Kevin Braheny Fortune

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Kevin Braheny Fortune (born Kevin Braheny, 1952) is a United States musician. He composes and performs quiet ambient music, often more melodic than other music of this kind.[citation needed]

Biography[edit]

Kevin Braheny was on the early design team of Serge Modular, a company building modular synthesizers. He was also the chief engineer at Sound Transform Systems headed by Rex Probe.[citation needed]

In 1977, he built his highly customized Mighty Serge,[1] a 15-panel system that he would use on his own albums. He also built a system for Craig Huxley that he then sold to Michael Stearns. He taught Stearns how to play and customize it.[2] Michael Stearns would later become famous[citation needed] for albums performed on this Serge, such as Planetary Unfolding (1981) and the soundtrack of Chronos (1984).

Kevin Braheny also built prototype electronic wind instruments (EWI) for Nyle Steiner. He also performed with his Steiner EWI on such albums as Western Spaces.

The EWI wind controllers are extremely versatile and expressive instruments.[citation needed] All of the EWIs use breath, sax- or trumpet-like fingerings, bite, and thumbs to control the instrument. They must be used with a companion synthesizer module. The Steiner EWI has an easily recognizable sound that can resemble a cross between a soprano saxophone and a deep cello.

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phares, Heather. "Biography: Kevin Braheny". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "In 1977, '78 I built the highly customized Mighty Serge, a 15-panel system. (Recent photo attached.) I built a system for Craig Huxley that he then sold to Michael Stearns. I taught Michael how to play it.... Planetary Unfolding was not done by me but Michael Stearns using patches he learned from me."[1]
  3. ^ "Galaxies". Valley Entertainment-Hearts of Space Records. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Secret Rooms". Valley Entertainment-Hearts of Space Records. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Rain". Valley Entertainment-Hearts of Space Records. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "The Spell". Valley Entertainment-Hearts of Space Records. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 

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