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Greetings earthling!

If you have found your way here, there is a good chance that you have been looking for sonofsound.se without finding it, and maybe used a search engine to see what has happened.

I can assure you that you have reached the right place, and also tell you that the reason for not finding sonofsound.se is that I’ve decided to close that webpage for good.

But fear not, I have moved all the content to my Swedish page, jnw.se.

As a start, you will find exactly the same content that you were used to find on sonofsound.se, but with new looks. Over time, my two pages will merge into one, with bilingual choice for (almost) every entry.

 

I appologise for your inconveniance and welcome you to this new corner of my digital world.

 

Best regards,

Nalle, a.k.a. Son of Sound (soon to be former known as Son of Sound)

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Mina tatueringar

Jag har några tatueringar, alla med en tanke bakom och en stark betydelse för mig. Det kommer att komma bilder på alla som komplement till tatueringens historia. De kommer i kronologisk ordning. Continue reading

Mikaels topp 100

All for One – Sting/Stewart/Adams (De tre musketörerna)

Everything I do – Bryan Adams (Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves)

Kiss from a rose – Seal (Batman forever)

Almost unreal – Roxette (Super Mario Bros) Continue reading

Filmklubben

För den oinvigde: Mikael (en karaktär i “En bok om en bög”) skapade filmklubben på senhösten 2012.

Inträdeskrav

  • Se en film från 50-talet
  • Se två filmer från 60-talet
  • Se tre filmer från 70-talet
  • Se fem filmer från 80-talet
  • Se tio filmer från 90-talet
  • Se samtliga 6 Star Wars filmer
  • Se minst tre Bond-filmer
  • Se samtliga 3 Sagan om Ringen-filmer
  • Se minst en film av Alfred Hitchcock
  • Se minst en film med Chalie Chaplin
  • Se tre orginalfilmer och deras remakes
  • Se Matrix (Reloaded och Revolutions är bonus)

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Femtonde brevet

Ängelholm, Augusti 2014

Till dig som har läst Emils bok, Tretton brev.

Det blev ytterligare ett brev från mig, Walle. Efter boken trycktes valde Emil att skicka en kopia till sina föräldrar. De har nu återupprättat kontakten. Det gläder mig mycket eftersom jag aldrig fick chansen att återuppta kontakten med min far. På något vis vill jag tro att det här är ett bevis på att det finns gott i alla människor och att även om man har kommit på kant med varandra, så finns det en väg tillbaka genom kommunikation.

Man får lära känna varandra igen. Börja med ovillkorlig respekt, för att sedan återuppbygga förtroende hos varandra. Jag vill tro att det är möjligt att brygga över klyftor som har uppstått, att gamla destruktiva relationer kan ersättas av nya, mer välfungerande.

Men sen är det ju så, man kan inte älska alla och man ska aldrig begå våld på sig själv för att vara någon annan till lags. Tiden får utvisa om Emil och hans föräldrar fortsätter hålla kontakten.

Att ge folk en andra chans är kanske inte alltid lätt och många gånger kan det ge en lärdom och erfarenhet som man kan bära med sig resten av livet om man väljer att göra det. Ofta är det förknippat med mycket jobb och engagemang från båda parter och ingen, förutom de inblandade kan säga om det är värt att lägga ner den tiden och det engagemang det tar för att ta sig igenom till andra sidan. Min övertygelse är att det är värt att lägga ner både tid och engagemang.
Troligen kommer relationen inte bli som den varit tidigt, men relationen kan få en ny form. Ett sår som läker kommer alltid lämna ärr efter sig, så även emotionella sår.

Jag tror, och är orubblig i den tron, att innerst inne vill alla människor väl, men det ligger också i vår natur att vi är lata och egoistiska. När kommunikation mellan två individer brakar samman och skär sig så tar egoismen och latheten överhand, för det ÄR jobbigt att bygga upp den igen. Våra barriäer av heder och personlig prestige växer när vi känner oss kränkta. Första steget är att lära sig själv se bortom de här barriärerna. Andra steget är att motparten ska försöka göra det. När båda kan mötas utanför sina egna barriärer, kan kommunikationen återupprättas.

