10 January 2023: Fruupp; dEUS; The Great Old Ones

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Psychedelic Paul      5 stars 

With a bizarre name like FRUUPP, you might imagine this five-piece band are some obscure Krautrock outfit from deep in the heart of Germany, but no, they're some obscure Belfast-based outfit from deep in the heart of Northern Ireland. They have four albums to their credit with this album "Future Legends" (1972) being their first. Later albums were "Seven Secrets" (1974), "The Prince of Heaven's Eyes" (1974), and "Modern Masquerades" (1975). A fifth album was planned for 1976, but due to poor record sales and the emerging Punk/New Wave movement, Fruupp were consigned to the prog history books when they broke up at the end of the year. Progressive Rock has triumphed over the shortlived Punk-Rock era in the long run though, because Fruupp have gone on to become "Future Legends" in their time, with their marvellous brand of mellifluous melodic prog experiencing a well-deserved resurgence of interest on the Internet. The 2009 CD remaster of "Future Legends" includes the bonus track, "On a Clear Day", which classical buffs may recognise as being a proggy reworking of "Jupiter" from Gustav Holst's "Planets Suite"


"Future Legends" opens with the title track, a short classical piece of music which acts as a prelude to "Decision", a lively and rumbunctious number that gallups along nicely with a pounding rhythm and builds up to an impressively rousing finale. An awesome opening to the album. "As Day Breaks with Dawn" follows next, with a melodic classically-inspired opening, which breaks out into a powerful thrumming Genesis-like number with the singer sounding remarkably like Peter Gabriel. Yes, we're definitely in Genesis territory here, with a somewhat heavier sound, and very good it is too. Onwards now to Track 4 and "Graveyard Epistle", a song which begins as a melodic ballad before breaking out into some very proggy, heavy and intense riffing. In true prog fashion, there are constant changes of tempo, staccato breaks and a few key changes thrown in too, to keep the listener entertained and enthralled. We're halfway through the album now and this is sounding very good indeed!


Side Two opens with "Lord of the Incubus". It's a grand-sounding title and the music is impressively grand too, Again, it sounds like a song Genesis could have recorded in their classic prog years. There's a thumping rhythm section and the guitarist is really in his element here as he demonstrates his virtuosity with some masterly soloing. Track 6 "Olde Tyme Future" has a more sedate pace, with some beautifully melodic keyboard motifs. The cryptic lyrics are shrouded in mystery but with music this good, who cares about the lyrics anyway!? And now we come to the penultimate and longest song on the album, "Song for a Thought". It's a seven and a half minute long magnum opus which opens in fine rollicking style and then transposes into a laid-back mellow and melodic groove in the middle section. before the resounding and reverberant grand finale, which might just blow your socks off. It's melodic, it's dramatic, and it'll leave you feeling euphoric. The final song is a brief and gentle vocal reprise of the classical title track which opened the album. It's a perfect ending to a magical album full of proggy tales of mystery and imagination.


This is a very impressive debut album from this Northern Irish band that's likely to appeal to fans of the classic Peter Gabriel years of Genesis. It's hard to pick out a highlight of the album, because "Future Legends" is full to the brim with great songs. If you're looking for a band with the musical talent and melodic finesse of Genesis with a somewhat heavier edge, then you'll be in prog heaven with this superb album. This prog masterpiece is such a delight to listen to that you may be inspired to give Fruupp's following three albums a spin too. A must-have album for any discerning collector of classic British prog.

Psychedelic Paul | 5/5 | 2019-12-3

      

Keep You Close is the sixth studio album by Belgian rock band Deus. It was released in Belgium on 17 September 2011, in mainland Europe on 19 September and in the United Kingdom on 3 October. On its first day of release, the album was certified gold in Belgium for sales of 10,000 copies.[9] It was eventually certified platinum on 7 October 2011, denoting sales in excess of 20,000 copies                                                                                Keep You Close Review

                                                                by Jon O'Brien

More cinematic, melodic, and mellow than their usual experimental indie pop output, Keep You Close is the sixth studio album from one of Belgium's biggest musical exports, dEUS. Compared to the likes of Elbow, Tindersticks, and Broadcast, the follow-up to 2008's Vantage Point features the single "Constant Now" and two tracks featuring guest vocals from former Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli ("Twice [We Survive]," "Dark Sets In"). 

