About Me

Hello and welcome to my page!

My name is Pedro Pimenta and I was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1992. I currently have an incomplete degree in Artistic Studies and have worked since I was 16 for my family business in the area of construction as an administrative assistant, alongside managing a small online store (now closed) named “Palmela Salvage” to sell salvaged materials, furniture, used objects and machines taken from the buildings we restored.

Since around 2010, I have been researching about videogames and collecting them, specializing in the portuguese videogame history, having contributed to a book in 2013 (Videojogos em Portugal). I have also been writing for various websites and magazines, like the website Unseen64, the blogs Planeta Sinclair and Planeta MS-DOS, the portuguese retrogaming magazine Pushstart; Espectro and Jogos80, physical magazines released in Portugal and Brazil or Club Otaku, a website dedicated to the divulgation of the japanese culture in Portugal. In 2021, I also started writing for the legendary british magazine Crash and its respective annual.

Another important element is my collaboration with the museum of ZX Spectrum in Cantanhede – Load ZX, owned by the collector João Diogo Ramos where I have been an occasional consultant regarding the history of videogames in Portugal. I was also invited to coordinate a conversation with Marco Paulo Carrasco, historical portuguese videogame programmer/author in 2019 and have created the museum “theme song” alongside all music used by the museum in their promotional videos and live shows.

I have been invited to be part of a full-length documentary titled Paradise Café, produced by Indivídeos, having been filmed, contributing with my knowledge and several items in my collection, and also was a consultant for a three part series by Cineblog (see here Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) both about the history of videogame development in Portugal.

In late 2020, I created RetroArquivo, a website that reflects the archive I’ve been building for years composed of magazines, advertisement, catalogues and other promotional items related to the history of videogames and computing in Portugal. Currently I’m running it with Miguel Costa and Michelle Caldeira, two friends and like-minded historians that have helped collect and preserve many historical items also with the contribution of various members of the community.

In early 2021 I was interviewed for the TV Show Retro Gamers, produced by Sigma 3 and aired on SIC Radical about my music work for retro platforms. I was in the second part of a series dedicated to the ZX Spectrum and its heritage in Portugal, episode 10 of the first season. You can see the show online, clicking here.

I also wrote the 13th episode of the 2nd season, one dedicated to Famiclone consoles and supplied all the consoles and accessories shown throughout the episode.

Recently, also in 2021, I’ve opened myself to collaboration with Youtubers, making the theme song for Mario Bernardes aka BrotheRetro, a song for Rod Bell aka Villordsutch and another for Retro Robbins.

Regarding music, I chose my artistic name because of a song by Disasterpeace, whose style in music I admire along with his capacity to reinvent himself in every new project, bringing always new and interesting approaches to music and sound design.

Since 2016 I’ve been doing music and sound design for videogames on all platforms and lately have specialized in music made for videogames on retro machines, like the ZX Spectrum, MSX, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore Amiga and many others…

I hope to keep following my goal that is working full-time in audio for videogames and hopefully in time I believe that will be possible.

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