Att göra detta krävs mycket jobb från sig själv, men lägger motparten inte ner samma jobb och engagemang som en själv, så är det svårt att lyckas.
Jag önskar både Emil och dig all lycka och välgång med de svåra situationer som ligger framför er.

Allt gott!

/Walle

Bibliotek

Jag älskar att skriva, har alltid skrivit små och stora saker, och 2014 tog jag mitt skrivande till en ny nivå. Jag bestämde mig för att skriva och släppa en bok. Resultatet blev min debutbok: En bok om en bög.

Det blir fler, men det är den första och det är givetvis en milstolpe i mitt liv.

Välj någon av kategorierna under knappen “Bibliotek” för att hitta det jag skrivit och delat med mig av hittills. Men håll utkik, det kommer nytt lite då och då!

Anlita mig

I kölvattnet på att jag har haft ett eget företag får jag då och då förfrågningar om att göra uppdrag, vilket jag gärna gör, i mån av tid*. Jag fakturerar då genom företaget Frilansfinans som ser till att betala in moms och arbetsgivaravgifter och skatt och dylikt. När jag utför uppdrag för jag detta genom Frilansfinans (som innehar F-skattsedel) är jag “anställd” hos dem under den tid jag utför uppdraget.

De uppdrag jag har blivit tillfrågad är vanligen webbuppdrag, men även att hålla föredrag eller utbildning.

Kontakta mig gärna om du har några frågor, så kan vi kanske komma överrens om något.

Kakor och kaksmulor

Det är ju lag på att informera om sidan som du besöker lämnar efter sig några spår i form av kakor (cookies) och kaksmulor (som jag kallar sånt du skriver in till exempel i ett sökfält och ordet sparas kvar). Continue reading

Policy

Allting som jag skriver och publicerar på den här sidan är gjort som privatperson. Skriver jag om ett datorprogram eller anger något varumärke ska detta inte ses som reklam, utan jag uttrycker en privat åsikt om vad jag tycker om produkten eller varumärket. Continue reading

Värderingar

För mig är det otroligt viktigt med värderingar. Och allt innehåll på den här sidan är bundna av mina värderningar. Undantagen må vara musiken och (bok/teater/film-) manus som av olika anledningar innehåller element som “behövs” för att driva handlingen framåt, understryka något eller skapa kontrast mellan olika saker. Continue reading

Om jnw.se

jnw.se har skapats i kölvattnet av www.noordinarypeople.com (som var sidan för min enskilda firma som lades ned årsskiftet 2009/2010), www.noordinaryrecords.com (som var tänkt som ett online skivbolag och samlingsplats för osignade band), och www.jnw.se som var en renodlad sida om mig. Continue reading

Kontakt

Om musik

Musik för mig är inget jag enkelt kan sätta ord på, men jag ska försöka.

I luften finns det syre, det drar vi in genom munnen, ner i lungorna för att filtrera ut syret för att få in det i blodet och transportera runt det i kroppen. Livsviktigt . Continue reading

Min världsbild

Universum, enormt stort. Mitt i allt detta, litet som ett sandkorn, vår planet.

Vår planet, enormt stor, mitt på den, liten som ett sandkorn, jag.

På vår planet (din och min), massor och åter massor av olika människor, olika individer.

På vår planet (din och min, och djurens), massor och åter massor av olika sorters djur, och blad de olika sorters djuren, massor och åter massor av olika individer.

På vår planet (din och min, djurens och naturens), massor och åter massor av olika sorters växter, bland de olika sorters växter, massor och åter massor av olika individer. Continue reading

Varför Nalle?

Mina föräldrar döpte mig till Nils Johan (inte Nils-Johan) när jag föddes, med tilltalsnamn Johan, vilket följt mig genom uppväxten. Av vänner runt om mig fick jag attributet kramgo, och nallebjörn, men inte som smeknamn, det växte dock fram och efter 20 års ålder var det bara gamla vänner och familjen som kallade mig Johan, alla senare vänner och kollegor kallade mig Nalle.
Så det blev lite konstigt när folk som kände mig som Nalle skulle maila till Johan.
Därför la jag till namnet Nalle, och har senare ändrat det till mitt tilltalsnamn. Continue reading

Nalle som ledare

Hierarki

Att arbeta i en hierarki är självklart. Som ledare eller chef har jag minst dubbla lojaliteter (troligen ännu fler), både gentemot ledningen och min chef, men även gentemot mina anställda. (De andra möjliga lojaliteterna är gentemot företaget, kunder, klienter och leverantörer.) Continue reading

Nalle som arbetstagare

Tre ord som beskriver Nalle

Lojal, självgående och teambuilder.

