Saturday, March 4, 2017

HAKEN - launch '1985' playthrough; 10th anniversary tour begins this month

HAKEN - launch '1985' playthrough; 10th anniversary tour begins this month

Haken recently returned from a triumphant appearance on Cruise To The Edge in the US, and now have their sights set on their 10th anniversary European tour which starts later this month. In advance of that, the band have launched a special playthrough video with guitarist Charlie Griffiths which you can see now here: 

Charlie had this to say: "For me, the perfect format for an instructional guitar video is VHS. Loading one of those Don Mock, Frank Gambale or Yngwie Malmsteen tapes into the machine was such a magical moment - as it was often the only way you could actually see how those seemingly impossible licks were done! I watched, rewound and re-watched those videos hundreds of times until the tapes were worn out.
There's something about that tactile experience that I really miss, so for this play-through of '1985' from our album 'Affinity' it seemed like the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to those days when everything was in lower resolution, yet somehow seemed more palpable."

You can also watch an interview with Charlie and Rich Henshall where they discuss the forthcoming tour here:

Make sure to catch HAKEN live on the band's 10th anniversary tour kicking off in March 2017, with support from The Algorithm & Next To None.

'Haken X' Tour 2017
22nd March - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
23rd March - O2 ABC2, Glasgow, UK
24th March - Academy 3, Manchester, UK
25th March - O2 Academy 2, Birmingham, UK
26th March - Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK
28th March - Le Splendid, Lille, France
29th March - La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
30th March - La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
31st March - KIFF, Aarau, Switzerland
1st April - Keller Klub, Stuttgart, Germany
3rd April - Zona Roveri, Bologna, Italy
4th April - Szene, Vienna, Austria
5th April - Dürer-Kert, Budapest, Hungary
6th April - Futurum, Prague, Czech Republic
7th April - Beatpol, Dresden, Germany
9th April - Chez Heinz, Hannover, Germany
10th April - Kesselhaus, Wiesbaden, Germany
11th April - Turock, Essen, Germany
12th April - Rockhal, Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
13th April - Melkweg OZ, Amsterdam, Holland

The band recently reissued their first two albums 'Aquarius' and 'Visions' as brand new remastered editions. 
Buy limited colored vinyl and the 2CD digipak here:

Laser's Edge

Find more purchasing options below:



Vocalist Ross Jennings commented on the releases: "As advocates of the physical format and fellow record collectors, it seems almost criminal that our first two albums have never had a vinyl release until now, so we are thrilled to finally give these albums a fresh presentation on the format they deserve. We have taken this opportunity to polish the sound of our beloved concept albums without going back over every little detail and rewriting history. In essence we wanted to give these albums a chance to stand shoulder to shoulder in sonic quality with "The Mountain" and "Affinity". In addition to this and due to popular demand, both releases will also be available again on CD with instrumental, or "Karaoke" versions of every track. This release marks 10 years since we formed the band and started putting together our first demos so it's a perfect time to reflect on these releases and appreciate what we've achieved so far.

The "Aquarius" concept was drawn from conversations about our favourite albums and the way in which the songs flow that make those particular records work. This lead to ideas about having our album be about the flow or journey of water from mountain spring to oceans and evaporation, which in turn lead on to a deeper concept about human life and reincarnation. The themes of water helped us to create aqueous soundscapes and as the music and lyrics started coming together a narrative was formed in the shape of Mermaids & natural disasters. "Aquarius" will always have a special place in our hearts. It's where our journey really began.

When writing for "Visions" came around, we set about the process with the same formula, although we hadn't set out to write another concept album at the time. As themes found themselves recurring in the music it only felt right to go in the narrative direction, although this time around we drew from our science fiction influences such as Minority Report and 12 Monkeys and was inspired by real recurring dreams I had been having around the time. It's always a joy to revisit these tracks in our live sets, so much so that we will be performing it in its entirety later this year at ProgPower USA, Atlanta!"

Newly remastered by the renowned Jens Bogren (Devin Townsend Project, Between the Buried & Me) both are available as 2CD Digipaks, digital album including the entire albums as instrumentals, and on vinyl, arriving as Gatefold heavyweight 2LP editions with the full album on CD included.

