Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bob Moog Foundation Revs Up Road To Innovation Raffle with Additional Prizes

Bob Moog Foundation Revs Up 
Road To Innovation Raffle with Additional Prizes

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Asheville, NC - July 2014...  With the addition of four new prizes for synthesizer enthusiasts, the Bob Moog Foundation is extending its Road To Innovation Raffle and expanding it to an international audience. 

Supported by Prestige Subaru of Asheville, the grand prize in the raffle is the winner's choice of a 2014 Subaru Outback or sporty BRZ Coupe. Additional prizes added today include: a Korg MS-20 Mini analog synthesizer, Dubreq Stylophone S2 synthesizer, SampleMoog® Synth Anthology and a signed copy of newly released "The Synthesizer" by historian Mark Vail.

Through the raffle, the Bob Moog Foundation and Prestige Subaru of Asheville celebrate their shared passion for encouraging creativity in children through innovative science education. Funds raised will benefit the Foundation's hallmark educational project, Dr. Bob's SoundSchool, which currently serves over 1,000 children. The Foundation aims to double that number next year, and expand the program regionally and nationwide the following year.  
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The expanded raffle runs through September 5, 2014.  The winner will be selected on September 8, 2014. The accounting firm of Corliss & Solomon will oversee the drawing.

"It's only logical to expand the contest to include people from all over the world, and to expand the chances of winning by adding by adding several synthesizer related prizes," remarked Michelle Moog-Koussa, Executive Director of the Bob Moog Foundation. "It is heartening to see companies from around the world rally around the important work of the Bob Moog Foundation, and we deeply appreciate their support."

The Prizes:

The Subaru Outback ($ 23,495 MSRP) and the BRZ Coupe ($25,595 MSRP), Subaru's new 2-door sports car, span the range of lifestyle appeal. The winner of the raffle can choose from either model.

Korg MS-20 Mini: Korg's iconic MS-20 monophonic synthesizer, first introduced in 1978, has been perfectly reproduced by the original engineer in a body that's 86% of the original size, as the new MS-20 Mini. It offers the same thick, robust sound, iconic analog filter, and versatile patching options as the original.

Dubreq Stylophone S2: The Dubreq Stylophone S2 is a British stylus-played synthesizer that uses a printed circuit board as the keyboard, and turns it into a fully spec'd analog synthesizer. The S2 is a new and improved next-generation sonic powerhouse, a powerful instrument in miniature, made famous by artists like Kraftwerk, Marc Bolan, and David Bowie. 

SampleMoog Synth Anthology: SampleMoog® Synth Anthology by IK Multimedia features over 1,900 sounds from 16 rare, collectable Moog synths, accurately sampled and fully produced with 32 built-in effects.

"The Synthesizer" by Mark Vail: Newly released by Oxford University Press, "The Synthesizer" is a comprehensive guide to understanding, programming, playing, and recording the ultimate electronic music instrument. The author, Mark Vail, is a renowned synthesizer historian who also wrote the now iconic Vintage Synthesizers (1993).

About the Bob Moog Foundation

The Bob Moog Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Asheville, North Carolina. Our mission is to ignite creativity through the intersection of music, science and innovation. The Bob Moog Foundation was founded to honor the legacy of Bob Moog by inspiring people of all ages through the genius of Bob's legendary work in providing innovative musical instruments to musicians, giving them a new voice for creativity. The Foundation provides much-needed innovative and effective educational opportunities to today's youth - tomorrow's generation of creative thinkers and problem solvers.
The Bob Moog Foundation is not affiliated with Moog Music.


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

Tim Bowness releases 'Smiler at 52' video

Tim Bowness releases 'Smiler at 52' video; UK live dates in July   

Last week saw the release of Tim Bowness' latest solo album 'Abandoned Dancehall Dreams', with it hitting #18 in the UK Rock Album Chart, and the track 'Smiler At 50' gaining an award nomination for Anthem at the Progressive Music Awards 2014. Now, in advance of two UK live dates in July, he is pleased to reveal a new animated video for the track 'Smiler At 52' which you can view here:  

Prog Magazine have already proclaimed Abandoned Dancehall Dreams to be 'arch art-progger Bowness's masterpiece...and a contender as the triumph of 2014', while Classic Rock magazine awarded it 9/10 and called it a 'cinematic and contemporary classic'.

