Kangaroo MusiQue

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(note: this article has been cut down upon Kangaroo's insistence, for some reason; you can easily find older versions, however)

Kangaroo MusiQue of SPRING aka Ghostbuster & RUN/STOP from Germany, aka Thorsten Norman Mitschele. He composed about 450 tunes on the Schneider/Amstrad CPC by using the Soundtrakker from New Age Software. A lot of the tunes were used in CPC-Demos from different groups, also he composed some tunes for CPC and Nintendo Gameboy Games, programmed by Elmsoft (EGS) published by Titus Software in France.

The summer 2009 controversy

Kangaroo offered home to several CPC projects, including CPC-Wiki and cpc-forum.de. Kangaroo was therefore the man who hosted CPCWiki on a company server almost from its beginning, as he did with other CPC-related projects (like cpc-forum.de). At some point, Kangaroo claimed that the hosting of CPCWiki cost him in excess of €3000/yr (!!), and even managed to get a donation from Prodatron to the tune of €1000.

However, in a controversial move during the summer of 2009 and without any prior warning, he withdrew support, taking over the old CPC-wiki domain and shutting down cpc-forum.de, deleting the database in the process.

After the general outcry Kangaroo offered to host CPCWiki at a cost of €120 per month. Of course it was too late, to say nothing of running the risk of hosting the project with someone who might take it down again at his whim. This was imposible to fund (and other hosts offered much cheaper solutions for dedicated servers), so Kangaroo was asked to sell the domain (cpcwiki.com) so that we could move the wiki to another host.

This Kangaroo declined to do for personal reasons. What's more, he forwarded all relevant domains first to his personal blog and, subsequently, to gay-related websites.

This forced us to register cpcwiki.eu and transfer the database there.

It's worth noting that Kangaroo's server at CMO presented lots of problems and needed constant attention. During the period of looking for another host Kangaroo claimed, in very derogatory (and even racist!) terms that the administrators of the wiki were useless and ignorant. Given that after the move we stopped encountering problems it seems unlikely that this was the case. We haven't had much trouble since then.

In November, 2011, Kangaroo threatened our host, a member of the CPC community, with a lawsuit if this page was not removed from the wiki. It is not known what basis his lawsuit would be on. Instead of backing down to his whims, we decided to move the wiki once again to another host instead of having our host deal with the threat. This was the second time that Kangaroo threatened with legal action.

In January, 2012, Kangaroo donated money to the project. Many users suspected that this was not out of the goodness of his heart, and after a few days they were proven right: Kangaroo demanded a refund of the donation because the page was still here. He also claimed he was promised that the page would be removed, which is of course a blatant lie since no communication with him ever took place.