Trycho Tunes Performance Sequences
Stephen created Trycho Music International and the popular Trycho Tunes line of midi sequence products in Los Angeles in February 1984. Original products were delivered via 5.25" and 3.5" floppy diskettes and supported a large number of non-standard midi playback formats found on keyboards, sequencers, and computers of those years. Stephen spent a lot of time in the early days, travelling between LA, New York and Washington DC, to work with music publishers and the US copyright office in establishing licensing and protection guidelines for this new type of music product. By 1990, Trycho had grown to twelve employees, servicing musicians via major music retailers and distributors in eight countries. Trycho sequences were also licensed to many digital piano and synthesizer manufacturers throughout the eighties and nineties who then preloaded Trycho songs into their products. Stephen personally programmed the thousands of sequences that Trycho released.
As a self-trained attorney and strong advocate of musician's rights, Stephen also litigated dozens of important copyright cases on behalf of Trycho. These actions, beginning in 1989, were among the first to address the growing concern of online piracy and music downloading.
Trycho had a very early presence on the internet, establishing its long running website in late 1992. By the late 90s, Stephen's programming was increasingly associated with game, tv, and film projects along with a growing list of clients who were self-producing their own albums, concert tours, and independent record company projects. Retail production of Trycho products stopped in 2007 as demand for Stephen's work intensified in the film and independent production communities.