Monday, March 31, 2008

Roger Waters

    George Roger Waters (born 6 September 1943) is an English rock musician; singer, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, and composer. He is best known for his 1965–1985 career with the band Pink Floyd (he was credited as their main songwriter, after the departure of Syd Barrett), bass player and one of their lead vocalists (along with David Gilmour and, to a lesser extent, Rick Wright). He was also the lyrical mastermind behind many of the band's concept albums, especially The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall, and The Final Cut, and their well known symbols including the Pink Floyd pigs and the marching hammers.

    Following this, he began a moderately successful solo career releasing three studio albums and staging one of the largest concerts ever, The Wall Concert in Berlin in 1990. In 2005 he released an opera, Ça Ira, and joined Pink Floyd at the Live 8 concert in London, on 2 July 2005, for their first public performance with Waters in 24 years.

    In 1965, Roger Waters co-founded Pink Floyd (after many different incarnations—see Pink Floyd) along with Syd Barrett, Richard Wright and Nick Mason. Although Barrett initially did most of the songwriting for the band, Waters wrote the song "Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk" on their debut LP, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. The album was a critical success and positioned the band for stardom. Barrett's deteriorating mental health led to increasingly erratic behaviour, rendering him unable to continue in his capacity as Pink Floyd's lead singer and guitarist. Waters attempted to coerce his friend into psychiatric treatment; this proved unhelpful, and the band approached David Gilmour to replace Barrett at the end of 1967. Even the band's former managers felt that Pink Floyd would not be able to sustain its initial success without the talented Barrett. Filling the void left by Barrett's departure, Waters began to chart Pink Floyd's new artistic direction. The lineup with Gilmour and Waters eventually brought Pink Floyd to prominence, producing a series of albums in the 1970's that remain among the most critically acclaimed and best-selling records of all time.

    In 1970, Waters collaborated with British composer Ron Geesin (who co-wrote Pink Floyd's title suite from Atom Heart Mother) on a soundtrack album, Music from "The Body", which consisted mostly of instrumentals interspersed with songs composed by Waters. Within Pink Floyd, Waters became the main lyrical contributor, exerting progressively more creative control over the band: he produced thematic ideas that became the impetus for concept albums such as The Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here, for which he wrote all of the lyrics and some of the music. After this, Waters became the primary songwriter, composing Animals and The Wall largely by himself (though continuing to collaborate with Gilmour on a few tracks).

    Waters' band-mates were happy to allow him to write the band's lyrics and guide its conceptual direction while they shared the opportunity to contribute musical ideas (Gilmour described Waters as "a very good motivator and obviously a great lyricist,"even at the height of the acrimony between them in 1995). Some of the band's most popular and beloved songs, including "Echoes", "Time", "Us and Them", "Wish You Were Here" and "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", feature the strong synergy of Waters' sharp lyrical instincts combined with the melodic talent of Gilmour, the soft, precise drumming of Nick Mason, and atmospheric patterns of keyboardist Richard Wright ("Us and Them", for instance, began as a sweetly melodic Wright keyboard instrumental and gained poignancy when Waters added plaintive antiwar lyrics). Unfortunately, this give-and-take relationship began to dissolve: a consequence of the band's collective ennui, according to Waters. Song-writing credits were a source of contention in these difficult years; Gilmour has noted that his contributions to tracks like "Another Brick in the Wall, Part II", with its blistering guitar solo, were not always noted in the album credits. Nick Mason addresses the band in-fighting in his memoir, Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd, characterizing Waters as being egomaniacal at times. It was while recording The Wall that Waters decided to fire Wright, after Wright's personal problems began to affect the album production. Wright stayed with the band as a paid session musician while Waters led the band through a complete performance of his opus on every night of the brief tour that followed (for which Gilmour acted as musical director).

    In 1983 , the last Waters–Gilmour–Mason collaboration, The Final Cut, was released. The sleeve notes describe it as being a piece "by Roger Waters" that was "performed by Pink Floyd" (rather than an actual Pink Floyd record). So, to many the album came across more like a Roger Waters solo album than Pink Floyd (similar to A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell being tagged as Gilmour solo albums). It was the lowest selling Pink Floyd album in a decade without a hit single. Gilmour unsuccessfully tried to delay production on the album until he could author more material; Waters refused, and in 1985, he proclaimed that the band had dissolved due to irreconcilable differences. The ensuing battle between Waters and Gilmour over the latter's intention to continue to use the name Pink Floyd descended into threatened lawsuits and public bickering in the press. Waters claimed that, as the original band consisted of himself, Syd Barrett, Nick Mason and Richard Wright, Gilmour could not reasonably use the name Pink Floyd now that it was without three of its founding members[citation needed]. Another of Waters' arguments was that he had written almost all of the band's lyrics and a great part of the music after Barrett's departure. However, through agreement, Gilmour and Mason won the right to use the name and a majority of the band's songs, though Waters did retain the rights to the albums The Wall (save for three of the songs that Gilmour co-wrote), Animals, and The Final Cut, as well as claiming ownership of the famous Pink Floyd pigs.

