Through Metaphoric Rock

Welcome to my version of Project 1. I give you a little information about myself, my main interest and some travelling I have done. I mention music a lot, as it has been an important part of my life from a very early age. It is for this reason that the heading/logo has a musical theme.


Copyright © July 2010 É.A.D. - Initials with a transparent background I was born in Dublin, Ireland in the mid 1960s. I have two brothers and two sisters. From an early age, music has been an important part of my being. From my parents listening and singing along to music, to myself and my siblings being taught - or in some cases, attempting to be taught - how to play a musical instrument. In my case, the musical instrument was a piano.

Sadly, I was not and have never really been all that interested in or motivated by classical music. As classical music was the backbone of how piano was being taught to me, my parents and I ultimately ended up on a collision course, with them eventually giving me the option (at the age of 12 or 13) to continue or to stop. I chose the latter option, with a mixture of glee and relief. My mother did say that I would regret it later in life. Whilst I still do not regret not being able to play classical music, I would like to be able to read and play music.

At an early age my family moved from Dublin to and around Co. Carlow, eventually ending up in Carlow Town. I did my Leaving Certificate in the early 1980s (during the New Romantic music era). I was by no means a grade A student, and barely managed to scrape enough points together to get into my chosen course at NIHE/DCU - Electronic Engineering.

After much stumbling in the early years, I finally got on track and graduated in the late 1980s. As jobs in my area were scarce in Ireland at the time, I emigrated to England, where I worked for 21 years in a commercial environment.

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My Main Interest

Copyright © July 2010 É.A.D. - Initials with a white background My main interest is music. I have a passion for what I refer to as melodic electronic music (although some people refer to it as noise!). From an early age in the late 1970s, I became fascinated by electronic music in general. I remember sitting in a comfy armchair in the front room, listening repeatedly to Jean-Michel Jarre's Oxygène and Équinoxe albums, through headphones connected to my older brother's shiny new hi-fi. I remember being fascinated by the melodies, the sequences (often repeating), the stereo panning effects and the electronic yet warm sounds.

I did not initially understand the significance of the technology used by Jean-Michel Jarre at the time, and analog synthesisers in particular. Later on, both he and many other pop and electronic groups adopted digital synthesisers, and in my opinion it took more than a decade before the warmth of sound was available again electronically.

That said, I embraced the digital synthesiser sound readily as well. I enjoyed the likes of Yazoo, Duran Duran and Depeche Mode, to name but three, in the early 1980s. I enjoyed some of Belgian's industrial electronic music maestros, Front 242. I savoured the re-release in the early 1980s of "The Model" by Kraftwerk, in particular. I remember one disco where I was almost the only person who recognised and enjoyed that particular track. And I relished the live sounds (including the mistakes, which made it more real for me) on Jean-Michel Jarre's "The Concerts In China" album.

The early 1980s were interesting times with the New Romantic movement being prevalent. In the late 1980s, pop music lost its way, in my opinion.

In the early 1990s, the likes of Italia House helped rekindle my interest in pop music. And then came the progression through Epic and Euphoric House until finally Trance music arrived on the main scene in the late 1990s.

Trance music is now a staple diet of mine, with regular listening whenever possible to the likes of Andy Moor, Armin Van Buuren, Gareth Emery, The Thrillseekers, Above & Beyond, and others.

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Some Travelling I did

Copyright © July 2010 É.A.D. - Initials with a coloured background In 2001, my boss at the time was arrested on suspected money laundering. The charges were later dropped. Not in time, however, to save the company. I was made redundant in 2002 and decided to go travelling, for a break.

I visited Singapore for a few days. Then I went to Australia and travelled part of the east coast from Cairns to Sydney. Along the way I did some white water rafting, snorkelling and sailing. At Myella Farmstay: I rode a horse; I learned how to ride a trial/trail bike; I milked a cow; and I fed a baby Kangaroo. And I met some interesting people on the way.

I then visited New Zealand. That was a fascinating experience for me. From a wine tour in Auckland, to the Polynesian Spa and the Maori culture of Rotorua, to sky diving over Lake Taupo on a gloriously clear and sunny day, to bungy jumping off the Kawarau bridge, to the beautiful sights (including Wanaka, Queenstown and Kaikoura, to name but three), to sailing again.

On the way home from my travels, I visited Hong Kong for a few days. That was also an interesting experience, from the hustle and bustle of the city, to the tranquillity of the walled city.

Throughout my travels, music again played an important part. My trusty Sony MiniDisc player kept me company through the highs, and sometime the lows. One of the MiniDiscs I listened to a lot was a self-made collection of Trance tunes at the time. Another was Matt Darey's Euphoria 4. And of course, my old friend Jean-Michel Jarre (from his early days) was also available on MiniDisc, whenever I needed him.

Eventually, of course, I had to return to the real world of work and earn a living!

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