Early in the 1970's, I began exploring the world of electronic music. "The Steiner Synthacon" was the first synthesizer I ever played, it traveled the globe with me. Fast forward to 2005, my wife & I moved to the Heber Valley in Utah, where we met it's inventor and became friends. Nyle and I started performing together... we never play a song the same way twice. For a couple years we had talked about doing a Christmas project... 2010 we finally put it together ~ Richard
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
"For those unfamiliar with Nyle Steiner here is a short bio. Nyle originally conceived of the concept of a brass-style electronic synthesizer in the 1960's. He began prototyping the concept in the early 70's and in 1975 Nyle completed his first playable electric valve instrument- the 'Steiner Horn'. A woodwind version was developed soon after. "I developed my own transducer using whatever- I tried a lot of things out. A lot of the main parts I had to build myself. The first one was just a switch. You blew and it turned on and off - just like pressing a key. Later I built a proportional transducer." His early instrument were individually hand made by Nyle Steiner himself.
In the mid 1970s, Nyle set up a small Salt Lake City Utah based synthesizer company named Steiner-Parker. The company produced various analog synths as well as the original Steiner EVI from approximately 1975 to 1980. In 1980, Nyle won the Linz prize for his EVI. In designing the original EVI, Nyle comments "I found it was best to design my own synthesizer. With MIDI and some of the more advanced designs, there are some synthesizers that work pretty well with it without having to modify them, but it used to be that I had to modify the synthesizers so much that I just gave up and designed my own."
The Steiner company hooked up with Crumar at the end of the '70s and Crumar marketed the EVI for a while. Around this time, Nyle's career was beginning to take some new turns. In 1979 he worked on the movie Apocalypse Now while commuting from Salt Lake City. He demonstrate the EVI for the producers and they really liked the sound. Nyle soon after moved to California and began to make a career for himself playing in the studios. "Most of the film composers use EVI in one way or another - it's really good as an expressive melody instrument; the vibrato flexibility, the bending - it's really easy to play that way." Steiner's EVI and EWI instruments have been used by world-class musicians including Michael Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Jeff Kashiwa, Judd Miller, and many others.
Nyle Steiner is also an experienced 'legit' trumpet player having worked with the Utah Symphony in the 1960's. He doesn't play acoustic trumpet these days. Instead, he devotes much of his time to developing the current model MIDI EVI and experimenting in science. Over the years, Steiner has performed on recordings and soundtrack sessions with some of the top names in the business such as Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond and has played on TV themes such as Knott's Landing and St. Elsewhere. Perhaps most notibly, Steiner has played EVI on numerous large budget movie soundtracks."
"Richard Douglas Trowbridge Souther is a composer, producer, arranger, sound designer and multi-keyboardist who has built a strong reputation as a top contemporary solo instrumentalist for over twenty years. He has created numerous best-selling albums in the New Age, Smooth Jazz and the Classical/Crossover markets as well as recordings of Contemporary Christian music.
Richard was a child prodigy who began studying classical piano at three with then retired Professor Thomas Giles (Dean Of The Music Department/University Of Utah) until he was twelve. He went on to study with the Russian piano teacher Max Willerson and concert pianist Reid Nibley. "During that time, I realized I didn't really enjoy playing other people's music exactly as written and wanted to explore the world of jazz improvisation... and Surf Music!"
While attending middle school during the Sixties in Los Angeles, Souther began playing keyboards in LA rock bands on the Sunset Strip and developed a love for a wide variety of different types of music. By the early Seventies he was becoming an in-demand session musician who played with numerous artists like Geronimo Black, Feather, Barry McGuire, Richie Furay, Pat and Debbie Boone, and Denice Williams. Souther also began developing his talents as a touring performer playing multi-keyboards as a member of a band called David supporting the 2nd Chapter of Acts and guitarist Phil Keaggy.
In 1981, a near fatal bout with botulism abruptly sidetracked Richard's musical career. During the four years it took him to recover, to the point where he could resume a somewhat normal life again, he acquired and mastered a new technology for that time period, using electronic music synthesizers and early computers linked together to create an electronic orchestral palette to compose with. Playing into the computer one note at a time and in spite of the chronic pain, Souther began creating his original and unique blend of instrumental music.
During the mid Eighties a new instrumental label, Meadowlark Records, signed him for his first solo albums, the electronic Heirborne and Innermission. The label also wanted to release his solo, acoustic piano recordings. To reduce confusion about dissimilar projects in the marketplace, the albums...Songs Unspoken and Second Story, were issued under his middle names Douglas Trowbridge. Souther left the Meadowlark label and signed with MCA's Narada Label, releasing two mainstream New Age and World Music projects for them. Cross Currents, a light jazz ensemble project, featuring the talents of Alex Acuna, Abraham Laboriel, Chester Thompson and Kirk Whalum, released in 1989. Following up Richard co-produced Twelve Tribes, an exploration of African and Brazilian music, with sound designer Eric Persing in 1990. Both albums received considerable airplay on the New Adult Contemporary (NAC) radio stations in the U.S. and continue to worldwide. Richard returned to the CCM market when he produced Vision Of The Valley for Don Francisco and won a Dove Award for producing the Twila Paris Sanctuary album.
In 1994 Richard received world wide recognition for is groundbreaking album Vision: The Music Of Hildegard von Bingen, which won the Billboard Classical/Crossover album of the year award. He then followed it up with Illumination: The Music Of Hildegard von Bingen "The Fire Of The Spirit" for Sony Classical.
In 2000 Richard began exploring the world of Electronica Music with the release of A Blip On The Screen, followed up by Radio Flyer and the new A Small Glitch In Time written using the pseudonym Under The Radar.
His music has been used in numerous films, TV and commercials around the world by companies like Mercedes Benz, CBS Winter Olympics, PBS (Sesame Street) A&E, CNN, NBC Dateline: Secrets behind 'The Da Vinci Code', Renault, Fuji Film, Delta Airlines, Ford Motor Company, VH-1, MTV, The Bose Corporation, The Jim Henson Company and most recently in the 2004 HBO Golden Globe winning film Iron Jawed Angels. He has recently finished the score to a new independent film documentary: VISUAL FUTURIST: THE ART AND LIFE OF SYD MEAD chronicling the life of the famed artist/designer. The DVD is now available at www.sydmead.com.
Souther's most recent albums are Reminisce, released in August 2008 and Repercussions, released in March 2009. Richard Souther is one of the greatest modern pianists."