Rick Sparks (b. Nov 10, 1967) began performing music in elementary school as a member of his fifth-grade choir. He was a member of large group choirs throughout junior high and high school, participated in a smaller, jazz-oriented group for three years, and performed rock songs with various friends & acquaintances as part of all-school assemblies and concerts. He began playing keyboards and other instruments by ear while attending high school, displaying an affinity for programming & sequencing digital rhythm units and the use of synthesizers as well as the integration of computers and various sound mixing equipment.
Picking up the guitar in the mid-80s, Rick studied many forms of jazz, pop, and rock music. He formed the electronic industrial project SUTURE with his friend Tyson Townsend in 1994 in Anchorage, Alaska. The duo's first release received favorable reviews from magazines such as Sonic Boom and Industrial Nation. They played one live show in 1996 with on and off-stage help from their friends DJ Smutty and Bearded Jon Lang. 1998 saw the release of their "Symboljism" CD and in 2010 Rick compiled various work tracks for the CD “unfinished business.”