My background is in classical piano and composition so really everything I do stems from this foundation.
At nine, he entered the Juilliard School of Music Pre-College Division for classical piano training, but by his late teens he had grown increasingly interested in synthesizers and progressive rock music. Against the counsel of his parents and tutors, he turned away from classical piano and tried his hand as a solo progressive rock keyboardist.
After performing in various projects during the 1980s, he gained international attention in 1994 when he was voted “Best New Talent” in the Keyboard Magazine readers’ poll after the release of his Listen solo album. Two of the bands that took notice of Rudess were The Dixie Dregs and Dream Theater, both of whom invited him to join. Rudess chose the Dregs, primarily as being a part-time member of the band would have less of an impact on his young family.
During his time with the Dregs, Rudess formed a “power duo” with drummer Rod Morgenstein. The genesis of this pairing occurred when a power outage caused all of the Dregs’ instruments to fail except Rudess’, so he and Morgenstein improvised with each other until power was restored and the concert could continue. The chemistry between the two was so strong during this jam that they decided to perform together on a regular basis (under the name Rudess/Morgenstein Project or later RMP) and have released a studio and a live record. RMP will undertake a short U.S. tour in November, 2013.
Welcome to Wizdom Music! Founded by Jordan Rudess, the legendary keyboardist of Dream Theater, Wizdom Music is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of technology to create expressive and exciting tools for making music.
Wizdom Music’s first commercial release, MorphWiz, is a versatile and expressive musical instrument for Apple’s iOS platform. It combines cutting-edge synthesis techniques with stunning graphics to allow musicians to explore their ideas in ways never before possible.
Our newest instruments, SampleWiz and Geo Synthesizer, incorporate sampling to explore new sonic possibilities, and our new preset functionality that allows SampleWiz presets to be used in Geo Synthesizer is just the beginning of our initiative to make our instruments more versatile by making them work together. SampleWiz and Geo Synthesizer also implement Virtual MIDI, which allows MIDI communication between different music apps running on the same iOS device.
While the primary focus of Wizdom Music is on the creation of musical instruments, our technological expertise is sometimes applied to other fields, as well. Our second release, SketchWiz, is a photography app that was born out of some experimental visualizations for the next generation of MorphWiz.
Dream Theater have steadily achieved a startlingly sublime synthesis of soaring and unmistakable melody, progressive instrumentation and aggressive heaviness unrivaled within hard rock music. The legacy established throughout their virtuosic career of astounding aesthetic alchemy has made their very moniker synonymous with the power of talent, ability and momentum when brilliantly forged together.
As the world around them unravels, unfurls and transitions toward an uncertain destiny economically, militarily, spiritually and politically, Dream Theater refashioned a way forward from the molten hot iron of their own internal transition to create the career-defining album A Dramatic Turn of Events. It’s an evocative collection of fully-realized soundscapes that stands alongside landmark Dream Theater albums like Images and Words and Scenes from a Memory with an even greater prestige, ambition and cunning.
Over twenty-five years since their formation, Dream Theater continue to cultivate, curate and protect their status as worldwide niche tastemakers on their eleventh studio album, which was produced by the band’s own John Petrucci and mixed by hi-fidelity magician Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Prince, System Of A Down).