Just a little update on the recording of Planetary Overload-Loss Part1
We are hoping to announce a label deal in the coming weeks, the album itself has taken a little longer to make than we first thought, there are so many great people involved in a project like this and it takes time for them to deliver their special arrangements. Patience is rewarding
We hope that fans, friends and new listeners will embrace the sound and the strong messages we are presenting
Here is a little snapshot on how the album will present
Planetary Overload – Part 1: Loss
Phase 1 Dawning on Us
1. Loss (Anthem)
2. What Happens Now
3. What Are We Doing to Ourselves
4. Cruel Times
Phase 2 Destruction and Distraction
5. Stop Time
6. One More
8. What If
9. Forgive me my Son
Phase 3 Growing
10. Dying to be Reborn
11. Seeds for Life
12. Loss to Lost
The Surreal Moments
1. Seeds for Life (Fraternity Symphonic Orchestra) Alternative version
2. One More (Chris Lebled arrangement)
3. Seeds for Life (Chris Lebled arrangement)
4. Cruel Times (Chris Lebled arrangement)
5. This Time (Chris Lebled arrangement)
6. Loss to Lost (Chris Lebled arrangement)
There may be some minor changes, but the track listing is mainly complete.
Seeds for Life
We received an early demo of Seeds for Life with the Fraternity Symphony Orchestra arranged by Cornel Wilczek. The original arrangement was produced by the amazing Gordo Bennett The arrangements are wonderfully placed and fit perfectly with Steve Hackett’s Spanish guitar solo. The combination of Dan Mash (Bass), Nick Magnus (Piano, Keyboards) Steve Unruh (Violin, Flute) Jesús Gancedo García (Drums) Marek Arnold (Sax) Michel St-Pere: (Lead and Rhythm Guitars) is something quite special. The track will have a special narration by our own Matt Goodluck with an amazing soundscape by Mathew Atherto
Tickets at the “Prog-Moter” level are on sale now, as of May 8th at 12:00 PM EDT, via the Union County Performing Arts Center (UC PAC) box office. The price of these tickets is $295.00 for the entire 3-day festival, October 5-7 at UCPAC in Rahway, NJ. This package lets you choose your favorite seat within our amazing theater, and entitles you to receive a merchandise gift from the producers of ProgStock as a token of our appreciation. Act fast…this package will only be available until June 12, 2018!
MUSIC VIDEO DEBUT FOR ‘TRAVELLING MAN (THE STORY OF ESHU)’ BY UNITED PROGRESSIVE FRATERNITY (21 Dec 2016). Special guest appearance by Steve Hackett (Genesis).
Stunning live action, CGI, digital artwork and stop-motion animation combine with live band footage to tell an epic story of trust, perspective, relationships, change, making choices, purpose in life, and love. ESHU is the Travelling Man, ‘Keeper of the Crossroads’, a mythical god in African culture who guides and teaches by teasing and tricking. Discover the wisdom in this masterpiece of songwriting. Travelling Man (The Story of ESHU) by United Progressive Fraternity (UPF).
Featuring the Blender Open Source movies produced by Ton Roosendaal – Elephants Dream, Sintel, and Tears of Steel; International Short Film Festival participant ‘The Flower in the Bottle’; Maxim Mildenberg; anime from Konstantin Dmitriev, creator of the Open Source Morevna film project, amazing stop motion from Gabriel Nóbrega & PG Santiago, and dystopian realities from Adrian Bonaventura.
Synopsis: Take a surrealistic sci-fi and fantasy journey through past, present, and future with ESHU – the Keeper of the Crossroads and discover what awaits you on the right path. Directed by Mark Truey Trueack. Produced by Ted Ollikkala, Singapore. Travelling Man (The Story of ESHU) is taken from the UPF album ‘Fall In Love With The World’, released by InsideOut Music, 2014.
Travelling Man (The Story of ESHU) – [Trueack/Williams/Timms]
Mark Truey Trueak – Vocals
Guy Manning – Keyboards
Guitars – Matt WIlliams
Acoustic Guitar – Steve Hackett
Drums – David Hopgood
Percussion – Tim Irrgang
Bass – Daniel Mash
Sax – Marek Arnold
Flute & VIolin – Steve Unruh
LIVE – Heerlen, The Netherlands (3 Oct 2014)
Vocals: – Mark Truey Trueack
Keyboards – Guy Manning
Sax & Keys – Marek Arnold
Guitars – Matt Williams
Bass – Daniel Mash
Drums – David Hopgood
Percussion – Tim Irrgang
just a little update on the Planetary Overload album.
We are taking our time with this one as we want to make sure that every song gets the attention and focus that this project needs.
Firstly the track “What happens Now” is with Guitar guru Matt Williams I am sure he will be laying down some very tasty bits.The track has drummer extraordinaire Jerry Marotta.
The Epic “Seeds for Life” arranged by Gordo Bennett is taking shape and I plan to lay my vocals down in the next 3 weeks.This track will feature some wonderful players including Dan Mash (bass), Marek Arnold (sax), Steve Unruh (flutes, violin production) Steve Hackett (guitars) Nick Magnus (keyboards)
This song is arranged by Jose Manuel Medina and written by Mark Truey Trueack its the next track in which I am working on now, the orchestration is wonderful and the sound is quite lush. Most of all the message comes through, I am yet to choose the musicians for this track.
I will be recording some of these tracks at Timms Tunes with some direction from Sean Timms along with some other secret stuff
I spent my music time this weekend recording violin and flute for the next King of Agogik album! As usual, it was a thrill ride to solo over bizarre time changes and difficult key signatures. And it was, as usual, fun and rewarding.
So that’s that. The Samurai of Prog’s 2016 album, Lost and Found, is out. The new Decameron box set is out. The Resistor Box Set is headed to the manufacturing plant. The master CD of new Resistor album (Underground) is done – just awaiting development of the artwork. Other than my 9th solo album (which I’m getting used to procrastinating), all my ongoing projects are wrapped.
Onward into the Fall, with primary focus finally shifting to UPF – with apologies to Mark Truey Trueack and the guys that I went 2 months over schedule. (And I will occasionally carve out a little time for The Samurai to keep from delaying TSoP’s next album due to missing input from me, plus of course we’ll hold weekly Resistor rehearsals).
It feels good. I wanted to do a top-notch job on these projects. I think I have done so; none of them got shorted, and I’m quite happy with most of them. (And truly thrilled with some.) It will be a welcome change of style and focus to make UPF top priority for several months… the end of this weekend marks my musical focus shift.
For all those who care about this stuff, I thank you! I love what I do, and it’s a pleasure when others want to share it.
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