as kaneel, on a tracker group / netlabel of that time (Paper was its name) and started to befriend more and more fellow users of soundtrackers... some of my hometown friends mentioned I got a bit autistic at that time, let say I was truly passionated by everything I was able to discover via this awesome media that was (preterit intended) the internet.
That's how I met more and more people on IRC, starting with Vizion and Purusha.
That's finally how Camomille was created with Vizion and more tracker fellows like Surasshu, Shiftless and much more (the list would be too long... oh well, let's add mv, tao and xerxes from hellven as well as Transient, Troupe, Melissa Welch, hapbt and many many more).
Meanwhile, Purusha also had his own collective named Ogredung where you could find some close Camomille friends there too.
No need to say I released on both Ogredung and Camomille, mostly for V.A. compilations.
But haters don't worry, it's only because I was their friend!
I also met the bypass demogroup guys and joined their group… a move that finally made me meet more and more demosceners, especially the guys of Blackmaiden and Calodox.
This year, I also released "Inside It" on Camomille, an EP focused on chipsounds-like micro samples and mellow sounds,
composed with the infamous Impulse Tracker (that I must remind you all was BETTER than FasttrackerII).
Also, made a colaborative soundtrack with marek of Bypass for the blusher 64kb intro.
During these "netlabel years", I met more guys who actually are still in touch with myself, especially
Makunouchi Bento's half, Felix Petrescu, who went by the handle of wakaX on IRC.
Me and Felix made some split EPs together, because the world needed more ambient, drones and soundscapes experimentations. One netlabel, as well as Kikapu, actually agreed with us, the world needed more ambient, drones and soundscapes and so it got more. I also met Jordy Timmermans aka Benefit of the boomerage, aka Vivace whom I'm still in touch with (we mostly complain about the situation of nowadays™ over gtalk) and who never stopped encouraging myself to release more… I think it's his way to hate the world, by requesting more kaneel's track.
By the middle of the year, an ep of Leenak X Makunouchi Bento got released on Kikapu.
2004 - 2006
During my two years living at Le Havre, I was working on my own first album, something I would believe be
proud of for years... how naïve was I?
I started rehearsing for "I've sketched it a while ago" somewhere in 2004 and ended the last track by the end of 2005.
3 years past before the world could actually get this album via Apegenine, a physical label started by Vizion.
No need to say I got a handful of reviews, or more like, 4 if I remember correctly.
During the year 2005, I also got the 3rd place in a netlabel "contest" with my track "matinée odeur kaneel", I now can actually argue I got pressed on a vinyl once... and only.
2006 - 2010
Meanwhile, I was making some modules for online compos, few demoparties, PAiN diskmag, and I started thinking about putting up my own collective, I got an idea in my mind.
My hometown friend Flashbacker thought the idea wasn't that bad, he decided to give me a hand and that's how we finally offered to the world (of internet) our collective called "petite&jolie". I emailed old friends and some new ones I made and who I thought would be perfect additions to the rooster, we organized our first release as a launching V.A. (yes, how cliché?).
And I released an EP and an album there, "La pink note" and "Here is a heart so you can remember how much I hate you" (I got a nobel prize for this title, true story).
That's also when I started to be very active as an helper, as well as a reknown showman, in the renoise community. I also created together
with Byte-Smasher an IRC channel for renoise (still irc.esper.net #renoise).
We've had lotsa fun with the first generation of chatters there, we organized funny one-hour-compos as well, good times™ (props to Conner!)
As mentioned earlier, my first album got finally released during this era.
"La pink note" was released in 2008 too.
I made the soundtrack of a java demo named "Aftermath", engineered by sir Pandur, released at main demoparty in 2008. I also helpt macaw of Bypass with a 4k he was working on by providing a tiny track using his tiny excel-looking synthesizer. I also made the soundtrack for pandur's Arc 4kb intro, released at breakpoint2009. And I started to export a bunch of module files to prepare a new album.
Worth to mention, I did most of my livesets during the 2006-2007 era, in some local night bars or at friends's places... even one at my own flat.
2010 - 2011
I moved to Paris, worked, made some intense rehearsal, got a tad monomaniac about it even.
As I moved rather close to Knos's appartment, we finally "hooked up" and decided we should make some funny jams together with Asako, who came from NYC to Paris to live her Histoire d'Amour with my friend Flashbacker.
We made some jams, we drank some beers, we discussed about demoscene and Knos even taught me a bit about coding.
At some moment, knos granted me a knighthood and made me a member of TPOLM.
At the beginning of the year 2010, I released "Here is a heart so you can remember how much I hate you" on petite&jolie.
In the year 2011, I released "Your average bestfriend", a 13 tracks album, on Inpuj as well as a split with Lackluster.
I also became the father of a redhead.
And worth to mention, I had my last liveset in 2011 for a demoscene related party at the Batofar, on its terrasse.
As a father of a very young one hell of a cute Maëlle, I had less time to make but finally made some snippets, rehearsals and uploaded few of them, unproduced, on my soundcloud... these will disappear and remains only in the head of the poors who stumbled upon them. Let's call it a present I made to my most honest followers.
By the end of year 2012, I finally decided the world had enough of cinnamon for good, nobody should
endure the pain of listening to, as some haters mentioned, some blikabrak stuff.
And to be honest, I also got enough of the process of releasing almost in the wind, uploading on soundcloud for ghosts who only lurk like mad at my new stuff without dropping a single comment of affection and blogging against walls.
But don't go thinking it's all over with my bleeps, there may be new releases under a different alias, someday, somewhen... the good thing is that you may never know if I ever released something new.
Of course, kaneel remains kaneel as "an internet persona of deep understanding and over 9000 puns".
You can keep following me on twitter if you care about web stuff, funny lulz, design, typography, code porn and good music I happen to listen while working on some web stuff, code porn, design or anything lulz-related.
Thanks for all the supporters who tried to cheer me up during this decade of kaneel.
If you noticed I missed some important facts, feel free to email me (come on, the email isn't hard to find... it's mynameiskaneel at some google place dot com).
There's so many names I could recall, so many different groups/collectives/labels I kind of hang around with…
As you may have noticed, there's no direct links to streamable music of mine apart on my bandcamp, don't get lazy
and google a bit by yourself.
If you want to lurk more, there's scene.org as well as archive.org.