Sheckley review by Kev Rowland

Sheckley review by Kev Rowland :

Sheckley are basically a duo, created by Phil Jackson (keyboards, percussion, also in Paradox One) and Richard Gorman (guitar, vocals, percussion), although they are joined by Thierry Sportouche (Silver Hunter) on one song where he provides keyboards and vocals. This is music with a great deal of space within it, and a rawness that one rarely finds within progressive rock. At times I am reminded of Gong, at others Robert Wyatt, while Hawkwind have also been an influence. It also has a lot in common with the more ambient workings of Brian Eno, but never falling into the trap of New Age.

This isn’t always easy music to listen to, with songs such as “Solar Flares” channeling a RIO feel to proceedings with repetitive and contradictory musical themes, with drums that make an appearance here and there almost as an afterthought, but having an important part to play. By the time I had finished playing it the first time I couldn’t actually say that I enjoyed the album, possibly more “endured”, but there was something about it that did make me go through it again. There really is something quite compelling about this, even though it is hard to put it into words. With this one it really is a case of listening to it and everyone making their own decision. Available as a cut-price CD, it is also possible to stream through Bandcamp where you can hear the songs. https://paradoxone.bandcamp.com/album/sunburst-full-album-by-sheckley

Paradox One – Radio play and interview

Radio play news

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The Overflow hosted by Garry Lee is playing ‘The Unknown Unknowns’ by Paradox One

In other news:

Phil has been interviewed by Acid Dragon on his music as Paradox One, his collaborations with Stone Premonitions, with Richard Gorman and Thierry Sportouche in Sheckley and much more.

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Impromptu spacerock concert and video

 

Phil joined with Thierry Sportouche of Silver Lining, Lyon and Tim Hunter of Northern Soundscapes for an impromptu concert at the Orb Community Centre, Knaresborough, Yorkshire on 29th March, 2017.

The You Tube video is below and photos of the event can be seen on Facebook.

While there Phil unveiled a solo version of a new multi-part number he has started working on with Richard Gorman as Sheckley for a projected second Sheckley album. This was ‘Liveships’ named after the brilliant ‘Liveship Traders’ series of fantasy books by Robin Hobb.

 
Another piece unveiled was a techno one called ‘Space Elevator’- slightly chaotic on the night as I couldn’t hear the backing well!

ADVENT 40- here it comes again! The year 2016 – continued

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ADVENT 40- here it comes again! The year 2016

Although you won’t see this until the new year I thought it would be fun to share this list. I have been doing this since not long after John Peel died and it appears on my paradox one website. What I’d really like to know is what 2016 was like to our readers and contributors! NB 1 or 2 from 2015, slow starter!

In random order:

MARTIN ARCHER  STORYTELLERS       DISCUS          PROGRESSIVE JAZZ

ASTRAL SON  MIND’S EYE          SULATRON               PSYCHEDELIC SPACE ROCK

VASIL HADZIMANOV BAND  ALIVE     MOON JUNE            JAZZ FUSION

ORESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE   VISIONS OF….SPACE ROCK PRODUCTIONS   SPACE ROCK

SANGUINE HUM    WHAT WE ASK IS WHERE WE BEGIN  ESTOERIC ANTENNA          PROGRESSIVE ROCK

17 PYGMIES                        ISABEL 11: ABADDON RISING  TRAKWERX   COLDWAVE

GLODBLUG  GLOBULE      STONE PREMONITIONS   SPACE ROCK

GANDALF     TO ANOTHER HORIZON  ESOTERIC      (Reissue)

GANDALF     MAGIC THEATRE   ESOTERIC      (Reissue)

