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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

MOTU Releases The Bob Moog Foundation Encore Soundbank




  
MOTU Releases The Bob Moog Foundation 
Encore Soundbank


 
Jim Cooper - Michelle Moog-Koussa
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Cambridge, MA - May 19, 2015...  
MOTU and the Bob Moog Foundation announce the release of the Bob Moog Foundation Encore Soundbank, a new and exciting collection of instrument and percussion sounds produced in commemoration of Bob Moog's 81st Birthday, coming up on May 23rd. In a charitable effort to raise funds for the foundation, over twenty legendary synthesists and renowned sound designers donated original samples to assist with the creation of the sound library, which offers over 2 GB of material. Now available for purchase from the MOTU website (www.motu.com/moog-encore), the library is fully compatible with any host software on Mac or Windows that supports virtual instruments, including popular DAW software such as Ableton Live, Avid Pro Tools, Cockos Reaper, and MOTU Digital Performer. All proceeds from the sale of the Encore Soundbank will benefit the Bob Moog Foundation.

The library ships in the form of a UVI soundbank that can be loaded into the cross-platform, universally compatible UVI Workstation virtual instrument player, available for free download from uvi.net. The library can also be loaded into MOTU's MachFive 3 sampler for side-by-side integration with other MachFive-compatible soundbanks. Most of the 200+ Encore Soundbank presets are scripted to include vintage Moog-style filter and envelope controls. 

MOTU is proud to support the legacy of synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog and the Bob Moog Foundation's educational and historic preservation work through the funding generated by the sales of the Encore Soundbank. The following artists generously contributed to this project: Vince Clark, Al Kooper, Jordan Rudess, Suzanne Ciani, Larry Fast, Tangerine Dream (Edgar Froese / Thorsten Quaeschning), Goldfrapp (Will Gregory), Kevin Antunes, Adam Holzman, Erik Norlander, Peter Gorges, Amin Bhatia, CJ Vanston, Drew Neumann, Kevin Lamb, Dave Spiers, Jack Hotop, Jerry Kovarsky, Kent Spong, Klaus Peter Rausch, Taiho Yamada, Michael Koehler, Chris Cox, "Magic" Dave Roberts, Marty Cutler, Marc Doty and I Monster (Dean Honer / Jerrod Gosling).
  
The soundbank is released in special remembrance of Edgar Froese, who enthusiastically donated sounds for the project, but passed away suddenly on January 20, 2015. His contribution to the Encore Soundbank was one of his last musical endeavors. We are deeply grateful for his generous contribution to this project. He is greatly missed.

Sounds included in the library were created using classic instruments including various Moog modulars and Minimoogs, Buchla modular, EMS Synthi A and VCS3, Yamaha CS-80, Alesis Andromeda, Sequential Circuits Prophets, Hammond B3 organ, classic Korg synths, rare Russian Polivoks, multiple theremins and effects pedals, a rare and exotic Ondioline, and an extremely rare Moog Apollo, plus much more.*

 
"Bob Moog's legacy touches each and every one of us every day," said Jim Cooper, Director of Marketing at MOTU. "Here at MOTU, we were inspired by the milestone of his 81st birthday, to pay tribute to his lasting effect on music. What better way than with kids, and supporting the work of the Bob Moog Foundation to educate and inspire them through his life's work."

Michelle Moog-Koussa, Executive Director of the Bob Moog Foundation, notes, "The Foundation is tremendously grateful to MOTU and the contributing artists who have made the Encore Soundbank an extraordinary resource for musicians across genres. The funding generated from this product will allow us to expand our educational project, Dr. Bob's SoundSchool, and to inspire even more children through the intersection of science, music, and technology."

The Bob Moog Foundation Encore Soundbank is now available for purchase from the MOTU web site for $99 (www.motu.com/moog-encore). All proceeds will be donated to the Bob Moog Foundation.

MOTU and the Bob Moog Foundation would like to extend special thanks and recognition to Erik Norlander, Arnaud Sicard, and the team at uvi.net for their invaluable assistance in producing this project, as well as to producer Nate Donmoyer who created the audio samples for the product.

 
*(All registered trademarks property of their respective owners.)

