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 name´s 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 I´m 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?).