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Space Music for Apollo

Synth.nl - Apollo
Synth.nl

Apollo (2011)

The new album by Dutch artist Synth.nl is an electronic music tribute to the Apollo Moon project. The musician behind Synth.nl is Michel van Osenbruggen. His music has the melodic sensibility of Vangelis and the spacey atmospheric environments of Tangerine Dream.

Synth.nl illustrates the Apollo Moon missions with a rich palette of dramatic, melodic and ambient synthesizers and electronic beats. He also uses NASA audio archives with voices from mission control, the astronauts and the people behind the project.

Michel van Osenbruggen provides information about each piece and details about the various Apollo missions. “For this album, I was inspired by the Apollo Moon missions, undertaken by NASA during the 60’s and 70’s of the previous century,” says van Osenbruggen. “Since I was born in 1969, the same year that Neil Amstrong set foot on the Moon, I have always felt a very strong connection to this event. Listening to this album will take you on a voyage from the Earth to the Moon and back again.”

Michel van Osenbruggen was born in The Netherlands on the 23th of April 1969. He started collecting synthesizers in 1990 because of his fascination with electronics. “Even though I produced a lot of sounds back then, I first started producing my own music in 2005 when I was at home with a burn-out from work.”

Synth.nl has released four solo albums so far: ‘AeroDynamics’ in 2007, ‘AtmoSphere’ in 2008, ‘OceanoGraphy’ in 2009 and ‘Apollo’ in 2011. In 2010, he released a collaboration album called ‘Refuge en Verre’, together with his good friend Ron Boots. Ron also runs the Groove Unlimited label that releases all of Synth.nl ‘s music.

Apollo is a skillful blend of space music and melodic electronic music by one of the finest acts in the current European electronic music scene.

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Synthesist Robert Rich Announces Australian Tour

Robert Rich
Robert Rich will be bringing his ambient and global electronica sounds Australia in January-February 2012.

Robert Rich, one of the leading musicians in the electronic music scene, has a new CD titled Medicine Box.

A California native, Rich began experimenting with electronics at a young age. By the early 1980s he was recording and performing his own sustained sound environments and improvised music.

Tour dates

Friday January 27-30 – Rainbow Serpent Festival (Melbourne)

Wednesday February 1 – Lecture at SAE Melbourne

Friday February 3 – Harmonic Spaces Exhibition – Byron Bay
Venue: Byron Bay Community Centre.
Time Slot: 6-8pm

Saturday-Sunday February 4-5 – available
Tuesday February 7 – Lecture at SAE Byron Bay
Wednesday February 8 – Lecture at SAE Sydney

Friday February 10 – Sydney – Independent Theatre
Ultima Thule 23rd Anniversary Concert
Tickets: theindependent.org.au/whats-on/
$49.95/ $29.95
Venue: Independent Theatre 269 Miller St, N. Sydney NSW
Starts at 8:00 PM

Saturday February 11 – Melbourne
Venue: Northcote Uniting Church, 251 High St Northcote 3070
Information: chalice.org.au/
Times: Artist talk 4pm,
Evening performance, doors open 7.30pm, RR slot 9.30pm

Wednesday February 15 – Lecture at SAE Brisbane

Saturday February 18 – Earth Frequency Festival – Brisbane
Sunday February 19 – Earth Frequency Festival – Brisbane
Monday February 20 – Earth Frequency Festival – Brisbane
Time Slot: Saturday 18th Feb 4-5pm, chill stage late night

Allan Holdsworth Announces 2012 Tour Dates

Allan Holdsworth
Jazz fusion legend Allan Holdsworth will be touring with Jimmy Haslip and Virgil Donati. The muscular jazz-rock fusion power trio is set to perform some older material from the Holdsworth’s classic repertoire as well as new tunes of his own and a few pieces of Virgil Donati.

Marbin will open the concerts in the East Coast of the United States. The band is led by Dani Rabin (guitar) and Danny Markovich (sax). They’ll be touring with Ian Stewart on bass and Justyn Lawrence on drums. Their critically acclaimed album “Breaking The Cycle” includes two legendary musicians that worked with Pat Metheny, Steve Rodby on bass and Paul Wertico on drums.

