-BIO / ABOUT & MUSIC-
how I got here:
Back in the day when I was getting this website started, there were not that many synth demos on the Internet. When I was a kid I had this vague belief that synthesizers were a kind of marvellous instruments capable of making totally wicked sounds. But after following 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 possibilities that had been overlooked or ignored by the average synth user. The purpose of my website 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 find an interesting synth, it usually takes me several months to tweak it inside out, understand it and 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. Bear in mind this is my hobby, not a job.
I don’t see any point in endless discussions about the meanders of technology. In my view the majority of all the bits, hertzs & stuff is redundant. It’s 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, and so forth. It is best to learn by trial and error. It’s best to start doing than thinking & talking for too long.
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 dramatic faces in my thumbnails and clickbait-y titles with a question mark at the end, or offer you “amazing products that sound really good” which you don’t necessarily need, so right now your support is my only source of dependable income from and for my artistic endeavors. If you do not wish to use Patreon or part with your money in any form, you can support me each time you buy gear in Thomann or Perfect Circuit: explanation.
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.