Latest album 'Affinity' was released in April this year, and received great reactions from press; find a selection of them below:

"dextrous prog metal with retro pizzazz and roller-coaster riffs" - PROG Magazine
"Affinity proves what a unique and spellbinding band Haken are" - Metal Hammer 8/10
"inescapable melodic hooks and absorbing textures" - Total Guitar 4/5
"Affinity will be hailed as one of the landmarks of 2016 and beyond."- Powerplay 9/10

Pick up your copy of the album below:

The band has also previously launched videos for the tracks 'Earthrise', 'The Endless Knot' and 'Initiate'.

The Endless Knot:

HAKEN online:


INSIDEOUTMUSIC Spotify Playlist: 


Friday, March 3, 2017

Bob Moog Foundation Announces 2017 Raffle for Vintage Minimoog Synthesizer Signed by Legendary Synthesist Jan Hammer

Bob Moog Foundation Announces 2017 Raffle for 
Vintage Minimoog Synthesizer Signed by 
Legendary Synthesist Jan Hammer

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Asheville, NC - March 01, 2017... The Bob Moog Foundation proudly announces the launch of its annual raffle for a highly coveted vintage Minimoog® Model D synthesizer. This year's iconic instrument has been signed by legendary keyboardist Jan Hammer, known for his groundbreaking music on the 1980s TV series Miami Vice, and whose work with the Mahavishnu Orchestra helped define the Minimoog as a virtuoso performance instrument in the early 1970s.

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Foundation's educational and historical preservation projects. Tickets to enter the raffle are $20 each, or 6 for $100 and can be purchased through the Foundation's website:

The raffle, which is open internationally, closes at 11:59pm on Monday, April 3, 2017 or when all 7,500 tickets are sold, whichever comes first. The Foundation's 2016 Minimoog raffle sold out in eight days.

The Minimoog Model D being offered, serial number 4311, was built at Moog Music's Williamsville, NY factory in 1974, and is valued in excess of $5,000. The synthesizer is in excellent technical and physical condition and has been serviced by acclaimed restoration specialists Perfect Circuit Audio in Burbank, CA. 

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Jan Hammer may best be known for his definitive use of the Minimoog with Mahavishnu Orchestra in the early 1970s, and later for the music he created for 90 episodes of Miami Vice. He has also collaborated with some of the era's most influential jazz and rock musicians, including John McLaughlin, Jeff Beck, Al Di Meola, Mick Jagger, Carlos Santana, Stanley Clarke, Tommy Bolin, Neal Schon, Steve Lukather, and Elvin Jones, among many others. He has composed and produced 14 original motion picture soundtracks, and 20 episodes of the popular British television series Chancer. He has two Grammy awards and has received worldwide recognition for his musical and compositional talents, including winning Best Lead Synthesist seven times by Keyboard Magazine, and Best Sessions Synthesist twice.

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"It's a saving grace having Jan Hammer playing the lead. He's done more to use a small keyboard synthesizer expressively than any other one musician. There are 10,000 keyboard players breaking their fingers trying to do what he did." - Bob Moog, Los Angeles Times, 1981

The Minimoog Model D is widely regarded as the most iconic synthesizer of all time, and was recognized as such in an international voters' poll by When released in 1970, it represented a musical and technological revolution, with its combination of portability, affordability, accessible user interface, and innovative sounds and functions. Its robust construction has allowed the instrument to withstand the test of time. Vintage Minimoog Model Ds are coveted by synthesizer enthusiasts worldwide and regularly sell on eBay for $4,000-$7,000.

About the Bob Moog Foundation 

The Bob Moog Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded upon Moog's passing in 2005 to carry his legacy forward to future generations. The Foundation's mission is to ignite creativity through the intersection of science, music, and innovation. Its projects include Dr. Bob's SoundSchool, a 10-week innovative curriculum that teaches children about the science of sound through music and technology, and the preservation of the Bob Moog Foundation Archives, through which the organization protects and shares over 10,000 historical artifacts with museums, researchers and enthusiasts.

The Bob Moog Foundation is an independent non-profit and is not affiliated with Moog Music, Inc.


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