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Hi all,

even though I separately opened a brief thread to introduce myself a couple of days ago, I thought I should say hello to everybody around!

My nameŽs Stephen Parsick, aged 37 (well, almost, just six more weeks to go...), I was born in Moers/Germany. I got in touch with electronic music already at a very early age (most notably Wendy Carlos, Jean-Michel Jarre, and Kraftwerk). In May 1983 I started taking musical lessons for seven years, and in 1989 I released not only my first track ever on a compilation album but also my very first cassette tape. In 1998 I released my first official CD called "Traces of the Past" (which was reissued in a redux version in 2007) that was very strongly influenced by early Berlin School stuff (and performed on the original Mellotrons of Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream, for those who might find that important). My second official CD was released in 2005 (called "Hoellenengel") which was basically performed on the same instruments Vangelis had at his disposal when recording the Blade Runner score (which is the mood I tried to capture with this album). Between 2006 and 2008 I released a series of ambient music albums which were produced in small quantities of 25 copies each. I also focussed on creating a couple of albums which are available as download-albums only. I work as a semi-professional musician and a professional language trainer.

Some of you may also know me through my collaboration with Lambert Ringlage in 1993 which ultimately lead to the foundation of my own band ['ramp] in 1996. With ['ramp] I recorded five official albums plus a couple of limited-edition releases. At first, we were firmly rooted in the Berlin School Retro Movement of the 1970s (with musical mates like Radio Massacre International, FSP, or Redshift) while later albums saw us get deeper into ambient territories (particularly "ceasing to exist" which was recorded in collaboration with touch guitar player Markus Reuter). ['ramp] disbanded in 2008 as we felt that our musical and artistic goals were no longer compatible, and now ['ramp] is only me (and sometimes guests, if they feel so inclined).

I also collaborated with Cosmic Hoffmann (Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock, also known for his Mind over Matter albums on IC) on a couple of albums under the Cosmic Hoffmann moniker, most notably on the first three of them.

I of course do enjoy ambient music a lot (in fact, I make it myself just to find something to fall asleep to ;) ), and I would call people like Robert Rich, Brian Eno, Steve Roach or Michael Stearns my major influences in that area. I also like more abrasive sequencer-driven stuff (of the sort Mark Shreeve and I created, or Node, for that matter) but at the moment IŽm more into more experimental electronic music. I enjoy toying around with exotic vintage synthesisers, and I have a soft spot for analogue studio hardware (anyone selling an API desk, or a Neve?).

Stephen

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Hi all,

I just wanted to make you aware of the collaborative album we -- i. e. the old line-up of ['ramp] -- created in collaboration with touch guitar player Markus Reuter (CentroZoon, Tuner, Robert Rich).

Originally recorded in 2000/2001 but not released before 2007, this is probably the darkest drone-laden album of the entire ['ramp] back catalogue. On electroambientspace.com Phil Derby compared it to "Stalker" by Robert Rich and Brian Lustmord, just to give you an impression what to expect. Paul Rijkens reviewed it as one of the pinnacles of the dark ambient music genre for the Dutch magazine I/O Pages.

The album has now been made available as a legal download from musiczeit.com. I hope to have some additional material from these sessions out soon, too. To get an impression, please click here:

http://www.musiczeit.com/directory.php?artist=794&title=%5B%27ramp%5D+%26+Markus+Reuter
 
There are some further albums by ['ramp] and by myself available from Extended Moment, too, which might be of interest to you. Please feel free to browse the other entries :).

For those who arenŽt too fond of downloads, "ceasing to exist" can still be ordered as a fully-fledged official CD album, for instance directly from me :). Just drop me a line.

Thanks for reading,

Stephen.

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It used to be a 1969 Farfisa Compact Duo organ but I sold it a couple of years ago. Now I think it must be my 1971 EMS "The Putney" VCS-3 Mk. 1.

Stephen

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Hello from Stephen Parsick
« on: May 28, 2009, 01:16:58 AM »
Hi Mark,

being used to the layout of some other forums, I thought there was a link showing up somewhere near the signature. I figured you can reach the link by clicking on the "www" globe to the left. I hope it will work. If not, please let me know :).

Cheers,

Stephen.

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Everything and Nothing / Hello from Stephen Parsick
« on: May 27, 2009, 06:22:32 AM »
Hi all,

just wanted to introduce myself as a new member. Some of you may know me through my own music and through my work with my other enterprise ['ramp]. Others may never have heard of me before so if thereŽs something youŽd like to know, just ask :).

IŽm located in Germany, my musical interests range from proto industrial (TG, SPK, NON, Cabaret Voltaire, Coil) to sequencer-driven stuff and ambient music (Eno, Robert Rich, Steve Roach). Likewise, I try to cover these areas with my own music. I have a certain soft spot for synthesiser and studio technology of all sorts... at least I have been told so :).

If youŽd like to get an impression what my music sounds like, please feel free to listen to it on www.musiczeit.com or click on the link below. I guess this would make a lot more sense than telling you a thousand words about my work.

Thanks for any warm welcome!

Cheers,

Stephen.

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