Tuesday, November 22, 2016

29 November 2016: James Logan Cole and Hashshashin


James Logan Cole, a singer/songwriter from Kodiak, Alaska (and a student of mine when I taught English at Kodiak High School), grew up performing in a multitude of musical ensembles including Jazz, Funk, Classic Rock and his high school drum line.  Upon graduation, like his father, he joined the United States Coast Guard to serve his country.  Although Logan was raised in Kodiak, Alaska, most of his family resides in Mississippi, where his "southern-style" mentality and influence originates from.  With a vocal sound that some have compared to artists such as Lee Brice, Darius Rucker and Brett Eldredge, Logan's warm tone and soulful lyrics are a welcome respite from today's political and economic climate. Logan is also a multi-instrumentalist performing every track on his collections.  From the far corners of this great country, Logan has extended his voice to many fans, friends and music lovers.

    Logan has performed his original music solo and with his band Saltwater Heelers throughout the Hawaiian Islands, the U.S. west coast and Alaska.  He has performed at venues such as Hard Rock Cafe Waikiki and Seattle, Room 5 Lounge Los Angeles, Santa Rosa's Harmony Festival (2011) and opened for major recording artists such as John Cruz, Paula Fuga and Jack Johnson.  This exposure prompted his current sponsorship by worldwide instrument manufacturer and distributer Cole Clark Guitars of Melbourne, Australia. You can find James Logan Cole's albums "Reflections" (2008) and  "Where I Belong" (2011) on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody and many more.  He returns to Kodiak for two nights this Thursday and Friday at The Rendezvous - get there early for a good seat!
Hashshashin, the Australian experimental progressive drone trio, led by a bouzouki (!), crafts wonderful melodies and Eastern European atmospheres that also can infringe on Middle-Eastern territory. Songs like “The Ascetic” let the prog side shine, while “Levitation” is almost pure drone / post-metal, but there is always some portion of each throughout the record.  This is their latest release on Art as Catharsis records.
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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

01 Nov 2016: KMXT Pledge Drive Edition + Ian Boddy New Release: "As Above So Below" (DiN51)

The first half of tonight's show will feature local Kodiak band, Waterbound.  We'll be playing music from their three CDs and talking about the band and the reasons why you should become a new or renewing member of public radio KMXT.

The second half of the show will feature DiN51 | 2016 | Limited to 500 copies on CD & 250 copies on vinyl
Release date 18th November 2016

Ian Boddy, DiN label boss, has never been a musician to rest on his laurels. After the totally analogue, experimental “Tone Science” (DiN49) he now moves onto fresh sonic pastures with his new solo album “As Above So Below”. Boddy has always liked to play around with genres, mixing and matching styles to suit his current frame of mind. On “As Above So Below” he effortlessly combines ambient, classical & electronic music into a seamless, intoxicating sonic landscape. Boddy has been heavily involved in composing library music for many years that feature in TV, films and documentaries and he brings this filmic quality to bear on this suite of six tracks.
The title track opens procedures with a great slab of slowly evolving orchestral chords that rise up out of a cold, ethereal atmosphere. Based on Prelude No.1 in C Major by J. S. Bach this awe inspiring opening piece sets the scene for what is to follow. Arpeggiating piano tones, deep Moog basses, ethereal string clusters & analogue sequencers all vie for attention in the following five tracks. The latter are at times light and playful with interlocking layers on tracks such as “Quantum Of Memory” and “The Thaumaturge” whereas an all together darker vibe is created on the deep bass pulses of the brooding track “Shrine”. The final track “One Day” finishes the album off in an emotional manner with rising string melodies above haunting felt piano arpeggios before finally disappearing back into the eerie atmosphere that opened the album.
As usual this album will be released in the elegant slimline digipak CD package that followers of DiN will be familiar with. However there will also be a limited edition 180g vinyl album package as well which will include a download code. Both formats will feature a stunning, minimal image by photographic artist Wendy Carroll. Once again DiN have produced a quality release in highly collectable formats for all lovers of modern, ambient electronica.
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01 Nov 2016: KMXT Pledge Drive Edition + Ian Boddy New Release: "As Above So Below" (DiN51)

The first half of tonight's show will feature local Kodiak band, Waterbound.  We'll be playing music from their three CDs and talking about the band and the reasons why you should become a new or renewing member of public radio KMXT.

