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Soundtracks In Search Of A Film by Stev Fargan

Stev Fargan

Stev Fargan became interested in creating music while studying film at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. Making student films created a desire to make his own soundtracks and he sought out a wide variety of musical experiences. His coursework in music included Electronic Music, Music as a Creative Experience, Music Merchandising, Piano, and Composition. In his first Electronic Music class he had the pleasure of working on one of the early Moog Modular Synthesizers. In that class he also met Bret Hamilton. They collaborated on many pieces of music. Together they formed the Bolsheviks of Madrid. Stev’s interest in music was also encouraged by Jason Ringenberg, who taught him how to be a soundman for some of his bands that included Shakespeare’s Riot, The Catalinas, and even an early gig for Jason and the Scorchers. This led to sound and lighting work with other local bands including The Rollaways, The Boppin’ 88s, as well as David and the Happenings.

After graduating from Southern Illinois University, Stev bought a one-way ticket to California. He headed west for the first time with only four things: a ten-speed bicycle in a box, one suitcase full of clothes, his Moog Sonic Six suitcase synthesizer, and a desire for new experiences. He enrolled in graduate school at Mill’s College and took courses in Electronic Music and Studio Recording. Other new experiences out west included competing for two years in springboard diving, becoming a certified scuba diver, skydiving, and finding another passion, downhill skiing.

His frequent trips to ski around Lake Tahoe led to his moving to northern Nevada to be closer to the mountains. His passion for skiing is year-round. In addition to winter skiing, he hikes up with skis on a backpack and patch skis in the spring, summer, and autumn. As of August 2018, he will be extending his consecutive month skiing streak to 178 months.

While making videos of his skiing adventures, his passions have come full circle. The desire to make soundtracks for skiing videos led to the creation of his first album release, Soundtracks In Search Of A Film.

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