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Mythology by Frederic Casagrande Both Fred's grandfathers were musicians. Louis, on his mother's side, was a drummer; and Friedrich, on his father's side, was a pianist. Fred started taking piano lessons at a very young age, and moved to other type of keyboards in high school. He first traded his upright piano for a Yamaha PSR-47, later supplemented by a Korg X3 and entered the world of electronic music.

After graduation, Fred studied musicology at university, and because most of their musical background was classical, he really struggled to introduce his music influences into the existing landscape. He did his bachelor thesis on electronic music and how digital instruments transcended acoustic ways of producing sound, which was well received, despite a general lack of empathy for the subject.

During this time, Fred produced a couple of demo tapes that led him to one studio album (Mythology) in 1996 which contained eight experimentations of instrumental new age music.

My Home Studio In 1997, with the creation of his first startup, Fred began a very long hiathus due to lack of time. It is only after he got divorced in 2012 that he went back in playing and composing.

Today, his home studio consists of a Roland AX-Synth with a Boss RC-30 loop station; a Roland Fantom G8 workstationand a Peavey KB2 amplifier.

Inspirations

When Fred was a kid, there was always music on at home. His parents were very eclectic and made sure he listened to almost everything: jazz; blues; rock'n'roll; pop; and of course, a lot of classical music. On his own, he developped into a metalhead, and was listening to the likes of AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Whitesnake, Steve Vai, and many others.

But throughout his life, some artists have really been influential when it comes to his own style. Since his early years, he had a fascination for the works of Jean-Michel Jarre, and especially his early research at GRM. Vangelis was another artist that influenced him, with his electronic symphonic style. Film score composers Hans Zimmer, Giorgio Moroder, and Jan Hammer played a crucial role in his musical development. Some of the artists Fred looks up to today include Tuomas Holopainen, from Nightwish and Jordan Rudess, from Dream Theater. He is an amazing keyboardist.