Label: Anubis Records - ANX-1 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Canada • Genre: Electronic • Style: Synth-pop
Mills-Cockell was one of the earliest adopters of the Moog synthesizerand is generally regarded as a pioneer in the field of electronic music. Mills-Cockell was born in Toronto, Ontario.
His mother passed away when he was six months old. His father, whose work often required him to spend extended time overseas, found it necessary to place Mills-Cockell in an orphanage for a time shortly thereafter. Mills-Cockell has two younger brothers. Mills-Cockell was introduced to music at the age of 5, when his father, a devoted amateur musician and choir singer, encouraged him to join a church choir. At the age of fifteen, he heard his first piece of electronic music and found himself "hooked.
Mills-Cockell studied music at the University of Toronto from to He studied piano under John Coveart, and composition under Dr. Samuel Dolin, at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto from towhere he also taught electronic music. In Toronto in the fall ofMills-Cockell joined forces with light sculptor Michael Haydenpoet Blake Parker, and architect Dik Zander to form Intersystemsan arts collective and multimedia performance group.
In lateall three Intersystems albums were remastered and reissued, together with a page bound booklet containing photos, essays, and reproductions of vintage press coverage, on Italian label Alga Marghen, to widespread acclaim. After the dissolution of Intersystems inMills-Cockell continued to compose, working with a number of other established musicians, including Anne MurrayBruce Cockburnand Murray McLauchlan. His next major visible milestone came inwhen, together Revery - John Mills-Cockell - Gateway percussionist Alan Wells and saxophonist Doug Pringle, Mills-Cockell formed Syrinx, a progressive music trio whose body of work incorporated elements of electronica, classical and world music, and psychedelic rock.
Syrinx played the Toronto coffee-house circuit. After a time, Canadian music executive and talent manager Bernie Finkelstein signed the trio to his newly created True North Records.
The album garnered an enthusiastic response from critics, and in its wake, the group found itself newly in demand from a variety of quarters. In addition, the first release attracted the attention of Revery - John Mills-Cockell - Gateway from CTVwhich commissioned a theme song for its forward-looking television series Here Come the Seventies.
The first album also resulted in a commission, from the respected Toronto Repertory Orchestra, of Stringspacewhich Mills-Cockell composed for Syrinx, the TRO, and additional percussion. Riding the wave of notice and critical approval that arose from their first album, Syrinx returned to the studio in late to record a second album.
Undeterred, and with fundraising support from the Toronto musical community, the group purchased new instruments and pressed on to record the album.
Tillicum was also released as a single, and Revery - John Mills-Cockell - Gateway at 38 on the Canadian charts in The group disbanded in as Mills-Cockell, Wells, and Pringle went on to pursue other projects. Tumblers from the Vault has been released on 14 October He also released a cassette of Stella in Black and Whitea collaboration with poet Blake Parker, in Mills-Cockell has been active throughout his career in musicals, and has composed over scores for plays in theatres across Canada.
He is currently working on bringing Savitri and Sama full-length opera he composed, with libretto by Ken Gass, to the stage. He has Revery - John Mills-Cockell - Gateway been active as a composer for short film and television, Smell Of Roses - Blitzkrieg - The Mists Of Avalon has created original scores for such productions as Packing UpReverseThe ItaliansStationary ArkLetting Go - Various - Discoveries Of The Deep The Little Vampire.
He has scored dozens of radio productions for the CBC. During his tenure with Intersystems, Mills-Cockell was one of the first artists to adopt the Revery - John Mills-Cockell - Gateway Modular synthesizer as a performance musical instrument, meeting several times with Robert Moog before finally purchasing an early model. Mills-Cockell made several trips to Trumansburg to meet with Dr.
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