Who is A.C. Sharp
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“The purpose of music, at its best, is to
transport the listener on a special journey and to carry the listener
through various feelings which will lead him/her to a more positive
A. C. Sharp is Adam C. Sharp a composer, writer, performer
and instructor. He’s an all around kind of guy.
Adam first listened to a variety of musical styles ranging
from classical to punk and continued to listen for variety in music.
He continued to listen to many styles as he grew older, but instead
of finding many differences he found that all styles or types of music
are all about the same thing: communicating an experience to an audience.
Adam has developed an understanding of music and is primarily interested
in electronic and world music. He is also practiced in various
world percussion instruments such as the djimbe, the udu and the gathering
drum. As a electronic musician, Adam has experimented with styles
such as: New Age, Space, Ambient, World Beat, Minimalism, Trance,
Ethereal, Rock and Jazz. But, one of the most important elements about
his compositions is to “set a positive tone even if it is in a sense of
wonder or sorrow.”
Because Adam creates such a variety of music he has
many influences. Since Adam creates with scenic ideas in mind his
first influences were soundtrack composers such as James Horner, Jerry
Goldsmith, and Alan Silvestri to name a few. But, he also has been
influenced greatly by New Age and Ambient artists such as Tangerine Dream,
Patrick O'Hearn, Richard Bone, Nik Tyndall, and Exchange. Also,
his World Beat influences include Dead Can Dance, Loreena McKennitt, and
Open Canvas, also to name a few. And, of course, there are many
electronic musicians who have helped to influence his work which include
too many to discuss.
Also, as a writer, Adam has created a variety of short
stories, plays and poems. One play, “Creativity and the Self,”
which he both wrote and acted in, premiered at California State University,
Long Beach. He has also been an editor for various literary magazines.
As a performer, Adam has also acted in various theatrical
Adam earned his Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Master’s
Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. He currently teaches, as an
English Instructor, at various colleges in Southern California.
Adam with his wife, Jennifer.