My music tastes really began to evolve around 1976 in Palm Springs, CA at the age of 6 when my mother got my brother a Concert Sound of Henry Mancini LP after he inadvertently ruined his other Mancini Pink Panther LP by spraying bug killer on it. From that point forward I became a huge fan of many film and television scores over the next several years. Composers whom specifically influenced me were Oliver Nelson, Fred Myrow, John Barry, Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, Basil Poledouris, James Horner and of course, Henry Mancini. From 1979-1985, when I wasn't at the arcades or playing my Commodore 64/Atari 2600, I spent hundreds of hours in front of the TV watching HBO and MTV which were both vital musical influences.
The electronic music passion initially began 1979 in Casper, WY when I saw the HBO animated short AUTOBAHN by Roger Mainwood/Kraftwerk and Don Coscarelli's PHANTASM scored by Fred Myrow and Malcolm Seagrave. From there my electronic influences naturally expanded beyond Kraftwerk to John Carpenter (especially EFNY in 1981) and Tangerine Dream (Specifically FIRESTARTER and FLASHPOINT in 1984). Once I realized in 1985 that Tangerine Dream were an actual band and not just film composers (thanks Mike!) I couldn't keep money in my pocket.
1985: Mom gets me a couple of K-Mart Casios to get me started (CK-500 and SK-1, thanks mom!). In 1987 at 18 I requested a real synth instead of a car as my graduation gift; a Yamaha DX7II-fd with Grey Matter E which I gleefully drove an hour and a half in my 1964 Mercury Comet to pick up in Pomona, CA at a Guitar Center (I got a car anyway, just not a new one...obviously). I later added an Alesis HR-16 drum machine, a TASCAM PortaStudio 424 MKII 4 Track Analog Cassette Recorder and began recording my works. Many of these 34 year old recordings can be heard on my Bandcamp page as the Retronic series.
1988 at my studio apartment, Palm Springs, CA
1988 - My first synth; Yamaha DX7 IIfd with Grey Matter E! and Alesis HR-16 drum machine.
Several video store and comic book jobs later I add an Alesis QS-6 to my gear list and record NOMINAL GAIN in 1998. The QS-6 now sits quietly off to the side awaiting an inevitable sequel to NOMINAL GAIN called NOMINAL LEVEL. My original DX7 would soon be retired after this album and moved into a dark synth bag where it still hides today awaiting a savior to put a new battery inside. I ended up replacing it with a YAMAHA RM1X followed by a KORG Triton Le and got back to recording.
With composer/sound engineer Alan Howarth 2008, Pasadena, CA
2003: HALLOWEEN RETURNS TO HADDONFIELD - A convention celebrating 25 years of John Carpenter's classic horror film HALLOWEEN in Pasadena, CA was happening. At the time John Carpenter and Alan Howarth were no longer creating their trademark horror sound nor was anyone else so I decided to compose a soundtrack album for the convention inspired by the first three Halloween films. I wanted it to sound like Carpenter/Howarth magic yet have it contain original themes and give convention goers a unique horror soundtrack experience while at the event. As a longtime Carpenter fan growing up I endearingly approached it as if I were scoring a John Carpenter film in 2003. Probably one of the biggest album highlights was added film dialogue from the first three films being officially licensed/approved by Moustapha Akkad himself! Inadvertently, I ended up creating one of the first synthwave albums two years before synthwave was a microgenre! In 2006 music from HALLOWEEN RETURNS TO HADDONFIELD was used generously in the HALLOWEEN: 25 YEARS OF TERROR documentary and again in the 2010 Saturn award-winning NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY documentary.
2005 - present...and beyond: I continue to stay busy composing a few albums a year, expanding my studio, releasing random projects and creating music, video and graphics from that nostalgia Gen X brain of mine that loves living in the past.