Electronic music is more than just Techno?


Photo by Peter Hoffman


My musical journey started while I was growing in Newton, Massachusetts, where I studied classical piano from a young age until graduating high school. I attended Oberlin college in Ohio, and eventually stumbled upon the electronic music program (TIMARA) in the conservatory basement. I never looked at sheet music again.

Upon graduating, I moved out to San Francisco to start working in the "real world". I started playing around with newly developed miraculous software (Reason 1.0) which gave me the power of a full electronic music studio on a single computer. Combining that with my dissatisfaction with the popular consensus seemed to be "electronic music always means 'techno'", the deep, melodic downtempo grooves of General Fuzz were born.

As you may have seen, I have composed and produced seven albums since 2002. If you listen to them in order, you may hear the advancement of music software technology, coupled with my evolution as a musician and composer. Or you might zone out to the point of blissful trance. Either way, we all win.

I spend a ridiculous amount of time and a fair bit of money on my musical art. Why do I make my music freely available? Inexpensive, insanely powerful software combined with this here "internet", allow me to compose music and distribute it globally at low cost. I know in my heart that General Fuzz will resonate and delight a few people. I want to maximize the probability for those people to discover my music. So if you are one of those people, enjoy on, and please pass my music on to the people in your life who you think may enjoy as well.

-- James Kirsch

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