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Gigs / Red Bazar / Dec Burke / Tiger Moth Tales gigging Feb 2017!
« on: October 06, 2016, 05:06:45 PM »
Well what a turn up.
After being a huge fan of Frost* since hearing the very first teaser of Black Light Machine before Milliontown was even released, who would have thought I would be playing on the same bill as one of the guys I used to stand in awe of when he was on the stage as a big part of EIMA era Frost* ? And with three stunning solo albums under his sleeve, I could be talking of none other than Sir Declan of Burkeshire!

Yes indeed, on the 26th Feb 2017, Red Bazar, Dec and Tiger Moth Tales will be playing at the Boston Music Rooms in that there Laaaaaaaandon!
All organised by that cheeky rapscallion Jon Twang Patrick.

Full details at

Gigs / Red Bazar Gigs
« on: April 13, 2016, 11:43:44 AM »
Hi Frost*ingtons!
Just a quick heads up to say that Red Bazar have been asked to play Danfest6 in Leicester this year. It goes without saying we are massively honoured to be asked and totally up for it! We are second act on Friday December 2nd, after Midnight Sun and before the headliners Credo. Full details are on Facebook, so we hope you can join us!

Also, more lovely gig news to be added shortly :-)

Any Other Business / Happy Birthday Pedro!
« on: February 17, 2016, 09:55:21 AM »
Where does the time go? A whole year since last time? Never!  :D
Anyway hope you have a fab day and I shall do a little jig in 7/8 in your honour sir!

Friends Of Frost* / Red Bazar - Tales from the Bookcase
« on: February 16, 2016, 07:58:37 PM »
Finally - news on the Red Bazar front! After months of recording & mixing and hearing the wonderful tonsorial talents of the rather amazing Pete Jones (of Tiger Moth Tales) powering out of the studio monitors, we can now announce that White Knight Records have taken us under their wing (Thanks Rob & Will) So incredibly proud of this - I genuinely think we have produced something rather special and it is certainly the best thing I've ever been involved in! I've just heard the master audio which sounds awesome and all the artwork is at the printers! Pre sales start March 1st with provisional release date slated for March 15th. Also thanks to the marvellous Sir Peter of  Waite (AKA Pedro) for his insightful observations and advice - cheers matey!

Gear Corner / Korg iM! with added Jem....
« on: June 12, 2015, 04:38:24 PM »
You might recognise the cheeky chappie in the Korg iM1 video below :-)

Gear Corner / OMNISPHERE 2
« on: May 13, 2015, 12:02:54 PM »
If your credit card is maxed please ignore the following hotlink!  ;D

Friends Of Frost* / With a little help from our friend!
« on: August 03, 2014, 08:09:38 PM »
Hi fellow Frost*lets!

Red Bazar (wot I joined last year) are gradually but surely putting together a new set of choons which will become our next album.

We made a conscious decision earlier this year to introduce more vocals into our hitherto 99.9% instrumental fare, and a fortunate series of events has just made this possible. The lovely Tigermoth has done us chaps at Bazar Towers a rather massive favour by collaborating on a track entitled "Calling Her On'. His lyrics came about from a germ of an idea I had about the thoughts of an astronauts wife left behind on Earth while hubby went gallovanting off across the universe. A bit like Space Oddity in reverse. Thankfully Pete aka Tigermoth rescued the day with some great lyrics and a fantastic vocal performance. He really did us proud, and hopefully we will collaborate again in the future, time permitting (something tells me he is going to be a very busy little Moth when his album Cocoon is released in September!)

And we've just entered the track into a competition by Prog Magazine run for unsigned bands, so fingers crossed. We will probably do more overdubs for the album and re-record bits and bobs, but here's a taster of where we are currently at - just click the play button under the big red whirly thing!
Hope you like:

Gear Corner / KORG MS20 KIT
« on: January 24, 2014, 05:04:50 PM »
Korgs new take on selling the MS20 is apparently build your own!

which is fitting, seeing as one MS20 I used to own spent a lot of it's time in bits in the 80's!  ;D

Other Bands / RED BAZAR
« on: September 25, 2013, 01:20:16 PM »
I'm very pleased to report that after putting some keyboards on new material for Red Bazar, an instrumental prog band from Nottingham, they have asked me to join their ranks for some live work. The bass player also plays with Coral Spin so you may have seen him around and about, the guitarist and drummer are great musicians too. God only knows why they wanted me....

You can listen to some samples from their previous albums at

We're very lucky to have landed the support slot for Alan Reed Band at the (CRS) Wesley Centre, Maltby 30th November, so I've got my work cut out learning the keys in time.

