At the age of 9, I began my formal music education. For 4 years I continued with private lessons, primarily keyboards, which in hindsight taught me to read both the treble & bass clef along with understanding the various Time Signatures.
My influences were any sheet music that I had in my possession to read/practice & play.
At the age of 10 I was in a band with my brother and two of our cousins. We were playing the Wedding, Communion, Confirmation and Birthday Party local circuit.
Looking back...we never rehearsed, we individually learned the written music, then we just showed up with our box of sheet music, opened it up onto our music stands and read & played whatever songs that were decided before the set or requested during the set.
The only musical prep-work that I can remember was the transposing of some harmony parts with my brother. We had a pretty good idea what songs to have on hand as our Uncles who preceded us years before, had suggested. They were also kind to us by handing down most of their sheet music that we would perform... and even at the age of 10 to 12 we had a pretty good idea what songs were expected at a wedding, gig, etc.......
Lead/Rhythum Guitar, Acoustic GTR, Slide Guitars & Pangolin.
Keyboards: Synths, Sampler, Bass Pedals, Accordion, Harmonica, Jaw-Harp, Kalimba.
Drum Machine Programming.
Maintenance, repair & modifications of Synths/Keyboards, Effect pedals/processors, Amplifiers & Guitars.
At 24 I helped form a local band, with like minded friends called "Shadowfax" that wrote and performed "a lot"of original songs along with covers of a similar genre. We had a loyal following and always had a great time performing. This band had the best potential for original music.
As lineups within the band evolved it was determined that we were to go on the road and so we headed out to the mid-west and all points in between.
On the bright side.... I got very good with playing Bass Guitar, performing 5 or 6 days a week will have that effect and I had the permanent string grooves in my fingers to prove it.
After the road came to a conclusion, "VaporVoyce" was formed around 1979-80.
In '83 I departed performing with a band and fosused on writing and recording.
So....Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) was just born way back then. I had just bought an Analog Roland Juno-60, MOOG-Source and then a Yamaha DX-7, TX81Z & RX-11 and....as luck would have it, they threw in a free Yamaha CX5M Computer. The computer helped immensely with the vastly obscure task of programming the Frequency Modulation Synths (algorithms, operators & carriers) on the DX-7 & TX81Z .....a great brain exercise!! So now, for the first time, with the computer hooked up to a CRT Monitor I was able to get visual feedback as I changed program parameters on the synths, samplers & drum machines.
Shortly there after I bought an Ensoniq VFX and a Roland S-550 Sampler that required a MIDI Keyboard Controller. Sampling was new (and very expensive) in the early '80's and just another great mathematical brain exercise for your minds eye back then, I suppose.
So...I got very much back into the Keyboard based/Synth, FM Digital and Analog Programming, Sampling, Computer Sequencing, Inter-instrument communication aspect of this technology. Exciting stuff for the 1980's, for me anyway. Out of love and common sense, I've hung on to most of my vintage equipment from the '50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's to the present, personally keeping it all maintained & operational.
To capture an idea, to create, I'll always try to have an analog or digital recording device handy, if not.....a pencil and paper will always do.
As for music; the creation....mysteriously shows up when I practice; be it during sound design (working with LFOS's, FILTERS, ADSR's, etc....) drum/beats/sample programming, Sequencing, scale/chord study on the Guitars or Keyboards.
So when the subconscious mysteriously shows up with an offering, it is captured.
I recall a friend who worked at MOOG MUSIC here in Buffalo, NY, dropped off a Modular Synth to check out for a few days. At some point one evening I fired up this synth. I began by turning on the Tape player to record/archive. Then coaxing a sound from the MOOG and an ARP AXXE (no presents), Noise changed to...electric crickets from outer space, Random Wave Generator turned into a sequence and then with a few ADSR tweaks I found a tone, from which I played a melody and out came an idea.
And (as from this example) that's how the Song "Nothing at the Moment" materialized.
So when one starts with noise, generates it into a Sound and then have a Song emanate from that evolutionary process, to me has always been and will always remain.....curious."
AUDIO RECORDING, MIXING & MASTERING:
Recording has always for the most part been around me superficially since the 1960's, So in the 80's I began to study the techniques, starting with (The Old School) analog to the current digital formats of the 21st. century.
Since '94, my investment was towards Digital Recording (AKAI, DR-8, 8 Track Digital Recorder), Processing and Mixing Hardware which then technically evolved and matured into Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software based recording, processing and virtual instruments.
Safe & Sound Communications began around 1997, recording artists for CD distribution.
I continue to study & practice the Audio Art of Mixing and Mastering.
If interested, I offer the following services:
Mix and/or Master (for Streaming, SoundCloud, MP3 or CD Duplication) Including Album/Song ISRC and UPC Metadata if required. A UPC barcode (or Universal Product Code) is used to represent and track your music as an entire physical or digital product, in contrast to an ISRC code (or International Standard Recording Code) which represents individual tracks or sound recordings.
All of my original songs are available for Song Licensing w/Permission.
Create Music for Video, Commercial, Soundtrack, etc................
Collaboration: Your Video to my Music.
If you have any questions, please reach out to me via my " CONTACT " page.