Biography for Electronic Rock Music Artist Rybird
I opened it and it was a flat black square with dark purple writing, and I was excited, it was Christmas morning, 1971 and I was 10 years old. It said in wide raised letters, Master of Reality. Yes it was a Black Sabbath album and I was delighted. I couldn't wait to put it on the turntable and crank it up. The heavy bass sounds and guitar rifts were something new and mysterious to me, kinda dark sometimes, but energetic,and powerful. I was at the entrance to a whole new world of creativity waiting to be explored and I intended to explore it. I had a second present to open, it was The Yes Album, and the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour. It was a magical music Christmas. I knew I had found the fantasy realm where wizards mastered musical instruments and communicated moods and ideas on a higher plane. I wanted a part of this, I would strive to become a part of it. The music would become a part of me.
Then having older brothers to discover music for me, I soon latched onto Emerson Lake and Palmer. The keyboard styles of Keith Emerson along with Rick Wakeman and including Larry Fast, were my unknowing mentors and by some sort of listening osmosis I began emulating some of these styles while learning both formal method and my own style. My Father, who had grown up on Jimmy Rodgers and Hank Williams, showed me the various chord patterns on an acoustic guitar along with a few riffs while I was still a young boy.
I longed for a synthesizer at 13, but only could afford a PAIA Gnome, which is a simple synthesizer on which I could learn the basics of electronic music. I completed three years of formal piano teaching, then learned the bass to play in local rock and roll bands as I matured. The whole time my music influences were growing as I attended many concerts and kept listening to different music.
Having starting working at a electro-mechanical repair shop at 12 years old gave me an additional boost in my knowledge and interest in electronics. I completed two years of electronic classes in high school, then two years at a technical college, then learned in avionics in the Marine Corp. With the development of computer music and editing, I became drawn even closer to music creation. The combination of electronic, computer and music experience blended into opportunity . The whole journey has been a learning experience, I can look back on previous work and easily see this. Now years after my introduction to digital music creation, I am still learning and creating music and videos, mixing performance with composition.