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    New music from ex-Ascended Masters guitarist

    Hey everyone, I don't know how many of y'all will remember my very Canterbury-influenced band Ascended Masters from a few years back, but I know some people on here found it somewhat enjoyable. I'm working on a new body of material (not sure about EP or full album length quite yet), and I've got a recording I'd like to share just to see what anyone thinks. It's definitely not Canterbury, so that may disappoint some, but influenced by things like Gentle Giant, Voivod, Area, and Japan (hence the working title, "Thrash Japan"). It's instrumental thus far; while the vocal melodies have been written, lyrics have not, so you may not really get the full effect of the variously developed themes, but I think there's a good bit to chew on regardless. Enjoy!

    https://soundcloud.com/timehat/thras...l-instrumental

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    Hey - thanks timehat, I really liked your demo. I get the influences but the arrangements sound creative and original to me. Hard to imagine where vocals would go in there.

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    Very cool stuff, Micah! You all need to give this a listen!

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    Wonderful stuff. I've really grown to love the Ascended Masters music, scouring your site to find all the obscure tracks. Not sure what it is about the music I like so much, but keep it coming. The new track is different as you say, but it certainly doesn't disappoint. I look forward to what you'll do with it. Oh, and nice to discover Calm White Noise through that link, too.

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    I'm certainly an Ascended Masters fan.

    Quite nick track here, too. Keep us up to date on this.
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    Okay, so I know it's been over a year since I started this tread, but I figured I'd go ahead and post an update on my upcoming album. The music has all been written (minus lyrics...) and I am currently in the process of learning, recording, producing, etc. With my other demo, I realized that a lot of the thematic development and continuity was lost by not including a vocal mockup of any sort, so this one has some midi vocals just to give you an idea of what the pitches will be. The bass guitar will also be replaced by a real player.

    Here you go! https://soundcloud.com/timehat/album-demo-2

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    Nice, thanks. Can't wait for the full album

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    Well, rather than start a new conversation, I figured I'd perform some thread necromancy and announce here: I am finally releasing music (could use a facepalm emoji here)

    In the current landscape where so much is driven by the algorithms of streaming services, it seems that releasing albums is not the move, per se. Apparently a steady stream of singles is preferred. After spending some time thinking about it, I think that actually takes a lot of pressure off of me personally, allowing me to get things out into the world without waiting on the rest of a supposed body of material that needs to follow alongside of it. Anyway, today I released an A/B single that I think may be of some interest to a certain slice of the prog world. The first track "Unwound Clock, Wounded Clockmaker," is a brief sci-fi romp that follows the tale of a narrator who has discovered that they exist as part of a simulated reality and finds a way to reach out to their creator(s). The other is "Io Ho Gia Girato Tondo," a somewhat direct response both musically and in title to AreA's "Giro Giro Tondo." If my Italian is obviously that of a non-native, I suppose I'll just have to consider myself following a great tradition of musicians bungling their attempts to communicate in other languages If I had to issue any other critique/caveat, I'd say that perhaps vocals are not my strongest suit, though I hope to improve. Let's just say I have the "fragile beauty" of a Wayne Coyne or some such... I suppose less than stellar vocals in prog music are also something of a time-honored tradition

    https://open.spotify.com/album/1zQCPeyrrVjqz6XXsgJGMC
    https://ptkbo.bandcamp.com/album/unw...ded-clockmaker
    Last edited by timehat; 12-15-2020 at 09:32 AM. Reason: might help if I included links...

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    I will definitely check it out. Cheers.
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    Hi, everyone! Back with a new song today. Pretty excited because I feel this is my best recording and performance yet! Whether due to practice or a more appropriately written melody, I think the vocals especially are sounding better; not that I'd call myself a *good* vocalist, but it's good to see things moving in the right direction, as I felt that was a big drawback of my previous recordings.

    There's a little bit of a Kate Bush lyrical easter egg in this one, let me know if you catch it!

    https://open.spotify.com/album/1YxtU...fX9xG1k6kMfjaE

    https://ptkbo.bandcamp.com/track/rufus-the-demon

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    I'll definitely check this out - thanks for the update!

    It's interesting how the term "single" has morphed into just meaning a single song, not a physical "single." Not at all untrue, it just means something different in today's world. More like if music had only ever existed on the radio, then streaming, with no "record stores" in our past. Generation X/Y/Z-ers won't know what the connection was between new albums and Tuesdays! A bit sad, but then again, I don't have to go out into the blizzard to listen to these songs!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    I'll definitely check this out - thanks for the update!

    It's interesting how the term "single" has morphed into just meaning a single song, not a physical "single." Not at all untrue, it just means something different in today's world. More like if music had only ever existed on the radio, then streaming, with no "record stores" in our past. Generation X/Y/Z-ers won't know what the connection was between new albums and Tuesdays! A bit sad, but then again, I don't have to go out into the blizzard to listen to these songs!
    It's a different world for sure! I'm 36, so I definitely remember physical media; I had a CD collection somewhere in the 300s at some point - not enormous, but not scant either. I also loved buying tapes when I still drove a car old enough to have a tape player, because they were dirt cheap so I basically didn't lose anything for checking out some new music that I was really made to sit with - not so easy to skip tracks! That's how I got into the early King Crimson discography. Speaking of vinyl, I was recently gifted all the parts I need to play some, so I bought a bunch of classical music from thrift stores and I also have a copy of PFM's Cook that a friend gave me several years ago that I can finally listen to.

    As far as the process of releasing a bunch of singles, not only does it come highly recommended strategically in the current media landscape, but it also turns out to work better for me personally workflow wise. I grew up with albums, I still tend to put on an album and let it play when I am listening, so it was definitely something I hadn't considered initially. I may decide to corral a bunch of the "singles" together into an "album" format down the road, probably with some additional material thrown in to make it feel like something actually happened

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    Hello again! I recently made a score video for "Rufus The Demon". Pretty simple/low budget, but I'm one of those nerds who likes classical music videos with the score on screen, and I figure I already have scores of my own work, so why not?


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