Once there was music. Simple music. Maybe a nursery rhyme or a simple folk tune sung by a kind and loving voice. Soon your ears met new music, maybe a classical piece or a fragment of a pop song, a comforting melody that played in your mind the whole day through. The simplicity of youth soon gave way to the anxieties of adolescence; pop music, then perhaps rock — began to speak more directly to your spirit in turmoil. As time went by, your musical tastes continued to develop driven by a hunger for new ideas, reaching for new horizons, fusing new styles and idioms, breaking down the existing limits and barriers. Then one day you found yourself alone, ignored completely by a music and radio industry firmly set on maintaining popular music at its lowest common denominator, while your wide ranging taste for eclectic musical styles and experimentation find you increasingly disconnected from the musical mainstream. Is this you?
This growth and disconnection is what Exposé is all about. Our primary focus is the music that the mainstream ignores; music whose roots seem to have originated somewhere just outside the pop/rock mainstream, but has progressed onwards toward the boundaries of rock, where it meets jazz, classical, folk, avant-garde, electronic and experimental, going well beyond the standard forms into areas of stark and stunning originality. With Exposé, the focus is on the exploration.
Exposé began modestly in the autumn of '93 as a bi-monthly companion newsletter to the Exposure radio show, which focuses on progressive and experimental rock and its periphery. It grew from sixteen to forty pages within one year, and has since settled out as an eighty page quarterly, packed with information on all the music that matters, and the artists who create it. Our typical issue contains artist profiles, interviews, historical perspectives, and much more. You will find well over two hundred reviews of new releases and selected reissues in each issue, and Exposé is the only English language publication that features roundtable reviews of all important new releases — not just one, but three different perspectives on the same release. Our writers are knowledgeable about music and the history of music, many being musicians themselves, and are among the best in the field, having previously written for Gibraltar, Audion, Option, i/e, Eurock, and others.
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart $amp; Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more
Quasar Lux Symphoniæ - Abraham - One Act Rock Opera – First, let's clear up any confusion: This is in no way related to the British neo-symphonic group Quasar that once featured Tracy Hitchings as vocalist. Instead, QLS is an Italian four-piece core band... (1994) » Read more
Edward Ka-Spel - O'er a Shalabast'r Tyde Strolt Ay – Edward Ka-Spel records and releases two basic types of solo music, songs and experimental music (collages, found sounds, and electronics). O’er a Shalabast’r Tyde Strolt Ay is an amalgam of both... (2010) » Read more