The music video of this week is Stranger In Your Soul by multinational progressive rock band Transatlantic. Stranger In Your Soul Pt 1 is extracted from the Transatlantic DVD “Live In Europe.”
Transatlantic is the progressive rock supergroup formed by outstanding musicians from various countries who have performed in some of the finest progressive rock bands of the 1980s and 1990s, including Neal Morse (former Spock’s Beard), Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings), and Pete Trewavas (Marillion). The band also includes Mike Portnoy of the hard rock/metal band Dream Theater.
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.
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.
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.
This week’s music video is a live performance by Gentle Giant, one of the greatest progressive rock bands of all time.
Gentle Giant was founded in 1970 by the brothers Shulman. Derek was the lead vocalist and played alto sax and bass, Ray sang and played bass & violin, and Phil handled the saxophone and added vocals. The rest of the band included Kerry Minnear, on keyboards, who came straight from the Royal Academy of Music. Gary Green, a musician with a blues background, became the guitarist. Martin Smith was on drums.
Gentle Giant’s use of complex classical chord and time patterns, together with rock, blues, jazz and medieval melodies and themes, set them apart from other progressive rock groups of their time.
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