Christopher gabriel started his musical career by being introduced to a Russian violinist in the Toronto Symphony at the age of 8, late 1980s, a man who literally scared him and made him cry. While being classically trained on violin qnd music theory through the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music, at the age of 12, he started classical training on piano (with a nice Armenian woman who didn't scare him or make him cry. Having passed many exams throughout the years on violin, the Grade 9 exam was to mark the end of his violin training, since now at the age of 13 homework and piano training took up a great deal of his time, and the violin training was to get only more intense and time-consuming as he would have been groomed for regular solo performances in front of audiences (which he had already done a few).
In the very early 1990s, when he was 14 and 15 when he got his own synthesizer (an Ensoniq VFX, which he still uses today as a MIDI controller), a Boss DR-550, and a Yamaha RY30, with an archaic AKAI sequencer to compose. When he finally got a Tascam 4 channel mixer, he started to take his musical career seriously, cranking out quite the catalogue of music, most of it experimental, with only a few for mainstream consideration. The most memorable was titled, "At the Q Point", a copy of which he still has in his possession.
At the age of 16, he resigned his classical training in piano, as again his workload at high school was becoming heavier. He had achieved Grade 6 standing at the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music. After this, however, his creative drive had unintensified, mainly due to the rough quality of his recordings. He would spend his time tweaking all hours of weekend nights. In 1993, high school graduation was creeping up fast, and he had no idea which professional career to choose. He had recently found a talent in software development, but without his calculus and algebra credits, nor science credits for either chemistry or physics, he had not much else choice but to try for DeVry. Given a study guide, he saw that moist complicated math topic was mixed fractions. He aced both theory and logic tests, and decided he would rather do an extra year of high school to obtain those missing math and science credits. That summer he picked up an algebra, trigonometry and calculus text (not the ones used by the school), and proceeded to teach himself. Algebra was easily conquered, as was trigonometry, and as he started going through the calculus text, he understood everything. By the time the new year of high school began, he was an expert at differential and integral calculus.
His goal now was to enrol in the Applied Mathematics program at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo and Kitchener, Ontario, and he succeeded. He wanted to be a mathematician, but had realized that he wasn't attending to his musical career at all. But he did try. The problem as well was that the populations of Waterloo and Kitchener combined covers most of the population in the GTA's east end. So it was very difficult to build audiences.
It was only when he worked a few years did his musical creativity began to re-emerge
In 2000, at the age of 25, after working for a years, his creative drive came back. Them be heard of software such as Pro-Tools. Ableton Live, Fruityloops and Reason (he had already become familiar with Cubase and Cakewalk a while back). What he was most excited about was how professional the resulting product would sound.
In February of 2007 he started to experiment with all this software, and had recorded an album's worth of music. That is "able archer", remixed and mastered by new technology. The next album, "ultraviolent",
Is progressing nicely, with the new songs, "weapon" and "manhunte
r", tracks that are already online.