Michael's Music

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I believe that it is always better for a musician to let his or her music speak for itself, instead of writing hundreds or thousands of words describing it.  I also find it empowering to compose and record my music on my own digital audio workstation, rather than having to go through the music biz games just to get one's music recorded.  Promotion's another thing, though -- something that most musicians aren't particularly good at.  But with the rapid advancement of digital audio technology and the proliferation of MP3 files, much of this has changed.  At long last, with just a bit of marketing savvy, musicians can finally promote themselves without desire or need of the recording biz quagmire.

I was a music major for my first two years of college, which is where I received a decent grounding in music theory.  I also picked up some piano skills as well, since piano was a required instrument for all music majors.  I have been able to put my keyboard skills to some use in the music I've written.My composition methods are probably quite a bit different from those of most modern "songwriters."  First of all, I don't consider myself to be a songwriter.  I usually don't write songs -- I've written only a few.  My pieces usually are born from a small snippet of melody or harmony, sometimes an idea based on an interesting aspect of music theory.  I actually compose my music using notation software, my favorite being Studio 6.  Other, more expensive and more robust packages are available, such as Finale and Sibelius, but Studio does everything I need.  Once the composition is complete, I import it into Sonar, which is where all the detail work occurs.  Instrumentation.  Balance.  Levels.  Even editing.  I will finalize the project in Sonar, then export it to Red Roaster: red-book compatible CD-burning software.

Digital Audio Workstation:

The DAW I used to record my CDs was a project I put together over the span of several months back in 2001 and 2002.  I figure, all told, I invested about $5,000 in the project.  Nowadays, I could probably put together one with even more capability for less than half that.  Even though my DAW is approaching nine years old now, it still works well enough, although I'll be needing to replace the motherboard, CPU, and hard drive with bigger, faster units before too long.  But as it sits, and what I used to record the CDs is as follows:

CPU includes a 1.2GHz AMD Athlon, MSI mainboard, 50 gigs of drive space, DVD +/-R drive.  Three sound cards are installed: M Audio Delta 66, Soundblaster Live! somethingoranother model, and a Yamaha SG card.  I installed the Yamaha SG because of its extended set of instruments.   The Soundblaster is also being used because of the quality of the sound of its midi instruments.  All recording chores are handled by the M Audio Delta 66.  External to the CPU, but part of the DAW system are: a Roland JV-1010 synth module, Roland GR-33 guitar synthesizer, Beringer Virtualizer Pro and Compressor Pro, Yamaha PSR-500 synth keyboard, two Marshall amplifiers, two Shure condenser mics, and a Mackie 12-channel and Midiman 6-channel mixers to tie it all together and handle the mixdown chores.  For software, there are several I use: Cakewalk Sonar, Band-in-a-Box, Studio 6, Red Roaster, SKED, and more.

My music is available through this website either on CD or you can purchase individual tunes separately as MP3s.  I accept Paypal only.  Shopping cart coming soon.

Click on the tunes below to preview them before purchase.


Tears of the Healer CD

Rock - Blues - Folk Rock

Hyperion CD

Classical Influence - Easy on the Soul
Amazon Trail
Hyperion Sunrise
Teletypin'
Angel Glide
Play That Thang Apollonia
Michael's Blues Coming Home
Restless
Hyperion Noon
Tears of the Healer
Mended Dreams
Thankful for What  I Have
Hokkaido Frosts
Ode to Garbage
Chorale 1b
Crocodile Smile
Hyperion Sunset

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