X DOT 25 Music - A Legacy!
History of X DOT 25 - Written by Max Ahmadi, Founder & Executive Producer
In 1988 I was working at Pacific Bell in San Francisco, where I was holding a middle management position working on development of infrastructure of what you know as Internet today! I was also active in a professional society in the Silicon Valley called SIP. Having been a graduate of UC Berkeley and Stanford University, I had many professional friends and colleagues who were also involved in community activities, helping the society as they were also building the basic blocks of the High Tech Revolution.
In 1989 I was on the Board of Directors of SIP. In one of the SIP general meetings I met Paiman who was visiting from Sacramento. At that meeting Paiman was invited to one of my, then very popular, social parties. Upon arrival in party Paiman noticed the special music of the party's environment being, Jean Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, Depeche Mode, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Dead Can Dance, Gypsy Kings and even some classical music i.e. Adagio by Albinoni and Concierto De Aranjuez by Rodrigo!
Few months later in early 1990, at a popular Concert in San Francisco at the Gift Center, we met again and I being involved in that concert's production, asked Paiman to manage a spotlight. After the concert, since Paiman was living in Sacrament and had to drive late, I asked Paiman to stay in my house in San Mateo and not drive so late. Paiman accepted. That night at 2:00 o'clock in the morning, when we arrived at the house Paiman told me: "I really liked your taste in music at your party few months ago, I like you to hear this tape of the music that I have created, performed and produced." I agreed. Then Paiman ran to his car and came back with a cassette tape! I listened to it and it was impressive. Amazing melodies, full of emotions, and incredible orchestral arrangements! I was shocked that how Paiman could have possibly done all of that by himself! Paiman replied "all with computers, sequencers and synthesizers - at home"! This led to a six hour conversation about music, and philosophies of life, and in the morning X DOT 25 was born!
Coming from a large family of eight and being the youngest of all, at around five years old I was introduced to classical music. My oldest brother Manochehr, who was for many years my leader and mentor, had brought us a Groundig open reel player during one of his trips to Germany and with it he had purchased some classical reel tapes, specially Symphony # 5 by Beethoven and Symphony # 41 by Mozart! That was all I had to listen to on that machine! So my introduction to music was classical music. Later on, I listened to Rodrigo, Chopin, and others. In my early teen years I was introduced to Pink Floyd, Genesis, King Crimson and Moody Blues where I was getting a good dose of heavy music with deep lyrics and that is when I noticed there is correlation between music and philosophy of life, emotions and more.... I found music as soundtrack of my life! This transcended everything else in my life.specifically songs like: Epitaph by King Crimson, Melancholy Man & Nights in White Satin by Moody Blues, Welcome to Machine by Pink Floyd!
When I was 8 years old in the summer, I made my first movie with music and all! Watching TV, I decided I make my own movie and have my own box to show it in. So I created a story line and cut pictures from books and magazines and pasted them together frame by frame. Them grabbed a cardboard box and cut the face of it and using 2 sticks that I had my "film" rolled around them, I installed the film in the box so the pictures could be seen from the cut out window. I also installed a small curtain in front of the opening with ropes to pull them to open and close. I also used a spot light to be able to see the pictures in the dark. Then I invited my friends into the dark basement of our home and had a show with classical music and recited the story for them. They even paid an admission fee to get in to see it!
In early teen years, I listened to western classic rock bands along side classical music and suddenly my brother Abe brought home a tape that he had received from his friend with the music of Tangerine Dram and Klaus Schulze. I found that music totally amazing and along side these we found Vangelis and whole flue of electronic musicians including Jean Michel Jarre.
When I started college in Connecticut, I was planning to become a mixing engineers and run large sound and light mixing boards in large concerts, Thus I choose Engineering as my major and by transferring to USC and later on to UC Berkeley, I continued with the mixing engineer concept but after graduating from Graduate school at Stanford ended up working in Telecommunications! Music was still running strong in every artery of my life. Thus in 1981 we bought a Prophet 5 Synthesizer made by a small company called Sequential Circuits from San Jose, California, and the whole world changed for me even further.
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