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"Sound, harnessed by human beings, delivered with generosity and emotion, is what we call music" quote from sjón & björk on their introduction to biophilia
I play the piano and compose. I have recently retired from my career as a computer network manager, and now have time to devote to recording in my red room at home.
My pride and joy is a Petrof model V 158cm grand that I have had since December 2010. I also have an interesting German upright made in Eisenberg about a century ago, refurbished in North London about 5 years ago. It had two fabricators names, originally it was sold as a Barraud, but when I removed the wooden name plate underneath it was named Montague. I would surmise some piano factory in Eisenberg was willing to put the piano dealers name on their product, and originally Montague ordered it but for some reason that fell through so Barraud then was the final dealership. It has the most amazing bass tone I have ever come across, more beautiful than a Steinway concert D and other such wonders of the piano maker's art. I also have a John Morley Clavichord built in the 1970s from an eighteenth century design, which I sometimes mic up with a Dean Markley acoustic guitar pickup puttied to the soundboard.
In the 1990s I played in a festival band called Triptych and an ambient electronic outfit called Jaglan Beta, and I acquired some fruity analogue synths which I still own and occasionally fish out for some spacey sound production. A JEN SX1000 made in Italy in the 1980s has a gorgeous tone, monophonic and pure. Also a Roland Alpha Juno with outboard programmer which can produce blobbiness of cosmic proportions. For sampled sounds I use a Roland Rhodes 660 which has monumental Orchestral Strings and some very convincing French Horn sounds.