 

Cthulhu is the priest or leader of the Old Ones, a species that came to Earth from the stars before human life arose. The Old Ones went dormant, and their city slipped under Earth’s crust beneath the Pacific Ocean. They communicated with humans by telepathy, and, in hidden corners of the world, uncivilized people remembered and worshipped Cthulhu in rites described as loathsome. These groups had statues of Cthulhu that seemed to be made of materials not found on Earth and chanted the phrase “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn” (“In his house at R’lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming”). When conditions are right, the city will rise, and, with the help of the eternal Cthulhu cult, Cthulhu will awaken and again rule the world.


These Great Old Ones, Castro continued, were not composed altogether of flesh and blood. They had shape—for did not this star-fashioned image prove it? — but that shape was not made of matter. When the stars were right, They could plunge from world to world through the sky; but when the stars were wrong, They could not live. But although They no longer lived, They would never really die. They all lay in stone houses in Their great city of R’lyeh, preserved by the spells of mighty Cthulhu for a glorious resurrection when the stars and the earth might once more be ready for Them. But at that time some force from outside must serve to liberate Their bodies. The spells that preserved Them intact likewise prevented Them from making an initial move, and They could only lie awake in the dark and think whilst uncounted millions of years rolled by. They knew all that was occurring in the universe, but Their mode of speech was transmitted thought. Even now They talked in Their tombs. When, after infinities of chaos, the first men came, the Great Old Ones spoke to the sensitive among them by moulding their dreams; for only thus could Their language reach the fleshly minds of mammals.

H.P. Lovecraft: "The Call of Cthulhu"
 

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Special thanks for the collaboration to Mario Lino Stancati (voice and electric guitar), Alexandros Magkos, a.k.a. Grim Machine (percussion, electronics, voice).

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03 January 2023: The Aaron Clift Experiment;

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FreeForm is please to open the new year with the exciting new release from The Aaron Clift Experiment.  This is an outstanding album for opening the new year, prog-style!

 Austin, Texas One of the most eagerly awaited prog albums of 2023 will be released on January 6 by The Aaron Clift Experiment. Titled “The Age of Misinformation, the band’s 4th album is a conceptual work about the destructive power of lies and the search for truth in the face of overwhelming odds.

 
Band founder, Aaron Clift, explains: "During the COVID lockdown of 2020 - 2021, my friends, colleagues, and country went through an incredibly challenging time, and I knew that I had to say something about it. ‘The Age of Misinformation’ is The Aaron Clift Experiment’s document of that era.”

 
In addition to its lyrical ambition and emotional resonance, the album marks a high point for the band’s creativity - featuring everything from explosive, hard rocking songs, to gorgeous ballads, to multi-layered vocal writing that would make Queen blush!  Two songs explore symphonic music with a guest string quartet, and the album’s lead single, “Bet on Zero,” is an epic big band jazz/blues fusion collaboration with 7-piece Austin horn ensemble, Big Wy’s Brass Band.

 
Aaron notes: “For ‘The Age of Misinformation,’ we wanted to do more of everything: record music that was more intricate, more melodic, and more diverse than anything we had done before. I’m really happy with how we pulled it off, but above all, I love how the album explores a concept that reflects the events of our current world. There are songs
all about frustration with the crazy state of politics, but there's also a renewed sense of optimism in other songs - knowing that there's always a light at the end of the cave."
 

Formed in 2012, The Aaron Clift Experiment is a multi-faceted band that blends influences from classic rock (Rush, Pink Floyd, King Crimson),modern rock (Porcupine Tree, Opeth), jazz, and classical - all anchored by a dedication to high-quality songwriting and musicianship. Progradar has described the group as "one of the most impressive progressive acts currently on the scene.

