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Raymond D Ricker
aka Raymond D
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Geographical location:
Medford, New Jersey, USA
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AIM : RayMarimba
January 29, 1958
Enjoy these Styles and musical qualities:
Canterbury, Difficult, Electronic, Folk, Kosmiche or Kraut Rock, Improvisational, Jazz, Keltia, Humor, Modern Classical, RIO, Traditional, Space, Psychedelic, Zeuhl
Other styles/genres/qualities of music that I like not listed above:
Bop & Dixiland Jazz & Delta Blues
Favorite or well-respected bands/artists
Captain Beefheart, The Mothers Of Invention, Gong w/Daevid Allen, Soft Machine w/Robert Wyatt, Magma, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Roland Kirk, Sun Ra, John Cage, Harry Partch, Claude Debussy, Erik Satie, Spacious Mind, Faust, Heldon, Guru Guru, Etron Fou LeLoublan, Univers Zero, Art Zoyd, Ozric Tentacles, Tangle Edge, Terje Rypdal, Carla Bley, Michael Mantler, Gary Lucas, Korai Orom, Snakefinger, Hawkwind, Agitation Free
Dislike these Styles and musical qualities:
Beat, Heavy Metal, Noise/Industrial/Urban, Mainstream/Accessible/Pop, New Age
Musical styles or qualities that I do not like:
AOR, Country-Western, Neo-Prog, most Prog-Metal, Symphonic with Bad Vocals
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Other musical activities:
There was once a time that I wanted to put all this training to test as a composer: BFA - Composition - Bard College. Studied electronic music with Joan Tower (composition), Ben Boretz (improvisation), Virginia Gaburo (microtonal theory), Glenn Mack (Cageian compositional methods), and Ken Russell (Graduate professor, Princeton University). Instruments - marimba, Moog synthesizer, Moss string/brass synthesizer, harmonium, and Fender Stratocaster (1984 American Standard). The reality of a future with no income set in very quickly after I got married and had children hence, the occupation listed above.
Hobbies / obsessions:
Music (listening & playing), reading, spending time with my family, Japanese food, Pataphysics, Raymond Queneau, Ouilpo, Dada Manifestos, National Geographic, Greenpeace, Sierra Club, Mayan artifacts, ruins & glyphs, photography.
Other comments:
The responsibility of the artist consists in perfecting his work so that it may become attractively disinteresting. (John Cage)