Artist biography for Rybird. About the artist and photographer, stories, background and behind the scenes.
Welcome. I love art, music, photography and nature.
Artist Bio, sorta. :)
It was a big black square with dark purple writing, and I was excited, it was Christmas morning, 1972 and I was 11 years old. It said in wide raised letters, Master of Reality. Yes it was a Black Sabbath album and I was happy. I couldn't wait to put it on the turntable and crank it up. The heavy bass sounds and guitar rifts were something mysterious to me, sorta dark, as I was at the entrance to a whole new world of creativity waiting to be explored and explore it, I intended.
Up to the point my childhood was normal. I had piano lessons and was still taking them at this time. My Father, Vollie Brown who had grown up on Jimmy Rodgers and Hank Williams, showed me the various three chord patterns along with a few riffs before this turning point in my life.
I had a second present to open, it was The Yes Album, then I knew I had found the fantasy realm where wizards mastered musical instruments and communicated moods and ideas on a higher plane.
I wanted a part of this, I was a part of it. The Music was a part of me.
Then having older brothers to pre-discover music for me, I latched onto Emerson Lake and Palmer. The keyboard styles of Keith Emerson along with Rick Wakeman were my mentors and by some sort of listening osmosis I would bang around on a piano, imagining I was emulating some of this craft.
I longed for a synthesizer at 13, but only could afford a PAIA Gnome, which is a simple but noisy, synthesizer without a keyboard, It had a rhythm controller and I learned the basics of additive and subtractive synthesis while wearing out the ribbon controller that was used to modulate the sound.
Soon I met a guitar player in high school that was heavy into UFO and Michael Shencker. We immediately got along and started planning our own rock fantasy band, only it wasnt' a fantasy as we soon found a drummer, and I was happily assigned the bass guitar. We played the talent show at high school and lost, for the music they wanted was Disco, Yes the Saturday Night Fever was feverish at that moment.
I had completed three years of formal piano teaching, but the bass guitar was my staple.
Putting together bands, playing either originals or covers and life separating us, made it necessary to keep meeting new people and making new bands.
As the computing age was born, I was discovering music editors and loops on the file sharing sites. By 2006 I had produced my first album Grind and Polish, both from a midi controller and loops. I continued to purchase software and equipment as I could afford it, while continuing to create. The entire process has been an emotional roller coaster, with periods of joy and moments of pain and wanting to give up. And this is sometimes felt in the music.
But it is this dark, and sometime lightness in the music, the mysterious part that I continue to incorporate into my designs, along with the technical prowess of my music heroes that guided me.
The music I produce, is a process, transitory, with mood as a carrier and a subtle message, a type of communication that can only be achieved this way.
What do I expect? I expect to find a few people along the way that can identify with the music, and hopefully it will inspire them, I am not in it for the ego, nor the money, however I have set the structure up to accommodate both or either. I do appreciate you dropping by, hope you like what you hear, see and read, will share and consider purchasing so you can have a part of this which is your.
And I hope you journey back to see what changes as everything here is transient like the music itself.
Tribute to my cat Lemmy who was a special spirit and gift in my life but now has moved on. Here.
I create to feel alive, I create because I feel alive.
I also dabble in art.
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