Past

When TL was a young man in school no one made sure he could read music. He couldn't, but he joined strings and band anyway. He did not stay in these programs long as he did not know what he was doing.

At age 14 he talked his parents into renting a Lowrey Organ. He took classes from a jazz musician at the local Lowrey dealership. He did this for a few months, lost immediate interest and one day the organ was just gone. He found this out when he went to play a few weeks after his last lesson. He grew up with an old pump organ his father had rescued from a chicken coop. It's really heavy and worth very little as pump organs are totally out of style, even more so than pianos which have seen days of greater popularity. Pump Organs are great for exercising the legs as you use your legs to activate levers that pump air into a bladder from which air is passed through an open channel created when the key is pressed. This channel produces an air driven sound modified by forcing more air or by passing air through additional chambers. It is a bellows, related to both the piano and the bagpipes.It is also the forbearer of the electric organ.

At about age 17 he had a cast iron bed. He drove his parents crazy by using it as a musical instrument. Its deep chiming vibrant base was inspirational. He has always been interested in spacious echoing chambers. At about that age he rebuked Hard Rock in favor of New Wave Rock which led to Industrial. In the mid to later 1980’s cheap music keyboards became readily available as the electronics industry continued a burgeoning growth period. The sounds resonated with him as FM synthesis became available to the masses. He bought a Yamaha PortaSound PSS-480 and hooked it up to his home stereo. This began his notion of adding even more things to his stereo system, namely tape decks. And importantly, tape decks to tape decks mitigated by a 10 band graphic equalizer. He added the legendary Casio SK-1. He called this setup of confusing wires “The Electric Octopus”. He used this setup to produce his idea of music from 1988 to 1994. You can find out more by the link on “Ghosting”. And on a side-note, if you would like to pay for the copyright process you will receive over 90 recordings of his earlier work. Just head on over to Patreon. He stopped making music from 1995 to 1997. In 1998 he got his first computer: a Pentium 2 233 with 124 megs of ram and a 4gig HDD. It wasn’t very long after that when he discovered ModPlug Tracker, now known as OpenMPT.

He used this software almost exclusively to create his music for nearly 20 years. It has been replaced by a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) known as Reaper


You can do just about everything with one as you can with the other however it’s easier with Reaper. OpenMPT has a steep basic learning curve but it is free.