Sound, as much as music, has always fascinated me, especially sound that has no earthly connection. One of the most influential albums I have ever listened to was “Quatermass,” by Tod Dockstader. This album literally blew my mind when I first heard it as a teenager. And I found it at my local public library! Quite amazing when you consider that I grew up in a town of 16,000 people, an hour north of New York City. The record has found it’s way to CD and is available either from Amazon or Starkland http://www.starkland.com/st201/index.htm
It was quite remarkable to me that Dockstader could create such incredible sounds from such mundane sources as the air escaping from a balloon. Once exposed to that album, I was hooked forever on electronic music. I quickly purchased one of the first commercial synthesizers on the market, the Arp 2600, and started making my own electronic music.After graduating high school I attended Berklee College of music for several years. At that time Berklee was primarily a jazz school and I was a trumpet player. While at Berklee I started playing bass guitar and gigging with local bands.
When I moved to California a few years later I ended up in a band called Daddy Warbucks, which was signed to Columbia Records. Unfortunately, that band didn’t last very long. I decided to go back to school and finish my degree in composition.When the home computer revolution began, I eagerly jumped on board, buying the second Macintosh model offered to the public, the “Fat Mac,” with an amazing 512K of memory! The first piece of music software that actually worked for me was a program called MidiPaint.
During that period, I was performing in an electronic duo called Atlas with my good friend from New York, Jeri Conway. Atlas had a self-titled cassette-only release in 1990 that was created entirely with MidiPaint and a Fostex 8-track tape deck.The company that published MidiPaint went out of business so I moved over to Opcode and started using Vision, a wonderful sequencer that has since languished in development since Gibson purchased Opcode. I then switched to Digital Performer and have found that software to be an excellent choice, both for sequencing and recording.
The newest release from Galactic Anthems is called Semper Fidelity and was released in 2007. This CD combines a sci-fi comic in PDF form by Matt Howarth and 55 minutes of music inspired by the comic, all on the same disc. Naming Galactic Anthems the “Unsigned Artist of the Month” for August 2007, Keyboard Magazine calls this CD “an engrossing soundscape that’s majestic, fun, intense and campy.”
Galactic Anthems music has been licensed for use by numerous cable TV stations including The Sci-Fi Channel, National Geographic, the History Channel, the Discovery Health Channel, MTV, and many others.I can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Galactic Anthems CD’s are available from www.galacticanthems.com, www.cdbaby.com, and many online music download sites, such as iTunes, Emusic, Rhapsody, MusicNow, MusicNet, Napster, and many others.