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"If we trace out what we behold and experience through the language of logic we are doing SCIENCE; if we show it in forms whose interrelationships are not accessible to our conscious but are intuitively recongnized as meaningful, we are doing ART." –  Albert Einstein

Dave Lampson <webmaster@classical.net>

Born February 5, 1957, Lawton, Oklahoma.

Began studying trumpet at the age of 10, and eventually switched first to baritone, then to trombone. Largely self-taught except for one high school course in contrapuntal harmony, and some private performance lessons. Played in marching, concert and stage bands in high school; concert band and trombone choir for my first year in college. Taught myself transposition and arrangement by writing out popular pieces for rock band and stage band from piano and sketch scores.

Gave up performance for degrees in nuclear engineering and mathematics from the University of Oklahoma. However, my interest in recorded and live music, and music history, continued unabated. Though I was exposed to classical music from an early age, my passion for the classics surfaced only about 35 years ago. Since then I've devoted a large portion of my leisure time to attending concerts, reading biographies, and collecting recordings of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic instrumental repertoire.

Even though I still enjoy rock, hard rock and jazz, my listening these days is primarily pre-20th century classical music. I have a wide range of interest in composers from late Medieval through the Neo-Romantic, particularly those composers that have been largely forgotten for one reason or another. My most recent special interest is in the composers of Renaissance and Medieval period, and I've found I have a strong interest in a capella sacred works.

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Aside from running roughshod over the free-speech rights of the subscribers to the Moderated Classical Music List, almost all of my free time is taken by the maintenance of Classical Net.

Other interests include movies, reading (mostly science fiction and fantasy, but also non-music biographies, history, etc.), and technology (computer science, astronomy, physics, earth science, etc.).

I have worked for the past 35 years as a engineer and system analyst in the nuclear, aerospace, and telecommunications industries with specialization in realtime simulation/modeling and system development techniques. I have primarily been involved in systems engineering doing analysis and planning for applications using advanced telecommunications technologies.

Currently living in Windsor, California (north of San Francisco in Sonoma County wine country) with my lovely wife and our dogs Dezi and Lucee; and our cats, Jules, Jilly, Cheeto and Cheedar.

My Family's page can be found here: http://www.lampson.net/

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