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Born and raised in New York City, into a musical family. Uku Meri started playing electronic organ at age 5 and synthesizers at age 15, and has been creating unique music for quite some time.
Starting with a Roland SH-3a and the Moog MiniMoog in the mid 1970s, sound sculpting has been as important as the notes used with the sounds. The synthesizers and assorted audio tools have evolved over time, and the recordings reflect that.
His first electronic compositions were made in the late 70s, and were well received by those who heard them. His first audio cassette release (remember cassettes?) was in 1983 - entitled "Seeing Eye Dogs". About half of those selections were released on "Synthphonies" (1996), the original pressings done in Canada. The other half of that album was composed on computer using MIDI sequencing. That album was recognized by Riffage.com (remember that site?), making Uku Meri "Classical Artist of the Month". There were other favorable reviews.
For his solo CD's, synthesizers have been the main instruments behind the big sounds most of the time.
Other instruments are bass guitars, acoustic/electric/synthesized guitars, acoustic & electronic drums and percussion, and more.
In response to the difficulties of having his music heard, Uku founded "Meri Music" as a record label (since 1979).
The first CD release is entitled "Synthphonies". This album is entirely instrumental, and is based on the premise of modernist synthesized symphonic music with piano and percussion.
"Synthphonies", ultimately, it is really "sonically visual" music. Dim the lights, raise the volume, and let your imagination take over.
The second release is diectly related to "Synthphonies". An hour long radio interview on host Jeff Crawford's "Home Studio" show on KUOP-FM (Stockton, CA) was recorded. This coast to coast telephone interview featured the first half (5 songs) of "Synthphonies" along with 30+ minutes of discussion.
The third release is entitled "Fabric of Space". All sounds by synthesizers, the textures, dynamics and material has been enjoyed as foreground and background music - many moods and scenarios are created with visually aureal stimulations.
The fourth release is "idioSYNcrasies". It is a follow up to "Fabric of Space". In conception, this is improvised synthesizer music that it is "sonically visual".
Since that time, he has released many more CDs, including "Fabric
of Space", "idioSYNcrasies", "Syntax", and "Algorithms".
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Uku Meri is actively seeking work as a soundtrack
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For more information, visit the merimusic.com web site.
(Logo, artwork, and CDs designed by Uku Meri.)
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