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My gear!

CPU: AMD 64 - 1.2 Ghz
Hard Drives: 2X 360GB Maxtor Internal PATA
1TB Seagate Internal SATA
1.5TB Seagate External USB2.0
Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 <-- would like to change that....
Windows XP Pro

Guitar Pro 4
CoolEdit 2.0
EastWest Orchestra
All of the stuff from
Random Freeware VSTi's i.e. DSK stuff (

-Other Stuffs-
Ibanez Artist (1974)
Ibanez AX3
Fender Jazz Bass
Unidentified Acoustic 6 string - I have no idea what type it is but it plays nice
The Gibson Mandolin (1912)
a pair of 1960's Sure Beta's I got from my dad
Crate BX-220H, Peavey 15" Bass Cab
I need new guitar amps I had an '86 Fender Princeton Reverb but it is now dead.

Mike's Discussions

2 new songs

Started this discussion. Last reply by gregorio X Mar 2, 2016. 3 Replies

My new sounds

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Mar 2, 2016. 5 Replies

disasters and why you need to backup your stuff

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Jan 18, 2012. 2 Replies


Mike's Page


  • 1.
  • 2.
    Come Snowflake and Fall
  • 3.
    Cascade Falls
  • 4.
    Song For Helen
  • 5.
    Athena's Dream - The Owl in the Olive Tree
  • 6.
    Maybe Now I Can Sleep
  • 7.
    Traffic - From The Sidewalk Looking In woodwinds
  • 8.
    Traffic - The Intersection Song woodwind
  • 9.
    Traffic - Honk Rattle Crash Beep Beep
  • 10.
    String Trio no1 - Butterflies on a Palm Tree
  • 11.
    The Ballad of Krampus and Saint Nick
  • 12.
    Song for Strings and Horns no3
  • 13.
    String Quartet no.2 - Sophia's Lament
  • 14.
    Duality part1 - Orders of Magnitude
  • 15.
    Duality part2 - Unstable Propagation
  • 16.
    Duality part3 - Entropy
  • 17.
    Duality part4 - Harmonic Mean
  • 18.
    In the House of Sirenum Scopuli
  • 19.
    Saltatus De Lamiae I - Presto
  • 20.
    Saltatus De Lamiae II - Largo
  • 21.
    Saltatus De Lamiae III - Allegro
  • 22.
    Allegro in Aminor For Harpsichord and Piano
  • 23.
    Palm Tree in a Midwestern Breeze
  • 24.
    5th movement - Phlegethon
  • 25.
    6th movement - Tartarus
  • 26.
    Tibetan Tension

Profile Information

What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs, Contemporary Ensembles, Other, web, multimedia
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Heavy Metal, Jazz, Rock, Outlaw Country, Classical, the list is almost limitless...
Is music your main income source?
Sort Of - Music Related
Where do you live?
South Dakota, USA
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
I have been playing music sense I was able to hold a guitar. I began singing even before I could put together complete sentences. My folks surrounded me with music and they played in a gospel country quartet.
My first musical performances were with them singing along with dad.
I learned guitar by playing along with his records and reading his sheet music.
I always have enjoyed classical music but really got into that when I was in elementary school. The Book Mobile (a library on wheels for rural school kids) carried many records of classics from Beethoven to Stravinsky. But what really got me hooked was Wendy Carlos Switched on Bach and the Switched on Brandenburgs.
I was about 12 when I fell in love with Heavy Metal. one major reason is how Metal is so similar to the classical composers in respect to the use of modes and many of the phrasings used by the guitar players I grew to love.
Once I got into High School I began playing guitar in the jazz band and it was then that I really began growing as a musician and started to really learn the fundamentals of music theory.

I currently play solo acoustic guitar in local bars, trying to turn it into a small group (3 or 4 piece), and am working with a death metal band called Dark Nation.

It has been only sense around 2007 or so that I have begun composing for other than guitar based music. I am really enjoying all that I have learned about it thus far and I cant wait to learn more.

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At 2:13pm on September 25, 2010, Doug Lauber said…
BTW, Wendy rules!
At 2:12pm on September 25, 2010, Doug Lauber said…
Thanks Mike! No VSTs!!!! Ha. The synth parts were played and recorded directly into my UA 2-610 preamp, into my MOTU 828, into my PC Sonar DAW. Other stuff was recorded with mics, like Seth's drumset. Sax was mic'd (Chris Alpiar in Atlanta) I played everything except sax and drums, which were recorded remotely. I sent them wav files and they mailed their parts back to me. I mixed it all. You can see photos of my equipment. I buy a little bit of gear every year. I'm old. Yeah- lately I am into the Fusion thang. I hope to complete and album of similar material, with the help of my friends. If you record with mics, I highly recommend getting a decent mic preamp. Enjoy the forum- a lot of great composers here.
At 1:14pm on September 25, 2010, Doug Lauber said…
Tasty! I really like your rhythmic punctuations. Like you, I started out doing rock, Beatles, Cream, Hendrix, and branched off into ELP, Yes, Jethro Tull and others. I heard Brahms' Piano Quintet and it sounded like rock to me. Dynamic. Brahms and Beethoven led to other classical composers. Welcome to the forum. What's your equipment list? I have a Peavey Classic 30 for sale... Keep up the good work. -doug
At 12:35pm on September 25, 2009, Andrew Wonders said…
Great stuff Mike! I like your harmonic structures a lot, and your melodies are quite pleasant :) I especially like "Song For Helen", though your "Duality" series is impressive... reminded me of some of the Russian masters (Prokofiev, Stravinsky). Keep up the great work!
At 2:47am on June 3, 2008, Daniel Marshall said…
Welcome Mike! Good to have you here.

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