You can also check out the official music video for 'The Warm-Up Man Forever' directed by Miles Skarin of Crystal Spotlight Design, whose previous work includes visuals for The Pineapple Thief and Ian Anderson/Jethro Tull. View that here:

The record is available as Limited Edition 2CD Digipak, 180g Gatefold LP (incl. album on CD) & digital download. You can order it from the InsideOutMusic shop here: and Burning Shed here:

As well as: 

The full track-listing is as follows:  1. The Warm-Up Man Forever
2. Smiler At 50
3. Songs Of Distant Summers
4. Waterfoot
5. Dancing For You
6. Smiler At 52
7. I Fought Against The South
8. Beaten By Love

Bonus Disc   Mixes:
1. There Were Days (Smiler At 52, Grasscut Mix)
2. Sounds Of Distant Summers (Songs Of Distant Summers, Richard Barbieri Mix)
3. Singing For You (Dancing For You, UXB Mix)

4. Abandoned Dancehall Dream
5. The Sweetest Bitter Pill
6. The Warm-Up Man Forever (Band Version)
7. Songs Of Distant Summers Part 1 (BandVersion)
8. Songs Of Distant Summers Part 2 (Band Version)

Tim has also announced two UK shows for July and a Netherlands gig where he will perform with his band Henry Fool, playing tracks from the new solo album, as well as No-Man and Henry Fool material. Those dates can be found below:

11th July - Borderline, London, UK TICKETS:

'Abandoned Dancehall Dreams' was produced by Bowness and mixed by Steven Wilson. It also features performances from Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Anna Phoebe (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) and members of the No-Man live band (Stephen Bennett, Michael Bearpark, Pete Morgan, Steven Wilson, Andrew Booker and Steve Bingham).

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:   


In October, PINK FLOYD will release its first new studio set in 20 years, called "The Endless River". The unexpected news of the album was announced by David Gilmour's wife and sometime lyricist Polly Samson, with a tweet that read: "[By the way] PINK FLOYD album out in October is called 'The Endless River', based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright's swan song and very beautiful."

According to The Pulse Of Radio, some of the new material was laid down during the sessions for FLOYD's last studio set, 1994's "The Division Bell", which accounts for Wright's contribution. Wright died in 2008 following a bout with cancer. By all accounts — despite Gilmour and Roger Waters being on speaking terms and even performing together on occasion — Waters is not involved in "The Endless River", which is strictly a Gilmour and Nick Mason project. Mason, who is the sole member of PINK FLOYD to perform in all of its various lineups, co-owns the band's name, trademark, and license with Gilmour.
In a post on his Facebook page, veteran drummer, and self-proclaimed huge PINK FLOYD fan, Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS, TRANSATLANTIC, DREAM THEATER) weighed in on the idea of a new PINK FLOYD record, writing: "What's this about a new PINK FLOYD album? Last I checked, Waters is no longer in the band and Wright and [Syd] Barrett are dead. If these are leftovers from 'The Division Bell' sessions, then just put 'em on a 'The Division Bell' special-edition release! It's disrespectful to Roger and everything he built for all those years! Just do a solo album, Dave."
He added: "In my opinion, the PINK FLOYD heyday was 'Atom Heart Mother' through 'The Wall', and those were mainly driven by Roger (conceptually, musically, everything). 'A Momentary Lapse Of Reason' and 'The Division Bell' are essentially David Gilmour solo albums 'as' PINK FLOYD (granted, just as 'The Final Cut' was a Roger Waters solo album 'as' PINK FLOYD).
"If you really want, I'll meet you, Gilmour fans, halfway and at least concede with saying, okay, 'real' PINK FLOYD is really only when Waters and Gilmour work together."
Rolling Stone reported that FLOYD studio and stage veteran Durga McBroom-Hudson posted an update on her Facebook page, explaining, "The recording did start during 'The Division Bell' sessions (and yes, it was the side project originally titled 'THE BIG SPLIFF' that Nick Mason spoke about). Which is why there are Richard Wright tracks on it. But David and Nick have gone in and done a lot more since then. It was originally to be a completely instrumental recording, but I came in last December and sang on a few tracks. David then expanded on my backing vocals and has done a lead on at least one of them." She added that "The Endless River" consists of "completely unreleased songs."

