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Kim Riemer: Bio

Hey y'all, I'm Kim Riemer, born and raised in small town Saskatchewan.I grew up listening to late 70's early 80's canadian rock music.While still in high school I got my first real six string and began my journey with the electric guitar.

I am now a composer of mostly instrumental music, usually in the rock genre, but I also compose electronic music using a variety of software synthesizers. Recently, I've been experimenting with composing in a more minimalist style, focusing on one instrument while allowing textural layers to flesh out the composition.

I started writing songs in 1983. Like many others I began using two cassette decks to put together some crudely recorded demos. In 1986, I quit the wedding band I was playing in, sold my PA system, and bought my first 4-track cassette recorder. Somewhere around 1990 I was looking for something different, and I began working with a Korg M1 Music Station and a Korg Wavestation connected via midi to a Roland MC Microcomposer. This brought about a major change in my sound. My 4-track functioned as a mixer, so I would run the stereo out of the synth with all of those tracks sequenced onto tracks 1 and 2 on the 4-track, and I would route the mic'd guitar amp and vocals to tracks 3 and 4, recording the guitar and/or vocals on the fly - all mixed straight to cassette.

In the spring of 1996 I purchased my first computer, and Cubase VST recording software from Steinberg. This was the beginning of my move into the world of digital recording. Later, my studio underwent a third major upgrade to professional quality hardware and software, and currently centers around Cubase 4.

I have written songs in several different genres including many types of rock, country, classical, blues, ambient electronic, instrumental electronica, and film music. You might wonder who have been my influences? For vocal rock songs, artists like Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, John Mellencamp, Bob Seger, Keef Richards, Leonard Cohen, and Tom Waits have had a tremendous impact on my writing. My rock/metal influences are bands such as AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Rush, and Dream Theater. On the instrumental side I like Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Jeff Beck, and Yngwie Malmsteen. There is the blues side as well, with artists like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, George Thorogood, BB King, and John Lee Hooker. I have also been affected by the acoustic styles of Michael Hedges and Lenny Breau. For classical music, Leona Boyd's classical guitar, and Yo Yo Ma's cello music has had a great influence on me, and like most, I very much admire Mozart. For country tunes, I lean towards Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams Sr. When on the topic of musical influences I have to, of course, mention the Beatles, Frank Zappa, and Elvis.

My studio is based around a MusicXPC computer, a MOTO 8Pre Firewire Audio Interface, and Cubase 4 recording/sequencing software. I use Tannoy Reveal 8D active studio monitors, DX4 M-Audio monitors, M-Audio Keystation Pro88 USB Keyboard, and 2 Acer visual display monitors. For effect plugins, I'm using Waves Gold Bundle. For VST instruments I have the V Collection from Arturia, The analog and digital collection from Korg, Propellerhead Reason, Drumkit From Hell drum software from East/West, Garritan Personal Orchestra, Ivory Synthogy, and Atmosphere, Trilogy, and Stylus from Spectrasonics. For guitars and amplification: Guitar Rig 2, Fender "Mexistrat" guitar, Gibson Les Paul Studio guitar, BC Rich Acoustic guitar, Traynor 4x10 guitar amp, Pod XT Live floor pedal, Peavy bass, Crate bass amp, Vox bass amp, and the Apex Studio Condenser microphone package.