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Bill, a native Californian, is a Senior Lecturer in Composition at the USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles. He studied Electronic Music under Frederick Lesemann who had just introduced his experimental Synthesizer Techniques course at USC in the early seventies, in conjunction with Paul Beaver at his legendary Parasound Studio in Hollywood. Eventually Bill would establish himself as a teacher and share an office with his professor. His course on the Beatles has drawn national attention, and there are invariably waiting lists for his seminars on iconic figures in popular music. He has been exploring the possibilities of the Stick® since 1986. The Railboard®, the model on which he currently performs, is the latest in Emmett Chapman’s ever-evolving series of instruments. Bill uses it both as a stereophonic tapping instrument, and as a controller for multiple channels of synthesizers and processors.
Sh[eye]n was born in 2014, when Bill and Ralph met while waiting in line to see Geoff Emerick give a presentation on the making of Sgt. Pepper. Ralph, originally from Quebec, Canada, introduced himself that evening as a “third generation percussionist and mixed-media artist.” At age 12, as an honorary member of the Montreal Musicians Union, Ralph accompanied his great uncle, Lenny Rubin, with his orchestra. This opportunity energized his ongoing interest in rock and jazz performance, as did playing congas with Allen Toussaint in Florida, and experimental synthesized improvisation with Allen Strange and Lou Harrison at San Jose State. A lifetime of performance later, Ralph has adopted a wide berth of eclectic influences ranging from Afro-Cuban to Zappa.
SH[eye]N: MUSIC FOR THE MOVIES IN YOUR M[eye]ND