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Promotion / Fractal's latest single "Aftermath"
« on: September 22, 2007, 07:57:42 pm »
Hi all,

(I should have posted this here a while ago - better late than not... )

Fractal's new Limited Edition CD Single release "Aftermath" is now available from CDBaby and Amazon, and as digital download format through iTunes, Rhapsody, the new Napster, Emusic, Zune as well as about 50 other sources.

   "In the darkness, lost within the shadows
   Of a time that was our prime, now entombed within the barrow
   In the dark ages past our glory
   In the stark wilderness, the ruins tell their story"

Aftermath is a monument built in music rather than stone - a very personal remembrance of human suffering and proclamation of hope by the band members of Fractal. Powerful music driving a powerful message - a sonic journey rich in emotion, symbolism and musical invention. This Limited Edition CD single (containing the song Aftermath by itself at 9 minutes and 11 seconds running time) is offered as a separate release as CD and as digital download in anticipation of Fractal's forthcoming new album.

The Limited Edition CD features stunning graphic artwork by Ben Garvie, complementing and commenting upon the music.


A streaming version is available for a  listen on our band site, our MySpace page as well as iJigg.

Fractal is:

Josh Friedman - vocals, guitars
Jim Mallonee - bass guitar
Nic Roozeboom - guitars, guitar synthesizers, keyboards, background vocals
Paul Strong - drums

Music performed and produced by Fractal. Lead mixing engineer Paul Strong. Illustrations by Ben Garvie
Music by Nic Roozeboom
Lyrics by Josh Friedman, Jim Mallonee, Jessica Morgan, Nic Roozeboom and Paul Strong Lyrics quoted from Aftermath are © 2007 Fractal

Fractal, Headshear, Bill Walker play the Attic

Please join us for a thrill-packed evening of progressive rock music, on Wednesday, October 11, with Bay Area artists Bill Walker, Fractal and Headshear deftly perturbing the impressive acoustics of the Attic in Santa Cruz.

Where:   The Attic, 931 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz, CA 95060
When:   Wednesday, Oct 11th 2006, 7pm (doors at 6pm)
How:   8 dollars at the door (stay tuned for ticket promo’s!)


Bill Walker

Bill Walker is one of the most sophisticated guitar players active on the West Coast of the United States. His breadth of styles and wide technological range gives him a broad musical palette that he applies to every different musical setting with tremendous lyricism and taste. Armed with an array of electric and acoustic guitars, and utilizing state of the art looping and sound processing technology, Bill has taken the one man band concept in a bold new direction by creating lush, multi-layered guitar ensembles, otherworldly sounds, and textures.  He has an impressive range of style and timbre: from searing electric leads to beautiful lap steel slide guitar, guitar synthesizer, to beautiful finger picking steel and nylon string acoustic guitars, he runs the gamut of style and taste. Bill is also a warm and engaging performer, blending humor with serious musicianship.

From Santa Cruz, Bill has enjoyed a 25 year performing, recording, touring and teaching career that has spanned rock, pop, jazz, RnB, blues, world beat, and a host of other genres, Including stints with drum legend Babatunde Olatunji, RCA recording artist " Opafire" and New Wave provocateurs "Tao Chemical". He has shared the stage as a supporting act for many renowned acts including the Tony Levin Band, Marotta /Griesgraber, the Neville Brothers, King Sunny Ade, Ali Farka Toure, Thomas Mapfumo, Youssou N Dour, Michelle Shocked, the Psychedelic Furs, the Thompson Twins, Missing Persons, Johnny Clegg, Kenny G, Cher, Huey Lewis and the News, and a host of others. He has just recently completed his first film score and is completing his first solo CD of live looping-based music.



Hailing from San Francisco, Headshear is an unadulterated guitar band skirmishing into instrumental strangeness. Perhaps described succinctly as post-Prog, Headshear creates challenging music resplendent with odd meters, polyrhythms and complex harmonies. Imagine if string quartets had their heyday after the advent of electricity, distortion boxes and digital delay and one integrated it with rockpunkjazzdrums you might get Headshear...from the quiet and beautiful to the loud and cacophonous. Headshear debuted their inaugural self-titled album in September 2006.


The music of Fractal is electric - sometimes heavily riffing, sometimes lyrical and delicate. Occasionally complex but, above all, filled with emotional intensity. Fractal revels in the art of creating richly textured, layered sounds, making extensive use of challenging musical structures. “Fractal absorbs me. What more can I say.” (Paul Strong, drums and implements, Fractal). Influenced initially by King Crimson and Radiohead, Fractal has developed its own unique conceptual style that underpins intense, moving songs with spiraling soundscapes and harmonies over precarious rhythmic terrain. Formed in 2000, their instrumental debut CD "Continuum" was released in 2003 to welcoming reviews, and is currently recording their second, inevitably epic CD, "Aftermath."


Hi all,

An action-packed weekend for Bay Area Prog is afoot - a triple appearance by Fractal within roughly a 24-hour period, one of which alongside Mushroom and Hazerfan:

1. This Friday, June 2nd, Fractal will play at the Dana Street Roasting Company in Mountain View, CA. No charge, music starts around 8:30, nine-ish.

