Johnathan J. Stegeman
I am a composer, web master, photographer, graphic artist, and freelance writer from Denver, Colorado.
I am have been playing the piano since age five, and while I have had no classical or "formal" piano training, my self taught technique has been shaped mostly by ear, and my love for improvisational styles mixed in with fundamental theories about chord structures and harmonies. Without writing music, I wouldn't feel but maybe a fraction of the person I am.
Below is a listing of some of my gear and equipment: Power Macintosh G4 with a set of Dual 867 Processors, 1.75 gig of ram, running with OS X, An Apple third generation 10 gig ipod, an Alesis QS6 Synth, an Alsesis 3630 Compressor, and an Alesis RA-100 Reference Amp, A Behringer EuroRack MX 2004A 20 Channel Mixer, a pair of Studiophile SP-5B High End Monitoring Speakers, An Audiophile 2496 PCI Soundcard (M-Audio), an Edirol UM-550 Audio Midi Interface, A True Stereo/Reverb Effects Processor by Digitech, and a power conditioner by Monster.
More at: http://www.freewebs.com/midimacman/music/songs%5F1/uneq.html Effects used on the piano include: high shelf filtering, echo, reverb, manual equalization, low cut, compression, and something else.........the mix down has effects as well and they are filled with general midi, with a lot of careless panning, and volume changes, to keep it interesting.
Ok wanted to try something new, as is sometimes recommended. Used some distortion in places, and it wasn't really on accident this time. Hope you have some appreciation for yourself. Thanks to you
Because You gotta go with your true passion, even if it gets you no where!
Main Post: http://www.freewebs.com/midimacman/music songs_1/allmyfault.html Love, MidiMacMan.
This, unlike a considerable amount of the music posted lately, is not a deep metaphorical representation of an allegory that is investied in imagery based upon no proven or factual basis. What you are witnessing is real. The participants are actors, posing as serious musicians, all in one body. No one was hurt in the making of this production. Distortion added at will, and this song is NOT loop based. All tracks except drums are synthesized with an ALESIS, and Garage Band 2.
Sometimes music is resemblant of someone saying something, rather than telling you. IF a song could talk then what would it say? What would this piano tell you? Rather experimental, but isn't everything that way once upon a time. A Mood. A feeling. A SOUND.
Please See Main Post at: http://www.freewebs.com/midimacman/music/songs_1/spiral_swirl.html Ambient to my ears, and perhaps you won't approve. Personally I am pleased with the stereo imaging that I have achieved here, through the use of panning. I also think there are really cool effects throughout the piece. Pay attention to some of the rapid fluctuations in panning that I have used at the end. This track was originally layed out in Garageband. The version that you are listening to has been remastered with Peak for Macintosh. It consists of a mixture of loops, and samples from an Alesis QS6 Synth. I used a PowerMac G4 Dual 867 mhz processors and 1.5 gig or ram, along with an Edirol UM 550 Midi Interface to create this piece.
Music is my greatest passion, and therefore greatest source of sorrow, despair and frustration at times. It has occurred to me that my songs may be loved by even just a few other souls, after I have passed through this human existence. Sadly this happens to many more artists that you may have ever imagined.
However, they never give up their motivation, as if forced by a ethereal force to continue their artistic expression. Almost a curse it can feel at times, but I don't think that any artist, whether successful, or not, would trade in this unseen force for anything in the world. I know for example: I would not trade my sense of hearing in for my sense of sight. But what a foolish bargain most people would agree. I cannot help the fact that my music is so much of me.
Only in the last two years, and after great rejection by the music world, despite rigorous study through high school, and three years of study at the University of Colorado at Denver, have I taken up other artistic expressions. Web Design, Graphic Design, Freelance writing, and even advertising and product development are skills that I had no real training with, even through college. These skills have been fashioned through my own quest for knowledge, and are quite immature in development stages. Yet I am proud of where I have come, especially for the skills I have learned on my own.
What it has taught me, is that the world is anyone's oyster, and you can harvest whatever riches you may admire with work and with the simplest desire.
Thanks for noticing perhaps something in my work. It all adds up to make all my effort have some final worth.
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