Welcome at Skoulaman's musical portal
What is it with synthesizers ? It started a lot of years, my fascination for this kind of instruments. Was it the music from Vangelis "Spiral" album, Tomita's "Girl with the flaxen Hair", Jean Michel Jarre's "Oxygen", Kraftwerk's "Autobahn" ore "Stratosfear" from Tangerine Dream.
I don't known, maybe Mike Oldfields "Ommadawn" (although it was not only synth's).
What it was, well it doesn't matter, now after more then 40 years I make my own synth music and try to fascinate other people with this incredible musical instrument. At this website you can read more about my studio, equipment, my music etc. but first some history
It started at the the end of the 70's. I was wondering how that beautiful music was made from Vangelis, TD, JMJ, Tomita, Kraftwerk, Mike Oldfield , and so on. I read (mostly at that time at the back of a LP-album) about Moog modulairs, String synthesizers, EMT-eventide reverb, Binson-Echorec, Roland Space Dimensions, ARP, Oberheim , etc, etc. It was al abacadadra for me but it impressed me. All the knobs, pots, gliders, flashing seqeuncers, it looks far away for me. My first keyboard was a Solina electronic organ with a evening study how to play. But after a few months it started really. I cought my hands on a second hand Solina String Synthesizer, a truly amazing combination of a ARP-explorer and the famous Solina string. A short time after that came my first reverb unit, a Sansui. A straight forward spring reverb. Well...and then...came the Ibanez UE 400 multi (guitar) effect with flanger and phaser and then...the Sequentiel Circuits Pro-one, a really monofon synthesizer, and then.....
Now after more than 40 years a lot has changed. Now I am capable making CD's, to record digital, stream music on internet and show it to you on my website (and Youtube). Some of my equipment is sold ore refurbished. I bought/changed gear (mostly 2e hand) and now and than I play live at stage. This is done with without computer (no backing tracks etc.). Only a hardware sequencer ore an arpeggiator is used. Most of the gear on stage is MIDI coupled. At the left side there are some pictures from my performances and banners from em-music festivals. If you like me to perform just write me a message through my FB (messenger) ore bandcamp account. My music was used for a video art project For more info about my music visit the Music and CD's page. How to describe my music.? I call it old skool electronic music, some say TD other Vangelis ore Robert Schröeder, just listen to my Youtube and my Bandcamp account. See also the comments in my Vid's. I did even a live streaming at the BYSS studio, you can still veiw the streamed concert at Skoulaman Byssed'. Another performance I did in 2021 was at the Raumzeit Festival. I performed there in a closed down powerplant in Amsterdam (see picture below). Last year I performed in Germany at the Schallwende Grillparty and at the Electronic Cicrcus summer edition (together with Ron Boots). Reviews from some concerts at EM-pulsiv. Also I did a performance at XHAP in the Netherlands and a concert together with Stephan Whitlan at E-live and at Awakenings-em.