For Brian Foster, aka Synaptic Flow, creating music was a path of destiny. A lifelong fan, his love for music took hold in the early eighties. Already a fan of classic rock, it was new wave music that laid the foundation of inspiration.
"New wave music proved that the synthesizer could hold it's own as a featured instrument." Brian says. "There was a real sense of fun and creativity in those old songs. The music really touched my heart and remains my favorite genre ever."
New wave eventually gave way to pop, hard rock, punk, and heavy metal. "By the time I was in the tenth grade, death metal was the thing." Brian says. That's quite a departure for a guy who's first music purchase was the sinlge "Lucky Star" by Madonna.
The mosh pits of heavy metal didn't hold his interest for long. It was fun while it lasted, but alternative music was starting to invade Brian's senses. It was time for another change. Gothic artists like The Cure and Siouxsie and The Banshees were embraced warmly. Brian also discovered a love for distortion artists like Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Curve, and others.
Synthpop artists like Camoflague, Red Flag, and Depeche Mode, also filled many of Brian's listening hours. Sometime around 1989, Brian started tuning in to WRAS "Album 88" a college radio station in Atlanta, Georgia. who's powerful signal could be picked up some 200 miles away. "The quality, variety, and amount of music they played was amazing!" Brian enthuses. "That station must have been responsible for 50 percent of my music collection."
It was here that a weekly radio program called The Industrial Revolution, caught Brian's attention. Names like Front 242, Skinny Puppy, Frontline Assembly, and Ministry, were working their way into his music collection. A new love was found. "Industrial music, specifically the EBM style, blew my mind." Brian says. As an aspiring writer who's stories often delved into the chaotic fringes of a wired tomorrow, Brian had found the perfect soundtrack for his robotic fantasies. "Industrial is what made me decide to start making music." Brian says.
Several phone calls and an eventual meeting with industrial artists Deitiphobia, gave Brian a solid idea of what it took to make this type of music. By 1990, he was armed with enough equipment to start producing tracks under the name Psychogenesis. A short ep of four songs was sent to a local college radio station for airplay. The highly anticipated tape was promptly reported "lost" by the radio station, leaving the only recorded copy of Psychogenesis music forever unheard.
There wasn't much support for industrial music in the local area. There was Nine Inch Nails, and everybody was looking to that as the standard of industrial; something that could appeal across many genres to different people. The cold, emotionless style that Brian prefered, never quite escape it's underground existance. Psychogenesis was put to rest, having come at the tail end of a wave, Brian thought. On the near horizon, a more friendly, but equally experimental type of music was filling the underground airwaves. It was called Techno.
By 1991, Brian was totally immersed in rave culture. "Hardcore and trance, as well as house, were a big thing back then." Brian says. Today there's more styles than you can count. Techno music reflected back, in some ways to new wave music and things that had been done there. There was also a punk like rebellion to it because it was so different; something that only the true raver could really "get." To most people, it wasn't music at all, but if you "got it", it stole your heart.
"For me, the music was about finding that special place. The one you were always looking for. The place where you belong. It was about fun, happiness, joy, peace, and shared experiences with your extended "dancefloor family." The music had a spiritual vibe. There were so many beautiful times when you found "the moment", the time when your heart was full of joy and you were fully aware of how special the night was.
"Those early songs really touched you inside." Brian remembers. "There was something so lovely about being at a rave and hearing a special song that brought everybody together. It was an experience that you couldn't have just anywhere." Those values rejuvinated Brian's desire to contribute to the music world. "The joy of giving joy. That's what I'm in this for." Brian says. " There's room in the scene for all types of music, but I feel that a therapeutic cleansing comes from songs that are deep, mellow, and spiritual. I wanted to make the mind and heart dance along with the body.
As he digested a great deal of jungle/drum and bass, Synaptic Flow begin to take shape. It was a musical direction that gave life to exactly what Brian had envisioned creating. It was a long way from industrial music, but so close to what was always inside of him.
Synaptic Flow manages to bring many levels to the musical experience. The sound is imaginitive, thought provoking, and totally danceable. It's soothing, but always driving ahead. There's even a connection to the science fiction writer that Brian always wanted to be.
The future sees Synaptic Flow delving into many styles. Deep house, tech house, nu skool breaks, and tech step experiments are all on the way. For now he waits to introduce the world to his debut CD biotechnology. That is where the story for Brian truly begins.............