The MIDI Association Artist Interview
•Tell us about yourself briefly.
I am a commercial photographer and cinematographer and I use my synthesizers to record scores and backing music for the films I make for my clients, and as a way to relax at the end of the day.
•What was your first encounter with MIDI?
I started with midi in 1986 when my family purchased a Casio CZ-1 phase distortion synthesizer. Using midi to notate into and from our Apple 2 just opened up a whole new world to me. Flash forward to 2002 when I started using Ableton Delta 1.0 and discovered soft synths. I didn't even use control voltage until 2015, so I have worked my way backwards.
•How do you use MIDI today?
I use midi to sequence and sync three hardware synthesizers, analog and digital delays, hardware sequencers and a six foot tall, Moog format modular synthesizer. I use Beatstep pro sequencers (two of them) to sequence and clock my gear via midi and CV/gate. I know people associate MIDI with "music made by computers, not people" but for me, it has allowed me to step away from the computer and get hands on with hardware.
•How has MIDI allowed you to do what you do?
MIDI allows me to keep everything sync, automate parameters and get equipment made in different decades, thousands of miles apart, to speak the same language in real time, so I can focus on what's important, making music.
•Anything else you'd like to add?
Thanks for the opportunity to share my love for midi and synthesizers.