Styrkor

Ansvarstagande och strukturerad kommunikatör.

Utvecklingspotential

Lära säga nej, fråga efter prioritet för nya uppgifter och förbättrad kommunikation när det blir för mycket. Continue reading

Sagt om Nalle

Årets klippa 2006 – SBS Radio

Med uttryck som “inga problem”, “jajamensan” och “det löser vi” har denna person på; ett positivt sätt genomfört, de ibland tillsynes omöjliga arbetsuppgifter, som vår teknikavdelning ställts inför. Även under stor tidspress har han alltid ett stort leende på läpparna. Continue reading

CV

Sen 2000 har jag jobbat med teknik och människors interaktion med teknik. Jag har utvecklats från renodlad tekniker till kundvårdare, utvecklare av medarbetare och sitta som spindeln i nätet i procedurer, dokumentation, kundkontakt och tekniska lösningar.

Jag sätter högt värde vid att fortsätta min personliga utveckling och kanske fortsätter min professionella utveckling hos er? Continue reading

Mina mål

Bli pappa

100% completed. (kan förståss bli fler, men målet är nått)

Gifta mig

100% completed Continue reading

Min Klockslagssamling

Jag samlar på klockslag på klockan hemma i sovrummet. Klockan är av den billiga digitala varianten som visar en siffra på timman, så vida den aktuella timman inte består av två siffror. Reglerna är enkla, jag ska ha sett klockslaget när jag råkat titta på klockan just då, och får inte sitta och vänta på att klockan ska bli det klockslag jag nu önskar… Nedan ser du vilka klockslag jag har sett och vilka jag saknar (för det är ju inte alla klockslag som jag är intresserad av)…
Jag började samla i början av 2009 som nybliven småbarnspappa när jag märkte att jag blev väckt många konstiga tider på natten, men ändå inte lyckats samla alla än… och klart svårt är det ju på dagen och tidig kväll… men jag kommer att hålla på tills jag är färdig… 🙂 Continue reading

Om Nalle

Ja, vem kan detta vara?

Du har kanske tittat runt lite på sidan här och börjat skapa dig en uppfattning om detta, och just denna sida är tänkt att hjälpa dig på traven.

Jag är en familjefar med en vacker, underbar fru, ett barn och två bångstyriga katter. Måndag till fredag spenderar jag dagarna på jobbet och jobbar på ett företag som heter Stream i Helsingborg. Stream tillhandahåller telefonsupport till olika kunder och jag jobbar åt Dell och sitter på PowerEdge supporten för Sverige och Danmark. Continue reading

Snabbfakta

nalleNamn: Nils Johan Nalle Windahl

Tilltalsnamn: Nalle

Titel: Vardagsfilosof, Livsåskådare och Livsbegrundare

Född: Februari, 1980 i Halmstad

Nationalitet: Skåning i själ och hjärta

Hemvist: Ängelholm

Civilstånd: Gift

Största bedrift: Jag är pappa Continue reading

Välkommen

Alla människor är lika värda!bw_for_bc

Kärleken är allt!

Drömmar är till för att följas!

Livet är en gåva och till för att levas!

Du är en fantastisk människa!

Jag behöver din hjälp att sprida glädje, värme och kärlek. Krama någon som behöver närhet, se någon som behöver bli sedd, lyssna till någon som behöver bli hörd, prata med någon som behöver kontakt. Var och en kan göra stor skillnad, tillsammans kan vi förändra världen.

Väl mött och allt gott!

//Nalle

^..^

Last White Witch

last-white-witch

It started as a scenery for a song I want to write, about a ship in a storm. It ended up with a seed to a fantasy novel.

Since I am a Swede, it is a bit hard (and strange) to write in English, but most fantasy novels I have read is in English, so in a way it feels natural.

This is a low priority project for me, estimated completion is first half of 2016. Even so, some have expressed interest in reading it, so here you, the writer’s draft. May change along the way, but enjoy it never the less!