Donati/Holdsworth Band
With Virgil Donati drums, Allan Holdsworth guitar, Dennis Hamm keyboards, Jimmy Haslip bass

January 20 – Anaheim, CA (Sheraton Park Hotel)
SABIAN Night at The NAMM Show
www.sabian.com

January 22 – Studio City, Los Angeles, CA (Baked Potato)
www.thebakedpotato.com

Allan Is Back – USA Tour One Dates 2012
Allan Holdsworth with Jimmy Haslip bass and Virgil Donati drums

January 13 – San Diego, CA (Brick By Brick)
www.brickbybrick.com

January 14 – Whittier, CA (Community Theater Whittier)
www.calprog.com
Opening band: MoeTar

January 16 – Phoenix, AZ (Rhythm Room)
www.rhythmroom.com

*March 11 – Sellersville, PA** (Sellersville Theater)
www.st94.com
Opening band: Marbin

March 12 – Annapolis, MD (Ram’s Head Tavern)
www.ramsheadtavern.com
Opening band: Marbin

March 14 – Newton, NJ (The Newton Theater)
www.TheNewtonTheatre.com
Opening band: Marbin

March 15 – New York, NY (The Iridium)
www.theiridium.com

March 16 – New York, NY (The Iridium)
www.theiridium.com

March 17 – New York, NY (The Iridium)
www.theiridium.com

March 20 – Teaneck, NJ (Mexicali Live)
www.mexicalilive.com
Opening band: Marbin

March 21 – Northampton, MA (The Iron Horse)
www.iheg.com
Opening band: Marbin

March 22 – Boston, MA (Johnny D’s)
www.johnnyds.com
Opening band: Marbin

March 23 – Norfolk, CT (The Infinity Hall)
www.infinityhall.com
Opening band: Marbin

March 24 – Schenectady, NY (The Van Dyck)
www.vandycklounge.com
Opening band: Marbin

March 27 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Cosmo Music)
www.cosmomusic.ca
Opening band: Marbin

March 28 – Buffalo, NY (The Tralf Music Hall)
www.tralfmusichall.com
Opening band: Marbin

March 30 – Dayton, OH (Gilly’s Jazz)
www.gillysjazz.com
Opening band: Marbin

March 31 – Detroit, MI (The Jazz Cafe)
www.jazzcafedetroit.com
Opening band: Marbin

April 1 – Chicago, IL (Martyr’s)
www.martyrslive.com
Opening band: Marbin

April 3 – Milwaukee, WI (The Shank Hall)
www.shankhall.com
Opening band: Marbin

April 8 – San Juan Capistrano, CA (The Coach House)
www.thecoachhouse.com

European Tour 2012 – Chapter One
(opening act: Jeff Aug)

May 15 – Kassel, Germany (Schlachthof)
www.schlachthof-kassel.de

May 16 – Amstelveen, Nethrlands (P60)
www.p60.nl

May 17 – Leverkusen, Germany (Scala)
www.scala-leverkusen.de

May 18 – Tilburg, Netherland (Paradox)
www.paradoxtilburg.nl

May 19 – Paris, France (Sunset SunsideJazz Club)
www.sunset-sunside.com

May 21 – Karlsruhe, Germany (Tollhaus)
www.tollhaus.de

May 23 – Milano, Italy (La Salumeria della Musica)
www.lasalumeriadellamusica.com

May 24 – Basel, Switzerland (Grand Casino)
www.grandcasinobasel.com

May 25 – Zurich, Switzerland (Jazz Klub Moods)
www.moods.ch

Progressive Rock Multi-instrumentalist Ben Craven Video Highlights and Nomination for Album of the Year

Ben Craven
Australian progressive rock sensation Ben Craven has released a video with his personal highlights from the Great & Terrible Potions album launch. “No Specific Harm was great fun to play,” says Craven. “The longer songs really give a performer the chance to get lost in the moment. Plus there’s a good old-fashioned guitar solo at the end.”

Craven recently released his second album, Great & Terrible Potions. The album blurs the boundaries between conventional songs and orchestral soundtracks. The cover was designed by legendary graphic artist Roger Dean, who made the renowned covers for Yes, Uriah Heep, Greenslade and Asia.

Great & Terrible Potions has been nominated for Album of the Year by Paperlate Rock Radio in The Netherlands.

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Electronica Artist Synth.nl releases Video About Synthesizer Making

Michel van Osenbruggen at his studio
Dutch electronic music artist Synth.nl has released a video that shows the process of making a synthesizer.

This year I built a Wilba SammichFM DIY synthesizer kit,” says Michel van Osenbruggen, the space music artist behind Synth.nl. “It is based on the famous Yamaha OPL3 sound chip that was also used on the famous Sound Blaster Pro 2.0 and SoundBlaster 16 ASP sound cards. It is a 4 voice FM synthesizer that sounds a lot like the famous Yamaha DX series.”

Michel van Osenbruggen filmed the construction of the whole process. “This movie is an excerpt of the 4 hours total build time,” says van Osenbruggen. “I made the 3D animations myself in Cinema 4D. The music you hear in the background is the track ‘Thermosphere’ from my 2008 ‘AtmoSphere‘ album.”

Synth.nl has a new album titled Apollo which is available as a CD or MP3 download.

Australian Experimental Rock Band Releases In The Balance Music Video

Pirate
Pirate, a Sydney-based experimental rock band, has released a fascinating new video for their track ‘In The Balance’, taken from their debut album ‘Left Of Mind.’

