PATRICK JOSEPH COWLEY
For those who did not know the existence of Pat, let’s say he could be considered as the father of Hi-NRG music and had a reputation of exceptional performer and musical producer. He was born on October, 1950 in Buffalo, New York where he spent his childhood until 1971. Then he moved from NYC to San Francisco for an intense study of the synthesizer at San fransisco City College.
Patrick was recognized as a master using the “E-mu system” synthesizer, because he did it intuitively and could not explain how he got such sounds… interesting isn’t it?
This thing above is the “E-mu system” synthesizer" used in 1973.
I guess you are thinking: “what’s the point in introducing Patrick Cowley?”
Well actually there is not point, I just want you to discover his work, simply because he deserves it and to make you realize how ahead of his time he was.
His discography is made of 4 albums:
Megatron Man (1981)
Mind Warp (1982)
Catholic (2009 - recorded 1976)
To give you an idea of what the HI-NRG music is, I choose Megatron Man released in 1982, which is by the way my favourite song of P.C, but I could not leave without publishing “Menergy” (released in 1981) which is without doubt, the most famous song from his discography.