    For many fans and casual listeners, the collaborative years of 1971–1979 remain the "classic" Pink Floyd years due to the albums released and prominence of Pink Floyd in music culture; a 1987 end-of-year review in Rolling Stone noted that Waters' solo effort Radio K.A.O.S. and the post-Waters Pink Floyd album A Momentary Lapse of Reason, if taken together, might have made a nice follow-up to The Dark Side of the Moon. In 2005, Waters agreed to rejoin Pink Floyd on stage for Live 8, and on 2 July 2005, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Rick Wright performed together on-stage for the first time since the June 1981 Wall concerts at Earl's Court in London.

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David Gilmour


    David Jon Gilmour was born on 6th March 1946 in Cambridge, England, the second child of Douglas Gilmour, a senior lecturer in Zoology at the University and Sylvia, a teacher. Best known as guitarist, vocalist and writer with Pink Floyd, he is also renowned for his solo work and collaborations with other artists including Kate Bush, Paul McCartney, and Pete Townshend.

    David Gilmour and Roger 'Syd' Barrett met as children in Cambridge and later, whilst studying at the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology, began playing guitar together. In 1965 they spent a summer hitchhiking and busking around the South of France before Syd joined Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Rick Wright to form Pink Floyd, and David continued playing with his own band Jokers Wild, subsequently touring Europe with Flowers, and later Bullitt.
    David was asked to augment the Pink Floyd line up as the singer and guitarist in 1967, only for Syd to leave the group five gigs later, struggling with mental illness.

    David's guitar playing and song writing became major factors of Pink Floyd's worldwide success during the 1970s, including his distinctive vocals and guitar playing on The Dark Side Of The Moon, the third most successful album of all time. As a side project, David released his first solo album David Gilmour in 1978. Featuring Rick Wills on bass and Willie Wilson on drums & percussion, the album charted in the UK and the US.

    David's second solo album About Face was released in 1984, again hitting the Top 20 in the UK. David assumed control of Pink Floyd in 1985, after Roger Waters' departure, creating the new Floyd album A Momentary Lapse of Reason with Nick Mason and Rick Wright. The Division Bell followed in 1994. Both albums charted at number one on both sides of the Atlantic and were supported by sell-out world tours. A live album and video, P.U.L.S.E, followed in 1995. In 1996, Pink Floyd were inducted into the US Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, followed by the same honour in the UK in November 2005; in 2005 David Gilmour was made a CBE for services to music.

    In July 2005, Pink Floyd reunited with Roger Waters for a one-off performance at Live 8 in London's Hyde Park, which was regarded by many as the highlight of an astonishing show. In 2002, following a concert for Robert Wyatt's Meltdown Festival, three semi acoustic concerts were performed by David Gilmour and friends at London's Royal Festival Hall, with one critic remarking that a "reinvented rock god shines on as 21st century folk hero". In 2003, David donated the £3.6 million proceeds of the sale of his London house to Crisis, the charity for the homeless of which he is a vice-president. David Gilmour's position in the canon of rock guitar players can be construed from his headline billing at the 2004 Wembley concert celebrating 50 years of the Fender Stratocaster guitar. He was also voted Best Fender Guitar Player Ever' in a poll in Guitarist magazine, beating such greats as Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.

    On 6th March 2006, David released his third solo album, On An Island, which entered the UK Charts at Number One, subsequently hitting the top position in the pan-European Charts, as well as hitting multi-Platinum around the world, including countries as diverse as Canada and Poland. On An Island was accompanied by tour dates in the US and Europe, performed by a stellar list of musicians including Pink Floyd's Richard Wright, Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera, and regular Floyd musicians Dick Parry, Guy Pratt, and Jon Carin. Summer concerts in Europe included a one-off performance in front of 50,000 in Gdańsk's historic dockyards, featuring a 40-piece orchestra conducted by noted Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner, who had written the orchestrations for the On An Island album. The live show at London's Royal Albert Hall was filmed in High Definition by conducted by noted Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner, who had written the orchestrations for the On An Island album.

