Jerry Lehr Music

I've always been interested in music. At a very young age I remember playing my parents' upright piano and my favorite toy was a Fisher Price record player. In 1988, around 7 years old, I began recording my own multi-track songs with our stereo, a boombox, and some used cassette tapes. I was also taking piano lessons at this time. From ages 8 to 13 I recorded rap tapes about my siblings and kid life. I amassed many songs and tapes of rap with multi-track sounds and my keyboard, some of which I still own. In seventh grade I began acoutic guitar lessons, after which I recorded silly songs similar to early Beck. Alternative music was a big inspiration. Bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Green Day, Local H, and Offspring made regular rotation in my Cd player and some of their influences can be heard in my earliest more serious music.

In 1996 I was a part of a short lived teen garage band. By then more industrial and heavier music like NIN and KMFDM influenced my playing style. I continued to make music on my own, experimenting with sounds, guitar, and keyboard. This time period is when I discovered a talent for a more synth approach. I used programs like ACID and Orion and chopped beats and sound effects, then added guitar and melodies to make what i called The Noise Diaries which I released for free on my personal website. Some of these songs made their way into the Project Warlock soundtrack. A OST composed by myself and Luke Wilson, and something I am very proud of accomplishing.

Makina was the first. Instead, it was once called Defined Static. The year was 2000 and I had just bought ACID Pro 2.0 at Best Buy for about $200. I came back home and immediately started remixing songs that already existed, without using beatmapper yet. I used trial and error to figure out the tempos/BPM. When the time came to start on my own creations, I used royalty-free loops that came on various fifty dollar loop packs. However, I didn't want to cheat. I wanted it original, so I chopped them into pieces and rearranged them, and had like 5-10 different drum tracks hacked up going on at the same time. The original had six tracks and four outtakes. Now there are 30 total with surrounding tracks added in 2020 in the same style.

The Noise Diaries ranges from 2001-2004 and contains a LOT of old high school band tracks I redesigned to fit somewhat different genres and not all sound like metal. Everything up until Connect The Dots was recorded in 2001, while everything else was 2002-2004. All of this stuff is available physically and I'll link it up soon.

Plugged is my more modern 2021 sequel to Makina. It has a hell of a lot more guitar and longer tracks. I finished it in the first twenty days of July this year! I love it also.

The Absynthium Collective all started in college in 2005. I had made a couple of ACID Tracks for a game called Castle Kingdom, and unfortunately the programmer couldn't get the collision detection to work. I had searched long and hard to find something that sounded like Nintendo but was easily understandable and could allow you to simply paint notes. I could play keyboard, but I wanted multiple tracks going on I could alter to fit each other one by one. I then started looking through a mess of programs my friend Luke (Absolute Audio) gave my friend Will (Foulface, Triple Jointed, Crimson Rain, Will and Jerry) with a trippy space game which I think was called Chaospere that he burned me a copy of. I then found something by Synapse Audio called Orion. Now, Orion is defunct as of 2016, but I've still been using it every time I make music even if I add guitar and ACID Drumchops.

My debut in using this software was for our back-up game "Thanatos" and then "Sin Harvest" I made around 45 tracks when only 8 tracks were needed. This made up the first 3/4ths of OMNIUM. In 2006 I started CONTINUUM 1 for a fourth college game that never got made, and I was no longer attending. Around halfway through what became an actual album attempt I decided to group up the tracks with the same tempo and make one long continuous thing. I loved it. They loved it. I called it Songs From Orion 3 at the time. I started on a part 4 that slowly became DELIRIUM. In 2011 I added the Polybius/Procellas EP, in 2013 I added Pixels, in 2018 I finished the whole second disc with Dystopian, Lithium, and Somnium, and finally, added Pixels II the same year and called it all a done deal. The previous year I finished Armageddon and cut half the tracks out for OMNIUM, and in 2019 finalized this collective with CONTINUUM II which was another connected album, this time with a full on space theme where the track titles themselves told a continuous half-ass story to go along with them.

My future in all of this includes a new collection of CDS that will be called Organized Chaos. There will be no subtitles I don't think. No special pre-arranged or post-arranged sequence. Just me with Orion again, Acid drums again, and Guitar again. It'll be like Makina made the drums, The noise diaries made the guitar, and Absynthium sprinkled a bunch of synth over it. I'll be a one man army again and I'll work longer on the tracks with several finalizing sessions to make sure I did an excellent job. The Absynthium Collective will also have a sequel with PANDEMONIUM, CONTINUUM III, and MOMENTUM. They will have sub-eps made every now and then but are prenamed and pre-themed for now at least. I kind of like planning ahead on themes and challenging myself. Project Warlock 2 OST is obviously in the works, but I have no rights to sell it myself. It will be released in whatever fashion Buckshot Software and their publishers decide. There will be more. I'm just going to keep going until I'm dead, hopefully decades down the road.