and parts creation for
Musical Composition and parts creation has been part of
our offerings from the very start of Diverse Productions. Diverse founder
Jonathan J. Dickau is a songwriter and composer with an impressive list of
completed works. Jonathan appears on the very first project ever recorded
here, Ripper's Mojo, where he created an elaborate introduction and incidental
keyboard parts for two songs. He has been studying Music for more than
30 years now, with a serious focus on composing for the last 3 to 5 years.
For the past 3 years, he has been a student of Helen Baldwin, who is
a Concert Pianist and Director of the Fellowship Singers, and was head of
the Music department at Dutchess Community College, in upstate New York.
Helen is his Piano instructor, and Composition mentor and coach, as
well as a longtime friend. Prior to this recent push, Jonathan has
had many other inspirational teachers, some of whom are enumerated below.
Since Ripper's Mojo, which was released in 1995, Jonathan has appeared in
incidental roles on quite a few albums. He has remained available,
but has not attempted to intrude on the creative space of those he has the
pleasure to serve as Recording Engineer or Producer. He has, however,
stepped forward where invited, and crafted Bass, Keyboard, and Background
Vocal parts for several projects, which blend seamlessly with the other parts
on those albums. Jonathan has an ability to improvise in almost any
style. He has an extensive knowledge of scales and chords, and has
studied various styles of rhythmic articulation. His understanding
of the nuances also adds tremendously to the range of styles he can successfully
undertake. Having played Punk and New Wave, Rock, Jazz, Classical,
New Age, and Folk, he has a wide vocabulary. He can also skillfully
blend a variety of different styles, to create almost any mood desired.
Jonathan was awarded the Choral Music award, in his year
of graduation from high school, for highest grade in that subject, and was
part of the Conference All-State Chorus, as a result of excellence in competition.
He went on to study Music further, taking all available courses in
the subject at Dutchess Community College, many with Helen Baldwin and Roger
Thorpe. Music Appreciation, Music History, and Theory 1 and 2 were
just a start, but more was desired. He went on to study Music further
at SUNY Albany, taking a full year of Electronic Music with Joel Chadabe.
Jonathan had built his first Synthesizer from spare parts back in 1973
and '74, but the modular Moog Synthesizer installed in Albany was the behemoth
of its day, and quite impressive, filling an entire room with banks of oscillators
and sequencers. Now the same functionality can be made much smaller,
but nobody has duplicated what those old machines could do.