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Los Angeles, United States (1986 – present)

The Solarno music project from Jim Furey explores ideas of science, technology, and history through the medium of electronic music and digital production to achieve his vision of “creating aural beauty one byte at a time.”

Fusing the simplistic nature of early 8-bit music, today’s powerhouse digital synth wonders, and a background in classical and jazz performance, Solarno, a Los Angeles based producer, conjures up the joy of danceable electronica with the depth and richness of a Hollywood movie score. Every song by Solarno has a story behind it, and the goal is to create an experience and atmosphere of exploration, not just of the music itself, but also the inspiration behind it.

Solarno started like so many with a Commodore-64 in 1986 in the sleepy Los Angeles suburb of Simi Valley. He spent countless hours writing both original pieces and covers in an attempt to replicate the songs he loved as a teenager. Genesis, Pet Shop Boys, Michael Jackson, and many others all received the 8-bit treatment during the late 80’s. The early 90’s saw Solarno further expand his style as he incorporated the disparate influences of the Madchester sound of England, the techno styles of Detroit, and the rave scene of Los Angeles. By this time Solarno was fully engulfed in the computer as a musical instrument and samples and emulated synths were his axes of choice.

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