    The live show at London's Royal Albert Hall was filmed in High Definition by award-winning director David Mallet for DVD release. Entitled Remember That Night – Live At The Royal Albert Hall, it was released in Europe on Monday 17th September 2007 and the following day in North America, immediately hitting the No. 1 spot in many countries around the globe. Featuring the whole concert on Disc 1 (of the 2-disc set), the second DVD contains bonus material from the Royal Albert Hall shows, and eight other musical tracks including the previously unreleased Island Jam 2007. In addition, there are three documentaries and a photo gallery.

    "Now or then, it's still the perfect show" The Sunday Times (UK) was a typical comment from the world's press.

    Remember That Night is scheduled for release in the high-definition Blu-ray format in November 2007.

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Biografie Pink Floyd

    La mijlocul anului 1965, în incinta colegiului universitar din Cambridge (Anglia), studenţii la arhitectură Roger Waters , Nick Mason împreună cu Richard Wright, pianist, student la Conservator, alcătuiesc împreună o formaţie care se va numi pe rând Sigma 6, The Meggadeaths, The Screaming Abdabs, The Abdabs şi T-Set împreuna cu Juliette Gale la voce şi cu chitaristul de jazz Bob Klose.

    Neavând succes, Waters apelează la prietenul său, Roger "Syd" Barett, student la arte plastice. Acestuia i se datorează noua titulatură a trupei, provenita din combinaţia prenumelor a doi interpreţi de blues: Pink Anderson şi Floyd Council. Cei patru combinau acordurile de blues cu improvizaţii free-jazz. De asemenea, nu lipseau efectele de lumini şi cunoscutele explozii pirotehnice. Un nou gen se născuse: "rock psihedelic".

    După un an, în 1966 ei se despart de managerul Mike Leonard şi de Bob Klose, care intrase în conflict cu Barrett. Pink Floyd sunt ascultaţi într-o seară la un concert în celebra Marquee Club de omul de afaceri Peter Jenner, care are revelaţia potenţialului lor. Trupa vizitează un Sound & Light Workshop de unde le vine ideea să se ocupe de rock-ul electronic pe teme psihedelice. Pe 15 octombrie 1966 Pink Floyd susţine un show multimedia în faţa a 2000 de spectatori, show care avea să le aducă faima peste ani. Hit-uri ca "Arnold Lane" şi "See Emily Play" cuceresc topurile în 1967.

    Pink Floyd semnează un contract cu EMI Records, care le pune la dispoziţie studiourile de pe Abbey Road, iar show-urile devin din ce în ce mai explozive. Show-uri care caracterizează declinul psihic al lui Syd Barett. Solo-uri interminabile, maltratarea continuă a chitării în mijlocul pieselor, refuzul de a da interviuri transmise la televiziunea britanică şi americană, consumul abuziv de halucinogene, sunt numai cateva exemple din comportamentul lui Syd.

    Primul disc apare în 1967 cu numele "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn", care ocupă locul 3 în topul britanic. Albumul este dominat de piesele lui Barrett, atmosfera este poetică, misterioasă, ciudată. Atitudinea greu de suportat a lui Syd, mereu în contradictoriu cu ceilalţi membri, problemele sale legate de droguri determină aducerea în trupa a lui David Gilmour (în 1968), urmată de plecarea lui Syd în 1969. Pink Floyd evoluează la un concert de mari proporţii, organizat în Hyde Park, în faţa a 5000 de spectatori. În program au mai figurat Jethro Tull şi Roy Harper. În aceeaşi zi fusese pus în circulaţie al doilea album, "A Saucerful Of Secrets", produs de Norman Smith, care se clasează pana pe locul 10 în topul britanic. Floyd experimentează noi formule de sunet; sunt folosite benzi preparate, ritmuri preînregistrare, este anticipată apariţia sintetizatorului. În Franţa vor înregistra soundtrackul filmului More.
    La sfârşitul lui octombrie 1969 apare dublul album live "Ummagumma", care prinde la public, dar este neînţeles de presă. În 1970 apar cele doua albume solo al lui Syd Barrett, produse de Gilmour şi Waters. Tot în 1970 este editat albumul "Atom Heart Mother", unul din cele mai reuşite albume reprezentând o coproducţie cu compozitorul de muzică avantgardistă Ron Geesin, care a aplicat astfel primele efecte sonore, prin cuplarea la mixer a două magnetofoane. Revenirea trupei pentru un concert în Hyde Park adună un public de peste 100.000 de spectatori. Pink floyd se bucură acum de o recunoaştere necondiţionată din partea admiratorilor tuturor genurilor muzicale: de la clasic la jazz, pop şi rock. Urmează experimentul muzical "Meddle". "Financial Times" îl caracterizează ca un success nemaiîntâlnit al trupei. Piesa "Echoes" de pe album este semnificativa pentru evoluţia în concert a trupei şi va deveni nelipsită din repertoriul formaţiei. Piesa cunoaşte numai un singur ton, acesta fiind vibrat continuu de Wright. Paralel cu apariţia lui "Meddle", pe ecrane apare filmul "Live at Pompeii". Pelicula cuprinde un show unic în ruinele amfiteatrului din Pompeii.