 
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The Aaron Clift Experiment:
Aaron Clift: vocals, keyboards
Anthony Basini: guitar, backing vocals
Clif Warren: bass
Pablo Ranlett-López: drums, percussion

  FreeForm thanks Aaron Clift for provididng us with a copy of this release.

In the last few years, the band has carved out a significant worldwidefollowing. The Aaron Clift Experiment’s last album, 2018’s “If All Goes Wrong,” was a critically-acclaimed progressive rock achievement, landing on several year-end best album lists. In 2017, the band had a star-making performance at RosFest, one of the largest progressive rock festivals in the world, and followed it up with an impressive outing at 2018 at Chicago’s Progtoberfest, and in 2019 with a hometown concert that was recorded for the band’s second live EP, “Live at One-2-One Bar.”

 
Here's what the press has raved about The Aaron Clift Experiment:

 
“There’s much to admire about The Aaron Clift Experiment . . . They can convincingly range from pure power to more delicate inferences in the same song.” | Prog Magazine
“Prog smarts and pop appeal combined nicely . . . furnished sleek, urgently uptempo tunes, brainy-heading-toward-quirky lyrics, and a taut, controlled sound.” | Proglodytes
“The music of The Aaron Clift Experiment is melodic, hard, and spellbinding.” | Music from the Other Side of the Room

 

 

King Buffalo is the trio of vocalist/guitarist Sean McVay, bassist Dan Reynolds, and drummer Scott Donaldson. Since forming in 2013, the self-proclaimed "heavy psych" band has made its name via 4 EPs, 4 Full-lengths, and tours with the likes of Clutch, All Them Witches, Uncle Acid & the deadbeats, The Sword and Elder.

Rochester, New York-based trio King Buffalo will issue their fifth full-length, Regenerator, on Sept. 2, 2022, as a self-release in North America and through Stickman Records in Europe. Preorders will be available on June 10th via http://kingbuffalo.bigcartel.com.

Written and recorded by the band with mixing and engineering by guitarist/vocalist Sean McVay and mastering by Bernie Matthews, the seven-song outing is the third in King Buffalo’s stated ‘pandemic trilogy,’ following Two of 2021’s Best Albums in The Burden of Restlessness and Acheron.

Both of those albums – like 2018’s Longing to Be the Mountain, 2016’s debut, Orion, and the various EPs and other offerings they’ve made over the last eight years – made bold declarations about who King Buffalo are as a band, and Regenerator is no different. As McVay, bassist/synthesist Dan Reynolds and drummer Scott Donaldson continue to explore the outer reaches of modern psychedelic songcraft, melding progressive rhythms, drifting atmospheres and accompanying surges of electricity, the new collection only further establishes them as one of the brightest lights shining in underground rock today.

As the third of three, Regenerator seems inherently to tie together the two LPs most immediately before it, and as King Buffalo unfold the leadoff title-track across nine and half minutes, it becomes clear just how truly they have marked out their own sonic presence. The later melodic highlight “Mammoth” – with McVay’s most confident vocal yet – shimmers with hope that somehow doesn’t come across as desperate, and as “Hours” engages classic space rock and the closing “Firmament” summarizes the first, second and third series installments, the final chapter of this trilogy becomes the essential cornerstone of King Buffalo’s work to-date.

The band returned to live activity late last year, touring alongside Clutch and more recently a full North American spring tour with Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats. By the time Regenerator arrives, they will have completed a UK and European headlining tour with festival appearances in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, Belgium and Denmark.

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"a farewell to arms" is the debut album by Michael Valentine West on the Reverse Alignment label. It is already known that mvw is a very talented musician, but in the long piece that gives the title to the album, the artist is capable of passing from initial intimate electro-acoustic music to expanses of pure sound plasma that bring to mind Ligeti's flocks of sound; and then to then pass through the energy of the percussion immersed in electronic gusts, finally returning to the calm of the dusty ambient music. A work of rare beauty.

