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A Short Introduction to C.P.Bryan: Author, Composer and Creator of Cut'n'Mix

A lot of people may ask: "Just who is this C.P.Bryan and why does he presume himself to be such an authority on cut-up and randomness as a creative catalyst in the process of artistic composition?" Well, in this brief autobiography, I am going to address that question in tangential, obscure and diabolical ways. First, let me introduce you to me as a kid growing up in Guildford UK (That's me on the left if you haven't figured it out.) Born in England to Welsh and Irish parents, I lived in the UK long enough to finish my first year of schooling before my family emigrated to Canada.
1980s: As a highschool student in the 1980s, I found myself more drawn to the music and culture of my native Britain: although too young to have experienced the initial wave of "Punk" and "New Wave", I immersed myself in the music of the next generation of alternative recording artists. Some of my favourites were (and still are): Wire, Future Sound of London, Jah Wobble, Dub Syndicate, Negativeland, Telex, Bjork, Cabaret Voltaire, Chrome, Psychic TV, Einsturzende Neubauten, The Fall, Cocteau Twins... I think one of the common denominators all these recording artists share is that they employed at least some level of experimentalism in their approaches to the sounds they created. In senior highschool, I also had my first introduction to the works of a writer who would become one of my biggest literary heroes: William S. Burroughs: One day I picked up and scanned through a Burroughs novel while browsing through the public library. I had never encountered anything like cut-up writing before then and the experience was mind blowing.
1990s: I first got involved in producing computer-based electronic music in late 1989 and into early 1990s. I was not interested in computer science courses in highschool, and it was only when I realized what could be accomplished with MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) paired with the more powerful and user-friendly next generation of personal computers that I was ready to jump on the computer bandwagon. ("Its more fun to compute!") Having my own computer led to idea that maybe I could create my own automated cut-up program. Thus began my first attempts at programming which produced the first precursors to what is now Cut'n'Mix. (For a more detailed history of the different generations of Cut'n'Mix, check out the Cut'n'Mix Museum Page.) Throughout this period of time I was living the bohemian lifestyle in Vancouver British Columbia, collaborating on music projects and performance art with other like-minded folks... The 80s and 90s were an exciting few decades in Vancouver, which was pretty much the bleeding edge town for experimental-industrial electronic music. This cybernetic frontierism somehow also carried over into the literary world as Vancouver was also home to William Gibson, author of "Neuromancer" - the novel which arguably started the whole "Cyberpunk" genre of Science Fiction. At that time, the darlings of the Vancouver new music scene were Skinny Puppy. Nowadays, sadly, when people think of music from Vancouver they are most likely to think of Sarah McLachlan,Bryan Adams or Michael Buble... But for a different take on things, please check out: D.O.A, The Subhumans, The Pointed Sticks, The Organ - all will give you a different take on a music subculture which will match (if not surpass) the Seattle Grunge or London '76-'77.
The New Millenium: By the year 2000 I had a full-time job as a computer programmer and had set aside my more artistic and creative pursuits. The creative writing and electronic music projects were relegated to hobby status - weekends, evenings and holidays as allowable within the demands of a full-time career in the IT industry. (Although gainful employment does have its perks - thats me in my new Moroccan duds after a trip to Tangier). It wasn't until late 2007 that I was able to rekindle my interests in experimental writing, postmodern digital art and music composition, as part of the process of starting my own business. Two of the main projects of this new startup included a revamped commercial release of Cut'n'Mix and the launch of my own online music subscription service for film and video producers called freesoundtrackmusic.com.


Update for October 2016:
I have just launched a new sub page of freesoundtrackmusic containing demos of music from the soundtrack site which I believe could benefit from the addition of vocal tracks. If you are a vocal artist, vocal stylist or just a plain old singer looking for original material to sing along to, I would recommend checking out this site: MUSIC FOR SINGERS. I do not have any specific projects in mind at this point, but am open to collaborating on demos as well as commercial releases or even live performance!




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