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John Tenney
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John Tenney
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65 Tracks
1
Buses
Peak in sub-genre #26
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Man To Man (Thank You Spam!)
Peak in sub-genre #43
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At the Cafe
Peak in sub-genre #52
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Airport
Peak in sub-genre #96
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NO2
I've been a professional violinist for more than 30 years, playing everything from orchestras and quartets (lotsa weddings!) to recordings to backing up headliners to rock and blues and cabaret. Couple years back, I started getting into the Phonography movement, a group of musicians who make, trade and modify field recordings (and especially Aaron Ximm, the "Quiet American," who has travelled extensively in Asia and elsewhere and has been an inspiration to me). I've gotten into doing field recordings myself, too, using an old Sony minidisc recorder and a set of stereo mics mounted on an old set of headphones for camouflage. Combining these real-life soundscapes with synthesized voices, sound effects, various signal processing and bits and pieces I've picked up, I've done things more on the abstract side, and lots of others more like comedy sketches or little radio plays. Doing this stuff has kept me out of trouble, like when I've played way too many weddings in a row... By the way, you might consider using a good pair of phones to listen...
Your musical influences
Like I said before, Aaron Ximm, the Quiet American, has been a huge influence. Check him out at www.quietamerican.org. Phonographers upload stuff to www.soundtransit.nl; highly recommended (and a lot of fun!). I also love comedy, and many of the blogs maintained by passionate music fans.
What equipment do you use?
Reason 3.0, Peak 5.01 LE for editing, Audacity for some file conversion, MP3 Trimmer, Ableton Live 5. I use a (cheap) Yamaha keyboard (PSR-170) and a (not so cheap) Evolution UC-33e as MIDI controllers. Sometimes I prepare MIDI files using Finale 2006. And that's about it. All done on an iMac running OS X.
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