Mark Ty-Wharton (born Mark Tinley) is a British author, composer & philosophical speaker who specialises in presentations using sound art. So says Wikipedia, we caught up with Mark to find out how be became a FL Studio Power User...
Tell us about your music, yourself and your music?
My music is sound. I love sound and have been totally obsessed with it since I was a small boy. I drove everyone nuts by dismantling everything and just wanted to explore. How does it work? and why? I got into bands in my teens and could hear things others couldn't. Warren Cuccurullo jokes that my ears are made of tin... I hear aeroplanes and traffic phasing, I notice the musical pitch of the fridge, I hear the overlay of the universe and notice the detail. I am diagnosed with a form of autism and I have hyper acute hearing. If the devil is in the detail, then I am possessed.
Tell us about your work with Duran Duran?
It was one of those Law Of Attraction things. I had this revelation one day that I needed to work in production. It was not that I don't make a good front man, I am actually pretty good at being on stage, for me it is much easier than socialising. What sets me aside from your average performer is my mind. Once you have gotten over the fear of standing in front of people, there isn't much to do with your mind other than worry about how you look. I wanted to get my neurons dirty by giving them something deep to think about. I wanted to get stuck into solving production problems and I actually wanted to get paid.
Mark is best known for his work with 80's icons Duran Duran
Editor: You can read more about marks gig with Duran_Duran here. Mark has also worked with Garden of Eden, Diskord Datkord, Jonny Slut, Adamski, Paris Working, Glenn Gregory, Gary Numan, The Stranglers & The Dandy Warhols, quite a list!
How did you come to use FL Studio & what were your first impressions?
In an effort to remain on the bleeding edge of technology, Apple have a nasty little habit of pulling the rug from under their users. Buy a PC program and it works forever, whatever machine you buy in the future there will always be legacy support and it will simply run better and faster on your new machine. Apple on the other hand simply have a policy that leaves legacy users behind in the dust, not just the users either, the developers too. Now this might sound like a complaint on first blush, however for their total disregard of everyone in the name of growth, to Apple I am eternally grateful.
I took up the Logic baton when C-Lab dissolved in to eMagic. After wresting with a Falcon, I migrated to Mac and was pioneering the idea of recording vocals on a 68030 laptop when I discovered the Internet. I also discovered shareware and wrote several articles for music technology magazine Sound On Sound. I trawled ftp sites for programs and downloaded anything that looked interesting.
And that's when I saw it... Microsoft's new operating system... Windows 95. My friend Morgan was copying a file on his machine and the OS had this animated folder. I was intrigued, because I could see the files moving from one folder to another. He laughed "it's not really doing that Tinley" and of course, I couldn't really see any files moving, it was a representative animation. Only what intrigued me more was the fact the whole thing looked slick. Gone was the Mondrian lego like interface of Windows 3.1 with it's toy box icons and clunky graphics. Here was something that looked as slick as the Mac. There was also a rumour about Logic for the PC and I managed to get on the Beta.
Tell us about your production environment & toys?
The Garden Of Eden (80's blast!)