This is a free novel (for now) but it will be release in paperform (as the first of four books in this series).

Feel free to provide input! Use the contact form of this page to get in contact with me. 🙂

I will release updates along the way, so keep your eyes out for new content!

 

Download latest full version

Last White Witch – Chaper 1-45 – Writers Draft

Last updated: 2015-05-07

 

Extra Material

This content will also be updated along the way. And just so it has been said: There may be spoilers in the extra material, but for the most part it will add extra depth to the story.

 

The map

the_map

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The Legend

The legend, a forgotten part of the human mythology. Something that might be told once and a while when people gather around the fireplace in the evenings. Should you hear it today, it probably would sound nothing like this, or at least only partial like this. But this is the original legend, passed on from generation to generation for over 2000 human years. At least 20 ages.

The Legend

The Secrets

Sometimes more happens than meets the eye. Should that be the case, the secrets are updated, because sometimes it might be good to know a bit more than is revealed to the naked eye.

The Secrets of Last White Witch

A Wizard and a Wizard and a Wizard and a Wizard

The story about A Wizard and a Wizard and a Wizard and a Wizard is not very connected to the story about the Last White Witch, but a little. And even the tinyest bits of a puzzel is nessesary to complete the entire picture. This is why this story is released as extra material here.

A Wizard and a wizard and a wizard and a wizard

Bloopers
Yeah, I know, it’s not common for books to have bloopers, but I am sure that most writers see other things that happened (or can happen) in the story while writing… or maybe it’s just me…

Last White Witch – Bloopers

Warning!

I am not an artist and my drawings are no work of art!

Meet Groll:

groll

 

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The Sound Track
Last voyage of the Glory

Check out the lyrics (even if it’s an instrumental song) for more story of the Glory!

SPOILER!!!

Learn the last word of the book, and also who has the last spoken words.

 

 

 

Here’s some free space if you have changed your mind….

 

 

 

 

 

Last chance to turn around….

 

 

 

 

 

Who has the last spoken words in the novel?
Groll.

Last word of the book:
more.

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Contact

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This is Son of Sound

nalle Welcome to sonofsound.se! This is the home of the music creator Nalle Windahl (or Son of Sound) where you can enjoy both his music and share his knowledge regarding sound recording and music production. I hope you will have some use of it.

Experimental, sound and music creation. I enjoy what I do, I hope you do as well. My goal with every production is to giveyou something new and unexpected, and at the same time give you something familiar.

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Interview with Son of Sound

Ok, we have gathered here today… well, not to attend a wedding, but to get a small talk with the man behind Son of Sound. It’s a rather cold and dark December morning when we meet up at a local café in the home town of Son of Sound. I have ordered a hot steamy coffee, but Son of Sound prefers a cup of tea, and we take our seats at a small round table near the window and see all the other early birds that are already on their way to what ever business they have.
First of all, I would like to say thank you for taking your time to be here and for agreeing to make this interview. We are many that want to know more about you, so let’s kick off, right at once.

You are the man behind Son of Sound, but what is your real name?
Nalle

Ok, Nalle, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and why you choose the name Son of Sound?
Sure, I am a married man, father of one, live with my familly in a little house with a small garden. We have two cats. And as for the name Son of Sound. Well, I guess it comes from my early childhood interrest for sounds, harmonies and disharmonies. My mother used to tease me and say that I could not be scilent for more than a few seconds, I always had to make some noise, either with my mouth or voice or with something around me.

Interresting, what drives this facination of sound?
I don’t know, I just like it. It’s a passion. Always have been.

And this facination of sound, how did it bring you to music?
Well, actually it first drove me towards recodring different sounds and then play them. I had a taperecorder with a built in mic that was my first contact with technology that had anything to do with sound. And as the technology evolved my interrest did. Then I had to have something to do with all the sounds, so I started to experiment with various musictools in a computer, one thing lead to another and my interrest for music was born.

So it was technology that lead you to music creation?
Yes.

Huh, I would have figured it was the other way around.
No, it was first love of sound, then technology and then music…

Ok, but what is the main driving force behind your music creation?
It is to create something new, challange myself and of course, have fun in the process.

