Randy Wight

Randy Wight

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My original compositions speak from a language whose native tongue was forged by the giants of progressive rock and metal. Cleverly crafted lyrics and fresh hooks are spun from the loom of my broken mind and woven into tapestries capable of evoking emotions yet undiscovered.

Biography

I have become a mimic of most traditional progressive rock instrumentation, and have been honing my emulative skills as a MIDI keyboardist since the mid 80s. It is my deepest aspiration to produce not just convincing tracks, but rather totally authentic reproductions of the axes from which my inspirations continue to be born. On drums, enter a hybrid amalgamation of carefully selected multi-samples from Best Service Artist Drums and Quantum Leap Stormdrum executed in real-time from my MIDI keyboard using a custom key layout via NI Kontakt. On Electric Bass, please welcome a collection of multi-sampled Fender Jazz, Precision and Ernie Ball basses fed through IK Multimedia’s Ampeg SVX. My Electric Guitar impersonations are comprised of a strategically programmed Paul Reed Smith Custom and processed by a host of virtual amps, cabinets and effects ranging from Nomad Factory’s Rock Amp Legends to NI Guitar Rig. My piano comes courtesy of a Kawai MP 9500 and organs by way of NI B4 II. The rest of my sonic palette is delivered through a vast collection of nearly every available hi-end virtual instrument available to date. I capture my voice by way of an Audio Technica 4050 large diaphragm condenser processed through Waves virtual SSL 4000 console strip. I use Steinberg Nuendo for MIDI sequencing and Magix Sequoia for multi-tracking and mix down.
Quoting myself, "you don't have to use industry standard gear (Pro Tools enthusiasts) to achieve above industry standard results."

Lyrics

Defenders of the Stars

Written By: Randy Wight

DEFENDERS OF THE STARS
© 2005 Randall Wight

I BELIEVE IN VICTORY, AND THOUGH THE LIGHT IS HARD TO SEE RIGHT NOW…
WE’LL MAKE IT THROUGH
HERE WE STAND AT CHANCES DOOR IN AN AGE UNLIKE WE’VE SEEN BEFORE I KNOW…
WE’LL MAKE IT THROUGH
THERE’S A LEGACY IN THE EYES OF THE BRAVE
ON A BATTLEFIELD THAT’S CHANGING EVERY DAY

FROM THE SHADOWS OF THE DESERT SUN
TO THE SHATTERED LANDSCAPES OVERCOME
BY WIND AND RAIN
STRENGTH EMERGES FROM OUR PAIN

WE WILL TESTIFY WITH TRIUMPHANT SCARS
OUR STRIPES OF RED AND WHITE REMIND US WHO WE ARE…
WE’RE DEFENDERS OF THE STARS

I BELIEVE WE WILL SUCCEED
THOUGH DARKNESS SEEMS SO HARD TO FLEE RIGHT NOW
WE’LL MAKE IT THROUGH
I BELIEVE IN RIGHTEOUSNESS
OUR DIGNITY TAKES NOTHING LESS…
I KNOW THIS TO BE TRUE

OUR RIVALS CANNOT TAKE MORE THAN WE HAVE TO GIVE
AND THERE’S NO WHERE ELSE ON EARTH I’D RATHER LIVE

FROM THE SHADOWS OF THE DESERT SUN
TO THE SHATTERED LANDSCAPES OVERCOME
BY WIND AND RAIN
STRENGTH EMERGES FROM OUR PAIN

WE WILL TESTIFY WITH TRIUMPHANT SCARS
OUR STRIPES OF RED AND WHITE REMIND US WHO WE ARE…
WE’RE DEFENDERS OF THE STARS

Discography

1991
From this Moment on
Never Fall Again
Playing Around With my Heart

1993
Tilted Justice

1997
A pauper's Platter

2001
Crying in the Moonlight
Hold
Never too Late
Fig Tree

2005
Defenders of the Stars

2006
Clandestine Yokes
7 Daggars
Passage Rites