    Trupa înregistrează EP-ul "Eclipse", ce va sta la baza primului album conceptual, numit mai tarziu "Dark Side Of The Moon". Apărut la începutul anului 1973 albumul avea să spargă toate recordurile cunoscute până la acea data; 40 de milioane de discuri vândute până în 2004 şi single-ul "Money", ocupând pentru o durată de 15 ani topul 200 Billboard iar albumul 741 de săptămâni. Inovaţiile pe sunet proprii grupului nu lipsesc: discul începe cu reproducerea bătăilor inimii (montaj de benzi magnetice realizat de Manson); alarme, ceasuri sunând, gemete, rumoare intră de asemenea în arsenalul efectelor sonore folosite.

    În ianuarie 1975, la reluarea activităţii de înregistrare, se imprimă piesa "Shine on you Crazy Diamond", omagiu lui Syd Barrett, a cărui absenţă este resimţită şi regretată de foştii parteneri. Syd îşi face apariţia în studio exact în timpul inregistrării piesei, dar numai pentru o scurtă vizită, spre marea dezamagire a grupului. Acesta, dupa unele încercări de apariţii solo, se va retrage cu sprijinul foştilor colegi în idila din Cambridge. "Shine on you Crazy Diamond" este inclusă pe urmatorul disc "Wish You Were Here" scos în 1975, piesa de titlu având de asemenea o conotaţie specială, cu trimitere către Barrett. Albumul ajunge pe locul 1 în clasamente din America şi Anglia, cu vânzări foarte bune.

    O parte a anului 1976 este rezervată înregistrării albumului "Animals", apărut în ianuarie 1977, un album de valoare, dar fără nota de inedit cu care Pink Floyd îşi obinuise publicul.

    Înregistrarile albumului "The Wall" sunt purtate într-o atmosferă încarcată. Certurile între Waters şi Wright marchează finalul înregistrării albumului şi Wright părăseşte trupa. Apariţia discului (decembrie 1979) atinge însă în public recorduri nebănuite; 30 milioane de albume vandute, single-ul "Another Brick in the Wall, part 2", este luni de zile numărul unu în Europa. Fisurile în trupa erau de data asta vizibile. Gilmour şi Waters nu schimbau nici un cuvânt înainte de show-uri. Wright, care nu mai făcea parte din Pink Floyd, era un simplu angajat al trupei pentru concerte, iar Mason se retrăgea timid în spatele bateriei. Pe scenă cei patru erau despărţiţi şi la propriu şi la figurat de ziduri de carton.

    În 1983 apare "The Final Cut", un album ce cuprinde piese needitate pe "The Wall". Doi ani mai târziu când trupa hiberna muzical şi Waters în sfarsit îşi realizase proiectul solo "The Pros And Cons Of Hitchhiking", Waters părăseşte trupa.

    După o lungă perioadă de inactivitate, turneele se reiau în 1987. Se reface formula de trio a vechilor membri (Wright revine în trupa, întâi ca membru angajat, dupa care pe post de membru oficial) pentru a înregistra albumul "A Momentary Lapse of Reason". Turneul mondial care a urmat a durat 4 ani, a avut 5,5 milioane de spectatori în 100 de show-uri, o apariţie inedită fiind concertul care a avut loc pe o scena plutitoare în laguna Veneţiei, în anul istoric 1989. Pink Floyd a avut parte însă de opoziţia lui Waters care le-a interzis să cânte sub numele Pink Floyd, dar pana la urma lucrurile s-au aranjat. În 1989 apare materialul live al turneului "A Delicate Sound Of Thunder". Acest album a fost emis prin difuzoare externe în noiembrie 1989, în spaţiul cosmic, de catre echipajul capsulei spaţiale franco-sovietice "Soyuz 7".