Do you have any political or religious messages in your songs?
That is up to each listener to judge. I make music, I have an intention with each song, something I want to communicate, but it is not nessesarily what I want to communicate that the listner will hear. So I expect each and everyone to have their own expeciance with my songs, hopefully an enjoyable expeciance.

I read somewhere that you settle for “good enough” with your music creation, what does that mean?
Well, I used to be a perfectionist when it comes to the mix, or lyrics, or the composition itself. Everything had to be perfect. That lead to too much preassure and no releases. It took the fun out of my passion. So now I settle for “good enough”. Even if I still can spend a lot of time tweaking and making adjustments.

So, does that mean that you have imperfections, errors and misstakes in your songs?
No, I release a track when it is done, the way I want it to be.

But in some of your songs you have offbeat song and there are small things that does not seem to be entierly correct?
From your perspective maybe. From mine every detail in my songs are correct.

But why would you like to release a track when the listerner can identify something that does not feel correct?
I have a different view. Let’s say you stand infront of a giant wall with black and white squares, like a huge chessboard. What if one of the squares on the entire wall was red? Or if one of the black squares was tilted just a tiny bit?

I guess they would be standing out and people would notice the red square, or the tilted square…
Exactly. And maybe it would rise the question, why?

What do you mean, why?
Why have the creator of this huge wall with black and white sqares choosen to tilt one black square just a little bit? Or why did the creator paint only one square red? What is the purpose behind it? What does it communicate?

Oh…
Same with my songs. Each track is released as I intend it to be. So if you identify something that you feel is incorrect or off beat, you might ask yourself why it is so…

But what if those small things makes me not like the song?
Well, I do not know of anybody that can create music that suites everybody. Some like it, others don’t. Simple as that. I enjoy my music creation, and that is my primary goal. Should anybody else enjoy what I do, it would be a huge bonus, but never the soul purpouse.

So you are egoistic in your music creation process?
Yes.

But that does not sound good. Maybe people doesn’t like egoistic people, it might make you look bad…
…yes… but it is the truth… I would not feel good about myself if I lie just to make people like me better….

No, I guess that is true… ehm… well… this interview did not exactly go as I planned, but I guess I have something to write about when I get back to the office…
Sometimes it is the accidents and the unplanned things that prove to be the greatest and best. It is important to keep an open mind and the ability to recognice things that you have not planned for or thought of yourself.

Huh? Didn’t see it that way… and I have to ask: Are you high?
Yes!

…on what?!
Love, life and sound…

Lol! You do sound like a modern hippie, you know that?
I don’t mind… 😉

Is there something you would like to add, or have we covered it all?
An interview can never cover it all… but there is one thing I would like to add. Most of my listerners already know that I release EP’s with four tracks. What most does not know is that there are most often a fifth bonus track to each EP, if you choose to buy the full EP on Bandcamp. End of commersial.

Ok, I will see through my fingers with that one, only because it was good information that there are extra tracks that at least I have never heard. But that is information you should post on your websites FAQ!

I will! Great idea! And see – always keep an open mind to the unexpected. If you hadn’t suggested it now, I would not have done it now. Maybe I would have figured it out eventually, but now you helped me on my path, thank you!

Well, yes, that is pretty much how the interview was. Of course, we talked about other things as well, but not in the frames of the interview, so I will respect the confidance Nalle, a.k.a. Son of Sound gave me and keep off the record stuff off the record. As long as he will continue to put stuff on the record. Sorry about that last joke, just had to get it out of my system…

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FAQ

Son of sound on tour?

Will Son of Sound ever tour or have gigs that you can attend?
Most likely not. I will not say never, but I can almost say, never!
Son of Sound creates music for fun, and do not have any commersial interest.
Live perfomance would mean; carry a lot of equipment, several, uncounted hours of rehersal, planning and preparation and making up some kind of show that is fun to watch and not only to hear. That is not my definition of fun or something I want to spend time on, so sorry, no live gigs or tours for me.

Driving force behind music creation?

My driving force is mainly my own development and amusement. Should someone esle acturally enjoy what I do, just a bonus! (A huge bonus I might add, since I love to get feedback on the things I do!)
I want to have a good time and experiment while creating music. Then I also enjoy the end result.
I used to aim for perfection in my music creation, and could spend an unmentioned amount of time tweeking and adjusting and… well you know, not ever getting there.
It resulted in that I did not create anything.
As I got older (and hopefully a bit wiser) I realized that I like doing music, and if I settle for “good enough” I enjoy the process and get things done. And voila! I started to create music again, getting things done, and have been able to release a few tracks a year. (Parrallel to being a father, husband, employee and writing books.)
My goal is to release one EP (4-5 songs) per year.
To sum it up: I love sound, I love creation, I love technology, I love combining things to a unity.

