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Frost* / Re: 13 Winters
« on: September 23, 2020, 03:20:29 PM »
Well, hello, everyone – it has been a while. For those who I don't chat to occasionally in The Other Place, I hope you're all well and safe at this mad time.

13 Winters duly ordered & very much looking forward to the new material next year. Regular chats with Mr Mitchell lead me to conclude that it'll be a corker.

Any Other Business / Re: Happy birthday, Trapezium Artist!
« on: April 15, 2019, 04:13:53 PM »
You missed your birthday? Like, you’re the queen or something and have loads of them?

As one does, dear boy; as one does. Every day is a birthday when you're a sovereign.

Friends Of Frost* / Re: the matter men
« on: April 11, 2019, 03:00:05 PM »
And another one!

featuring the newest Matter Man, John LaRouche on chromatic harmonica!  This guy is world class, and there's more to come!

(as an aside, most people don't listen all the way through, which is a real shame because most of our tunes don't end as they start; there's a lot of music in between!  Give it a try!)  :D

Streaming now – always good to hear another of your works, Rog  :)

Any Other Business / Re: Happy birthday, Trapezium Artist!
« on: April 11, 2019, 02:58:09 PM »
Oh, good grief – I missed this last month. Thanks everyone for your best wishes – always greatly appreciated.

Here's hoping for some Frost*y goodness soon ...  8)

Announcements / Re: Congratulations to LivingForever & Philadelphia
« on: February 06, 2019, 11:55:34 AM »
Well, well – what a fine piece of news to hear. Congratulations to both of you!

It has been far too long since our paths last crossed (he thinks, perhaps, worried that his memory may have failed him yet again), but hopefully soon again somewhere 👍

Announcements / Re: Wake up Rosetta!
« on: July 29, 2018, 10:25:59 AM »
Looks remarkably like Wall-E

Convergent evolution at its finest.

Gigs / Re: Frost* Cruisin'
« on: July 20, 2018, 03:53:42 PM »
Frost* is cruising once again in 2019. Will any of you be attending this time around? If you missed NDV's epic performance with the boys at Rosfest in '09, now's your chance.

Mitchell keeps pestering me to come along, but TBH, I have no idea what it'd cost for me to fly to Florida & sit on the boat for a few days. I should look into it, I suppose, although it'd very likely get vetoed at Family Council Level unless everyone else got to sit on a Florida beach while I was off progging.

Announcements / Re: Wake up Rosetta!
« on: July 20, 2018, 03:50:13 PM »
As SpacyMcSpaceface probably isn't going to get far, how about Frosty?!  ;D ;)

Rawk!!  ;D

I think you lot definitely need to put in a team entry  ;D

Frost* / Re: Towerblock...
« on: May 30, 2018, 08:12:36 AM »
It's a bloody marvel and in my experience, the louder you play it, the better it gets  8)

Other Bands / Re: Lonely Robot at Space Rocks, London, 22 April 2018
« on: April 10, 2018, 05:47:04 PM »
OK - silly question! ::) 8)
Great photos. Us plebs only get up to the control area - you have to get a medical check before being allowed up to the actual array at 5000m. :o

Ah - I did wonder.

Yes, they're quite rigorous with the medical check, for obvious reasons. Several people in our party at the end of 2016 failed and had to remain at the mid-level facility, and many of the others who did go to 5000m used supplementary oxygen. I decided against it, having spent many nights at 4000m (Mauna Kea), and knowing that it could give a false sense of security.

Take things slowly and don't run around like an idiot. I managed to follow that rule ... mostly.

Other Bands / Re: Lonely Robot at Space Rocks, London, 22 April 2018
« on: April 09, 2018, 03:29:04 PM »
Damn - I wish I could. However, my excuse for not going is a good one as I'm currently in Chile. I was lucky enough to get a tour of ALMA in the Atacama desert yesterday. Have you been there TA? Right up your street I would have thought.

Have I been? Is the Pope a Catholic?! I am an astronomer, even if he's not  :P

That said, I've only been to ALMA once and it's not an easy trip for tourists, given the altitude, so good on you for getting up there.

I have, however, been to Paranal, the home of ESO's Very Large Telescope, many times for observing and other trips (pix also in the same Flickr set). Equally spectacular, if you have the chance while in Chile. It's a fantastic country, but very large: how much of it are you seeing?

None of which is an excuse to be missing Space Rocks, mind you  >:(

Announcements / Re: Six Questions, 12 Answers
« on: April 09, 2018, 12:23:47 PM »
Well, I wasn't expecting that ... either the release or the music (he says, no further than halfway into the first track  8))

Will be giving it a thorough listen today ...

Other Bands / Re: Lonely Robot at Space Rocks, London, 22 April 2018
« on: April 09, 2018, 12:13:46 PM »
I'm going, I'm going   8)

Excellent – very happy to hear that. Will see you there  8)

Everyone who has been havering, there's even more reason to come now: the afternoon science fiction meets science fact panel now features Gavin Rothery (co-creator of "Moon"), Charlotte Hatherley (ex-Ash, playing at SR, and sci-fi geek extraordinaire), Alastair Reynolds (sci-fi author of Revelation Space and Poseidon's Children series), Tim Peake (ESA astronaut), Dallas Campbell (him off the telly), and your favourite MT/TA.

