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2015-05-19
Chris Squire vs leukemia – Word reaches us today that renowned bassist Chris Squire, founding and longest-serving member of Yes, has been diagnosed with a form of leukemia. He'll be undergoing treatment in his hometown of Phoenix, and the band will have long-time associate Billy Sherwood filling in on tour dates which are already booked. » Read more

2015-05-10
Seaprog announces Nik Turner as headliner for 2015 – The Seaprog Festival in Seattle has announced their headlining artists for the 2015 edition. Space-rock veteran Nik Turner will front an all-star collection of Seattle musicians for a sonic exploration on Sunday, August 9; Indonesian jazz-rock stars I Know You Well Miss Clara will also be performing, with their first North American show. » Read more

2015-05-10
Voyager Music Festival update – As the summer festival season quickly approaches, we're getting updates about all the events going on. Here's the latest from the Voyager Festival in Austin, Texas, set for June 13, 2015. » Read more

2015-05-06
Guy LeBlanc RIP – Composer and keyboardist Guy LeBlanc, best known for his band Nathan Mahl and a stint with Camel, died on April 27, 2015 of kidney cancer. He was 54 years old. » Read more

2015-04-11
Robert Rich performance in Santa Clara CA July 11th – Robert Rich has confirmed he will be preforming a very special one-off show at the home of Brad Owen at 2905 Warburton Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95051 with an after show party to follow, this will be open to the public but seating will be very limited! » Read more

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Big Big Train - The Difference Machine Over the years, UK proggers Big Big Train have been migrating their sound from the Genesis-ish fare served up on early records like 1994's Goodbye to the Age of Steam to a more modern approach first...  (2008) » Read more

Erdem Helvacioglu — Eleven Short Stories
(Innova 245, 2012, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2013-07-03

Cover artHelvacıoğlu's bio lists him as an electronic musician, but this set of eleven tracks consists entirely of prepared piano, both solo and multitracked. The stated inspiration for the music is the work of a variety of filmmakers from around the world, including David Lynch, Jane Campion, Krzysztof Kieslowski, and others, directors noted more for mood and vision than action and popularity — no Michael Bay or Roland Emmerich here. I say "inspiration" to make clear that these are not interpretations of the films' music or even accompaniments to specific scenes, but oblique references to the kinds of feelings evoked in the movies. The overall mood is calm and meditative, and while there are rarely what would generally be called melodies, there are themes upon which pieces are built, little motifs returned to as a kind of home base for exploration. The piano is coaxed into producing a wide variety of tones, percussive, buzzing, and resonant, in addition to normal notes; some tracks consist of notes and chords produced by unaltered strings and accompanied by a few particular non-standard sounds, others are built almost entirely of non-pianistic sounds. I find Eleven Short Stories to be quite listenable and interesting, not abrasive.

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