Does all your EP:s have an extra bonus track?

Almost all do. Not the first one, back on track. But all that followed have an extra bonustrack that you can listen to and/or download if you buy the full EP from Bandcamp. Currently, that’s the only way to access the extra bonus tracks.

Do you have a question that is not aswered here?

Use the contact form to send in your question. No promises it will end up here, but you might get an answer, then again, maybe not. You’ll find out if you try! 🙂

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Remixes and Cooperation

Music is great fun! And maybe you would like to do a remix of one of my songs, or cooperate in any other way.

If you want to make a remix of one of my songs, or use samples from them, please contact me, I am sure we can arrange something!

As I see it, the more the merrier! The technology allows us to work toghether even if we are not in the same city or even the same country. With filesharing and various ways of communicating, I am sure we can do something together!

I am sure you have a lot to teach me, and I hope the same goes in return. Working together temporary or more long term can lead to great things, and a lot of fun along the way!

But please note, I am a family father, and work fulltime, so cooperation might take time!

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Studio Herdis

I used to have my studio at home, but since equipment is rather expensice and I worry about burglery, I decided to build a studio.
Of course, some things are still made at home with the computer, but mainly I record and produce at my little studio – Herdis.

It’s not much, but it get’s the job done. Since I have a very small studio, I have focused on getting things to fit well and work toghether well.

Computer

Intel i7-3770 CPU
16 GB Ramm
M-audio Delta 66 audio interface
MidiMan USB Midisport 4×4
Windows 7, 64-bit
Cubase 7
FL Studio 11
Reason Essentials
Wabelab Elements 7
Dual screens

Sound equipment

SM Pro Audio IN5 as a replacement to a mixer.
DBx 286A Mic Pre Amp
M-audio BX 5a monitors
Beyerdynamic DT-770 Headphones
Zoom R8 porta
Behringer Xenyx 802
Behringer RX 1602
Roland – VT3

Syntherzisers

EMU Proteus 2000 (with Rob Papen Techno expansion module)
M-Audio Venom
Roland SH01 – Gaia
Novation – MiniNova
Novation – BassStation II
Waldorf – Blofeld
Korg Monotron
Korg Volca Bass

Software Synth’s

Native Instruments – Massive
Arturia – Analog Lab
Arturia – minimoog V Original
Arturia – Prophet-V2

FX

Behringer – Composer Pro-XL
Behringer – FX2000
Behringer – SX3040 (Sonic Exciter)
Behringer – SU9920 (sonic Ultramizer)

Lost friends

Alesis Studio 24 Mixer – one of the best and most flexible mixerboards I have ever worked with.
Yamaha FS1r – FM Syntherziser with wonderful sounds.

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Biography

The year is 1990, I, a tenyearold boy, started to make music. Just years before I had started to play keyboard, and took piano lessons, but I was not interrested in the little dots on the paper, my interest was more in the mechanisms of music; harmonies, rythems and so on. I also took a great interest in the art of recording.

My first songs was simply a looped drumbeat and recorded vocals over that drumloop, all recorded on an, at the time, the well known tape.
I used my Amiga 500 (with an extra 512k ramm!) and a “sampler” (kind of like a standard audiocard with an input port to the Amiga). The software that came with the sampler is unknown to me, but I remember that I could record things, loop them, and change speed/pitch on my recordings.

