Below is a synopsis of the website and services offered by Lorin Drexler via lorindrexler.com:
I’ve been a writer and musician for over a decade, and have been teaching music lessons for 10 years. I began journaling at 15, mostly free-writing and poetry. This was my segway into guitar and songwriting. Over the years, piece by piece, I’ve gathered many angles to my myriad profession.
I’ll never forget my first singer/songwriter experience when I was 17. I watched my neighbor play guitar and sing on his porch. That moment changed my life and set me on the road I’m on today. Music and poetry can be transcendent when there is truth and love behind it.
At 18, I formed a transitory first band, The Screaming Poets. Shortly after, while attending Columbia College Chicago for creative writing, I organized another project called Satori. This group featured an accoutrement of musicians and styles over the course of its existence. From indie-folk to punkish hard-rock to downtempo electronica, it was its own versatile caravan.
Post-Satori and a plethora of songs later, I fell into the world of electronic music production and engineering, getting hands-on with computer software and a keyboard controller. Furthering my advancement in the technological arts, I attended SAE Institute of Technology located in the heart of New York City. I graduated from the program with high standings.
The introduction to electronic music was a seed planted many years ago working with a friend producer and DJ. Over the years that seed developed into a unique cohesion of computer production with organic guitar songwriting. The electronica artist Loryn was born from this elemental form of designing music. Jointly, signed as Loryn with GoDIY Records, I began offering a licensing/production service for other artists, pitching my original remixes of their songs to opportunities in television.
Under Loryn, in 2011, I began releasing monthly newsletters to my fans and subscribers. In addition to artist updates, my passion for writing naturally crept in and became part of the newsletters. I have recently compiled these newsletters, as well as other works, into an anthology of poetry, prose, and flash fiction published in 2015.
I have been playing guitar, singing, writing and producing music
for the greater part of my life. My endeavor is to guide you to an understanding of one or many of these facets and give you the tools you need to become your own teacher as you continue down this path.
Below is a brief synopsis about the lessons I teach:
There will be very little music theory. I never needed much of it to write my own music, other than a few basic theories to get around successfully, so it’s not something we’ll spend a whole lot of time on. I have organized and constructed a course book to keep things lively and moving along efficiently. I call it NOTEbOOK. It’s also great refresher material to revisit in the future.
I teach basic guitar with accented professional appeal and rhythmic structure. My intention is to guide you to create your own original music using straightforward techniques. My goal, once we part ways, is for you to leave with an original song and be equipped to write on your own.
For our lessons, you will need: a pen or pencil, a notebook (or computer), guitar tuner and an acoustic guitar. It could be electric if you have a small amp.
Audio Engineering/Music Production:
Though I graduated in high standings from SAE Institute of Technology in New York City for audio engineering, and have the knowledge and technical skill set of an engineer, I only teach the basic principles on a need-to-know basis. I never needed much training to produce my own music, other than a few simple theories to get around, so it’s not something I go deep into. I teach basic engineering along with music composition, songwriting, structure, and how to bring your tracks to life. This is more suited for artists that want to learn how to record, mix, produce and expand their creativity in a recorded format. My intention is to guide you to produce your own original music using straightforward techniques. My goal, once we part ways, is for you to leave with a produced song and be equipped to produce on your own. In the prospected future I’ll be organizing a course book for audio engineering and music production.
What you will need (which we can discuss affordable options if you’re interested): Mac/PC Laptop, DAW (Ableton/Logic/Protools), A/D Converter (Interface), Midi Controller, Studio Monitors, and pertinent cables.
Interested in recording & mixing your tunes with the option of having them produced?
- Electronic Musicians/Hip-Hop Artists
- Overdubbing and Small Productions
- Mixing & Editing Projects
What is production? I.E. drums, bass, piano, synth, songwriting (if needed), overall sound, overall picture, etc. I do all the additional composition and mixing if you decide you’d like to go a step further with your music and have it produced. We can discuss this option after we begin recording.
Below are a few samples from my latest productions:
HARD LIKE ROCKS
SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW/WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD
COMING FOR YOU
What began by monthly newsletters and inspiration from my life as a musician (www.loryn.net), became a compilation of writing gathered over a few years, as well as other miscellaneous components. Embracing an indefinable branch of contemporary poetics and literature, my debut manuscript Re-edit, makes contribution to the evolution of abstract truth, social standard, and spiritual discovery. A chronological in the midst of journey, this collective includes free-form prose, haiku, flash fiction, word art, and experimental verse. All of which afford an epistemology of the primordial being’s dismantlement of hierarchical egotism.
Vist me on Poets & Writers: https://www.pw.org/content/lorin_drexler
Soft whistling rays
Can only be friends from their ancestral source,
Yet they will always remain lovers
As the height of the circle remains malignantly unchanged.
A canyon billowing tears of cluttered, mindful
Tangent black and white photography snippets
Like abstract tendrils ricketing locomotive transfer
And furthering the belly.
There was something strange though, something of her way
That carried a fragrance, a kind of familiarity
Where you feel comfort almost instantaneous
Like a thunderstorm playing tag with the electric winds.
The giving tree knows
Once it is able to give no more…
A thousand statues split into two groups, one to discuss the likes of the other.
And the other, negotiating heaven as a means of enlightenment;
Purposeful and without uncertainty or acknowledgement to the unknown—Otherwise referred—pre/post unmanifest phenomenon.
Once brought together,
There is no separation,
What has been
Is it too strange to fathom choosing our own path?
Is it too strange to fathom that maybe, just maybe
We have chosen our path, our lives, and we know where we are—
The components we compel mildly sedative and rejoicing.
Is it possible to imagine a world so indefinitely in-definitive we can’t find a reference point on either side, as we stand in-directly centered, looking to our left shoulder;
And as we stretch our hands
And touch the stars
We are left with an
Which is the breaking point for most of us—blacklisting as refugees from damnation.
But if harnessed,
With a medium size lasso,
With just the right
We may stumble upon synergy
In it’s purest
Breaking apart and
To a similar shape, but
A different time,
Regard of sensuality,
But still retaining ability
And predisposingly juxtapositioning reconciliation
Of our previous attire.
There is something unique
This planet, this moment,
The universe and the design,
And the way we have moved to the sun
Residual, at peace,
Like two lost children
On a whim.
What is Gen Society?
Gen Society is an art space blog for visual art and creative writing collaborations, and other randomizations. Hosted by writer and musician, Lorin Drexler, this online venue is an expressive experience for those interested in the world of the arts. It is a literary journey through the hearts and minds of contemporary artists in practice and a reflection of those that have long passed.
If you’re an artist and would like to submit your work in consideration to collaborate with Gen Society, please click below: