THE DESERTS OF TRAUN – Part III: The Lilac Moon

The Deserts of Traun, or simply TRAUN, is a music project created by drummer Dave Murray of Estradasphere and High Castle Teleorkestra. The pieces consist of progressive episodic music ranging from Gypsy-Jazz, Metal, Classical, Fusion, World, Electronic, Cinema and various other genre amalgamations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stic8l1deuA The albums are intended to be listened to chronologically, as the… Continue lendo THE DESERTS OF TRAUN – Part III: The Lilac Moon

HIGH CASTLE TELEORKESTRA: A Genre-Defying Supergroup Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Heard (Or Imagined)

For those who fancy bands and musicians such as Mr. Bungle, Estradasphere, Secret Chiefs 3, Fantômas, Traun, Umlaut, Farmers Market, Atomic Ape/Red Fiction, John Zorn, among other musical specimens as exotic as they are sublime, High Castle Teleorkestra is a sure tip. If you’re not familiar with any of these names, allow us to introduce… Continue lendo HIGH CASTLE TELEORKESTRA: A Genre-Defying Supergroup Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Heard (Or Imagined)

ESTRADASPHERE – Fvll show | Live in Austin, Texas (2004)

Estradasphere was an American experimental band that originated in Santa Cruz, California, during the late 1990s. The band, which in its last incarnation was based in Seattle, consisted of six multi-instrumentalists from a variety of musical backgrounds trained in disciplines ranging from classical music and jazz to heavy metal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8o9LtwK_pyg Estradasphere were influenced by many… Continue lendo ESTRADASPHERE – Fvll show | Live in Austin, Texas (2004)

HIGH CASTLE TELEORKESTRA – Mutual Hazard

Insolite ("odd", "weird", in French) designates, according to the etymology, everything that is unusual and escapes the realm of the ordinary. […] The word itself tells me more and less at the same time: it suggests something rare, in fact, but of a special and incisive rareness that is not limited to a simple average… Continue lendo HIGH CASTLE TELEORKESTRA – Mutual Hazard

ESTRADASPHERE – Corporate Merger (live)

"Corporate Merger" is taken from Palace of Mirrors (2006) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IRPuyf6YPE Palace of Mirrors is the fourth and final full-length album by Estradasphere. It was released on September 19, 2006. Estradasphere was an American experimental band that originated in Santa Cruz, California, during the late 1990s. The band, which in its last incarnation was based in… Continue lendo ESTRADASPHERE – Corporate Merger (live)

ESTRADASPHERE – Meteorite Showers (live)

From the album Buck Fever (2001) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdAk9sZSi58 Taken from the "These Are The Days VHS," check out some vintage old-school Estradasphere with the original lineup still intact. This performance was from 14 Below in Santa Monica, California. In Salem place andwondering what the hell was thatmovie that Shaun-D got kidnapped atwhat was he watchin'when Bart… Continue lendo ESTRADASPHERE – Meteorite Showers (live)

ESTRADASPHERE – Super Mario medley (live)

Estradasphere @ The Catalyst, Santa Cruz CA, on Nov 19, 1999. Medley of songs from "Super Mario Bros." Live band featuring: Tim Smolens, Timb Harris, Dave Murray, John Whooley, and Jason Schimmel. This performance features rare annoying keyboard parts for this song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5_VdE0-xO4

ESTRADASPHERE – Hunger Strike (live)

Set aside 30 minutes and watch Estradasphere perform their most classic song during one of their final tours. Interactive video magic by Chip Yamada. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HHk3nIQx5Y Estradasphere is an avant-garde, experimental music group from Santa Cruz, California, formed the late 1990s. The band, which in its last incarnation was based in Seattle, consisted of six multi-instrumentalists… Continue lendo ESTRADASPHERE – Hunger Strike (live)

ESTRADASPHERE – Bernard Hermann’s Hitchcock score (live in Portugal)

This video is from Portugal but the audio was recorded in Seattle (don't expect them to be in sync!). In 2007 Estradasphere traveled as a trio to Europe. In this unearthed VHS video they are playing a Bernard Herrmann soundtrack to a Hitchcock film in the city hall of Lamego Portugal with the mayor of… Continue lendo ESTRADASPHERE – Bernard Hermann’s Hitchcock score (live in Portugal)

TIM SMOLENS – Doo-Wop lesson (“Hold Me Forever”)

In December 2020 Tim Smolens was hired by a "stranger," Nick Harvey from England, to write doo-wop vocals for a song that he wrote for his wife as a Christmas present. Here is a doo-wop vocal lesson that Tim gives about how he approached the tedious process and hear it get built from the ground… Continue lendo TIM SMOLENS – Doo-Wop lesson (“Hold Me Forever”)