    În 1994 apare albumul "The Division Bell" care îi poartă amprenta lui Wright. Albumul aduce trupei un nou record, fiind primul lor titlu intrat direct pe locul 1 în clasamente. În martie 1994 începe noul turneu mondial, cuprinzând 110 spectacole, susţinute în 77 de metropole, cota de spectatori de 5 milioane fiind atinsă.

    Un nou album live aparut în iunie 1995, "Pulse" este înregistrat în timpul a 14 concerte consecutive susţinute la Londra. "Pulse" este un dublu album live, conţinând întreg albumul "Dark Side of the Moon", remixat live. O performanţă deosebita este sistemul de înregistrare foarte sofisticat. Pentru experti "Pulse" deţine cel mai pur sound posibil înregistrat vreodată în condiţii live. În paralel trupa lansează şi varianta video, cu inregistrarea unuia dintre cele 14 concerte. În 2000 este lansat o versiune live a albumului The Wall, o compilatie a concertelor din 1980-1981 din Londra, intitulată "Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 1980–81".

    Pe 2 iulie 2005, Roger Waters li se alatura lui David Gilmour, Nick Mason, şi Rick Wright pentru un spectacol în cadrul concertelor Live 8, pentru prima dată după 24 de ani când toţi cei patru membri cântă împreună pe scenă. Apar multe zvonuri despre o posibilă reuniune şi un turneu mondial, dar în ianuarie 2006, David Gilmour face un anunţ în numele trupei în care dezminte zvonurile, Pink Floyd neavând în planuri o reuniune.

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A definition of Progressive Rock Music-Part III

    Progressive rock compositions sometimes take the following forms:

    * A piece that is subdivided into movements in the manner of a classical suite. Examples are the four-part "Close to the Edge" by Yes, six-part "Hemispheres" by Rush, and the seven-part "A Change of Seasons" by Dream Theater. All of TransAtlantic's epics are multipart.
    * A piece that is composed of a patchwork of musical themes that could conceivably stand as individual songs, but together serve to relate a complete narrative through music. Examples are "Supper's Ready" on Genesis' Foxtrot (the "Willow Farm" section of which was played as a single), "A Day in the Life" on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles, Jethro Tull's Aqualung from the album of the same name, and "The Gates of Delirium" on Yes's album Relayer (from which the single "Soon" was taken).
    * A piece that allows the development of musical ideas via progressions or variations in the manner of a bolero or a canon. "King Kong" on Frank Zappa's Uncle Meat is an example.

    Progressive rock's popularity peaked in the mid-1970s, when prog artists regularly topped readers' votes in mainstream popular music magazines. With the advent of punk rock in the late 1970s, and its earlier precursor pub rock, popular and critical opinion moved toward a simpler and more aggressive style of rock, with progressive rock increasingly dismissed as pretentious and overblown. This attitude has remained in place to the present day.

    The early 1980s saw something of a revival of the genre, led by artists such as Marillion, Saga, and Kate Bush. Groups that arose during this time are sometimes termed neo-progressive. Around the same time, some progressive rock stalwarts changed musical direction, simplifying their music and including more obviously electronic elements. In 1983, Genesis achieved international success with the song "Mama", with its heavy emphasis on a drum machine riff. In 1984, Yes had a surprise number one hit with the song "Owner of a Lonely Heart", which contained modern (for the time) electronic effects and was accessible enough to be played at discos.

    The genre enjoyed another revival in the 1990s with the so-called "Third Wave", spearheaded by such bands as Sweden's The Flower Kings, the UK's Porcupine Tree, and Spock's Beard from the United States. One of the most important bands of the alternative rock movement, The Smashing Pumpkins, incorporated progressive rock into their unique, eclectic style, going so far as to release two albums dealing with the same concept.

    In recent years, the most commercially viable category of prog has been progressive metal. These bands are usually happy to be known as progressive, and produce very long pieces and concept albums. Several of the leading bands in the prog-metal genre (particularly Dream Theater) cite pioneer progressive hard-rockers Rush as a prime influence. Meanwhile, other heavy metal bands not generally considered prog-metal, such as System of a Down, have nevertheless incorporated prog-influenced elements like bizarre shifts in time signatures and tempo in their music.

