Electronic music is what I like, fan of Jean-Michel Jarre from the beginning, I like all music, but electronic has so many multi dimensions of creativity.
After listening so much to all kind of electronic music, I decided it is time to move from listener/critique to learning a bit all the tools for music creation, production, distribution, promotion.. This is my journey...
Who Am I?
I only accept connections from people I know on Linkedin or Facebook, so instead, please, like my music page.
For more details, read My story down below
I have a Music page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/franck.martin.music. Please Like it. I put there, news on Electronic music, and videos about the events I attend where Electronic Artists performs or where new gear is presented, usually around the San Francisco bay area.
I also have a community on Bandcamp. It is $10/year, but you get all the albums for downloads, the unreleased albums as they get created and the satisfaction of knowing you’re supporting me in a sustainable way.: https://franckmartin.bandcamp.com/community
I make noise, some people are nice with me and call it music.
You can find my albums on the following music stores and streaming services. I usually start to build an Album on Bandcamp and then once done, release it everywhere.
I just need like 10 people to purchase the album to reimburse my costs. I know it is mainly noise, may be a two star rating if I'm nice, but hey, it would be uber cool to get your support, especially if you need more semi-organized noise...
I have used DistroKid to publish my music on many stores. It is cheap and fast and seems recommended by the founders of the 2 other large music distribution sites. Use this link to get 7% discount on your first year: https://distrokid.com/vip/seven/607593. At about $20/year, unlimited uploads, this is the best plan ever, and they even answer my support questions ;)
Calendar of Electronic Music around San Francisco
I remember getting the first Album of Jean Michel Jarre, Oxygene on Vinyl back in the 80's. Still have it. Got more, got to like Vangelis too. I bought a Korg M1, because I could hear the sound of the Yamaha DX7 in all the bands, so when some band had something different as a synthesizer, then they were worth a band... I learnt to play some chords on the M1, but I have to say it mainly sat idle for many years. Took it when I moved to Fiji thought and I still have it. I also remember learning music theory when young, but as it started to get interesting, my dad changed jobs and we moved.
I studied Engineering and Computing in Marseille, I got to meet some people doing musical research. That was in the early 90's. Got to go to some of their concerts and that was some real experimental music, not so much with Synthesizers. One interesting thing they were doing was musical illusions, like sound that indefinitely go up in pitch.
Anyhow, while studying back in Marseille or even before, in Fontainebleau, music, or instrumental music, helped me when, like, during resolving complex differential equations, to free my mind from the world and get some sharp focus. I still listen a lot when working.
I even did a training period, doing some neural networks, at a company that had created a synthesizer used to train the "golden ears", the submariners.
Then I went to the Pacific Islands, Fiji mainly. I travelled in many Pacific Island countries, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Tonga, Palau, Solomon Islands, Niue... You name the country, I have probably been there. I have many anecdotes. I remember spending the afternoon at Mark Cross house in Niue (Famous New Zealand artist).
I mainly did Internet development in all these countries, but through human development, empowering people. It is also there, that I got to learn the islands culture, the music, the dances, the meaning of all of it...
I met many people in the Internet community, at IETF, ICANN, ISOC. Helped organize Internet conferences, with guest of honors like Vint Cerf (co creator of TCP/IP aka Father of the Internet), Howard Schmidt(White House Cyber Czar), Jimmy Rogers (Director of the Pacific Community)...
Then I got in the email industry, this is how I eventually ended up at LinkedIn, via a long term friend from Fiji, and also because I had established good relationships with many email senders, receivers, anti-spammers and security people.
Did I say I used to Kite Surf? Well when I came to San Francisco, I sold all my kite surfing gear, saying I'll buy it again here, but I realized the water was too cold for my taste.
Fortunately, I watched this documentary called "I dream of wires" and this sparked back a long time passion, more over I discovered that San Francisco and Berkeley had been, and still are an epicenter of Electronic Music: Buchla, Dave Smith, Morton Subtonic, Suzanne Cianni...
I found out this little shop, Robotspeak in Lower Haight, San Francisco, that sells synthesizers and modular synthesizers. Lower Haight is like Upper Haight of the famous Haight and Ashbury, less the tourists. I came to Robotspeak, every month, for the Church of the Super Serge, a gathering of musicians and electronic music lovers, for a 3 hours free mini concert. I met awesome people, still meet new faces there...
I bought a modular case, started to fill it with modules. I restarted to learn music, music production, the business of music. Had some fun with GarageBand while on travel, created some riffs, developed them on LogicPro...
Went to the Vintage Synthesizer museum in Oakland, went to the Binary Society concerts in San Jose, got more contacts with awesome people. The artist life in San Francisco bay area is very vibrant. Open your eyes, or rather your ears...
At the same time, I started to have a few tracks and then I learnt I could release all these tracks to all music stores for very little money.
So I decided, why not? I'll release as I go, improving and learning on the way. It may take me longer to get something decent, but you will get the raw material along the way, and I'll learn to promote it... 50% making music, 50% doing music business...
This is really fascinating, I enjoy it.. Hope you enjoy it too.
People ask me, why making music? Well I'm kind of a diva at work, so I want to be a rockstar outside it!
Follow me in these adventures!
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