Michael Valentine West is a composer/decomposer utilising lessons learnt from various musical disciplines such as minimal, ambient, glitch, hip hop, jazz and sound design. He has recorded, produced and remixed using aliases such as Twiggy And The K-Mesons, K-Meson 4, Suck Susan, Lower Third, Anal Teens and of course MVW. He has also scored music and contributed songs to soundtracks for several independent films.

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released December 28, 2022

Conceived and completed by Michael Valentine West between May 2022 and November 2022.
Images/artwork by Matt Hyde Photography
Mastered by Mikimo Sosumi
Post Production by Raffaele Pezzella

Published by Reverse Alignment (a label of Unexplained Sounds)
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27 December 2022: Karfagen; Parallel Worlds; Unexplained Sounds Group 8th Annual Report

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Karfagen — Ukrainian art rock band formed in 2006 by songwriter, architect and designer Antony Kalugin from Kharkiv, Ukraine. The music of Karfagen is mostly instrumental and combine elements of progressive rock, art rock and symphonic rock. Almost all songs and concepts of the band created by Antony Kalugin himself.[1]. By the end of 2018 band released nine albums and participated several European progressive rock festivals. The band don't have a constant line-up although since 2006 a lot of musicians from Ukraine and all around the world played there as a session musicians. Karfagen is mainly an instrumental band that shows imaginative use of keyboards, guitars, classical and ethnic instruments. Their music has strong connections and references to the music of the other Antony Kalugin projects — Hoggwash and Sunchild. According to Antony, the music of Karfagen is created under the influence of Camel, Genesis, UK, Pink Floyd and The Flower Kings among other art rock bands[2]

Review by apps79
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4 stars Ukraine-based band KARFAGEN is a somewhat personal best of young composer/keyboardist Antony Kalugin,who founded this project in 1997 (at the age of 16!),being himself a student at school.Before the turn of the millenium he started writing material for the first KARFAGEN album and actually the band played a few gigs as well,before they were put on ice with Kalugin following a personal career,mostly composing and participating on new-age albums.By mid- 00's Antony had been a self-employed musician,so he gave birth to his former band and recorded the long-awaited KARFAGEN debut in 2005 on the Canadian Unicorn Records.

His work can be easily compared to these of MIKE OLDFIELD,GANDALF and CAMEL if you add some more passion and energy to the compositions.Having next to him his fellow keyboardist Sergei Kovalev,Kalugin explores and unites the paths of Symphonic Rock,New Age and Electronic in a very adventuruous and highly attractive package.Lots of spacey floating electronics dominate the album along with pianos and some great organ parts,which give the album a grandiose symphonic taste,while the succesful addition of limited parts with cellos,harmonica,flutes and bagpipes give the album a folkier and almost oriental touch in parts.Among those sometimes bombastic themes weird effects (water,birds etc.) are added in order to calm a bit down the dynamics.Electric guitars are much carefully used with a main aim to rise up the energy and nerve of the music between the keyboard-based parts,sometimes also in a jazzy mood.I could say that most of the tracks contain from even a bit to a higher range of Kalugin's classical training,especially on the piano parts...and one more thing:Do not expect the music to be overall sweet and atmospheric.In ''Continium'' KARFAGEN offer a fair amount of complex ELP-ish breaks to make it even more attractive and challenging.

The final taste is more than positive.Intricate,balanced,adventuruous and marvelously arranged,''Continium'' was worth waiting and Kalugin made no mistake on insisting on this band's future.An excellent addition to your collection,especially if you are a fan both of Symphonic and keyboard-driven Progressive Rock. 

 

                                                                        “Plector” (DiN76)

 Greek synthesist Bakis Sirros who records under the name of Parallel Worlds has become a familiar name to followers of the DiN label. His debut release was “Obsessive Surrealism” (DiN26) back in 2007 and since then he has released a further solo album, “Shade” (DiN32), as well as several collaborative albums with different artists including DiN label boss Ian Boddy & Node guru Dave Bessell.