    The work of contemporary artists such as Ween and post-rock bands like Sigur Rós and Godspeed You! Black Emperor could be said to incorporate some of the experimental elements of progressive rock, sometimes combined with the aesthetic sensibilities of punk rock to produce music which many find challenging, innovative and imaginative. The Mars Volta is notable for intentionally fusing punk with progressive rock, two elements once polar opposites. Among more experimental and avant garde musicians, the Japanese composer Takashi Yoshimatsu publicly cites progressive rock bands as a prime influence on his work.

    This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Progressive rock".

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A definition of Progressive Rock Music-Part II

    Some common, though not universal, elements of progressive rock include:

    * Long compositions, sometimes running over 20 minutes, with intricate melodies and harmonies that require repeated listening to grasp. These are often described as epics and are the genre's clearest nod to classical music. An early example is the 23-minute "Echoes" by Pink Floyd. Other famous examples include Jethro Tull's "Thick as a Brick" (43 minutes), Yes' "Close to the Edge" (18 minutes) and Genesis' "Supper's Ready" (23 minutes). More recent extreme examples are the 60-minute "Light of Day, Day of Darkness" by Green Carnation and "Garden of Dreams" by The Flower Kings.
    * Lyrics that convey intricate and sometimes impenetrable narratives, covering such themes as science fiction, fantasy, history, religion, war, love, and madness. Many early 1970s progressive rock bands (especially German ones) featured lyrics concerned with left-wing politics and social issues.
    * Concept albums, in which a theme or storyline is explored throughout an entire album in a manner similar to a film or a play. In the days of vinyl, these were usually two-record sets with strikingly designed gatefold sleeves. Famous examples include The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway by Genesis, Tales from Topographic Oceans by Yes, 2112 by Rush, Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall by Pink Floyd, and the more recent Metropolis Part II: Scenes from a Memory by Dream Theater and Snow by Spock's Beard. Aqualung, perhaps the best-known record by Jethro Tull, is often regarded as a concept album due to its recurring themes, but songwriter Ian Anderson has always claimed that the album is just "a bunch of songs".
    * Unusual vocal styles and use of multi-part vocal harmonies. See Magma, Robert Wyatt, and Gentle Giant.
    * Prominent use of electronic instrumentation — particularly keyboard instruments such as the organ, piano, Mellotron, and Moog synthesizer, in addition to the usual rock combination of electric guitar, bass and drums.
    * Use of unusual time signatures, scales, or tunings. Many pieces use multiple time signatures and/or tempi, sometimes concurrently. Solo passages for virtually every instrument, designed to showcase the virtuosity of the player. This is the sort of thing that contributed to the fame of such performers as keyboardist Rick Wakeman and drummer Neil Peart.
    * Inclusion of classical pieces on albums. For example, Yes start their concerts with a taped extract of Stravinsky's Firebird suite, and Emerson Lake and Palmer have performed arrangements of pieces by Copland, Bartók, Moussorgsky, Prokofiev, Janacek, Alberto Ginastera, and often feature quotes from J. S. Bach in lead breaks. Jethro Tull recorded a famous cover of J. S. Bach's "Bouree", in which they turned the classical piece into a "sleazy jazzy night-club song", according to Ian Anderson. Marillion started concerts with Rossini's La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie). Symphony X has included parts by, or inspired by, Beethoven, Holst and Mozart.
    * An aesthetic linking the music with visual art, a trend started by The Beatles with Sgt. Pepper's and enthusiastically embraced during the prog heyday. Some bands became as well-known for the art direction of their albums as for their sound, with the "look" integrated into the band's overall musical identity. This led to fame for particular artists and design studios, most notably Roger Dean, whose paintings and logo design for Yes are so essential to the band's identity they could be said to serve the same function as corporate branding. Hipgnosis became equally famous for their unusual sleeves for Pink Floyd, often featuring experimental photography quite innovative for the time (two men shaking hands, one of whom is in flames, on the cover of Wish You Were Here). H.R. Giger's painting for Emerson Lake and Palmer's Brain Salad Surgery is one of the most famous album sleeves ever produced.

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Very simply and quickly

    This, cos a few people have been asking me how did this whole thing came about.

    Dreams do come true if you want them so badly to come true.

    a.) Always wanted to watch a match in Australia.
    b.) Always dreamt for the winning side to be India.
    c.) One hope was Star Cricket's Dream Job.That's now a footnote.Crashed out of the final 18.
    d.) In the Aussie summer of 2008, only 2 matches were to go before the best-of-3 finals.
    e.) Received a call from History Channel, asking would I like to go to Brisbane for the second final cos I'd won their online quiz.