JIM WELLMAN       DAWN TO DUSK    ACID JAZZ/ SOUL/ FUNK  10

KEVIN HEARD         CYDONIA     STONE PREMONITIONS   SPACE ROCK

NAIMA         BYE                 CUNEIFORM                        PROGRESSIVE JAZZ ROCK

OSSICLES      OSSICLES                  KARISMA      PROGRESSIVE ROCK

WEST SPACE LOVE            WEST SPACE LOVE                        PROGRESSIVE ROCK PRODUCTIONS

SEVEN IMPALE                   CONTRAFAGGIO               KARISMA      PROGRESSIVE ROCK

PANZERPAPPA       PESTROTTEDANS   AVANT PROG

SISYPHOS     AGAINST THE GRAIN       MOON C       PROGRESSIVE ROCK

VARIOUS ARTISTS             THE FRUITS DE MER GUIDE TO HITCH-HIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY

TANGERINE DREAM         THE OFFICIAL BOOTLEG SERIES VOLUME 2  ESOTERIC ANTENNAE (reissue)

ANTHONY PHILLIPS          WISE AFTER THE EVENT  ESOTERIC BOX SET (reissue) 20

TONY PATTERSON                        EQUATIONS OF MEANING         ESOTERIC ANTENNA

EDEN SHADOW      MELODIES FOR MALADIES        WHITE KNIGHT RECORDS            PROG METAL

P J HARVEY              THE HOPE SIX DEMOLITION PROJECT                        VAGRANT

DAVID BOWIE        BLACK STAR                        COLUMBIA

GONG            REJOICE, I’M DEAD!                      PROGRESSIVE/ PSYCH/ CANTERBURY

THE RESONANCE ASSOCIATION          PILGRIM       BANDCAMP             ELECTRONIC/ EXPERIMENTAL/ DRONE

CAVERN OF ANTI-MATTER        CAVERN OF ANTI-MATTER        ELECTRONIC/ SYNTH/ STEREOLAB SIDE PROJECT

ELECTRIC MOON   THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE       SULATRON   SPACE ROCK

JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR             WILD              BLUES

EMPIRICAL              CONNECTIONS                   CUNEIFORM RECORDS 30

THE LUCK OF EDEN HALL                        THE ACCELERATION OF TIME                HEADSPIN/ KICKSTARTER           PROG ROCK/ PSYCH

SUN DIAL                 MADE IN THE MACHINE             SULATRON               SPACE ROCK 32

GERMAN ARMY    FUNAI           KIKIMORA TAPES               ???

SHACKELTON WITH ERNESTO TOMASINI                 DEVOTIONAL SONGS        HONEST JON’S

THUNDERCAT         THE BEYOND/ WHERE THE GIANTS ROAM  BRAINFEEDER          JAZZ/ SOUL/ CROSSOVER

Still a few spaces to fill.

Paradox One

ADVENT 40- here it comes again!

ivyADVENT 40- here it comes again!

Although you won’t see this until the new year I thought it would be fun to share this list. I have been doing this since not long after John Peel died and it appears on my paradox one website. What I’d really like to know is what 2016 was like to our readers and contributors!

In random order:

The first 29:

MARTIN ARCHER  STORYTELLERS       DISCUS          PROGRESSIVE JAZZ

ASTRAL SON  MIND’S EYE          SULATRON               PSYCHEDELIC SPACE ROCK

VASIL HADZIMANOV BAND  ALIVE     MOON JUNE            JAZZ FUSION

ORESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE   VISIONS OF….SPACE ROCK PRODUCTIONS   SPACE ROCK

SANGUINE HUM    WHAT WE ASK IS WHERE WE BEGIN  ESTOERIC ANTENNA          PROGRESSIVE ROCK

17 PYGMIES                        ISABEL 11: ABADDON RISING  TRAKWERX   COLDWAVE

GLODBLUG  GLOBULE      STONE PREMONITIONS   SPACE ROCK

GANDALF     TO ANOTHER HORIZON  ESOTERIC      (Reissue)

GANDALF     MAGIC THEATRE   ESOTERIC      (Reissue)

