Composer of Electronic Music in the Space Music style
I was born in Windsor Ontario Canada in 1969. My Father was trained as a Cathedral Organist/Choirmaster & Harpsichordist at Guild Hall London and my Mother taught Ballet. Both had been active in local drama societies. The family returned to their native England in the early 70’s and then we came to Australia in 1974.
As a very young child, I was fascinated by my Father’s record collection and his monophonic valve Hi-Fi. It wasn’t long before I was listening to music of my own (Neil Diamond’s “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”, Holst’s “The Planets” and then “Best of” Jan & Dean). My brothers brought pop music into the house with little AM radios. I listened to the Top 40 and developed some favorites. We also watched the now famous Countdown TV show on Sundays and that introduced me to Rock & Roll as a visual style. The New Wave artists like Adam Ant, Joan Jett, and Duran Duran really caught my attention and I feel set me for life.
My Father built harpsichords for a while when I was a teenager and I helped him design and build these very special instruments. When leaving school I wanted to be a record producer just like Alan Parsons. I spent some time in studios but opportunities didn’t seem to be there for me. To have material to work on I bought myself a Casio CZ-1000 synth and started experimenting with it. Soon I was composing my own pieces.
I started writing New Wave style songs that were strongly influenced by the Hi-NRG that I was hearing in nightclubs. That quickly expanded into EBM Industrial under the name Aeroplastic Voice. On the side, I was commissioned to write some more laid back ‘meditation’ music. I flirted with Metal as Destructor Creator Destructor. I then slipped back to pure electronic music as Column 3-57. Eventually, I dropped pseudonyms to work under my own name.
I composed for several short films “27th” and “The Extraordinaries of Food”. One of my pieces was also used for a promotional film for a community center. In 2010 I scored for the short film “Unrepentant” (see the film in my Portfolio) which was a joy to work on for the interesting subject and scope I was allowed to be ‘interesting’. Unrepentant has won several awards in film festivals including a “Best Music Score” from Wildsound 2011 for my input.
Musical Influences (condensed)
Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, Duran Duran, Gary Numan, Ultravox, Japan, The Human League, Icehouse, Alan Parsons, Patrick Cowley, Psychedelic Furs, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, Hank Williams (Ole Hank), Garth Brooks, Dwight Yoakam, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden