Background audio mishmash from:
Semenal Musickal Sic Sic Sick
"Love to Love You Baby Maxwell House"
Symphony for the Impending…
"Commuter Hymn, Commuter Hell"
"Torrentrickles on the Flood Plains"
My parents had to get me a (used, upright) piano at age 4 because I was bothering the neighbors who had pianos too much. Ever since I learned "Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater" and advanced to "Chopsticks," I'd become insufferable.
I started lessons the summer between kindergarten and first grade. For a time in college I was a piano major. Unfortunately I never really decided what I wanted to do when I grew up, so I didn't grow up. However, I aged.
I figured I had no talent at all when it came to composing something resembling music. I tried once at about age twelve, and the result was a disaster.
Computers changed that and gave me confidence through the miracles of midi and instant gratification.
About 1987 I began making a lot of videos (see the Sutro Tower Video link on the navigation bar). By 1990 I was frustrated by a lack of music I wanted to use with the videos.
Enter the Yamaha QY10.
It was an 8-track sequencer with some very synthetic sounding sample sounds.
I had no idea there was any way to use it other than to punch in loads of data for each note. On each of the 8 tracks. There was no graphical interface to let you know what was going on on the other tracks.
It required a good memory.
Being rather obsessive as I am, I spent all my free time composing, after an initial few weeks of entering notes off sheet music. It was a blast. I quit even working on movies to play with music.
I'd never thought a PC was very useful, but I got a Windows 3.1 machine about a year after the QY10. Then I bought a Roland SC-7 general midi sound module for somewhat better quality sounds. Not long afterward I got a Turtle Beach sound card that had decent sounds, better than the one that came with Windows. In several more years I got a Roland JV-1080 synthesizer. Finally I bought a new computer and installed Gigasampler on it. I bought $2000 worth of sound libraries for it.
About then the internet exploded. Soon my aorta followed in the internet's footsteps.
Occasionally I get a bout with nostalgia and think about trying to compose some music once again. I'm not really set up for it anymore, but I suppose anything is possible.
Check out the Compositions List page for more info and some samples of the music.