  
About MOTU:

 
MOTU is an engineering-driven music technology company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We are passionately driven to create products that help you produce amazing music. MOTU's award-winning hardware and software are used by top professionals every day on hit songs, mega tours, primetime shows and blockbuster films. MOTU and Mark of the Unicorn are registered trademarks of Mark of the Unicorn, Inc. in the US and other countries. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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About the Bob Moog Foundation 

The Bob Moog Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to ignite creativity through the intersection of science, music, history, and innovation. The Foundation's hallmark educational project, Dr. Bob's SoundSchool, is an innovative, experiential ten week curriculum that teaches second graders the science of sound through music and technology. The Foundation's other focus is the preservation of history through their work with the Bob Moog Foundation Archives, a collection of rare schematics, instruments, photos, planning notes, prototypes, and more.  The Bob Moog Foundation is not affiliated with Moog Music, Inc.


 
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The Bob Moog Foundation
PO Box 8136
Asheville, NC 28814
Tel: +1 (828)-258-1262




Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Spock's Beard announce new album 'The Oblivion Particle'

Spock's Beard announce new album  
'The Oblivion Particle' 


 

 

Legendary progressive-rockers Spock's Beard are pleased to announce that they will return with their brand new 12th studio album 'The Oblivion Particle', to be released at the end of August 2015.  
  
Spock's Beard's forthcoming new studio album 'The Oblivion Particle' is the follow-up to 2013's Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep. Find some press reactions to that record below and look out for more info in the coming weeks:

"arguably the best album of their 20-year career to date" - Classic Rock

"An entrancing work, their best sounding record to date." - Prog Magazine

"If you like classy prog with amazing musicianship and big hooks, then look no further." - Powerplay

"Classic Spock's Beard prog moments in a band that is both respectful of its past but also clearly looking forward to the future." - Classic Rock Society


 They will also head back to Europe later this year for a string of live dates in support of the record. The band will be joined by young UK act Synaesthesia and Hungarian band Special Providence.  

The full list of dates are as follows:   
16.09 - Spirit of 66, Verviers, Belgium
17.09 - De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
18.09 - Framus & Warwick Music Hall, Markneukirchen, Germany
19.09 - Progresja, Warschau, Poland
20.09 - Metro Club, Brno, Czech Republic
21.09 - Ship A38, Budapest, Hungary
23.09 - Legend, Milan, Italy
24.09 - Kantine, Augsburg, Germany
25.09 - Sudhaus, Tübingen, Germany
26.09 - Alte Seilerei, Mannheim, Germany
27.09 - Essigfabrik, Köln, Germany
29.09 - O2 Academy Islington, London, UK
30.09 - Assembly, Leamington Spa, UK
1.10 - The Classic Grand, Glasgow, UK
2.10 - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
3.10 - Club Academy, Manchester, UK




INSIDEOUTMUSIC online: 
  

 






  

AYREON'S "The Human Equation Theater Experience" announced

AYREON'S "The Human Equation Theater Experience" announced



 


Nearly 6000 Ayreon fans from 49 different countries will flock to Rotterdam (NL) this September to witness the once-in-a-lifetime theater production 'The Theater Equation' based on Ayreon's The Human Equation. The album's original vocalists James LaBrie, Devon Graves, Heather Findlay, Eric Clayton, Marcela Bovio, Magnus Ekwall and Irene Jansen will reprise their roles on 18th, 19th and 20th of September in the nieuwe Luxor theater. Rounding out the cast are Ayreon veterans Wudstik, Anneke van Giersbergen and Mike Mills.

For years fans of Arjen Anthony Lucassen's rock operas have begged for a live performance. The creative team of Shadow Freaks, a theater production company lead by Lucassen's former manager Yvette Boertje, now answers that call by staging a fan favorite; 'The Human Equation'.

The Human Equation tells the story of comatose man who battles his emotions that have come to life in a frightening and bizarre world: his own mind. After a 20-day emotional rollercoaster ride filled with good and bad memories, shocking revelations and hope-filled desires, the man has to make a decision: wake up or die?

The band features some of Lucassen's finest guest musicians: Ed Warby, Johan van Stratum, Jeroen Goossens, Ben Mathot and Maaike Peterse. Joost van den Broek is music director and arranger for the band that also features Marcel Coenen, Freek Gielen, Erik van Ittersum and Ruben Wijga. The Epic Rock Choir, assembled especially for this show, will bring an extra dimension to this production as a finishing touch.