The second half of the show will feature DiN51 | 2016 | Limited to 500 copies on CD & 250 copies on vinyl
Release date 18th November 2016

Ian Boddy, DiN label boss, has never been a musician to rest on his laurels. After the totally analogue, experimental “Tone Science” (DiN49) he now moves onto fresh sonic pastures with his new solo album “As Above So Below”. Boddy has always liked to play around with genres, mixing and matching styles to suit his current frame of mind. On “As Above So Below” he effortlessly combines ambient, classical & electronic music into a seamless, intoxicating sonic landscape. Boddy has been heavily involved in composing library music for many years that feature in TV, films and documentaries and he brings this filmic quality to bear on this suite of six tracks.
The title track opens procedures with a great slab of slowly evolving orchestral chords that rise up out of a cold, ethereal atmosphere. Based on Prelude No.1 in C Major by J. S. Bach this awe inspiring opening piece sets the scene for what is to follow. Arpeggiating piano tones, deep Moog basses, ethereal string clusters & analogue sequencers all vie for attention in the following five tracks. The latter are at times light and playful with interlocking layers on tracks such as “Quantum Of Memory” and “The Thaumaturge” whereas an all together darker vibe is created on the deep bass pulses of the brooding track “Shrine”. The final track “One Day” finishes the album off in an emotional manner with rising string melodies above haunting felt piano arpeggios before finally disappearing back into the eerie atmosphere that opened the album.
As usual this album will be released in the elegant slimline digipak CD package that followers of DiN will be familiar with. However there will also be a limited edition 180g vinyl album package as well which will include a download code. Both formats will feature a stunning, minimal image by photographic artist Wendy Carroll. Once again DiN have produced a quality release in highly collectable formats for all lovers of modern, ambient electronica.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

18 October 2016: Tales from Topographic Oceans - the Steven Wilson remix edition


Tales from Topographic Oceans is the sixth studio album from the English rock band Yes, released as a double album on 7 December 1973 by Atlantic Records. It is a concept album based on singer Jon Anderson's interpretation of a footnote in Autobiography of a Yogi (1946) by Paramahansa Yogananda that describes four bodies of Hindu texts, collectively named the shastras. After he pitched the idea to guitarist Steve Howe, the two wrote the themes and instrumentation of four, side long tracks based on each text. Keyboardist Rick Wakeman disagreed with the album's concept and the musical direction of the album, and left the group after its tour.
Following its release, Tales from Topographic Oceans received a mixed critical reception and became a symbol of progressive rock excess with its detailed concept and lengthy songs. However it was a commercial success, becoming the first UK album to qualify for Gold certification based on pre-orders alone. It topped the UK Album Chart for two weeks and reached number 6 in the US, where it reached Gold certification for over 500,000 copies sold. Yes toured the album from November 1973 to April 1974 with a set that featured the album performed in its entirety. The album was reissued in 1994 and 2003; the latter with bonus tracks. An edition with new stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixes by Steven Wilson was released in October 2016.

Original issue

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "The Revealing Science of God (Dance of the Dawn)"   20:25
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "The Remembering (High the Memory)"   20:38
Side three
No. Title Length
1. "The Ancient (Giants Under the Sun)"   18:35
Side four
No. Title Length
1. "Ritual (Nous Sommes du Soleil)"   21:37

Tales From Topographic Oceans is the fifth in a series of remixed and expanded Yes classics. The album has been remixed in both stereo and 5.1 surround sound from the original studio masters by Steven Wilson, and is fully approved by Yes. Also includes the original mix in high resolution, and bonus material, including a complete alternate version of the album using live tracks and studio run throughs.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

04 October 2016: Mary Fahl & Marillion

From the Dark Side of the Moon is a 2011 album released by singer/songwriter Mary Fahl.[1] The album is a song-by-song "re-imagining" of Pink Floyd's classic 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon.[1]

Production

As of September 2006 Fahl completed the recording of Mary Fahl: From the Dark Side of the Moon, produced by Mark Doyle and David Werner and mixed by Bob Clearmountain. Doyle also provided nearly all of the instrumentation.[1] The album remained unreleased for several years,[2] and Fahl released it independently on May 10, 2011.[3]

Reception

Publication Nippertown referred to the album as "mindblowing,"[3] while The Morton Report called it "brilliant" and "a worthy re-interpretation not to be missed."[4]

Track listing

# Song Length Original writing credits
01 "Speak to Me"
1:13
Nick Mason
02 "Breathe"
3:01
Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright
03 "On the Run"
3:23
Gilmour, Waters
04 "Time"
6:52
Mason, Waters, Wright, Gilmour
05 "The Great Gig in the Sky"
4:58
Wright, Clare Torry
06 "Money"
6:12
Waters
07 "Us and Them"
7:13
Waters, Wright
08 "Any Colour You Like"
3:35
Gilmour, Mason, Wright
09 "Brain Damage"
3:54
Waters
10 "Eclipse"[5]
2:00
Waters

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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Arts Desk 3/5 stars[1]
Classic Rock 4/5 stars[2]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[3]
Fuck Everyone and Run (F E A R) is Marillion's 18th studio album, released on 23 September 2016.[4]

Promotion

As with many of their recent albums, Marillion used crowdfunding to finance this album, this time using PledgeMusic. The campaign offered various options of pre-ordering the album—called only by the code name M18 at that time—including CD, download only, and a limited Ultimate Edition box, containing, among others, a Blu-ray Disc containing a making-of-the-album film.[5][6] Originally the album was slated to be released on 1 May 2016, but was later postponed to 9 September, and again to 23 September.
On 8 April, Marillion revealed the album's cover art and announced the title of the album as Fuck Everyone and Run (F E A R).[7] Singer Steve Hogarth commented on the title, saying,
”This title is adopted not in anger or with any intention to shock. It is adopted and sung (in the song "New Kings”) tenderly, in sadness and resignation inspired by an England, and a world, which increasingly functions on an “Every man for himself” philosophy. I won’t bore you with examples, they’re all over the newspapers every day. There’s a sense of foreboding that permeates much of this record. I have a feeling that we’re approaching some kind of sea-change in the world – an irreversible political, financial, humanitarian and environmental storm. I hope that I’m wrong. I hope that my FEAR of what “seems” to be approaching is just that, and not FEAR of what “is” actually about to happen.”[8]
On 7 July, customers of the PledgeMusic campaign received access to download the song suite The New Kings, and an edited version of the song was made available to the public on Marillion's YouTube channel.[9]
On 19 September, the band informed customers that had pre-ordered the Ultimate Edition that a breakdown of a piece of machinery at the manufacturing plant caused a delay of several weeks in the delivery of the box set. As compensation, these customers received an additional CD, and early access to the download of the album on the same day.[10]

Track listing

Fuck Everyone and Run (F E A R) was released as a standard CD edition and also as a 33⅓ rpm double vinyl LP with a slightly different track order.
All songs written by Marillion.

CD edition

No. Title Length
1. "El Dorado: I. Long-Shadowed Sun"   1:16
2. "El Dorado: II. The Gold"   6:13
3. "El Dorado: III. Demolished Lives"   2:23
4. "El Dorado: IV. F E A R"   4:07
5. "El Dorado: V. The Grandchildren of Apes"   2:35
6. "Living in F E A R"   6.25
7. "The Leavers: I. Wake Up in Music"   4:27
8. "The Leavers: II. The Remainers"   1:34
9. "The Leavers: III. Vapour Trails in the Sky"   4:49
10. "The Leavers: IV. The Jumble of Days"   4:20
11. "The Leavers: V. One Tonight"   3:56
12. "White Paper"   7:18
13. "The New Kings: I. Fuck Everyone and Run"   4:22
14. "The New Kings: II. Russia's Locked Doors"   6:24
15. "The New Kings: III. A Scary Sky"   2:33
16. "The New Kings: IV. Why Is Nothing Ever True?"   3:24
17. "Tomorrow's New Country"   1:47
Total length:
68:03
Personnel

