In 2015 I became a Professional Composer when I received a royalty payment for music I wrote. A New York advertising agency picked up my song The Other Song from my days with Spirit. This happened again in 2019 when a movie production company purchased the rights to the same song.
I record using Cubase. If you’d like to see my computer screen when I’m working with music here’s a link.
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“Ohm Lad” is a nickname given to me by Frank Zappa. I got this name by fixing his guitar equipment while on the road with The Mothers of Invention. The “roadies” would break his guitar pedals and I would fix them by using my Ohm meter.
The Ohm Lad nickname didn’t stop with me. When good friend, Jim Seiter, Manager of Mobile Recording Services at Wally Heider Studios in Hollywood, California learned of my nickname, he immediately coined one for my mentor, the great Harold Hill. Jim called Harold “Ohm Dad.” So . . . it came to pass that on any given day you could drive down Cahuenga Boulevard south of Hollywood Boulevard and north of Selma) and see Ohm Dad speaking in the most animated fashion to Ohm Lad as Ohm Lad pushed the test equipment cart (the OhmMobile) to Studio 4. Perhaps they would stop at May’s Eatery on the way to the (then) world-famous Studio 4 for a cup of coffee and some “tea cakes.”
John Dykstra once visited the Necam-equipped Studio 4. I was given the pleasant assignment of showing him how the (first ever in the United States) moving-fader Neve console worked. He was so impressed that he insisted that I accompany him to Van Nuys so that I could see the computer-guided motion picture equipment he used to film the space flight sequences for Star Wars. John was amazed at the Necam technology. I was equally amazed at seeing John’s motion picture studio.
ohmladmusic.com used to be, then it wasn’t, and now it is again. Where has this site been? I let the domain name lapse. Someone seized the domain name and camped out on it for years hoping I would feel like bribing him or her to release it. They didn’t use the domain. I could not use it. Finally they “went away.” So now Ohm Lad Music is back.
The songs in 1990 were recorded in the 80’s and 90’s. It has some really good songs. These were recorded with a primitive Mac that could only record MIDI and a Korg BR-8 digital 8 track (that recorded on Zip disks). At first I did not believe the sound quality of the BR-8 would be good enough. I was wrong. The sounds I got were wonderful !
I did a lot of recording again to create Love Songs. Click 2010 to listen.
I just finished a big project to rescue my heritage audio cassettes before they got so old that they would no longer play. The 45 year old, high quality cassettes all worked perfectly. You can enjoy the music I made Way Back When by clicking 1963 in the menu at top of the page.
Devorah, Kirby And Bobby, Eddie One-String Jones and MC2 are worth a listen too.
I wish you Joyfulness and Contentment always.
Please do your part:
Make Heaven On Earth
wherever you are.
—— Sherman Barry ——