Exuberant electronic/dance music by Imaja - Greg Jalbert on keyboard synthesizers and computer-based sequencer.
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Imaja - Greg Jalbert
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In the late 1980's, Imaja - Greg Jalbert moved to California and got involved in a project to develop new music sequencing software with innovative graphic editing for MIDI synthesizers and keyboards. After a year and a half of long hours, coding of tens of thousands of lines of object-oriented Pascal software for Apples Mac OS System 7, navigating the new social scenes of Silicon Valley in Milpitas, San Francisco, and the East Bay, this collection represents the first series of compositions to use the new software and some of that decades synthesizers, including the Korg M1, Casio FZ-1, Yamaha FB-01 and the Roland MT-32, all with custom programming or samples.
The music is highly influenced by the World Beat music scene of the area, and many exuberant nights dancing at the legendary Ashkenaz community music and dance hall to the music of Kotoja, The Nigerian Allstars, Zulu Spear, Peter Apfelbaum and the Heiroglyphics Ensemble and many more. Many of the compositions are arrangements for world beat ensemble.
A number of the compositions are explorations of the extraordinary capabilities of computer-based music sequencing and composition. The MIDI software used was significantly innovative for it's time and featured many powerful tools for orchestration and creation of nuance and special effects. The authors of the software were Greg Jalbert and Geoff Brown of Resonate, a Menlo Park-based company of the late 1980's. Thanks also to Jim Wake, Patria Brown and Ed Roseman and the many others who helped evolve that software. While it is now 'extinct', it made a great impression on many people. This recording is a document of that time.
Recorded by Ed Herrmann, San Francisco, California.
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