STEPHEN E. MENDES

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I started piano lessons at age 12, but quit after a year as I was playing "by air" so much better than the written stuff they were feeding me.

I was obsessed with creating my own sound and writing original lyrics.

I wanted to leverage technology to produce "big sound" (that of an entire band) and improve both the quality and range of sound effects I could produce.

At 14, I bought an electric guitar which was soon followed by an electric bass.

Here is a sound sample [7.39 secs 326K] of electric lead (passed through a "fuzz" box).

Between 1974 and 1976, I studied Electronics as detailed in my Education page. I quickly designed an FET stereo mixer, and with two cassette decks, I was into sound-on-sound recording.

Concurrently with my personal music progress, at this time, I was playing keyboard in a band (PROBE).

We made some money by playing at the Hotels, but most of it went back into better instuments and amplifiers.

Here we are, playing on stage for a local audience, at one of the leading secondary schools on the island (I am way down at the opposite end of the stage!).

In my home studio, I strove constantly to improve the quality of the sound , this was important because as I added each new instument, the parts before were copied from one machine to the next and this degraded the quality slightly each time.

Still, listen to this sound clip [11.38 secs 502K]. It features lead guitar on top of a base of organ and wah-wah effected guitar strumming. The clip is from my first version of Fork of Life, an original composition.

In 1977, I bought the Yamaha BK5 organ shown at the top of this page (and here is a sound clip [7.03 secs 310K]). This sound was obtained by passing the output through a phase shifter to produce the effect of more notes being played.

In 1979, I purchased an analog monophonic synthesizer (Yamaha CS10), you can click here [13.84 secs 610K] for a sample of it (backed by the Yamaha BK5).

Between 1986 and 1989, I added the following instuments to my studio:-

I re-recorded all my old numbers to take advantage of the technology boost. Added some new material and released (for sale ?) my first debut album MIRROR OF THE MIND. Why not order your copy today by clicking here ?
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