In a 2011 interview with Greece's Rock Hard magazine, Portnoy compared his departure from DREAM THEATER to the split between Waters and Gilmour. Commenting on some DREAM THEATER fans' opinion that the "magic is gone" from the band's sound and songwriting chemistry now that he is no longer part of the group, Portnoy said: "I always thought that the strongest elements and personalities in DREAM THEATER were me and [guitarist] John Petrucci. And in the early days Kevin Moore [former DREAM THEATER keyboardist] was a big, big part of that chemistry, and then in the later days Jordan Rudess was a big part of that chemistry. But at the end of the day, it was always me and John [Petrucci]. And John Myung, of course, but he's a quieter person, so he's not as strong of an element because he's quiet by nature. But yeah, John Petrucci and myself were, and I think will always be, the sound and the style and the heart and the soul of DREAM THEATER. And I think if you take either one of us out, I think it's like when Roger Waters and David Gilmour split. David Gilmour carried on PINK FLOYD without Roger Waters, but as far as I was concerned, it was never the same. Roger Waters was a big part of the [sound on] all the classic PINK FLOYD albums, and once he left, I think PINK FLOYD sounded like a David Gilmour solo band. I honestly think if John Petrucci came to me [in 2010] and said he needed a break, I wouldn't have continued DREAM THEATER without him; I would have absolutely respected his desire for a break and I would have put the band on hold and waited for him. So it saddens me that he wouldn't do that for me, because I think DREAM THEATER, at the end of the day, was always about the chemistry between me and him."

Pink Floyd News

David Gilmour's wife has revealed that Pink Floyd will release a new album this October. The Endless River is the group's first album since 1994's The Division Bell, and was reportedly inspired by the same recording sessions.
Polly Samson, who married Gilmour in 1994, unveiled Pink Floyd's secret plans on her Twitter account. In addition to announcing the album's title and release date, she referred to the record as "Rick Wright's swansong". Wright, who co-founded Pink Floyd with Syd Barrett, Nick Mason and Roger Waters, died in 2008.
Vocalist Durga McBroom-Hudson, who has toured with Gilmour and Pink Floyd, subsequently shared some further details. "The recording did start during The Division Bell sessions (and yes, it was the side project originally titled The Big Spliff that Nick Mason spoke about)," she wrote on Facebook. "David and Nick have gone in and done a lot more since then." That "Big Spliff" session was described in Mason's memoir Inside Out, where he called it "ambient mood music" akin to "bands like the Orb".
According to McBroom-Hudson, The Endless River "was originally to be a completely instrumental recording". But Gilmour gradually changed his mind, inviting McBroom-Hudson to record backup vocals last December and adding more singing since then. Gilmour has "done a lead on at least one [track]," she said, and Samson, who co-wrote seven of The Division Bell's tracks, described herself on Twitter as one of The Endless River's lyricists.
In addition to finishing Pink Floyd's 15th studio album, Gilmour is also allegedly still working on a new solo album. And McBroom-Hudson said that the band could indeed mount a new tour. "STAY TUNED," she wrote. When Pink Floyd last hit the road, in 1994, it was the highest-grossing rock tour in history.
The Division Bell, which originally debuted at No 1, was reissued in a deluxe set on 30 June. This new edition landed at No 52.

Grey Lady Down Live in August!

News from Grey Lady Down:

Hi all! Sorry we've been quiet lately. We are still in the process of trying to track down that elusive new singer, but in the meantime, you have a chance to see us live in August! We will be playing outside the Brasenose Arms for the Fringe of the wonderful Cropredy Festival in rural north Oxfordshire on Saturday August 9th at noon precisely. The gig is free of charge.

