CODE NAME: WOLFF
In 1992 I was in my first band, RAZORBACK, playing cover songs. The band consisted of school peers, and my brother. (I played guitar in this band). In 1993 I put together an "all original" project named DIOGENES playing the guitar, I recruited 3 of the best amateur musicians from the local paper to form this powerful foursome. The foursome later became the 5 horsemen of the apocalypse, getting heavier and changing our name to CONTEMPT, in order to represent the kind of music we played. A close brush with fame broke the band up, and dreams were shattered to the point of giving up music for a couple of years. In 1997 I joined a band named S.I.C. (System In Chaos). This time I traded guitar playing for a Microphone and was the vocalist in this band. This was a short lived endeavor, and S.I.C. disbanded, and again I was left with the cravings for music making. This time I decided to keep writing and recording music and I went solo with and created my first solo project, and called it WOLFF. After many years going solo and 5 CD releases later, I met John, and Sub-level 03 was born. 2002 marked the beginning of what would end up being an exciting time in my life. Our first release “Music for dogs” put us on the map with its eclectic spread of tracks. 2004 brought “Elements of the paw” where I got to dive deep into my emotions, feeling more confident with my vocal abilities, and presented them in the form of music. 2005 introduced a different side of Sub-level 03 in the form of “Touch of pink”. Now in 2008 I’m really excited with the evolution I’ve gone through since joining SL-03, and this is going to come to light with the release of “Undercover”.
CODE NAME: TOGO
I was also bent on the hi-fidelity experience and strung speakers around the ceiling of my room. Quadraphonic technology was the popular extended stereo scheme of the early seventies and I was determined to create that experience within my room. My desire to "engineer" audio drove my parents nuts as they were ignorant of the technology and whether it was truly a hazard to body or property. In fact anything having to do with audio did truly fascinate me. I also became obsessed with cassette tape recorders and would record friends and phone conversations and other annoying things.
In junior high I joined the school orchestral band. I subsequently played tuba for 6 years through my senior year in high school. I strongly desired to play piano, but I did not have any opportunities for such. Money was always tight in my family and thus purchasing an instrument and lessons was not affordable.
My interests in music and music technology continued to grow through out high school and manifested as sound tracks and mixes for short films I created. I obtained my first serious piece of audio technology as a junior in high school. I worked my ass off painting barns that summer and with some of the money I earned bought a high quality Tandberg reel to reel tape machine. I was able to do sound on sound and other somewhat crude over dubbing. That coupled with a cassette recorder allowed me to create a lot of unusual mixes from existing recordings from the likes of The Beatles and The Clash.
I would say The Beatles played a significant roll in furthering my interests in audio technology and recording techniques and practices. The Beatles loved to experiment and explorer new ideas through the technological innovations of their day. They used multi track technology extensively, and are also the first band to incorporate the Moog Synthesizer into their music. I desired to emulate them and their ideas, and was inspired further.
In college I pursued my interests in film and music. Music wise I sought out a roll as producer and bank rolled one of my musical artist friends in a local studio. The project ultimately went no where, but it got me in the door of that studio and I subsequently went to work for the owner as an assistant engineer. Shortly after I began to work for the studio they purchased an entry level sampler. Digital sampling and technology was beginning to proliferate at this time in the mid eighties. The machine the studio bought was an Ensonique Mirage, and in addition to being a sampler it had a very simple four track sequencer on board. This allowed me to finally begin to seriously explore my interests in music creation without using the more expensive resources reserved for paying customers. I had taken a quarter's worth of piano lessons in college and had a general back ground in theory, which was just enough to make me dangerous. The studio also had a Commodore 64 and the required peripherals and software for midi and I experimented with midi sequencing with a Sequential Circuits drum machine and Synth plus the Mirage. It was all great fun, but my creative desires seemed to annoy my boss despite always doing my stuff in off hours and down time. I was there to be creative in addition to the duties assigned.
I eventually left the studio to pursue other interests, but continued my hobby of music creation by buying a used Teac four track reel to reel tape machine and a Roland Super JX digital synth. I pursued my passion for five years by also buying a Roland D50, and a Yamaha 4 generator FM tone module. I eventually sold all that equipment and bought a Korg M1. Wow! I was completely digital now with no more clunky tape machine and noisy mixers. I used the Korg extensively from '88 to '90. I then came to a creative impasse and traded the Korg for a 1962 Cadillac and became a motor head and pretty much abandoned my music for pursuit of auto mechanics and restoration.
In moving to Oklahoma I had abandoned my car fixation for computers and computer networks. My life was focused on fashioning a career in information technology, and it wouldn't be until after I met Lennox around Thanksgiving of 1999, and was securely in a decent paying job, that I would buy my first new serious synth. This was in lieu of Lennox expressing serious interest in creating music together after hearing some of my older stuff and strongly suggesting at some future point we work together. This zygote of a partnership coupled with that I could once again afford gear, and the desire to start creating again with this talented vocalist and song writer set the stage for this new musical adventure.