“Plector” (DiN76) is his third solo outing on the DiN imprint and continues the deep dive into organic, analogue modular excursions that this talented musician is so adept at. Throbbing, deep bass lines are accompanied by sparse drum patterns and beguiling melodic synth lines. The album has a beautifully cohesive, dark and brooding atmosphere. Hints of a John Carpenter like synth soundtrack lurk around every corner but the sound world that Sirros creates is very much his own. At times the raw beauty of his synth patches grab you whilst at other moments the delicate, glitch like sound design details hover just out of sight. The album is built upon two groups of three rhythmic tracks interspersed with the dark drone of “Atmoform” and the beautiful, almost Enoesque final track, “Harmonic Pathways”.

Lovers of Electronica, Dark Techno, Downtempo & IDM will find much to admire in “Plector” and this new album once again showcases the unique talent of this highly individual musician.

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Our thanks for DiN Label Head Ian Boddy for providing us with a copy of this release.

released December 9, 2022

All tracks composed, arranged and produced by Bakis Sirros during 2022.

Mastered by Ian Boddy July 2022.

Thanks to: friends and family, John Sirros, Ian Boddy, Mamonu, Ingo Zobel & Dimitris Pavlidis.


Machines used:
Buchla modular
Eurorack modular
Korg opsix
Softwares
 
 

Parallel Worlds Plector (2022)

The music here spans a wide range of genres, no matter what the responses of its moods Read the complete review.
 

 
Unexplained Sounds Group 8th Annual Report is the 8th chapter of the series that comes out every year in December, and showcases the best 2022 experimental electronic and electroacoustic music. It includes veteran composers alongside younger but equally talented musicians from all around the globe. All musicians here are united by the spirit of pushing the boundaries of music and of charting the new territories thus forged. This 8th edition features artists coming from United States, Italy, Finland, Iran, Argentina, Jordan, Germany, Mexico, Greece.

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released December 2, 2022

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20 December 2022: FreeForm Holiday Special #3: A Winter Solstice Celebration with Markus Reuter

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 Comet is the follow-up to "Winter Solstice" is my second release of ambient versions of melodies that are associated with Christmas here in Germany. My intention was to present these melodic cells in a new context. I hope you enjoy the results.

Much love,
Markus

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released December 9, 2021

Markus Reuter: Touch Guitars® AU8, Guitar Synth, Dual Looping System
Recorded live at home in Berlin on Saturday, November 20 2021.

Stereo version mixed and mastered by Markus

Surround mixes by Jan Printz
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1 Comet
based on a melody by Johann Abraham Peter Schulz ("Ihr Kinderlein kommet")

2 Amid The Thorn
based on a traditional melody ("Maria durch ein Dornwald ging")

3 Rose
based on a traditional melody ("Es ist ein Ros entsprungen")

4 The Gates Draw Wide
based on a traditional melody ("Macht hoch die Tür")

5 Here I Stand
based on a melody by Johann Sebastian Bach ("Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier", BWV 469)

6 Cometh
based on a melody by Mike Oldfield ("The Time Has Come")

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Winter Solstice:  Bizarre soundscape versions of traditional songs usually associated with this time of year, at least here in Germany. In addition to the meditative soundscapes (which are based on the series of pitches of each tune) I've also overdubbed straight versions of the original melodies. Enjoy this parallel universe... It's strangely hypnotizing. Only available from December 1st to December 31st.

 
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released December 17, 2018

1. Silent (Night) / Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht
2. Chorus of Youths / Tochter Zion
3. Snow (Children Song) / Leise rieselt der Schnee
4. Joy / In Dulci Jubilo
5. Night (Silent) / Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht
 
 

13 December 2022: Holiday Special #2: A Jethro Tull Christmas

 

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 Tuesday, December 13, we continue our series of three very special FreeForm Holiday Shows.