The main festival has a really proggy lineup this year with Steve Hackett playing on the Thursday, the Australian Pink Floyd on the Saturday and, of course, Marillion on the Saturday. Fear not, though, we won't clash with them as they are playing in the early evening. It does mean however that there should be a lot of prog fans there to come down and enjoy our set too! The pub is just a few hundred yards from the main festival site and has a huge garden in which we and the other Fringe bands will be playing.

Full details of the venue can be found here...

Confused? Who's singing! Will it be Jazz Odyssey?

Well, fear not! The wonderful Martin Wilson has leapt into the breach for this great opportunity for the band. So, if you never got that chance to say farewell to Martin, here is another chance to see GLD with four out of five original members plus the lovely Steve Anderson (from the 'Fear' CD and the double live album) on guitar and the wonderful Piers de Lavison (also of G2) on keyboards.

It'll be great to blow off the live cobwebs and we hope to see as many of you there as possible! In the meantime, if you do happen to sing or know someone that does, please do get in touch with us. You'll find more info on our Facebook page, or at our website,

Bye for now, and see you at Cropredy...

Sean, Piers, Julian, Mark and Steve at Grey Lady Down


Sunday, July 6, 2014

BRUCE DICKINSON, GLENN HUGHES, DEEP PURPLE Featured On 'Celebrating Jon Lord - At The Royal Albert Hall'

"Celebrating Jon Lord - At The Royal Albert Hall" will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and CD on September 26 via earMUSIC.
It was in 2006 when, once a year, a group of stellar musicians and stars of rock started meeting up in London for a night of live music. The main intent was to raise money for a charity called The Sunflower Jam.
At first the rumours about these sessions with DEEP PURPLE, Robert Plant, Brian May and Alice Cooper were too good to be true, to the point that a few thought that they were nothing else than an urban legend.
"The Jam", as it soon started to be called, quickly became a cult night. A real must first of all for the artists themselves, finally free and happy to leave their commercial thoughts outside the venue and able to enjoy playing music together with colleagues, friends and maybe even secret rivals and for the audience, who often could simply not believe their eyes.
The Sunflower Jam started as an idea from Jacky Paice, who very often could count on the drumming of her husband Ian. Who would turn down playing with him?
The first editions were mainly open to guests and music business professionals that would contribute to the charity. Later "The Jam" became too good not to be available for the public.
It is in one of the earlier SFJs that Jon Lord played for the last time with his friends with DEEP PURPLE, duetting in a peaceful "war of Hammonds" with Don Airey, who had replaced Lord in DEEP PURPLE when he decided it was enough with a life spent on the road, and after a lifetime dedicated to rock and roll, Lord left to concentrate to his first love: classical music and the combination of rock elements in it.
Lord sadly passed away in 2012. Considering the amount of respect, friendship and love expressed on any occasion by anybody who had worked, played or simply met Jon, it is not a surprise that the 2014 Jam would be dedicated totally to his music. The night turned out to be an historical moment in rock music: A full orchestra, a director — Paul Mann — crazy enough to give wonderful arrangements to a repertoire going back and forth through fifty years of music, many old friends for an unforgettable night.

All the wonderful musicians who played at the "Celebrating Jon Lord" Sunflower Jam have left a precious mark but how not to mention the 45 minutes finale by DEEP PURPLE, the PURPLE Mk III songs played by Paice with the old friend Glenn Hughes, together with IRON MAIDEN's Bruce Dickinson, Rick Wakeman of YES fame, Steve Balsamo (who sang in the late Jon Lord band and in his last studio album "Concerto"), members of THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT, ex members of WHITESNAKE, Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody, the "modfather" Paul Weller.

Ian Paice remembers the "Celebrating Jon Lord" night with vivid memory considering the time all the artists had to rehearse the music for the concert (in DEEP PURPLE's case two hours the day before the show!), the resulting performance were nothing less than miraculous. A testament to the quality of the players and love for Jon and his works.

"It was like no concert I have ever played," Paice said. "To a person everyone in the Hall was there for a common purpose to honour a wonderful man and a great musician. The Royal Albert Hall is fairly large venue and can be intimidating, but that evening it was more like a gathering of friends at their local,(if slightly oversized) pub than a regular show.
I believe all the artists, the people in the audience and even the crew helping to make the show work, felt the difference that night."