Imphenzia is the alias I use when I compose and release music. My real name is Stefan Persson and I live in Nynäshamn, a small coastal town just south of Stockholm in Sweden.
Since 1997, I have composed close to a hundred songs released on 8 independent albums. I never pursued a record deal because being independent gives me full creative control with no commercial expectations. This has lead me to create my own unique style of trance, chillout, and piano music released directly to you through the Internet.
I make music as a creative outlet in an otherwise unimaginative professional career as an IT consultant. Generating income from my music has always been a hopeful yet elusive dream. With the availability of free music combined with non-existing marketing funds it’s not surprising it has remained being just that - a dream.
Still, life has its challenges and with a house, wife, and two amazing children my time is becoming increasingly limited. In order to preserve Imphenzia I need to sacrifice time otherwise spent in my day-job.
For this to work Imphenzia needs to generate income and I'm hoping that the new "pay what you want" feature is appealing to my audience - you decide what the music is worth. For as little as $2 you can download 10 hours of music that I've created over the past decade and a half.
I was born in 1975 and grew up closer to Stockholm in a town named Vega. My passion for music started at a farily early age but I have no formal training in the subject.
The first experience in creating electronic music was in 1989 after purchasing an AdLib sound card; the result of listening to the music in Sierra Online's game Space Quest 3 on a different sound card; the Roland MT-32. The AdLib was more affoardable than the MT32 as it was based on FM synthesis rather than sampled instruments, consequently it didn't sound as good. I created a number of songs in the bundled version of the "Cakewalk" sequencer software although no songs from that era have survided to this day.
Following the AdLib sound card I created my own "Covox" device as I was introduced to the world of music modules in the early PC demo scene. Using sampled instruments and "music tracker" software such as FastTracker and FastTracker 2 in the early 1990s I managed to create, in my opinion, better music. Most of the XM modules that I created during 1990-1996 remain unreleased to the public. There are a few exceptions like some music in "TSH Xmas Demo" by "The Sky Hawks" (1990-1992), a demo group that I founded and participated in under the alias "Steep" and some of the songs that I created under the name "Elite Beat" (1992-1996).
The name "Imphenzia" was invented in 1997 in my endeavour to find a unique name. As I put the letters together, and liked the sound of it, I entered the name into popular search engines at the time and it yielded zero search results. The purpose of a unique name was that I wanted to keep track of my presence on the Internet. Today Google reports 11300 pages the vast majority relating to my music as Imphenzia, games that I create under the name of "Imphenzia Games", and music that may be licensed for games under the name of "Imphenzia Soundtrack". The Imphenzia Alien logo was designed in 1999.
Moving from music trackers with simple samples as instruments into the world of modern sequencing software it became apparent that virtual instruments at the time were few, limited in terms of quality, and used up too much computer resources in order to be used exclusively when creating music. I gradually moved to a hardware based setup by purchasing equipment such as the Roland JX305 groove synth, Yamaha CS6R, Novation A-Station, E-mu Xtreme Lead XL1, Emagic AMT8 MIDI-interface, Fostex VC8 AD converter, and last but not least the €2500 DSP sound card CreamwarePulsar II. The equipment was used to create most of the sound in the albums "Propulsion" (2000) and the double disc album "Event Horizon" (2002). Although the hardware enabled me to progressively improve my music I found myself spending too much time loading/saving configurations on the external gear, fiddling with cables, and troubleshooting problems with synchronization and static noise.
Following multiple relocations I had a pause from making music that lasted 6 years. The hardware was collecting dust becoming out of date so I finally decided to sell it all. Luckily enough meanwhile the world of computer performance and the quality of virtual instruments had caught up making any external gear, apart from a master MIDI keyboard, redundant for me. Starting with the purchase of a new master keyboard, the 88 key hammer action Roland FP-7 stage piano, and moving to Steinberg's sequencing software Cubase 5, I have now moved to an almost exclusive software based setup. Cubase along with commercial virtual instruments that I use today, such as Nexus2 and VanGauard by ReFX, Sylenth1 by LennarDigital, and a large number of sample libraries from EastWest allow me to focus on creating music rather than maintaining any external equipment. My expensive and nowadays unattractive sound card Creamware Pulsar 2 has no 64bit drivers so it is the only historic piece of hardware that I still keep in a drawer.
Starting with the track "Princess at the Gate" Imphenzia has increasingly evolved towards what may be described as a hybrid of euphoric, atmospheric, and melodic trance often with alternative relaxed versions of the tracks with reduced tempo referred to as "chill-out" edits. Although the accessibility and affordability of music software have enabled countless artists to create electronic music I believe that Imphenzia has a unique sound. This sound has its heritage not only from my journey as an artist but also because I strive to create melodies and music that are pleasing to me and not necessarily to commercial driven record labels that follow the fashion of what recipes of trance that sell well.
In short: When you buy music, just keep it to yourself. You can't sell or give the music away to anyone.
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