Band members


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

20 September 2016: Spleen Arcana and Anderson/Stolt

Spleen Arcana is the project of French songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Julien Gaullier.
Formed in 2008, Spleen Arcana is an eclectic mix of symphonic prog, space rock and art rock drenched in melancholic and contemplative moods.
Pairing up with drummer David Perron, and with the help of Marie Guillaumet on backing vocals, Julien Gaullier self-released Spleen Arcana's first album, The Field Where She Died in 2009.
This raw but sincere debut album was the result of a long, passionate process and countless hours of home studio explorations. With a limited print run of 500 copies, yet without any label nor promotion, The Field Where She Died is now nearly sold out thanks to the word of mouth.
Recorded in the same handcrafted way and with the same team, Spleen Arcana's second album, The Light Beyond The Shades, was released in February 2014.
Invention of Knowledge is the debut studio album by Anderson/Stolt, a collaboration formed by singer-songwriters and musicians Jon Anderson and Roine Stolt. It was released on 24 June 2016 through German independent record label InsideOutMusic. The project originated in 2014 after Anderson had performed with Stolt on a progressive rock-themed cruise, and the two decided to record an album. The recording process involved Anderson recording ideas in demo form in California and sending them online to Stolt in Sweden, who would develop music based on them. Invention of Knowledge was recorded in Sweden by several musicians, including Tom Brislin, Daniel Gildenlöw, and members of Stolt's band The Flower Kings.
Invention of Knowledge received some positive reviews from critics. It charted in several countries, and reached number 58 on the UK Albums Chart. Anderson and Stolt discussed the idea of performing the album live on tour, but wish to gain an idea of fan reception before they make any plans.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

14 June 2016: Ian Boddy et al - DiN10 iNDEX01 & DiN50 iNDEX05

 Tonight we mark the fiftieth release on Ian Boddy's DiN label - iNDEX05 during the first half of the show.  For the second half, we will revisit the very first DiN compilation, iNDEX01.  Be sure to visit the embedded links for more information on these and other DiN artists and releases.  Our thanks to Ian Boddy for providing a copy of iNDEX05 for tonight's show.
iNDEX05 is the fifth DiN compilation album and includes two tracks each from the titles DiN41 - 49. The artists on show this time are Ian Boddy, Node, ARC, Dave Bessell (one of the members of Node) and collaborations between Parallel Worlds & Dave Bessell, Ian Boddy & Markus Reuter, Erik Wøllo & Bernhard Wöstheinrich and Parallel Worlds & Self Oscillate.
As with the previous four DiN samplers DiN label boss Ian Boddy has mixed and cross-faded the 18 tracks into a continuous ambient mix that not only showcases the albums featured on the release but presents an exciting and varied title in its own right. It also highlights the varied and intriguing music that the DiN label offers on its releases from deep analogue synth grooves through vibrantly melodic instrumentals to powerful, epic ambient atmospheres. An intoxicating mix of the old and new beautifully presented in a slimline cardboard wallet with an extra flap which just adds to the value and collectibility of this release.
This compilation edited from the original tracks by Ian Boddy - January 2016.
Track listing:
01 Borderlands by Ian Boddy & Markus Reuter from Colour Division (DiN43) 04:03

02 Shinkansen East by Node from Node 2 (DiN44) 04:22

03 Subgiants by Erik Wøllo & Bernhard Wöstheinrich from Weltenuhr (DiN46) 04:55
04 Ground Warmth by Parallel Worlds & Self Oscillate from World Adapter (DiN48) 04:07
05 Tone 3 by Ian Boddy from Tone Science (DiN49) 03:46
06 Paradise Lost by Dave Bessell from Black Horses Of The Sun (DiN47) 04:12
07 Arcadia by ARC from Umbra (DiN45) 04:37
08 Denormal by Parallel Worlds & Dave Bessell from Morphogenic (DiN41) 03:25
09 Never Reaching by Ian Boddy from Liverdelphia (DiN42) 04:21
10 Thin Air by Node from Node 2 (DiN44) 04:23
11 From Here To There by Dave Bessell from Black Horses Of The Sun (DiN47) 04:34
12 Above The Snow by Parallel Worlds & Dave Bessell from Morphogenic (DiN41) 04:35
13 Tone 1 by Ian Boddy from Tone Science (DiN49) 03:03
14 My Window View by Parallel Worlds & Self Oscillate from World Adapter (DiN48) 04:39
15 Oculus by Erik Wøllo & Bernhard Wöstheinrich from Weltenuhr (DiN46) 04:50
16 Triptastique by Ian Boddy from Liverdelphia (DiN42) 04:03
17 Cherry Bomb by ARC from Umbra (DiN45) 05:16
18 Slowfall by Ian Boddy & Markus Reuter from Colour Division (DiN43) 04:33


Total Time: 77:48


DiN10 | 2001 

The UK magazine The Wire showcased the DiN sampler in its June 2001 issue. All subscribers worldwide (about 7000 readers) received a free copy of this disc in their June issue. The CD is also for sale via the DiN store for the modest sum of $10 (inc. postage).

The Wire editorial in the May 2001 issue reads as follows:

"With next month's issue of The Wire, all subscribers worldwide will receive a free copy of Index 01, an exclusive, one-off compilation showcasing the roster of UK electronica label DiN.

