my music addiction began in '75 when I got my first guitar and took beginner's lessons. At the end of the decade, I developed my own heavy Beatlemania infection, much to the disapproval of my mom. She still doesn't like them now because I played them all day without an interruption
. Never mind, I still like them
However, my real
musical awakening was somewhen around 1980 (I was about 13 at the time) when friends introduced me to the must-haves of 70s rock music: Deep Purple and the follow-up bands, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, The Doors... you know what I mean
. I'll be thankful for the rest of my life. The first record I ever bought for myself was DP's 'Made in Japan' live album. Which I still have and love.
I actually wasn't that much into synths in those days. When you turned on the radio in the early 80s, most of what you'd hear was that typical 80s synth pop (bands like Depeche Mode, Tears For Fears, and that kind of stuff) which I absolutely loathed at that time and still do not like at all today. At that time I actually developed some kind of 'synths are *blargh*' attitude, which was actually not fair towards the instruments. Anyway, I soon enough figured the instruments were not to blame - after all, bands like Pink Floyd, ELP and even - although to a lesser extent - my all-time favorites Deep Purple and Rainbow used them. So it should've been 'synth pop
. I stand by this until today
. I still do not like most 'pop' music now - and hip-hop, techno etc. make me leave the room
. I do like a few electronics-only bands though, namely Kraftwerk (now who doesn't?), Tangerine Dream, the fantastic but not very well known debut album by The United States of America, J-M Jarre, Alan Parsons, Klaus Schulze and a few more. Recently, I 'discovered' a rather retro-sounding psychedelic rock band which I'll see live in concert in a week
, and who make heavy (double meaning of the word intended
) use of analog synths - Vibravoid. I don't know if they are known outside Germany, but they sound a bit like Pink Floyd jamming with Hawkwind, and Amon Düül joining in occasionally.
In the early 90s I played guitar and sang in an amateur rock band, and this is where synthesizers come in. We decided some of our songs could do well with some organ-or-whatever stuff, and I finally bought my first synth somewhen between 92 and 94 (I don't remember exactly). It was a DX21, which I still have and use. My programming attempts were not very successful, though... it probably wasn't exactly very clever to try and get some "fat and mellotron-like" sounds out of the DX21
. I know that now
Those days are long gone, but I am very happy I still had some tapes (self-recorded audio, and even a video recording someone took at one of our concerts and gave it to us) which I then copied to a CD and a DVD.
Today, I mainly record my own stuff at home, just for fun and without any professional ambitions. It is actually quite simple: I do not have enough hands to play one or two guitars, a bass guitar, drums, synth, and possibly additionally sing and/or play a sax... So multi-tracking is the thing to do if I want to hear how my songs actually sound
And then, just a few months ago, I decided to add an analog synth to get sounds the DX21 is simply not intended for. It is small, almost square and its name is 'Minibrute'
. Man, I just love that thing.
When things get rolling it is hard to stop them... this is why I now also got a DX7IID off Ebay. Must be the hunter's & collector's gene in us all
Let's see where this is going from here...
Music was my first love and it 'll be my last (John Miles)