My name is Chris Dodunski, and I have a son named Isaac. We live in New Plymouth which is on the west coast of New Zealand's north island. Below is a map of New Zealand and some photographs of New Plymouth. As you can tell by the aerial photograph, New Plymouth is situated between Mount Egmont and the Tasman Sea. Fortunately Mount Egmont is dormant, and has been that way for a few hundred years.
I am currently a student at Massey University studying for a Batchelor of Science degree, majoring in physics and computer science. These days more of my time is spent either with my head in a text book, or in front of my PC tapping out source code in C++ or Java, than with playing my synthesizer. Actually, nowadays my Korg X3 plays second fiddle (bad pun) to the most recent addition to our family of musical instruments, a beautiful 1910 K model Steinway Vertegrand, in rosewood finish. Always ready to play - no buttons to push, dials to turn, or leads to plug before hearing a sound!
Software development, object oriented programming, and study are hungry for much of my energy as of late. Yet I always allow time for my other passion - music. Although I studied music from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods through the Royal School of Music, the greater part of my CD collection is Rock music. Led Zeppelin, Genesis, and Pink Floyd are most extensively represented in my collection. My mentor would have to be the keyboardist from Genesis - Tony Banks. Both Genesis and Pink Floyd use their keyboard players to good effect. Creating great atmosphere, yet never lacking in melodic ability.
I was in the process of buying a Korg 01/W when the Korg X3 appeared on the market. I eventually left the shop with the X3 under my arm. My faithful X3 has brought me great joy over the years, and will for some time yet. In moving with the times, purchasing a later module whilst retaining the X3 is the most attractive option. I recently acquired a Yamaha TX7 (the infamous DX7 in a module). Whilst most would agree that the sound quality dosn't compare favourably with more modern synthesizers, it does have its strengths. From around 1983 to 1987 no other synthesizer could touch the Yamaha DX7. The vast amount of great music written during this period and beyond using the Yamaha DX7 speaks volumes. Personally, I find it a very expressive instrument when compared with later PCM sample based synthesizers, largely due to its powerful dynamics. My web site contains mountains of patches for both the Korg X3 and the Yamaha DX7.
I hope you enjoyed the photographs. Why not send me some photo's of the area in which you live!!