"From the opening keyboard chords of "Essex," Mark Preston invites you into a world of prismatic colors, understated melodies and rhythms that never pummel but instead, like a fractal moiré pattern, they seduce as much as they dazzle."
- John Diliberto, Host, Echoes Radio Program
Self-released in September 2010, Nature & Design is 11 tracks of uplifting mid-tempo grooves and melodic soundscapes. The album’s sounds were inspired by a cross-country trip visiting America's National Parks from Maine to Arizona.
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Mark Preston Biography:
Residing on Boston’s North Shore, twenty-five year old composer Mark Preston creates a refreshing brand of uplifting mid-tempo grooves and melodic soundscapes. As a self-taught musician, he works viscerally--driven only by an ear that enjoys Stravinsky as much as the Fugees, and Sigur Ros as much as Tom Petty.
A drummer in rock and jam bands throughout high school and college, Mark put down his sticks when he met a Boston-based Zouk and Compas producer who used software programs to create beats. After sitting in on hours of the producer's studio sessions, Mark found he could use similar tools to create the kinds of sounds he loved.
With a laptop, Propellerhead Reason software, and a small keyboard, Mark composed in his bedroom studio. Shortly thereafter, Mark was awarded a four-month residency at the Contemporary Music Center on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Mark originally attended the Center to focus on drumming; however, he decided to use the opportunity to develop his new interests in writing and producing instrumental music. The product of Mark's work was his first album, "…and it will rise with the sun."
Featured on the nationally syndicated Echoes Radio Program and podcasts around the world, "…and it will rise with the sun" was self-released in February of 2007. Since then, Mark has licensed his music to national and international clients including MTV, Nickelodeon, and Sony Computer Entertainment.
Mark’s latest album, "Nature & Design," was self-released in September of 2010.
Outside the studio, Mark can be found enjoying the great outdoors, running, and researching auditory perception and processing at the University of Massachusetts.