“This is what inspires me as a musician– real emotions within outlandish circumstances.”


Synthesizers are the driving force behind what compels me to write music. When I was a 9th grader I asked for a Moog for Christmas. What I received was a pretty crappy 90s era Casio from Costco. This started me on the path to using bad keyboards to create unique sounds. Not having a lot of money, I had to make do with what I had. I would record onto cassette tapes and manipulate the speeds to create odd samples that I could then use on the computer.


Technology has progressed quite a distance since then, but I still find myself going back to terrible instruments to create signature sounds. I’ve always loved sci-fi and the soundtracks that go along with it. Something about the moodiness and somewhat real nature of the fantastic themes always struck a chord with me. They are human stories, and human emotions.


Ray Rude is an electric wizard who creates moody and synth-based music in his rainy southeast Portland studio.


Ending Credits 3:11

Transform 1:18

Viper 1:53

Krang 4:48

Flydrive 3:58

Return To Dunes 5:20

Pocy Pocy 5:59

Contradictions 2:53

Oblique Strategies 2:39

Water 4:14

Wyvern 5:12

Morning Run 1:58

Catching A Ride 1:32

Magic Potion 1:54

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