During his very young years (2-3) he became quite fascinated by the music he heard coming from a neighbor’s victrola, mostly fairy tale music like “Old McDonald had a Farm” and the such. This most unquestionably had a subconscious effect as those tunes of fascination reverberated in his young mind. Also during that period he saw for the first time a piano which created great curiosity in that the black and white keys were intensely interesting and attractive. He then sat down on the piano bench and played an incredibly discordant tune that literally brought the house down! He was off and running.
But that experience was simply an introduction to the world of music and did not lead to anything in the immediate future. It was not until a number of years later that a keen interest in music arose. As Errol grew into his middle childhood years (during the mid 50’s) he began to listen to many of his parent’s LPs and was most impressed by the music of Benny Goodman.
Errol’s music career began at the age of ten with the clarinet as his chosen instrument. One day while he was working for his father sweeping floors and doing odd jobs in the TV repair shop where his father worked in downtown Yorktown Heights, New York, he noticed a music store across the street. During his Saturday lunch break he wandered over and noticed this beautiful, long black instrument and recognized it as the same instrument that Benny Goodman played, the clarinet. He immediately got excited and went back to the TV shop and asked his father if he could purchase the instrument. His father told him that he would have to earn the money to buy the clarinet. Errol decided very quickly that that would not be a problem because he wanted nothing more than have that clarinet. He then worked not only for his father but began a lawn mowing business that soon after brought him the much needed cash to purchase his heart’s desire.
After buying the clarinet his parents decided to offer him the opportunity to take lessons. Although it was a bit too much for him at the outset of his lessons due to an overbearing teacher, Errol persevered and eventually was allowed to play with his tutor’s dance band at a junior prom. His musical studies at that time included classical, popular and jazz forms.
His skill as a clarinetist developed during his high school years and he was elevated to first clarinetist in his Yorktown Heights High School orchestra and played as an accompaniment clarinetist with his private tutor’s dance band. Upon moving with his family to New Brunswick, New Jersey after his sophomore year at Yorktown, his studies in music were curtailed when he was turned away from participation in his new high school’s band and at that point he lost interest in continuing his musical development and instead began to develop his visual arts talent.
In 1968, after being honorably separated from the U.S. Navy, while working on his first series of abstract oil paintings Errol was exposed to an LP entitled “Silver Apples of the Moon”, music composed by Morton Subotnik, one of the first truly serious composers of the newly developed form of electronic music. He was greatly intrigued by the unusual quality of the music and was deeply influenced by what he heard. At that point he decided that if time and money allowed for it, electronic music would be his new musical direction.
It was not until late 1974 that Errol began the development of his electronic music studio and career. From early 1975 through 1978 he spent countless hours, sometimes working through the night, learning about sound structure, music synthesizer systems and electronic music and subsequently began his development as a composer. Since that time he has composed fifteen albums of various themes of visionary music. He has also produced four albums of natural environments and one piano album. His music was utilized in a video documentary entitled “Golden Anniversary UFO Briefing” for the White Sands Missile Range Pioneers in New Mexico, which is near Roswell. This video was produced by Paul Davids who also produced the HBO movie “Roswell”. Mr. Davids later utilized Errol’s music in another documentary about Timothy Leary’s life called “Timothy Leary’s Dead” (oddly enough!).
Errol taught electronic music systems and synthesis at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California from 1986-92. He has also written a textbook entitled “Fundamental Technologies of the Synthesizer” which has been utilized in a number of colleges and universities nationwide (see “Book” amongst the navigation buttons above). He also hosted a radio show in the mid 80’s on KUSP in Santa Cruz called “Vision of the Dawn”.