The Jethro Tull Christmas Album is the 21st studio album released by Jethro Tull, on 30 September 2003 (see 2003 in music). The songs are a mix of new material, re-recordings of Tull's own suitably themed material and arrangements of traditional Christmas music. In 2009, the live album Christmas at St Bride's 2008 was included with the original album on CD.
Ian Anderson about the song Birthday Card at Christmas: "My daughter Gael, like millions of other unfortunates, celebrates her birthday within a gnat’s whisker of Christmas. Overshadowed by the Great Occasion, such birthdays can be flat, perfunctory and fleetingly token in their uneventful passing. The daunting party and festive celebration of the Christian calendar overshadows too, some might argue, the humble birthday of one Mr. J. Christ. Funny old 25ths, Decembers…"

Track listing

  1. "Birthday Card at Christmas" (Ian Anderson) – 3:37
  2. "Holly Herald" (Instrumental medley arranged by Anderson) – 4:16
  3. "A Christmas Song" (Anderson) – 2:47
  4. "Another Christmas Song" (Anderson) – 3:31
  5. "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" (Trad. instrumental arranged by Anderson) – 4:35
  6. "Jack Frost and the Hooded Crow" (Anderson) – 3:37
  7. "Last Man at the Party" (Anderson) – 4:48
  8. "Weathercock" (Anderson) – 4:17
  9. "Pavane" (Instrumental, Gabriel Fauré, arranged by Anderson) – 4:19
  10. "First Snow on Brooklyn" (Anderson) – 4:57
  11. "Greensleeved" (Trad. instrumental based on "Greensleeves". Arranged by Anderson) – 2:39
  12. "Fire at Midnight" (Anderson) – 2:26
  13. "We Five Kings" (Instrumental) (Instrumental "We Three Kings", Rev. J. Hopkins, arranged by Anderson) – 3:16
  14. "Ring Out Solstice Bells" (Anderson) – 4:04
  15. "Bourée" (Instrumental J. S. Bach, arranged by Anderson) – 4:25
  16. "A Winter Snowscape" (Instrumental, Martin Barre) – 4:57
Tracks 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, 14, and 15 are all re-recordings of previously released pieces. 'Bourée', however, has significant alterations to the musical arrangement.

Christmas at St Bride's 2008

Recorded Live at St Bride's Church
  1. "Weathercock" (Ian Anderson) – 4:41
  2. "Introduction: Rev. George Pitcher / Choir: What Cheer" (William Walton) – 3:32
  3. "A Christmas Song" (Anderson) – 3:19
  4. "Living in These Hard Times" (Anderson) – 3:44
  5. "Choir: Silent Night" (Traditional) – 3:06
  6. "Reading: Ian Anderson, Marmion" (Sir Walter Scott) – 2:17
  7. "Jack in the Green" (Anderson) – 2:33
  8. "Another Christmas Song" (Anderson) – 3:56
  9. "Reading: Gavin Esler, God's Grandeur" (Gerard Manley Hopkins) – 1:50
  10. "Choir: Oh, Come All Ye Faithful" (Traditional) – 3:50
  11. "Reading: Mark Billingham, The Ballad of The Breadman" (Charles Causley) – 3:33
  12. "A Winter Snowscape" (Martin Barre) – 3:39
  13. "Reading: Andrew Lincoln, Christmas" (Sir John Betjeman) – 3:12
  14. "Fires at Midnight" (Anderson) – 3:38
  15. "We Five Kings" (Instrumental "We Three Kings", Rev. J. Hopkins, arranged by Anderson) – 3:19
  16. "Choir: Gaudete" (Trad. arranged by Anderson) – 3:39
  17. "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen / Thick as a Brick" (Trad. arranged by Anderson / Anderson) – 10:25

Personnel

Jethro Tull
Additional personnel
  • James Duncan – drums and percussion
  • Dave Pegg – bass, mandolin
  • The Sturcz String Quartet:
  • Gábor Csonka – 1st violin
  • Péter Szilágyi – 2nd violin
  • Gyula Benkő – viola
  • András Sturcz – cello (leader)

 

06 December 2022: FreeForm Radio's Annual Merry Twisted Christmas Show

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 Tuesday, December 6, we begin a series of three very special FreeForm Holiday Shows



Join us this week for the Annual FreeForm Radio Twisted Christmas, our first of three FreeForm Holiday Shows. 