    Yep, it's true. If you do want things so so badly in your life, I guess they do come to you, sooner or later...Visa prayers got answered and the rest is history!

    Thank God!We often say that but this time I do mean it more than any other time I've said it. And for the record, that match did turn out to be the last match of the Ozzie summer of 2008 and the last tri-series final in Australia.

    Amen!

    Next stop: South Africa! ;-)

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The Proclamation

    A potpourri of emotions, an expression, a movement and then... "Oye!"

    The admonishment and then back to normalcy.

    Looking for a script to expand the above.

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Mix tape List

    In case you don't already know about this.... check it out.

    So here's a new playlist idea...

    Excellent Beginnings.

    This is totally by taste, but the goal is to put together a list of songs that start off mind-blowingly great. The intro can be 5 or 50 seconds, but it has to be something that starts transcendentally kick-ass, and defines the song. A song that's power is absolute from the beginning. It's hard to make a long list, but I bet you all can come up with a few.

    If you don't know where to begin, start by listening to Green Day's "When I Come Around". The first 8 seconds are music history 101. Guitar + bass + drums = melt you like butter.

    K, Go!

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Lately

    See below for pics of my latest (long overdue) vacation. I got to see good friends Brett & Charmaine and spend some quality time with my cuz & Kailine (sp.?).

    Meanwhile, Stu is getting his face smashed in on his (my) bike -- I'll post a pic when I get one -- and our house is getting robbed by some fucking tweaker. Stu's digital camera is out there somewhere, so keep an eye out, and in the meantime I'm creeped out because the perp climbed in through my window. Not to worry though, because I bought some pepper spray and I've got my trusty Mexican Beatin' Stick. Fucking Bleh...

    On a better note, check out this magazine. Serendipity brought this to me and I want it be as influential for all of you... you can find in print (the old school way) at VX and Northtown, but only if you hurry.

    If you're looking for diversion, I can easily spend 2+ hours looking at the do's and don'ts at vice. Use at your discretion.

    Here's some Movies I would recommend..
    -The Orphanage
    -Ratatouille
    -The Wicker Man-- (The original 1973 version, preferably the long version which you can borrow... if you dare)
    -I spent a few hours watching cable TV the other night and the only thing I found that was half-worthwhile was Mythbusters, which was pretty damn good. Possibly the only good thing on cable that's not on Adult Swim.

    Oh, and read the Adventures in Oz. Damn.

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Well, Shit.

    It's been a while since I updated, and I'm falling asleep at the keyboard, but here's what I've been doing...

    Lookin' good...
    Cosmic Golfing




    Fishing
    And studying a menu





















    For More jump here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/17666211@N04/

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Enough of...

    I'm done with what women want.

    Now I want to dwell on what men want.

    I think in one phrase, a "pick-me-up" kind of friend.

    If I'm down, pick-me-up.
    If I'm high, take me higher

    OTIS Elevators? The finest in business???

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Friday, March 7, 2008

Phenomenal, what else?

    Excepting the World Cup final in 1983, was this our greatest ODI win ever?

    Brisbane, 4th March, 2008

    I was there!

    The last match of the Australian summer of '08... :-)

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

ABC Song List!

    I finally finished my Alphabet challenge... It was tough. Frustrating at times when you have to bump stuff you want to fit some that actually works, and towards the end I was really sweatin' it to find songs that were actually good. It's kind of cool to be forced to use the B-side songs of bands you like. It forces you to listen to songs I haven't put on everyone's mix tapes 7 times before.

    It's kind of a shame to print it without the actual songs accompanying because I'm sure there are songs you guys don't know of yet, and it won't flow, but I figure I'll make a few CD's of it and pass them out to interested parties. There's no photobucket for music, I guess because record companies are all in a tizzy. Even a youtube style site would be really cool but that would be very difficult to legally maintain. So in the meantime you'll have read it and email me if you want a copy.

    Here it is folks...

