-BIO / ABOUT & MUSIC-
how I got here:
As a kid I had this vague belief that synthesizers were a kind of marvellous instruments capable of making totally wicked sounds. But when I grew up and started to follow the synth environment more closely, I found myslef surrounded mostly by classic (read: cheesy) sounds, which were nowhere near the sound of my expectations and my imagination. I said to myself: ‘Sweet Mother of God, what the heck is this?‘. This disappointment was followed by an intense desire to dig up all the creative possibilities that had been overlooked or ignored by the average synth user. I began to scan local ads and buy cheap synths one after another. Then I thought I could (and should) showcase these synths, as there had not been that many demos on the Internet at that time. The purpose of my channel was to provide the net-surfers with the opportunity to listen to some machines from the history of mankind – the ones which I happened to own, and to experience it in a slightly different way. If you watch one of my early videos, you’ll know what I mean;)
what I do now and how it happens:
Then I felt I needed a break. Willy-nilly I had been a “youtuber” before it became popular so I was one of the first people to discover the downsides of this lifestyle. Then I returned after 6 years of slumber / premature retirement to continue making demos of synths, as it turned out that a lot of people liked my work and cared to support me.
If I come across an interesting synth, it usually takes me several months to tweak it inside out in order to understand it, make some interesting patches (do the synth justice), record the material, and then edit it into the final form that you see on Youtube. I’m a perfectionist to a considerable extent. I prefer quality over quantity, so it will take relatively long for a demo to arrive, but I hope that when you finally watch it, you’ll agree it was worth the wait.
If you like what I do and you want me to carry on, you can give me a chunk of your energy via Patreon . I will convert this energy into my next synth demo / review. I hope this energy comes back to you in a form of inspiration or a renewed desire to dig at your synth. I don’t want to create gated communities in the synth world so all my works will be public. I’d rather not become an influencer, make clickbait-y titles and dramatic faces in my thumbnails, or offer you “amazing products that sound really good” and make you sick with GAS (gear acquisition syndrome), so right now your support is my only source of dependable income from (and for) my artistic endeavors (I buy the synths for demoing with my own money). If you do not wish to use Patreon or part with your cash in any form, you can support me each time you buy gear in Thomann / zZounds / Perfect Circuit: explanation. It’s really simple.
personal thoughts (from GAS times):
Don’t be misled into thinking that this is some kind of a way to become a happy and fulfilled person or musician. Life does not become much brighter, easier or more enjoyable just because you have 50 cool synths and piles of colorful crap… If you cross the line, it actually gets darker. Accumulating tons of gear with the belief that a large amount of equipment will allow you to achieve fantastic results is just exchanging money for devices, paper for plastic. The things you own end up owning you – remember this line from a famous movie? In my opinion, the greatest feat – or art – is to extract something interesting and original from a limited set of tools.
I also don’t see any point in online bickering about the meanders of technology. In my view a large portion of it is just a distraction that undermines your perseverance & creativity. This synth uses SSM chips! But that one has CEMs! This one’s a clone, that one is real! Whoaaa… who cares:) Just play it and see what it’s worth for you. Only then can you decide if it gives you enjoyment or not. Life’s too short to care too much about expertise, the ever-expanding set of choices and all the marketing gibberish which makes things seem more complex than they really are. I suggest we all focus more on issues like composition, originality, artistic value, ease of use, fun factor, and so forth. It is best to learn by trial and error. It’s best to start doing than deliberate for too long.