Meanwhile, our Samurai of Prog album is hard to find in the US/Canada (Kinesis had it for a short time, but it seems they've sold out). Currently, Synphonic has it. Click on the album cover below for a link to buy it. If you're in Europe, instead check out our drummer Kimmo's website to purchase a copy.
And while I'm sending you to everybody else's websites to buy their stuff, don't forget to check out my own BUY A CD page, where I have all my solo albums and Resistor albums in stock!
Then, big news on the 'Air' movie: Our intrepid producers completed a deal for distribution throughout North America, so the DVD should be available in April for purchase at Amazon, Borders, etcetera, and rental through Netflix, Blockbuster, etc. It looks like Amazon's got a link to pre-order the movie already. Here's the Amazon link.
As if all that weren't enough, there's even a possibility that RESISTOR will release an improvised instrumental album later this year. So... for everybody who wrote me that they're getting impatient for my next release, we're almost there on several!
Flute and Framedrum solo, recorded live at Malachi's (link to an mp3 file.) Lots of loopstation usage, and complete with incidental electronic doorbell
Sixten's fantastic pictures of the solo gig at Malachi's (opens new browser window)
Aug 23: Posted lyrics to the RESISTOR album here.
Aug 9: The Resistor album is in stock at the online store!
July 24: The Resistor album is done, and off to the manufacturing plant! CDs will become available in late August, and gigs in the New England area will follow shortly after. Resistor is my high-energy rock/prog/jam band, and it's where much of my musical focus is these days. I can't wait for you all to hear our new album... so I've made an mp3 of the first track available for download for free! To get the track, click the link to go to the RESISTOR PAGE.
April 24: The main musical activity around here is the recording of the Resistor album. Very good progress is being made - we're recording the guitars, bass, and drums in the same room at the same time, so we're getting a great organic "real" sound, and the guitar, bass, and drum parts to 6 of the 8 tunes are already recorded and mixed. Tomorrow we've got a 5-hour session slated to try to get the last 2 tunes recorded... no small task, as they're the "epics," at 10 minutes and 12 minutes. Then, I'll mix those and it'll be on to recording vocals, flute, a few guitar solos and maybe some violins here and there. It's a big, thick sound we're getting - I think it's going to surprise some people who are used to me leading everything with an acoustic guitar... as there's probably not going to be a single acoustic guitar note on the album. Don't worry - it's all still very melodic and musical!
March 26: The free Sampler 2008 album is posted here!
Exciting news on the 'Air' front... the soundtrack which I created for the film, 'Air,' is completely mixed, mastered, and it looks like it will be manufactured and become available in the next couple of months! Creating the soundtrack for 'Air' really stretched my composition skills, because the director called for a wide array of styles: rock, doo-wop, jazz, classical, country... the soundtrack is something I'm really proud of - some people who have heard it even think it's my best work. It's very different from my solo catalogue, but no less musically ambitious, so I'm really happy to see it become available to the public. One tune from the soundtrack is included on the free Sampler 2008 download.
Meanwhile, Resistor is rehearsed and ready to start recording our album in April. Making this album will be fun, but what I'm really looking forward to is playing some gigs to support it - I just really enjoy playing music with Rob, Barry, and Fran - extending our pieces out with extra solos, letting a live show take on its own life... but, first things first - we must make an album that somehow, inexplicably, rocks almost as much as the band rocks live! (Then use that album to secure a few gigs at music festivals, we hope.)
Speaking of Resistor, band member Fran Turner has begun work on his new solo album. I'll be playing the part of "drummer" for that album, and plan to start writing and recording drum tracks in the same time frame that we're recording the Resistor album. Later I'll probably add some violin parts, but we'll see what develops as the album progresses. Either way, the next couple of months look like I should have lots of musical productivity going on.
On the solo album front: progress keeps slowly inching forward on my next solo album. So far, it's give-or-take in the style I've forged since Two Little Awakenings, but I think a little "heavier" and perhaps a bit more accessible than my last album, "The Great Divide." (Don't think I'm disowning "The Great Divide" in any way, I still think that's my artistic high point so far.) Anyway, although I love the format of "acoustic progressive" with no electric guitars like my last two albums, the new compositions seem to be calling for some aggressive electric guitars. So, I will do what seems best for the songs.
And, although it could mean delaying the development of my next solo CD a bit, I recently came up with an idea for a meditative new musical project by which I'm pretty intrigued. All I'll say about it now, is that it will involve lots of improvisatory flute and violin playing and lots of reverb and echo.
Feb 8: Thanks to all who attended last week's RESISTOR gig at Artists' Exchange (Cranston, Rhode Island). We had a great time debuting the new material, and are thrilled that everybody liked it so much. We'll probably come back there and play a 2-hour set in the not-too-distant future, but for now we're concentrating on making our debut album. The official recording hasn't started yet, but we've been recording our rehearsals, and things are starting to sound very promising. We're guessing that the album will be completed sometime around early-to-mid summer 2008.
In the meantime, check out the beautiful photos of the show by our talented friend and now official band photographer, Sixten Abbot. We've secured Sixten as our man in charge of the Resistor album cover, so this should be a classy looking CD.
I'm also working on material for my next solo album. I've got lots of nice melodies and promising ideas, but it's going to take some time to get everything to gel and transition properly. As always, I want the album to be as good as possible... which means there will probably be a significant wait involved. I think it's unlikely that solo album #8 will be completed this year, but you never know.
Jan 15: Happy 2008, everybody! I've been working on a new compilation album of my previously-unavailable solo material (b-sides, rarities, and out-of-print stuff). It's interesting that sometimes collections of b-sides and rarities can be compiled to make a very good cohesive album. I think maybe that's happened with my new compilation, 'Songs from the Flowered Chair.' So, I'm ready to release this album, and you can get your copy for the exact price of... nothing! It's available for free download at the following link: Click here for the free album, 'Songs from the Flowered Chair.'
Dec 4: New audio trailers are posted for The Great Divide, Song to the Sky, and Two Little Awakenings. Check out the audio trailers by clicking on the links below. (These albums were out of stock for a while, and are back in stock again... go buy one, they're all good!)
Click on an album cover to hear an "audio trailer" for the album. (Downloads an mp3 and opens a new window, hopefully with a media player in it!)
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