Later, I believe around 1992, I got hold of my first tracker, again, I do not remember the name, but I think it was ProTracker or something like that. Now I took a great leep forward, I could suddenly add more things to my recordings, and, behold, have 4 tracks simultaniusly running, and I could also download .mod’s from BBS:es and copy from friends, and started to build up a library of various sounds that I could use in my productions. Around that time (about 12 years of age) I also started to sing in a choir.
A little leap forward, around 1994, 14 years old. I get my first PC, a 486 DX4 (120 MHz if i remember correctly) with stunning 16 MB Ramm and a harddrive of 850 MB. This also equiped with a Soundblaster AWE32 audiocard.
The software changed from the Amigas 4 track-tracker to FastTracker, suddenly I had a limit of 32 tracks. The upside was that I could keep my soundlibrary and all my .mod’s that I had created, and even start to develope them. 32 tracks seemed like close to infinite channels, and I never believed that I would need to use any other piece of software for music creation, this was the highlight of the evolution.
Still in 1994, I kept on playing piano, I kept on singing in choir, and I also started to pick up the guitar, since it was a lot more cool to carrying around a guitar than to every now and then stumble on a piano to show off my musical skills.
At this time I had also grown more interrested in the art of music, harmonies, cooperation between different sounds to create a unik pice of music.
During this time, my choir teacher Annika, and her husband Bo, my current piano teacher, and who later also became my choir teacher, both played a big role in my interest for music, and for developing my musical skills. I owe both Bo and Annika my greatest thank you, for being an important source of knowledge and inspiration, giving me challenges and the tools to solve them. Bo and Annika followed me from ’92 to ’99, and there is no way I can repay the things they gave me, or properly describe how much they mean to me. Sadly, we have lost contact after ’99 when I moved from my hometown seeking other challenges after school, and years later when I returned I learned that they had moved to new challenges elsewhere.
Around 1995-1996 my musical life came to a new crossroad. I had saved up some money to buy equipment, and my choise was between a Casio keyboard with a Cubase bundle, or a Yamaha CSX1. I went with the first option, and got the Casio with Cubase, a choise I started off regretting, since the Yamaha CSX1 was more of a real synth, and the Casio was more of a soundbank. However, in the rear view mirror I am now glad that I made that choise, and got to know the MIDI-world with Cubase as a sequenser. Cubase is still my primary sequenser, even though I have worked with both Logic, ProTools and Sony Acid (just to mention a few), I always end up with Cubase again.
So between 1996 and 1999 I worked parrallell with FastTracker and my .mod’s (or .xm’s to be honest), and Cubase with the Casio keyboard as audiosource. My main recording media had changed from tape to MiniDisk.
And I still had the workflow of playback on my music, adding something new with a microphone and recording the new “mix”. By playing that new mix, I could add something else and record to yet another mix. Not a very good way of working, but it was all I could afford, and it was a really good way of learning.

From 1999 to 2000 I attended a Sound Production educartion in Surahammar, and met another man who has influenced me greatly, Börje. His passion for audio hardware, from mixerboards to compressors, to recordingdeviced, both analog and digital, and various ways of working with sound to create new things, was a great inspiration to me. I learned a lot from him, that year in school.

The next step in my musical evolution came around 2000, after I had gotten my first real fulltime job as a technician for a radio company with radio stations all over Sweden. I now, for the first time, got money to buy real equipment of my own.

Over the years I have tried a lot of equipment and have bought and sold most of my things. But some things I have kept.
One of the first “real” synth I bought was the EMU Proteus 2000, upgraded with the Rob Papen techno expantion module. This is still with me, as a core sound source in my little studio.

I also bought a Yamaha FS1R, which I later sold, and that is something I still regret.
My first “real” mic was a Røde NT-1, which I still have today, and along with that I bought a dBx 286a mic-preamp, also something that I am still greatly fond of, and is a part of the core in my little studio.

I tested a lot of different things, bought new things, sold, bought something else, and have worked with various types of equipment and brands.
I realised that it was not the equipment that makes the music, it is the mind creating it, so with very little resources a masterpiece can be created.

Naturally, it helps out a great deal if you work in an environment that is safe and familiar to you.

1999 in Surahammar I also met a person who has influenced me greatly in more areas than music, Nino, he is a life long friend, whom I miss greatly, now when we do not live close to each other anymore. The same goes for Isaac who I met 2000, a friendly neighbour who also became a life long friend. Both Nino and Isaac has influenced me musically, and inspired me to expand my own horizon.

I was semi productive from 2000 to 2007, when work took a great deal of my time and I prioritized family life. Now five years later (2012) I am a proud father and husband, and I am slowly getting more and more “time on my own”, so I am slowly getting “Back on Track” (which also will be the title of my first EP in a while, that I have started to produce now).

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