I realise instrumental prog may not be everyones cup of tea, but hope some of you can come and see us.
After all, not only do you get to see me make a godawful cock-up of the keyboards, you also get to see the mighty Alan Reed Band. What's not to like! :)

Other Bands / Sound Of Contact
« on: May 07, 2013, 08:25:24 PM »
It's not very often a maiden album from a new artist comes along that impresses me as much as Milliontown did, but I have to say that Dimensionaut from Sound of Contact is such an album!

The band features names you may know such Simon Collins (Phils son - and sounding like the genetics have definitely worked their magic on his vocal chords), Dave Kerzner (who some may know as Squids from the It Bites forum), and for the live shows, Porcupine Tree's very own John Wesley.

I had hoped to see them supporting Spocks Beard last Friday, but the motorway traffic, early start and miserly 30 minute slot of Sound of Contact's set put paid to that, but I did get to chat to Simon and also buy the album which is available early at gigs, and about a months time for general release.
If you can imagine an album that Genesis could maybe be doing now, but with less twiddly bits, with a bit of Porcupine Tree thrown in, you've got the general idea.

An album teaser is up on their website at

Bloody brilliant! :)

P.S. Spocks Beard were very good by the way, the new singer and drummer added a lot to the band and more than made up for Nick D'vergilio's departure.

Gear Corner / ROLAND INTEGRA 7
« on: August 31, 2012, 10:04:10 AM »
Looks vaguely like a crossbreed of a Fantom X and a Jupe 80. Could be a cheap way of getting all 12 SRX expansions possibly.... ...

Friends Of Frost* / 30 years seems like yesterday...
« on: June 02, 2012, 10:19:04 PM »
I must be well into my midlife crisis by now...

I'm helping to plan a reunion of my very first band which existed for 3 or so years, started when we were taking our A levels. We went under the snappy monika of 'Sosostris' (a character from the T.S. Elliot poem The Wasteland).
And yes, we were that pretentious :D

You can see what we looked like at - I'm the pillock hiding in the middle of the back row of the first picture. I encourage you to have a good old laugh at our expense - we were very very green behind the ears. The audio clips sound so sphincter-clenchingly, cheesy and naff now, it sets my teeth on edge to hear my embarrassing keys and the general tuning and timing problems  -  especially since we've all improved a lot both in musical terms and quality of our gear since then. Honest.

But that's OK. We were so young and naive ;)

Anyway, I've always said that I'd never look back musically, what was in the past belongs there and all that....but the guitarist (who's now a Professor and lives in the States) is back in Blighty for a month or so, a chance meeting through Facebook with the drummer who I haven't seen for 30 years, AND the fact we're all chundering up to the mystical age of 50, has prompted us to arrange one-off reunion at the end of June. Everyone came round to my house last week and we had a quick run-through of the old songs which went surprisingly well to say we hadn't played them for well over a quarter of a century. The songs sounded actually quite good now that we have decent equipment and we've leaned how to tune the instruments....
And the best thing was we all really got on well. They always were a great bunch of geezers and it's good to see that time hasn't changed us for the worse, apart from our hair and waistlines.

So I've booked our old school theatre for a day (for the extra nostalgia factor), begged and borrowed gear for our bass player (who sold his gear when the band split up) and we are going to make some noise for friends and family. And consume a large quantity of alchohol.

Whether we have any friends or family left by the end of the day will be a fair reflection on how things go I guess..... :D

Gear Corner / Trinity or Fantom?
« on: May 18, 2012, 12:13:29 PM »
I'm in a bit of a quandary at the mo. I've got the opportunity to buy a Fantom X6 at a very good price, but in order to afford it I'll have to sell my lovely Korg Trinity. I don't have the space or the requirement for both, but I'll be sad to lose the Trin, seeing as it has the PBS-Tri sample expansion and the fab Z1-based VA card built in.
I also feel (although it's not a particularly important factor) that well preserved examples of Trinitys may hold their value better than Fantoms in years to come, so the Korg may be nicer to keep as a museum piece as the build quality is superb.

That said, I realise the Korg's getting on a bit, and the Fantom is a more modern bit of gear, plus it has the dynamic pads which will replace my Korg Pad Kontrol.
I have a sneaking suspicion that many may feel there no comparison to be made between the two given the age gap but just wondered if anyone on the forum had both and could give me an informed opinion?

Cheersmedears  :)

Any Other Business / Happy Birthday RobRideout! AGAIN!
« on: March 23, 2012, 10:48:45 AM »
May your day be full of sponge based candle-holders!

Other Bands / A Little Bit Scared
« on: February 10, 2012, 08:43:58 PM »
So then, got a chance to see Rammstein in March. I've been on Youchoob and their stage show looks awesome apart from the band looking a bit, well.... Gimpy.
Not sure about music either, but tempted to go for the spectacle of it all.
Any Rammstein aficionados here?

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