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To our faithful listeners,

We've decided to formally shutdown thesixtyone.com -- our servers will go offline at midnight, May 1st 2017.

Artist tipping and music purchases will be functional until then, so please spend any remaining credits by month's end. 
A final payment will be made to artists following the shutdown.

thesixtyone was our baby for most of our twenties. We're incredibly sorry we weren't able to keep things going in the 
right direction.


Thank you for being a part of it.


James Miao & Samuel Hsiung

Rick Sparks

instrumental and classical     44 listeners
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A longtime friend of mine took second place with a silent flick he wrote, shot, & cut. I wrote the music for it under a three hour deadline. It's available on YouTube -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wDT9HJ-CGw
posted 7 years ago
I've been trying to add one new song a day from my catalog. Enjoy.
posted 7 years ago
Joined thesixtyone.com today. Neat!
posted 7 years ago
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.”

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fraisylady (level 37) wrote:
tones; rythms and travel by train, plane and brain so great !!!!!! thank you
7 years ago
Rick Sparks wrote:
Thanks geronimodeleon! I hope any works I produce don't disappoint you.

If they do, let me know. I need a good kick in the arse now and again.
7 years ago
geronimodeleon (level 22) wrote:
I enjoyed Insidious Dance, and look forward to listening to more of your work.
7 years ago
Rick Sparks wrote:
Thanks, WG! I love it when people like my music.
7 years ago
WeekendGamer (level 30) wrote:
I love the boxer. Found it and maxhearted it right away.
7 years ago
Rick Sparks wrote:
Thanks, Calista! I appreciate your comment.
7 years ago
Calista (level 39) wrote:
I found your music last night and somehow neglected to drop by and thank you for posting your work here. Also, Welcome to T61. You have a very unique and beautiful sound. Nothing simple about your work at all. I love it! Nova Bosso is wonderful and Irish Dream speaks to that part of my ancestry. I have the url to a quick read article for artists~tips and info that I will leave for you. Thank you again! Wonderful work!

7 years ago