patrick cowley was born in buffalo, new york to ellen and kenneth cowley. cowley's family originated in the horseheads and corning areas of new york and lived in rochester. during his teenage years, cowley became a successful drummer with local amateur bands before attendingniagara university and later the university at buffalo to study english. in 1971, at the age of 21, cowley moved to san francisco to attend the city college of san francisco where he studied music, specifically the use of synthesizers.
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