Then the gig has expanded to include Kim Seviour singing with Lonely Robot and a set by Arcane Roots, along with Charlotte's set beforehand.

Just do it  ;D

Other Bands / Re: Yes live at Colston Hall
« on: March 28, 2018, 06:15:16 PM »
Based on his tweets, he went and seemed positive about the first half, he hasn't posted since

Sorry, chaps, long drive home afterwards and have been catching up at work today.

So, where to begin? The good news is that I'm very glad I went, fundamentally because the material they played from Tales from Topographic Oceans was stunning and really moved me. Keep in mind that I've been a Yes fan since 1973 or so and have seen various incarnations of the band play perhaps 20 years, but AFAIK, never anything from Tales, probably my all-time favourite album across all genres. So I owed it to myself to overcome my objections and go hear that, and I'm unreservedly happy that I did.

They played The Revealing Science of God and Ritual fully, along with the last section of The Ancient, and while I would love to have heard the entire album, this was a very good selection. They played it brilliantly and I was genuinely moved and emotional at points, that silly thing where you find yourself smiling, close to laughing, and yet simultaneously on the edge of tears. Is that just me? I doubt it.

If the gig had ended on the fade-out of Ritual, I would have been perfectly happy: it would have been the perfect symbolic act for the memory of a band that's only still part there (more below). But I'm not sorry either that they came back for full-energy renditions of Roundabout and Starship Trooper; also good.

The good thing about Tales was that Davison didn't ruin it. I don't mean that as negatively as it sounds: he has a very good, pure sounding voice, certainly knows all the songs extremely well, and doesn't embellish things too much with his own interpretations. But he's not Jon Anderson, whose voice is synonymous with Yes for me, as you all know. Davison's voice lacks the slight weird intonations of Anderson's, the Lancashire accent sneaking through, and if anything is too pure, too "safe". Anderson sometimes sings on the edge and it's part of the charm; or at least, I'm so familiar with his quirks, it doesn't sound right when it's not him.

So in a sense, the highest praise I can offer is that Davison's voice blended very well during Tales to the point where I wasn't listening to him as such, but more to the band as a whole. That worked very well and, as I say, I was quite emotional at point during Tales, as were other around me.

The same can't really be said of the first half where they played a bunch of Time and a Word, Yes Album, Fragile, Close to the Edge, and Going for the One classics. They were all very well played, but it seemed as though Davison's voice stood out as being "wrong" just a little more. While I definitely enjoyed them, they never sparked those elusive emotions. Well, except during And You and I: that was special.

It might be better if the band looked like they actually enjoyed being there, to be honest. I simply don't get the lack of on-stage chemistry and I swear that Downes and Sherwood barely broke a smile during the whole gig. Davison seemed to be a bit more lively, while Schellen was hidden behind the drumkit, and Howe was his brilliantly focussed stick insect professorial best, totally focussed and utterly on form, but not very engaging personality-wise apart from between songs, when his humour came out. I was right at the stage in front of Howe and it was a pleasure to watch him play, but more for the technique and sound than because of his presence, if that makes sense.

Alan White came out to play the heavy section of Ritual and the encore songs. He played very well, but he looked shockingly frail when he came on stage after: very hard to reconcile the power of his playing with his very apparent weakness physically. I wish him all the best for continued recovery, but it did pull on the heartstrings.

Two final observations. First, I was disappointed by the number of people in the crowd who insisted on holding semi-shouted conversations during songs. I nearly got in a fight at a Yes gig in the US some 25 years ago because some idiots kept talking all the way through And You and I, but I didn't expect the same in The Netherlands (it's usually not a problem at the gigs I go to). Could it be that Yes fans are mostly old and deaf and need to shout now?

Second, it struck me that the whole Yes-without-Anderson vocalist issue might be better approached by having a woman as the lead singer. That is, while I love Anderson's voice, I generally feel a bit queasy about men singing counter-tenor, like Geddy Lee or the Bee Gees, and Davison's voice just seems a bit too high and weird at times. Obviously the songs need those high tones, but if a characterful mezzo-type female voice sung them, it'd get away from Anderson comparisons and perhaps bring something new and special to the songs. Annie Haslam's vocals on Turn of the Century on Tales from Yesterday were great, as were Christina Booth's on Magenta's version of Wonderous Stories. Just a thought.

Anyway, game of two halves: first part was good, second part was great. Glad I went  8)

Still looking forward to Yes featuring ARW this summer. If only we could replace the Master Shredder with Mr Howe, what a happy man I'd be.

Any Other Business / Re: Happy birthday, Trapezium Artist!
« on: March 20, 2018, 11:42:00 AM »
Happy birthday, good sir!!

Thanks, Rog: much appreciated.

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