Electron Man: Love in the Electronic Age
Electron Man - Love in the Electronic Age is an eclectic collection of pop/rock songs that goes from 12-tone instrumentals to progressive rock to blues. Consequently, the album itself is hard to characterize. Laundry Ladies 1 and 3 are really only the lead in and the lead out for the album; they're not supposed to be stand-alone songs. Rough It! Is only 33 seconds long, so if you listen to the preview, you'll have heard almost all of it. Silly Spider is a 12-tone piece (look up Arnold Schoenberg) for solo keyboard and percussion. The rest of the tunes are more traditional in length, although not necessarily in composition. Tyrannosaurus Rex really defies technical description - it's not rap, but it doesn't employ traditional singing, either. It's not really a tone poem, although I think it comes closest to that definition than any other. It is rock, though. Ridin' is a part of a series of instrumental pieces I've done for another project (Twelve Scientists/Antipodes) that I'll be posting on CD Baby soon; keep an eye out for it. It's 12-tone also, but very much progressive rock as well. It's quite possible that you've never heard anything quite like it. Some songs feature unusual tonalities and/or compound or shifting time signatures; if you don't know what that means, don't worry about it. It just means that this music is not the same-old commercial offering. I like to think it's got a bit more to it than most commercial music; at least, that's my opinion. A little about the artist - me. I played keyboards and sang in rock bands for many years, traveling around the U.S. playing gigs in a number of different bands. I decided to settle down after a while, and went back to school to learn more about music. I ended up with three music degrees (A.A., B.A., and M.A.T.) and a master's (M.A.) in history as well. All of the songs are composed, performed, recorded and produced by me, except for the guitar performance on It's A Good Life, which was done by Harry Hafferkamp, long-time friend and killer guitar player. I use a pile of synthesizers, both real and virtual, in my studio: Hammond C-3; Korg 01R/W, DW8000, BX-3, and C9000; Roland JX-3P, J-106, and Super JD; Yamaha TX81Z and FB-01; 360 Systems MIDIBass; Sequential Drumtraks 400; Emu Proteus/2; Arturia's virtual MiniMoog and ARP 2600; and probably a few that I've forgotten. I invite you to visit my web site at www.arkrat.net if you want to know more about me and my music. I've worked with some people that you are probably familiar with, but I'll let you find out who. Thanks for checking out my music! Reuben Ferguson.