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Show Playlists / The Gates of Delirium
« on: September 14, 2007, 12:57:21 pm »
SHOW #1 Breakaway Day - September 13, 2007

For my first show, I've taken a very random selection of songs to try and set some boundaries, before I proceed to cross them in future shows. Some of the more-expected progressive tunes with notable keyboard work like Genesis, Styx, Echolyn, Spock's Beard, Clearlight, Kaos Moon, and even ELO, mixed in with electronic musicians like Rick Wakeman and Larry Fast define the two major genres I'll be exploring.

Diverging a bit, however, we have a tune by Colourbox, an English electronic outfit on the 4AD Records record label in the 1980s. Releasing a number of records from 1982 until 1987, the band was formed by brothers Martyn and Steve Young and had their first hit with "Pump Up The Volume," released under the name M/A/R/R/S.

Star People is a band I discovered in 1999 when they opened for Ozric Tentacles in San Francisco, and, of course, Ozric Tentacles, we all know.

Victor, a solo project by Rush's Alex Lifeson, brings us another divergence, strictly for its amusement value. Alex, shouting "SHUT UP!" to the yapping wives brings a smile to my face every time I hear it.

Dave Stewart (no, not the one from the Eurythmics), formerly with the English progressive rock mainstay National Health, brings us his remake of 8 Miles High, with Barbara Gaskin (also from National Health on vocals).

Finally, we end with a little-known group called NASA, with some retro-funky electronic pop.

    * Christopher Ambler - Gates of Delirium Show Intro
    * Electric Light Orchestra - Prologue
    * Electric Light Orchestra - Twilight
    * Clearlight - Ergotrip
    * Colourbox - Just Give 'Em Whiskey
    * Rick Wakeman - Sir Lancelot and the Black Knight
    * Spock's Beard (Ryo Okumoto) - Ryo's Solo
    * Star People - In Time
    * Victor - Shut up Shuttin' Up
    * Ozric Tentacles - Strangeitude
    * Annie Haslam (featuring Larry Fast) - She's the Light
    * Synergy (Larry Fast) - Classical Gas
    * Echolyn - A Little Nonsense
    * Genesis - In The Cage
    * Styx - Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)
    * Barbara Gaskin / Dave Stewart - 8 Miles High

Theme Music
A quick sidetrack into Italian prog (and one piece of cheese)

    * Banco del Mutuo Soccorso - Traccia II
    * Premiata Forneria Marconi - Il Banchetto
    * Gino Vannelli - Storm at Sunup

And we finish the show with...

    * Kaos Moon - Eternal Light Avenue
    * NASA - Cloud Control

Show Notes -

Bed music: Nodens Ictus - SpaceLines. One of the many side projects from members of Ozric Tentacles.

Questions? Comments? Chris@TheDividingLine.com

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The Dividing Line / Re: I would like to join...
« on: August 16, 2007, 08:39:07 am »
Hot damn! Approved! I'll be going on after I get back from vacation, first week next month (so show second week, I suspect).

I'm thrilled! :-)

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The Dividing Line / Re: I would like to join...
« on: August 03, 2007, 12:01:52 pm »
Well, the audition show is in Shawn's hands... and I find I'm actually nervous about his reaction! Imagine that :-)

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Artists & Music / Re: Frost* web site gone?
« on: August 02, 2007, 07:57:28 pm »
Typically, that can mean that the site is database-driven, and the database has taken a dive.

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The Dividing Line / Re: I would like to join...
« on: August 02, 2007, 09:40:34 am »
Now comes the fun part.

I programmed my demo show, with two distinct problems. First, it clocks in at 2:30:00 without breaks. I wanted a two-hour demo show, and it'll run closer to three. I suspect I'll just cut a few songs.

But... my second problem - there are so many great songs that fit within my genre range that I want to cover that I feel conflicted. How far do I diverge from "classic" prog into the crossover? Will a crossover tune that straddles the genre line be seen as something interesting, or something terribly off-topic?

Not that I'm lamenting this - this is a great challenge. I'll make my final decision tonight and record the show and likely have it off to Shawn late tonight.

Shawn, should I just send you the link, or is it acceptable to post the link here, too, to get feedback from those much more experienced in this sandbox than I?

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The Dividing Line / I would like to join...
« on: July 28, 2007, 06:42:29 pm »
I filled out the form earlier last week for wanting to join with a show, but have not heard anything yet, so I figured I'd also join the message boards and introduce myself.

I'm Christopher Ambler, and have been a fan of progressive music since, oh, 1980 or so when, at the age of 13, I discovered an 8-track of Emerson Lake and Palmer's "Pictures at an Exhibition" and Yes's "Relayer" in my garage (you know, those 8-tracks that my dad never listened to anymore). I'd already been a huge fan of electronic music, and find it ironic that I knew Rick Wakeman through his solo albums long before I'd ever heard of Yes.

By day, I'm Chief Software Strategist for Demand Media, and my free time is taken-up making my own music and photography - but having put myself through college on-air (about ten years of top-40 experience. It was rough, but it paid the rent and tuition), I miss it. This seems the ideal outlet, and being an Internet geek (I've been working on the Internet since about '87 - yes eighty-seven), I'm quite familiar with the technology.

Any adult supervision possible for the process? Should I just put together a 2-hour-or-so audition show? If so, do I email a link to a large MP3, or post up a link here? I don't mind auditioning in public :-)

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