The Theater Equation's spectacular cast, band, stage design and costumes promise to turn this production into the prog event of 2015! The first three shows sold out so fast, that a fourth (and final) show was added later. Tickets for this show are available now via www.thetheaterequation.com


SHOW DATES:

18 September (SOLD OUT)
Showtime: 20.00hrs

19 September (TICKETS AVAILABLE)
Showtime: 15.00hrs

19 September (SOLD OUT)
Showtime: 20.00hrs

20 September (SOLD OUT)
Showtime: 15.00hrs


CAST:
James LaBrie as 'Me'
Devon Graves as 'Agony'
Heather Findlay as 'Love'
Eric Clayton as 'Reason'
Magnus Ekwall as 'Pride',
Marcela Bovio as 'Wife'
Irene Jansen as 'Passion'
Anneke van Giersbergen as 'Fear',
Jermain van der Bogt (Wudstik) as 'Best Friend'
Mike Mills as 'Rage/Father'
Nienke Verboom as 'Nurse'
Peter Moltmaker as 'Doctor'
Anita van der Hoeven as 'Mom'

BAND:
Ed Warby: Drums
Jeroen Goossens: Flutes and woodwinds
Johan van Stratum: Bass
Maaike Peterse: Cello
Ben Mathot: Violin
Marcel Coenen: Guitars
Freek Gielen: Guitars
Erik van Ittersum: Keyboards/synths
Ruben Wijga: Keyboards/synths
Epic Rock Choir


PRODUCTION TEAM:
Shadow Freaks b.v.
Yvette Boertje: Producer/Director
Arlette van Ravenswaaij: Executive Producer
Laura ten Hoedt: General Manager/Vocal Director
Joost van den Broek: Music Director
Arjen Anthony Lucassen: Special Advisor to Shadow Freaks b.v.


More information can be found at:


Arjen Lucassen Online


INSIDEOUTMUSIC online:
www.insideoutmusic.com

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

InsideOut to feature three headliners at upcoming ROSfest event!

InsideOut to feature three headliners at upcoming ROSfest event!


 

InsideOut Music is proud to have three of its artists filling each of the three headlining spots at this year's ROSfest. The 12th annual Rites of Spring Festival (aka ROSfest) takes place in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, May 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Held at Gettysburg's Majestic Theatre, May 1st sees England's new generation prog gods Haken headlining; May 2nd will feature a bill-topping performance by the legendary Spock's Beard; and the third and final evening finds the revived Enchant bringing the event to a close.


Haken
Enchant
Spock's Beard


Other bands appearing include Heliopolis, Sonus Umbra, Abel Ganz, Synaesthesia, Glass Hammer and more!

Tickets for the event can be purchased here:

For more information, visit the official ROSfest sites here:



 






  

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NEW TRACK-BY-TRACK INTERVIEW REVEALED FOR WORLD-RENOWNED GUITARIST/COMPOSER STEVE HACKETT'S FORTHCOMING SOLO ALBUM "WOLFLIGHT" DUE OUT IN NORTH AMERICA APRIL 7TH

NEW TRACK-BY-TRACK INTERVIEW REVEALED FOR WORLD-RENOWNED GUITARIST/COMPOSER STEVE HACKETT'S FORTHCOMING SOLO ALBUM "WOLFLIGHT" DUE OUT IN
NORTH AMERICA APRIL 7TH


(New York, NY) - On April 7th, world-renowned guitarist/composer Steve Hackett will release his brand new solo album, WOLFLIGHT, in North America via InsideOut Music.  With a few weeks to go until the record's release, a new track-by-track interview with Hackett on the album's title track, taken from the special edition version of the album, has just been posted. To listen and find out more about the song and the ideas behind it, click here.  A lyric video for the track "The Wheel's Turning" was also recently released and can be viewed here.  Hackett had this to say about the song: "In contrast to the primal and gothic nature of much of the album, "The Wheel's Turning" has a fun and nostalgic vibe. It recaptures my childhood memories of London's Battersea Funfair which gave me hours of joy and challenge in an otherwise grey world. Take that trip back in time with me, fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride..."

 
WOLFLIGHT is Steve Hackett's first original solo studio album since BEYOND THE SHROUDED HORIZON in 2011.  The album will be available in North America in two physical configurations, as well as digitally.  Fans will have the option of purchasing WOLFLIGHT physically as a standard CD or as a deluxe version with a CD plus BluRay digipak, which will feature two bonus tracks.