Directed by Paul Cook of POP Films, it was filmed at Sydney’s Troy Horse studio, with an array of visual effects and lighting. Reflecting the minimimalist nature of the track, the video is suitably stripped-back.

Pirate have toured their fiercely experimental avante-garde rock since the release of Left Of Mind, including supports for FloatingMe, sleepmakeswaves and Sydonia, as well as featuring on both Sydney and Melbourne Progfest events and headlining their own club shows.

They will cap off the year on the Bird’s Robe label showcase tour, taking in the Annandale Hotel in Sydney on Dec 22nd and Curtin Bandroom in Melbourne on Dec 23rd, alongside sleepmakeswaves, Meniscus and Toehider.

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Electric Infinity

My Brother The Wind - I Wash My Soul In The Stream Of Infinity
My Brother The Wind

I Wash My Soul In The Stream Of Infinity (Transsubstans TRANS090, 2011)

Swedish band My Brother The Wind continues the fine tradition of progressive psychedelic rock. Their new album is I Wash My Soul In The Stream Of Infinity and it is a mesmerizing series of dreamy instrumental pieces.

The band was formed by members from other well-known Swedish progressive rock acts: Nicklas Barker (Anekdoten) on guitar and mellotron; Mathias Danielsson (Makajodama, Gösta Berlings Saga) on guitar and tenor recorder; Ronny Eriksson (Magnolia) on bass; and Tomas Eriksson on drums.

The dual electric guitars are heavily processed, creating hypnotic effects. The mellotron adds an exciting vintage electronic sound to the mix. You can find influences from Echoes-era Pink Floyd and Ozric Tentacles.
I Wash My Soul In The Stream Of Infinity is a beautifully crafted atmospheric mix of rock, electronica, and psychedelia.

The album is available on CD, LP and digital download.

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Prog Band Circa to Perform New Year’s Eve Internet Concert December 31st 2011

Circa
Circa, a band founded in 2007 by former Yes members Billy Sherwood & Tony Kaye with Johnny Bruhns & Scott Connor will be in concert, live, interactive, in real time and via their new UStream channel “Circa: HQ” on December 31, 2011 (6:00 PM PST / 9:00 PM EST).

The band will be performing songs from the newly released Circa: ‘And So On’ CD as well as selected cuts from their previous studio CDs ‘circa: 2007’ and ‘circa: HQ’, and other tracks from their collective musical pasts.

HD cameras and pro audio combined will put viewers right in the center of the action. There will be a host taking questions for the band from the audience between songs making it a totally interactive experience and the first ever of its kind for Circa.

December 31st– tickets can be ordered directly from Circa: HQ UStream channel using paypal at www.ustream.tv/channel/circa-hq. Anyone who misses the show in real time can at any point purchase a ticket and watch it at their own convenience from the UStream archives.

Preview 3 excerpts “Life’s Offering”, “Till We Get There” and “And So On” from the new CIRCA: CD ‘And So On’

Albums available at www.circahq.com

Progressive Rock Video of the Week: Fanfare for the Common Man by Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Emerson, Lake & Palmer
This week’s progressive rock video takes us to Emerson, Lake & Palmer, performing a spectacular live version of Aaron Copland’s ‘Fanfare for the Common Man.’ The concert took place at Tollwood Festival in Munich (Germany) in 1997.

On this piece, Keith Emerson demonstrates why he is regarded as one of the leading keyboardists of his generation. He pioneered the use of synthesizers in modern music, combining the sounds of the traditional piano, electric organ and various generations of synthesizers.

The new arrangement of ‘Fanfare for the Common Man’ was original included in Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s double album titled Works 1, released in 1977.

Progressive Rock Legend Renaissance Releases Special Limited Edition Live CD and DVD Set

Renaissance Limited Edition DVD/2CD
One of the pioneering bands of symphonic progressive rock, Renaissance, has released a limited edition live CD/DVD set. The collection was filmed and recorded during Renaissance’s recent United States tour. With the exception of someone using a black and white camera at the back of a theater in the 1970s, this is the first time Renaissance has ever been filmed and professionally recorded in concert.

The love and energy bestowed upon us by those of you that were able to attend, reflects in our performance,” say band leaders Annie Haslam Michael Dunford. “It is especially exciting for us to have fans all around the world able to see and hear our wonderful new band. We now have five strong vocalists within the band, two keyboard players, an orchestral drummer/percussionist and phenomenal bass player who capture all the lush and richness of our orchestrations.”

The live recording was made at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside (Pennsylvania, USA) on September 23 2011. It contains over two hours of Renaissance live performance, including two classic albums performed live in their entirety: Turn of the Cards and Scheherazade and Other Stories.

This DVD/2CD set is not available in retail stores or elsewhere online. It is available exclusively on Renaissance’s web site at http://RenaissanceTouring.com/DVD.