2. The very next morning at about 10 am, Fractal provides musical stimuli on the outdoor stage in Cuesta Park, Mountain View CA for the "Relay for Life" benefit walk/run, an event organized by the American Cancer Society.

3. That same Saturday evening, we will be joined by Hazerfan and Mushroom, in concert at the Quarternote in Sunnyvale, CA. Music starts at 9pm, $5 at the door.

A bouquet of links with further info is given below. Further gigs are in the pen so to speak - but take no chances and come see Mushroom, Hazerfan and Fractal this weekend!

All the best,


Relay For Life:

American Cancer Society:

Hello DLBN-ers,

Long time no post. First of all, I'd like to warmly thank Eric 'Carnivalman' Brooks for his special show last Friday night May 12th featuring the people and music of Headshear, Hazerfan and Fractal. A total of eight of us crowded his studio and the chat room, and we had a great time sharing music and banter. I wonder how the archive turned out...

As mentioned on said show, Headshear, Hazerfan and Fractal will be playing live this Friday May 19th at the Quarternote in Sunnyvale, California. Music starts at 9pm. Check out Fractal's website for details & be sure to visit Headshear & Hazerfan sites linked from there. We hope to see a few of you who are local, if not regional. Give us a prod if you're there!

Further Fractal live performances in the near future:

June 2nd, Mountain View, CA: Dana Street Roasting Company
June 3rd, Mountain View, CA: Cuesta Park - Relay For Life benefit run/walk


Promotion / Fractal Live in Mountain View, CA 4 June 2005
« on: June 03, 2005, 09:11:20 pm »
Dear Bay Area Prog Fans,

A reminder that Fractal will be performing live at the Dana Street
Roasting Company (a.k.a. Dana St Cafe) in Mountain View tomorrow,
Saturday June 4th. Music starts at 8pm (or thereabouts), no cover
(paid nor played). We'll attempt to reinvoke most of our existing
Continuum repertoire, new songs not yet committed to CD, the odd (sic)
improv/reprov and the live performance premiere of at least one new
piece dare we say is epic in scope...
Directions to the Dana St Cafe can be found here:
(Note its walking distance from the Caltrain station.) For a flavor of
Fractal live, pick up a free download at:

Hope to see you tomorrow!

Promotion / Fractal - Live at Last Day Saloon, Feb 16th 2005 recording
« on: March 03, 2005, 01:15:41 pm »
Dear DLBN Friends,

As a thank-you to people who came out to see our set at the Last Day Saloon on February the 16th, and to give those who didn't make it the opportunity to share a little bit in the music of the night, we've cut an mp3 download of one of the songs we played that evening: Continuum (the title track of our CD). It's available for free download at:

Or, at a special DLBN-friendly alternate link:

A thank you again to Alientar and Mushroom with whom we had the pleasure of sharing the stage!

Notes: Recorded live from a stereo mix-down feed from the main mixing desk at the Last Day Saloon, San Francisco on Feb 16th 2005. Recording engineer: Adrian Cockcroft.

Copyright 2005 Fractal


Promotion / Alientar, Mushroom, Fractal in concert, San Francisco
« on: January 15, 2005, 10:10:41 pm »
Early announcement - mark thy calendars for this unique progressive trinity:

Where: Last Day Saloon, San Francisco, CA
When: Feb 16, 2005

Details to follow, check the following sites often for updates:

Promotion / Gratis song download
« on: May 25, 2004, 09:02:49 pm »

I've put up a few freely-downloadable mp3's by Fractal up on Amazon. These are some 'previously unreleased' live tracks, plus our only <4min song off our album  :)

The goodies can be found at

All the best,

Promotion / Fractal CD review
« on: May 05, 2004, 06:53:17 pm »
Howdy folks,

Received a very nice review on ProgGnosis website for our CD "Continuum". Thought I'd share...

Promotion / Fractal CD "Continuum" - available online!!!
« on: November 08, 2003, 01:08:44 pm »
Greetings all,

Am happy and proud to announce availability of Fractal's debut CD, Continuum online at CDBaby. Some of you may have heard a few songs (in primordial form, since they were pre-production tracks) on Rogues' Gallery or Critics' Carnival.

Click here:

There's also stuff there to read about Fractal. We would love for anyone to post their review of the album on the CDBaby site - there's a special link for that. (Or post it here, for that matter.)

Our website is tidy and up-to-date also, see below. We owe a lot to Eric and Frans and a few others at DLBN, so we did make sure to mention y'all in the CD credits :D

All the best,

PS for anyone in the Bay Area, we're playing a gig in Cupertino next Saturday, November the 15th. Would love it if any of you could make it there. Details (and lots more, like newsletter access, cover artwork, sundry trivia) at:

Artists & Music / Hooked on The Dividing Line
« on: September 18, 2003, 07:42:35 pm »
Proposed new thread:

What music did you get hooked on that you first heard on The Dividing Line?

I'll start off - Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
(Critics' Carnival)

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