In his mid teens he bought a guitar and a Bowie songbook and, ignoring the niceties of counting time, learnt to strum chords after a fashion. Forty years later he bought his first synth and started to study: music theory, keyboards, production and how to correct forty-years’ of bad habits on the guitar.
Encouraged by the term “non-virtuoso musician”, he started writing music. Initially to use with his hypnotherapy and psychotherapy clients, but then he started writing material for other people’s video projects and for personal release.
Music listening -
Some of his earliest memories are of old records on a record player that smelled of burning dust and valves. These ranged from war-time comedies, through original Disney and Looney Tunes recordings to pop songs of the 1940s to early 1960s.
He then discovered Bowie and Hawkwind. Later Roy Harper and Marc Bolan joined the party. Electronic music came into his head courtesy of the Clockwork Orange album and Walter (as Wendy was called back then) Carlos. Faust and Tomita soon followed, with a sprinkling of Mike Oldfield.
The instrumental side of things morphed into Minimalism with Reich and Glass, and “New Age” via Mike and Terry Oldfield, Vangelis, Medwyn Goodall, Anthony Miles, and Enya.