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(Ted Nicholas)

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I grew up in Flint, Michigan, in the 60s and 70s. I've been a musician and artist all of my life. Musically, I started out very young with piano, then in grade school I played Cello and Violin. I enjoyed learning and playing classical music in the school orchestra. In my teens I taught myself to play a 12 string guitar. In the 70s I was inspired by groups like Led Zeppelin, Moody Blues, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Yes, and many others.
I was born with a progressive eye disease "Retinitus Pigmentosa," my eyesight getting gradually worse every year. By my late teens I was legally blind and playing my music "by ear." I'm now approaching 50 years of age, and have very little of my eyesight left.
About 20 years ago, I started exploring computers. I began with an Apple II, 64k system that had to be connected to a black and white TV for a monitor. As technology progressed I upgraded whenever I could afford to, hoping to set up a system that would allow me to read and write after my eyesight was completely gone. I've gained much experience with both Mac and Windows systems in the process. Now-a-days, most people consider me to be a tech-geek, I've even wrote tech-articles for different publications.
During my quest for the "Star Trek" computer of my dreams, I discovered "virtual instruments" and digital audio engineering. With today's current computers, I can set up a complete recording studio on my laptop. I now devote most of my time to writing lyrics, playing, composing, recording and mixing music on a Mac laptop computer. When I use virtual instruments, I don't go for the "computer generated" music, I compose every note and measure myself. I like to lay down a guitar track, then add in some drums and bass. This is usually enough to get me started on lyrics. After the vocals are recorded, I usually add any "fill" instruments, strings, additional guitars and synths. Using a multi-track software program, it is very easy to create my own songs. I play/compose every instrument, sing the main vocals and harmony tracks, I've even been known to be my own back-up singers. Doing all of this into a computer has allowed me to go way beyond what could be done in any "standard" recording studio. Plus, it's just down-right fun!
I spent 20+ years living in the ski areas of Colorado, hiking and gathering inspiration from the Rocky Mountains. I now live on Beaver Island in the middle of Lake Michigan, with my loving, very understanding wife, "Pam." We have a small cabin in the woods and love the remote island life-style. With the help of a few friends, we are now setting up a local recording studio to expand our music capabilities and hopefully produce for other artists as well.
To find more info about our small company/studio "Emerald Isle Technologies," and about Beaver Island, visit:
Visit our "Artists" page for other musicians and music that we've produced. Click the "About Us" page for more info about our company and Beaver Island. Keep your eye on CD Baby for more of my music in the future.
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