    Atmosphere -- One of a Kind
    Jorge Ben -- Xica de Silva
    Coolio -- Fantasic Voyage
    Decemberists -- Eli the Barrow Boy
    Eagles of Death Metal -- Kiss the Devil
    Fatlip -- What's Up Fatlip?
    Gogol Bordello -- Harem in Tuscany
    the Husbands -- I'm Doing Fine
    Iggy Pop -- Sixteen
    the Jam -- Down in the Tube Station at Midnight
    the Kinks -- Lola
    Loretta Lynn -- Mrs. Leroy Brown (double points....)
    Murs -- You and I
    New Order -- Temptation
    the Old Prunes -- Bully in the Alley
    John Prine -- Quiet Man
    Q Lazarus -- Goodbye Horses
    Rodrigo y Gabriela -- Vikingman
    Stellastarr* -- Jenny
    TV on the Radio -- Playhouses
    Unkle -- Rabbit in Your Headlights
    Velvet Underground -- After Hours
    Weezer -- Undone: the Sweater Song
    X -- Nausea
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs -- Cheated Hearts
    Z-Man -- Z-Mutiny

    ---and in song title order---

    After Hours -- Velvet Underground
    Bully in the Alley -- Old Prunes
    Cheated Hearts -- Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    Down in the Tube Station at Midnight -- the Jam
    Eli the Barrow Boy -- Decemberists
    Fantastic Voyage -- Coolio
    Goodbye Horses -- Q Lazarus
    Harem in Tuscany -- Gogol Bordello
    I'm Doing Fine -- the Husbands
    Jenny -- Stellastarr*
    Kiss the Devil -- Eagles of Death Metal
    Lola -- the Kinks
    Mrs. Leroy Brown -- Loretta Lynn
    Nausea -- X
    One of a Kind -- Atmosphere
    Playhouses -- TV on the Radio
    Quiet Man -- John Prine
    Rabbit in Your Headlights -- Unkle
    Sixteen -- Iggy Pop
    Temptation -- New Order
    Undone: The Sweater Song -- Weezer
    Vikingman -- Rodrigo y Gabriela
    What's Up Fatlip? -- Fatlip
    Xica de Silva -- Jorge Ben
    You and I -- Murs
    Z-Mutiny -- Z-Man


    Phew! As I was typing this up I realized I had fucked up... but it's all fixed so enjoy... look forward to seeing your lists.

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Monday, March 3, 2008

    I have an idea for a list that I propose everyone compile. It's a combination of something I love and a time-tested listographical form. I call it the Alphabet Song List.

    Here are the guidelines. Using the English alphabet, you find a band name that starts with each letter (excluding articles) and one song for each band that starts with each letter (excluding articles).

    You end up with one band for each of the 26 letters, and for each band on the list, you have to pick one song they have performed that also begins with each letter of the alphabet. You cannot repeat letters.

    Ihope my explanation is sufficient. The end result is two lists that coincide. And the best part is that it should be an amazing mix-tape... CD... playlist.. podcast whatever the fuck.

    Anyway, It's a list and a show and I'd love to hear everyone's. I still haven't fully completed mine.
    I'm updating this a bit for clarification. This is taken from a dialogue Jamie and I had...
    There's 26 songs total, with a title and band name for each letter....so if you choose Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody that counts as band name Q, and song title B. Now you have 25 more songs but you can't use another band that starts with Q or another title that starts with B. So it's easy at first but then you have to get way specific at the end... so it's kinda fun. I think the best strategy is to do the hard letters first and work from there.
    I don't know how to do names but I guess David Bowie would count as B... but i'm sure you could bend the rules if you had to.
    The only other thing (I forget if I mentioned this already) is that it has be good! or sortof at least. So no finding random bands... or I guess that's okay but it has to be cool songs you like and so the end result is a mix tape you're proud of...

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movies


    Is That all I talk about? I guess it's just a conversation filler because, yes, I work at a movie store.


    Oh, I watch them occasionally. I usually enjoy them. Because I'm careful about what I watch and generally go for my preconcieved enjoyable "genres".


    Here's a Ranking:


    Comedy...lowbrow, independent, romantic, blue, I like it all


    Sci-Fi... yeah.


    Horror... I guess... I don't really like to be scared but I like fantasy bizarre-ness and this "genre" has the most creativity... Mostly zombies, monsters, and cheesepuff slasher bullshit.


    Ahh, and westerns. I like most westerns I see. Cuz it's... history, accurately represented...


    And everything else falls into the same mostly unused category:

    Drama, stuffy drama, period piece, biopic, arthouse, foreign arthouse, romance, east coast gangster barf, new wave, french new wave, italian new wave, croatian third wave.... blah blah blah.


    not to say I don't pretty much like every movie I see, I just don't challenge myself often.


    More to Come!



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