about my album "Purify"
is the second of my "lost" albums from the early 1980's.
Neither it or the one before, "Embrace the Change,"
were ever produced for commercial sale as records or cassette
tapes; I simply didn't have the money at the time! "Purify"
is immediately different than all the albums before it because
it is my first album to feature the synthesizer as its main
instrument. In the summer of 1983 I had just purchsed what was
to become one of the first classic synthsizers: the Yamaha DX-7.
seeing it at a trade show earlier that year, I was practically
salivating at getting my hands on one and jumping headlong into
the world of waveforms! And indeed I did!
like a kid in a candy store! Suddenly at my fingertips were
french horns, tubular bells, strings, flutes, electric pianos,
organs and other strange and exotic sounds and some that I would
program myself. My new sound palette really stretched my compositional
abilities and that is why "Purify" is probably my
most varied album from a compositional point-of-view.
some of it sounds a little hokey now, but it sure was fun then!
I also recorded this on my 4-track; can you imagine what might
have happened if I had just 4 more tracks? I probably wouldn't
have done much else for the whole year that followed! I was
still living in Evanston, IL, but actually did the recording
in my home town of Madison, WI during the fall of 1983.
my friends and family got for Christmas that year?