Specially compiled for The Wire by DiN label boss Ian Boddy, the CD features 15 tracks, including material by Chris Carter, Markus Reuter, Arc and Dub Atomica, in a 74 minute trance - mix that moves through analogue synth odysseys, retooled industrial culture beatdowns and glitch - ridden dubscapes. The CD is being produced in a strictly limited edition pressing and will only be available free to subscribers with next month's issue."

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

07 June 2016: California Guitar Trio w/ Tony Levin and Brand X

In celebration of Tony Levin's 70th birthday, tonight we begin our show with this live recording of his collaboration with the California Guitar Trio from the year 2000. 
California Guitar Trio (CGT) is a band of three guitar players founded in 1991. The three—Paul Richards of Salt Lake City, Utah, Bert Lams of Affligem, Belgium, and Hideyo Moriya of Tokyo, Japan—met at a 1987 Guitar Craft course, in which Robert Fripp instructed them in the New Standard Tuning (NST). After completing several of Fripp's Guitar Craft courses, the three toured as part of Robert Fripp and The League of Crafty Guitarists.[1]
Continuing their collaboration then in Los Angeles, they founded The California Guitar Trio in 1991. They continue to play in the New Standard Tuning.[1] Their performances and recordings include original compositions, surf covers, and classical re-workings of classical music. Their influences include European classical music, rock, blues, jazz, world music, and surf music.
Anthony Frederick "Tony" Levin, (born June 6, 1946), is an American musician and composer, specializing in electric bass, Chapman Stick and upright bass. He also sings and plays synthesizer.
Levin is best known[1] for his work with progressive rock pioneers King Crimson and Peter Gabriel. He was also a member of instrumental-prog rock/jazz fusion group Liquid Tension Experiment; the King Crimson-related bands Bruford Levin Upper Extremities, ProjeKct One and ProjeKct Four; and currently leads his own band, Stick Men.

Tracklist

1 Scramble
2 Pathways
3 Discipline
4 Waters Of Eden
5 Dance Of Maya
6 Improvisation
7 Belle
8 Venezualean Waltz No.4
9 Caravan
10 Symphony No 9 (Beethoven)
11 Rukodan
12 Bohemian Rhapsody
13 Elephant Talk
14 Eve
15 Unplugged Scramble (Unscrambled)


Brand X was a jazz fusion band active between 1975–1980 and 1992–1999. Noted members included John Goodsall (guitar),[1] Percy Jones (bass), Robin Lumley (keyboards), Kenwood Dennard (drums) and Phil Collins (drums). Goodsall and Jones were the sole constant members throughout the band's existence.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

31 May 2016: The Durutti Column & Carlos Santana/Bill Laswell

The Durutti Column are an English post-punk band formed in 1978 in Manchester, England.[2] The band is a project of guitarist and occasional pianist Vini Reilly who is often accompanied by Bruce Mitchell on drums and Keir Stewart on bass, keyboards and harmonica.  Tonight we'll be playing selections from  Live at the Bottom Line New York:   (US ROIR - cassette only release in 1987, CD issued in 1993 – CD reissue in 1999 re-titled "A Night In New York" with bonus track but mistakes in track listing)


In 2001, Bill Laswell, responsible for remixes of albums by Bob Marley and Miles Davis, mixed and remixed excerpts of Santana's Illuminations and Love Devotion Surrender,[20] on an album called Divine Light.[21]    
  Love Devotion Surrender is an album released in 1973 by guitarists Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin, with the backing of their respective bands, Santana and The Mahavishnu Orchestra. The album was inspired by the teachings of Sri Chinmoy and intended as a tribute to John Coltrane. It contains two Coltrane compositions, two McLaughlin songs, and a traditional gospel song arranged by Santana and McLaughlin.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

24 May 2016 Black Moth Super Rainbow & Robert Rich

The first half of tonight's program will feature Black Moth Super Rainbow and their 2012 crowd-funded release, Cobra Juicy.
Black Moth Super Rainbow's music contains elements of psychedelia, folk, electronica, pop and rock. Their distinctive sound is characterized by analog electronic instruments including the vocoder, Rhodes piano and Novatron.[2]
A Graveface insert included inside the album Dandelion Gum describes them as such: "Deep in the woods of western Pennsylvania vocoders hum amongst the flowers and synths bubble under the leaf-strewn ground while flutes whistle in the wind and beats bounce to the soft drizzle of a warm acid rain. As the sun peeks out from between the clouds, the organic aural concoction of Black Moth Super Rainbow starts to glisten above the trees."
 During the second half of tonight's show, we will feature Robert Rich's latest release What We Left Behind.
Across four decades and over 40 albums, Robert Rich has helped define the genres of ambient music, dark-ambient, tribal and trance, yet his music remains hard to categorize. Part of his unique sound comes from using home-made acoustic and electronic instruments, microtonal harmonies, computer-based signal processing, chaotic systems and feedback networks. Rich began building his own analog synthesizers in 1976, when he was 13 years old, and later studied for a year at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).
 