This show will feature clever, irreverent parodies of traditional Christmas songs as well original satirical Christmas songs.  

Note that some material may not be suitable for children and anyone who does not have a sense of humor about Christmas.

 Disclaimer:  Tonight's show is not in any way associated with the fictional "War on Christmas".

Among the featured artists are the Bob Rivers Twisted Radio Troupe, The Fools, The Capitol Steps, some cows, and of course, Elvis Presley.

So pour yourself an eggnog fortified with the spirits of your choice, throw a log on the fire, and sit back for a hearty Ho Ho Ho!


NOTE:  No chipmunks were harmed in the making of this program.

29 November 2022: Dancer; litmus0001; Capricorni Pneumatici

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DANCER were formed from remnants of Isle of Wight folk rockers SHIDE & ACORN and future famed film director the late Anthony Minghella. Minghella had previously appeared as keyboardist in a small jazz group known as EARTHLIGHT.

The musicians were discovered by Wilf Pine, former manager of BLACK SABBATH and future reputed ranking member of the Gotti mafia syndicate in the United States. Pine secured the group studio time at Olympia in the Barnes suburb of London in 1972, where they recorded seven tracks over a month's period under the direction of GROUNDHOGS guitarist Tony McPhee. McPhee, despite having an arm in a cast offered the guitar solo to close the title track. DANCER dissolved soon afterwards and their recordings remained forgotten until copies emerged nearly thirty years later and were released by Kissing Spell.

Minghella would go on to a lengthy and successful career as a film producer, while Athey and Cuffe would form the funk band BIG SWIFTY.

DANCER merit a place in the ProgArchives.com for their brief but enjoyable contribution to progressive music at a transitional and largely forgotten period in the individual members' careers.

biography by Bob Moore (aka ClemofNazareth)
 
 

 
From Jonathan Ewald:
This release, negative fundamental,  was recorded 12/27/2021 in a single take, all improvised, one track recorded live, no overdubs. The only thing I had a good idea about was to play around the modes associated with G min/Bb maj. 6 string bass thru loops and delays and fx. Knife glissando. Alligator clips chimes. MC202 old school analog synth thru a tremolo pedal and then, programmed sequence thru a delay pedal. 
 
Influences: Robert Fripp, Steve Hillage, Manuel Gottsching/AshRa, Bill Laswell, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Sunn O))) ,Boards of Canada.
 
In my process, when these recording sessions turn out best, all but the most bare of plans goes out the window. I try to be patient and build a worthwhile soundscape with minimalist intent. Ideally, this leaves room for development and turning corners, changing the mood and direction of the piece slowly so it all just gently flows together.

I try to have my mind as blank as possible while open to what my ears are hearing. I try to be patient. Again, slow development seems to allow avoidance of trainwrecks... maybe.

A factor contributing to the success of these longform improvised pieces is to approach the primary instrument, the 6 string bass, more as an means to make sounds than as a musical instrument.

Right now working on an extension of the litmus0001 project, called Uberwacht. Essentially, litmus0001 + drummer.
 
This release is available on Bandcamp.  Bandcamp Friday is this Friday.   Our thanks to Jonathan for providing us with a copy of this release.


Eighth Tower Records re-discovers by a cd publication the cult 1989 tape cassette "Nibbas" by Capricorni Pneumatici. They took their name from the Aleister Crowley "Liber A' ASH vel Capricorni Pneumatici SUB FIGURA CCCVII", and between 1987 and 1991 were one of the most active projects of the esoteric/industrial Italian underground.

All tracks composed and performed by Capricorni Pneumatici
Recordings and mixing 1988 - 1989
Cover design by CPS

credits

Our thanks to Raffaele Pezzella for providing us with a copy of this release.
released November 17, 2022

Original tape release by Minus Habens, 1989
Remastered at CPS, Jan 2022
© CP & ETR 2022 all rights reserved
Published by Eighth Tower Records