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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:-