Dave Kerzner, 2011
|Birth name||David Nathaniel Kerzner|
|Origin||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Genres||Classic rock, progressive rock, alternative rock, ambient, film score|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, Songwriter, Producer, Sound Designer|
|Instruments||Keyboard, Piano, Guitar, Drums, Vocals|
|Associated acts||Mantra Vega, Sound of Contact|
David Nathaniel Kerzner is an American musician, songwriter, producer, and sound designer as well as founder of the sound sampling development company Sonic Reality Inc. Along with Simon Collins, Kerzner was a co-founder of the band Sound of Contact but left the group in January 2014. At present, he is a co-founder and member of the band Mantra Vega.
In the early 1990s, Kerzner began collecting rare musical instruments. When 16-bit stereo digital sampling technology became available, Kerzner sampled these instruments to license to such major digital musical instrument manufacturers as Alesis, Roland and Yamaha. Following this endeavor into the music software industry, Kerzner worked with such recording artists as Madonna, Ringo Starr, and Moog Cookbook as both a musician and as a sound engineer.
In 1994, Kerzner collaborated with Kevin Gilbert on his solo album, Thud, and appears on the CD Kevin Gilbert Live at the Troubadour. Kerzner joined the band Giraffe as keyboardist for a one-off tribute performance of Genesis' The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway album at Progfest '94 in Los Angeles.
In 2005 Kerzner performed with Jon Anderson of Yes along with Nick D'Virgilio, Stan Cotey, and Mark Hornsby under the band name Sonik Elementz for a one-off performance of "Long Distance Runaround" during the Winter NAMM convention in Anaheim, California. Between 2007 and 2010, Kerzner collaborated musically with Simon Collins.
Sonic Reality and Sonic Elements
In 1996 Kerzner founded the sound development company Sonic Reality Inc, which focuses on the sampling of every type of musical instrument from vintage keyboards to drums to orchestral and world instruments. While developing music technology and creative tools for musicians, Kerzner collaborated with professional artists to sample and digitally reproduce the sounds of many types of musical instruments. The sounds are played from music software such as samplers and other music recording tools. Sonic Reality also produces "play along" DrummerTracks and other backing tracks for guitarists, bass players, keyboardists, and singers to work with via various audio devices, mobile devices, and recording software. Kerzner's sounds have been used by artists world-wide.
In 2001 Kerzner teamed up with IK Multimedia to offer the sounds he created for keyboard workstations via computer software. Producing a majority of the sound range for the first comprehensive software rompler virtual instrument called "SampleTank", Kerzner developed a plug-in for popular recording software that offers every type of sampled music instrument with built-in effects to be played via midi.
While serving as CEO of Sonic Reality Inc, Kerzner has remained active as a musician as well as providing custom sound programming for touring and recording artists such as the Rolling Stones and Beyoncé.
In 2011, Kerzner founded Sonic Elements, a progressive rock project and electronic tribute band. Sonic Elements uses Sonic Reality samples to create unique virtual supergroups by combining different musicians with Sonic Reality-sampled drummers and other instrumentation.
Sound of Contact
After Kerzner's initial 2006 meeting with Simon Collins in New York City, the two musicians co-produced a remake of the Genesis song "Keep It Dark". Kerzner collaborated with Collins and played keyboards on his album U-Catastrophe, appearing on the song "The Big Bang".
In 2010, Kerzner and Collins decided to form a band. In 2012, they announced the band as Sound of Contact, with Collins on lead vocals and drums, Kerzner on keyboard, and colleagues Matt Dorsey and Kelly Nordstrom on bass and guitar. The band's debut album, Dimensionaut, was released worldwide in late May 2013.
On January 6, 2014, Kerzner left the band. The official press release from Sound of Contact cited the loss of Kerzner as an "amicable split". Kerzner stated he planned to pursue his own solo projects and continue his work with his company, Sonic Reality. In May 2014, Kerzner announced he and Mostly Autumn's Heather Findlay had co-founded a new band together, Mantra Vega.
With other artists
- 1995: Thud (with Kevin Gilbert)
- 2008: U-Catastrophe (with Simon Collins)
- 2011: Grace For Drowning (with Steven Wilson)
- 2012: Genesis Revisited II (with Steve Hackett)
With Sound of Contact
- 2013: Dimensionaut
- Sound of Contact Signs With InsideOut Prog Rock Magazine. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- Important Sound of Contact News. Sound of Contact. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
- Findlay and Kerzner form Mantra Vega - Prog. Prog Magazine. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
- Company – Sonic Reality Inc. Sonic Reality. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
- Interview with Dave Kerzner – MacMusic. MacMusic. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
- Two Thuds and a Lamb – An Introspective by Dave Kerzner. KevinGilbert.com. Retrieved 26 May 2013.[self-published source?]
- U-Catastrophe album credits. AllMusic. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- Steven Wilson Grace for Drowning album credits. Prog Archives. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- Genesis “turns it on again” with IK and Sonic Reality. IK Multimedia. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
- IK Multimedia | SampleTron. IK Multimedia. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
- Steven Wilson Uses SampleMoog, SampleTron and iKlip On Tour. IK Multimedia. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
- Sound of Contact progressive rock Band Interview | Audioholics. Audioholics. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
- The Brooks Bulletin. Brown, Rob. "Canadian Simon Collins releases first US album". n.d. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
- Simon Collins Tribute to Genesis Using IK Multimedia Software and Sonic Reality Sounds. Digital Media Network. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
- SOUND OF CONTACT Release Debut Concept Album "Dimensionaut" And Reveal Live Video. Prog Sphere. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
- Official website
- Sound of Contact official website
- Sonic Reality Corporate website
- Sonic Elements on Sound Cloud