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Name:  musicalman
Forum posts:  146 (0.26 per day) (View)
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Since:  2016-05-27 02:40:50 PM (registered for 1 year, 6 months and 22 days)
Last post:  2017-12-06 03:57:39 PM, in dealing with the gaps between notes (Custom Music)
Last activity:  2017-12-18 02:51:29 PM (2 hours, 45 minutes and 36 seconds ago)
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User Bio
Well, you are reading this because you want to read something. So here goes.

I am a blind musician who is also a tech geek. I also have a mild form of Aspergers which greatly intensifies and focuses my primary interests. However it is harder for me to focus on some other things. Socialization and emotional processing is sometimes difficult, as is often the case with Aspergers. It is my musical interests which keep me sane. That, and good friends. :)

I started messing around with toy organs and keyboards when I was 2, and that is where my interest in musical things started. When I was 4 I started taking piano lessons with a teacher who was mostly rock/jazz/pop oriented, which is where I learned a lot of basic music theory. When I was 10 I moved to taking classical piano lessons.

Until I was a teenager I had very little exposure to electronic music and synthesizers, though I was always fascinated with them and wanted to know more about how they worked and how I could use them to express the ideas I had. At one point, I decided I might as well pursue this interest because I felt that studying piano, while fulfilling in many ways, wasn't my true passion. Besides, I didn't really want to be a famous blind piano player because I was always compared to blind and sighted pianists as I grew up.

Ten years later, I'm still highly involved with my interests in music technology. I currently use synthesizers to make most of my music using midi, and my piano and now keyboard skills help me greatly as they stimulate creative processes. I still take occasional lessons but have self-taught a considerable amount of what I know. All of my music is done by ear; I never learned how to read sheet music in any format. I recently went to York College of Pennsylvania where I graduated in May 2016 with a Masters degree in Music Industry and Recording Technology.

I've also taken a great interest in sound design and in recording, especially in a musical context. My upbringing with strictly acoustic music has never left me, though, and so my creative ideas always stem around making more acoustic sounds/compositions with a ton of electronic music influences thrown in. My tastes in music range from ambient, classical, country, chiptune, metal, and anything else really. Though I like instrumental music more. I could never really identify with lyrics, and thus music that relies on lyrics is dull to me. Experimental music is another difficult one for me to really get into, and I mostly listen to it to see if I hear some fragment that inspires me.

I enjoy learning about video games, though I can't play most of them. I've always wondered how video games make their unique sounds, and for years it has been my dream to work with a selection of retro sound chips in some way. I wanted to see how a composer from 2 or 3 decades ago might have felt while taking an idea and making it work for such a chip. That dream is becoming a reality. The Snes has always been my favorite video game sound system because it always straddles that line between real music and synthesized music. When I discovered AddmusicK (a tool that allows one to insert custom music into SMW), I became very excited, as I found it had considerable power. Thus, I joined SMWC, as I thought it was only right for me to use my talents to contribute, help others and learn (mostly in the custom music section).

However, I really don't have much of a real life outside of what I just described above. So I still need to work on that. Lol
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