In my teens and twenties, I learned guitar. My strumming and plucking reached a reasonable standard but, because I aspired to the dizzy heights of professional, classical guitar playing, I forced myself to listen to recordings by such guitar masters as John Williams and Julian Bream. Naturally, I was deflated and flattened instantly.
In the 1980s, advances in computing made polyphonic, step-time music synthesis possible (polyphonic meaning that more than one sound can be played at once; step-time, that the music is composed on-screen, one note at a time). I got into that with gratitude and enthusiasm, simply because it didn't require manual performance skills.
I began experimenting with a music package running on an ancient home computer called a Commodore 64. As I learnt to make music that way, I realised that it was something I had always wished for since childhood: an instrument to transform music from my imagination into real sounds. Eventually, I put words to some of my compositions.
From the above, you might think I've been writing songs prolifically ever since, but no: true to form, I lost momentum on reaching the first hurdle - in this case, when I found out there was no easy way of publishing my music or songs. That situation has now changed, however, through the combined technologies of digital composition, animation, video recording and the internet.
The Farm Song
Lolita Lee Slater
This page revised on: 30th April 2014
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