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URBANOLOGY :

When I started composing, which was about 8 years ago, I knew that the music was going to be electronic, not just in the method that is was made – using computers and plugins. I was adamant that the music was going to be made using synthesizers augmented with additional instruments [virtual versions].
My initial inspiration was to come from the electronic composers of the late 70’s and early 80’s, people such as Gary Numan, Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Ultravox, OMD etc.
These composers and their sounds were to form the core inspiration for my music but I also wanted to incorporate other musical styles and artists, such as Kate Bush and Jethro Tull. Although I was focusing on electronic music I was keen to include sounds and techniques that are found in the ‘classical’ part of the music spectrum, I looked to Ennio Morriconi, John Barry and Jerry Goldsmith as sources of inspiration and the classical music of Mozart and Ralph Vaughn-Williams.
Modern music styles have also contributed towards my personal style, such as Hip-Hop, Trance, Psy-Trance etc. These modern styles are not types of music that I listen to with regularity but they have many inspirational elements.
From the outset I wanted to develop my own style whilst drawing on the influences of those composers who inspire me, all the while avoiding sounding like those influences.
When composing I like to let the music evolve in an organic method, as if the music is creating itself, my tracks evolve and develop and go through many changes, a finished track will undergo many alterations and adaptions before completion.
By profession I am a graphic designer and use colour, texture and layers to create an image, I apply these techniques to my composing, layering sounds with musical textures and colour to create a story. Apart from being my debut album, Urbanology marks a distinct change in style, the tracks are still instrumentals but have more of a ‘song’ like feel to them. Despite the inclusion of ‘EDM’ elements the tracks harken to my roots and represents a direction that I pursue and enjoy.

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