I dreamt of the earth after us,
As mountains erode and time helps the cities crumble.
So easy to think that the earth revolves around us,
That after us, the planet stops.
We who can change the weather.

When we make our world so inhospitable we can’t survive,
Life crawls blindly forward,
Consciousness revives, organisms organize.
Cells of the earth join together to create new minds.

Small lives build new worlds,
Cast a net across the surface and through layers below,
Constant construction, destruction, erosion, rebuilding.
After us, on a scaffolding of rust and ashes, salt and sand,

Digesting through it, stumbling numbly,
Vagabond life picks through the detritus and continues unconcerned.
Profligate Earth pays no mind to the foibles of her creation.
She scatters choices for those who can still choose.
  
Recorded 2014-2016 by Robert Rich at Soundscape, Mountain View CA.
Mixed and mastered by Robert Rich at Soundscape in 2016.
Sonic additions by Forrest Fang (2016) on #8 and #9.
Abstractions of Chari Chuang on #1.
All crows unofficially non-union and paid peanuts.
Instruments: prepared piano, Haken Continuum, PVC flutes, lap steel guitar, percussion, DSI Prophet 12 and 6, Korg Wavestation and M3, eowave Resonator, MOTM and Eurorack modulars.
Thanks for assistance from Paul Schreiber, Dave Smith Instruments, Ed & Lippold at Haken, Chuck at Noise Bug, Old Crow, Andrew at 2C, Izotope, STG, Audio Damage and so many others, plus of course Dixie and all of you who listen.

Cover art by Romanie Sanchez (www.romanie.net)
Design by John Bergin

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

17 May 2016: Isao Tomita & Robert Fripp


Isao Tomita, an electronic music pioneer, passed away in May 5, 2016.  We'll feature his recording of Pictures at an Exhibition (1975) as well as the original compositions on Snowflakes are Dancing.
Isao Tomita (冨田 勲 Tomita Isao?, 22 April 1932 – 5 May 2016),[1] often known simply as Tomita, was a Japanese music composer, regarded as one of the pioneers of electronic music[2][3] and space music,[4] and as one of the most famous producers of analog synthesizer arrangements.[5] In addition to creating note-by-note realizations, Tomita made extensive use of the sound design capabilities of his instrument, using synthesizers to create new sounds to accompany and enhance his electronic realizations of acoustic instruments.[5] He also made effective use of analog music sequencers[2] and the Mellotron and featured futuristic science fiction themes,[3] while laying the foundations for synth-pop music[6] and trance-like rhythms.[7] Many of his albums are electronic versions and adaptations of famous classical music pieces and he received four Grammy Award nominations for his 1974 album Snowflakes Are Dancing.[3]


In honor of Robert Fripp's 70th birthday, we'll feature some of his ambient guitar soundscapes created with long-time collaborator, Brian Eno.
Robert Fripp (born 16 May 1946) is an English guitarist, composer and record producer.
As a guitarist for the progressive rock band King Crimson, Fripp has been the only member to have played in all of King Crimson's line-ups from their inception in the late 1960s to the present. He is the driving creative and political force of the group, bearing responsibility for line-up changes and ending and resuming the group at various points.[citation needed] He has also worked extensively as a studio musician, notably with singer David Bowie on the albums "Heroes" and Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), Brian Eno, and contributed sounds to the Windows Vista operating system. His complete discography lists more than seven hundred releases over four decades.[5]
He is ranked 62nd on Rolling Stone magazine's 2011 list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" after having been ranked by David Fricke 42nd on its 2003 list.[6][7] Tied with Andrés Segovia, he also is ranked 47th on Gibson.com's "Top 50 guitarists of all time".[8]
His compositions often feature unusual time signatures, which have been influenced by classical and folk traditions. His innovations have included Frippertronics, soundscapes, and new standard tuning.