 
The concept behind WOLFLIGHT is a new, unexplored chapter in Hackett's career.  The tracks take the listener through a journey in space and time looking at the different faces of the endless fight for freedom. Wandering between parallel universes, Hackett explores contemporary and ancient cultures, from Greece ("Corycian Fire") to the Far East ("Wolflight"), the United States and Martin Luther King ("Black Thunder"), and also his very own childhood memories ("The Wheel's Turning") and the unresolved drama of domestic violence ("Love Song To A Vampire").

Steve Hackett's electric guitar plays a powerful role, although we also hear him on acoustic guitar, Arabian lute and twelve string, along with his strong lead vocals.  Guest musicians include long time collaborators Roger King (keyboards & programming), Gary O'Toole (drums), Rob Townsend (sax, duduk), Nick Beggs (bass & stick) and Amanda Lehmann (harmony vocals).  Malik Mansurov on tar and Sara Kovaks on didgeridoo add an extra exotic element, plus YES bassist Chris Squire plays on "Love Song To A Vampire" and Hugo Dagenhardt plays drums on "Dust and Dreams".  The innovative songwriting team includes Steve Hackett, his wife Jo Hackett and Roger King.

In 2010, Steve Hackett was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame at The 25th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony alongside his Genesis bandmates from the classic line-up: Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford.  For more than three decades, Steve Hackett has been known for his innovative tone and extraordinary versatility as a guitarist and composer.  He helped define Genesis' sound as lead guitarist in the classic line-up and went on to have a highly-successful career as a solo artist, and also as part of 80s supergroup GTR with Steve Howe.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Fates Warning announce 2015 US tour dates!

Progressive metal masters Fates Warning will be touring the US in October 2015 - initial confirmed dates are below, and more will be added in the coming weeks.

FATES WARNING - US Tour 2015:

Fri, October 9 - Hartford, CT, Webster Theater
Sat, October 10 - Worcester, MA,  Palladium
Sun, October 11 - Poughkeepsie, NY, The Chance
Fri, October 23 - Dallas, TX, Trees
Sat, October 24 - Houston, TX, Scout Bar
Sun, October 25 - San Antonio, TX, 210 Kapone's Live

In 2013, Fates Warning released their eleventh album (and first for the InsideOut label), Darkness in a Different Light, to great acclaim from fans and media. Stay tuned for additional dates!

Fates Warning online:

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Tim Bowness enters studio to record third solo album

Tim Bowness has been in NAM studios recording for his forthcoming album, to be released on the InsideOut label. Due in late Summer, the album is a follow-up to 2014's acclaimed Abandoned Dancehall Dreams and features Bowness' live band (including Porcupine Tree's Colin Edwin), alongside Anna Phoebe, Peter Hammill, Andrew Keeling and other guests (to be announced shortly).

Tim had this to say: "If Abandoned Dancehall Dreams was something of a bolder and more dynamic extension of No-Man's 'Schoolyard Ghosts,' I'd say that the new album is something of a bolder and more dynamic extension of 'Abandoned Dancehall Dreams.' A logical step forward with some surprises, I hope. It's been really exciting working with the band on most of the pieces and getting some special contributions from the likes of Anna Phoebe, Peter Hammill and Andrew Keeling."

Abandoned Dancehall Dreams was released last year to critical acclaim, with Classic Rock calling it a "cinematic, contemporary classic and Prog Magazine naming it "arch art-progger Bowness's masterpiece." Prog Magazine also included it in their top 20 critic's albums of the year 2014.

You can watch the video for "The Warm-Up Man Forever" from Abandoned Dancehall Dreams here: http://youtu.be/XuzHTgev7Hc

Tim Bowness is primarily known as vocalist/co-writer with the band No-Man, a long-running collaboration with Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree). In addition to releasing six studio albums and a documentary DVD with No-Man, Tim has worked with popular Italian artist Alice, Robert Fripp, Hugh Hopper (Soft Machine), OSI and Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera, amongst many others, and is a member of the bands Henry Fool and Memories Of Machines.

TIM BOWNESS online:
 http://www.timbowness.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/timbowness
https://twitter.com/TimBowness