JIM WELLMAN       DAWN TO DUSK    ACID JAZZ/ SOUL/ FUNK

KEVIN HEARD         CYDONIA     STONE PREMONITIONS   SPACE ROCK

NAIMA         BYE                 CUNEIFORM                        PROGRESSIVE JAZZ ROCK

OSSICLES      OSSICLES                  KARISMA      PROGRESSIVE ROCK

WEST SPACE LOVE            WEST SPACE LOVE                        PROGRESSIVE ROCK PRODUCTIONS

SEVEN IMPALE                   CONTRAFAGGIO               KARISMA      PROGRESSIVE ROCK

PANZERPAPPA       PESTROTTEDANS   AVANT PROG

SISYPHOS     AGAINST THE GRAIN       MOON C       PROGRESSIVE ROCK

VARIOUS ARTISTS             THE FRUITS DE MER GUIDE TO HITCH-HIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY

TANGERINE DREAM         THE OFFICIAL BOOTLEG SERIES VOLUME 2  ESOTERIC ANTENNAE (reissue)

ANTHONY PHILLIPS          WISE AFTER THE EVENT  ESOTERIC BOX SET (reissue)

TONY PATTERSON                        EQUATIONS OF MEANING         ESOTERIC ANTENNA

EDEN SHADOW      MELODIES FOR MALADIES        WHITE KNIGHT RECORDS            PROG METAL

P J HARVEY              THE HOPE SIX DEMOLITION PROJECT                        VAGRANT

DAVID BOWIE        BLACK STAR                        COLUMBIA

GONG            REJOICE, I’M DEAD!                      PROGRESSIVE/ PSYCH/ CANTERBURY

THE RESONANCE ASSOCIATION          PILGRIM       BANDCAMP             ELECTRONIC/ EXPERIMENTAL/ DRONE

CAVERN OF ANTI-MATTER        CAVERN OF ANTI-MATTER        ELECTRONIC/ SYNTH/ STEREOLAB SIDE PROJECT

ELECTRIC MOON   THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE       SULATRON   SPACE ROCK

JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR             WILD              BLUES

EMPIRICAL              CONNECTIONS                   CUNEIFORM RECORDS

THE ONES I HAVEN’T CHECKED OUT YET?

ANDERSON- STOLT           INVENTION OF KNOWLEDGE

NEAL MORSE BAND         SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM

DREAM THEATER  THE ASTONISHING

DUNGEN      HAXAN

OPETH           SORCERESS

Sunburst by Sheckley – the fabulous new album

Sunburst by Sheckley – the fabulous new album is out now at Bandcamp.

  • Comes in CD case with stunning artwork and pictured and designed by Richard Gorman. Solar flare photograph courtesy of NASA. Postage rates for EU and rest of world are approximate- please enquire.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Sunburst (full album) by Sheckley via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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NEW MUSIC ON ‘7’ RECORDS PROJECT ONE ORAC 2- SPACE NEEDLE- LIMITED CASSETTE AND DOWNLOAD

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    PROJECT ONE
    ORAC 2- SPACE NEEDLE- LIMITED CASSETTE AND DOWNLOAD
    TRACKS
    1 CHI
    2 TWI
    3 FLI
    4 SPACE NEEDLE
    5 GHOST OF THE TORNADOS
    7 TMPL
    8 SKY TRAIN GHOST

    ORAC 2 IS AN IMPRESSIONISTIC CONSORTIUM DEDICATED TO KEEPING MUSIC AS
    IMPROVISATIONAL AND EXPERIMENTAL AS POSSIBLE WHILE PROVIDING ENOUGH HOOKS TO CATCH A DOZEN SALMON AND KEEP THE CASUAL- EST OF LISTENERS ENGAGED. WE TRUST IT AVOIDS FLATULENCE OR VACUOUSNESS AND THAT, DESPITE THE BRUTAL REALISM IT DEPICTS, IT WILL RETAIN AN AUTHENTICITY THAT DEMANDS YOU MAKE A CONNECTION.
    (PSEUDS’ CORNER JULY, 2016)

    THE IDEAS CAME DURING A VANCOUVER/ SEATTLE HEATWAVE IN JULY, 2016. ON
    RETURNING HOME A FILM WAS MADE INDEPENDENTLY OF THE MUSIC.
    IT IS HOPED THAT THE MUSIC AND FILM WILL APPEAR ON BANDCAMP AND
    YOU TUBE SOON AS WELL AS THE PARADOX ONE WEBSITE. MEANWHILE,
    CURIOSITY- SNEAK PREVIEWS,REVIEW CDRS CAN BE REQUESTED IN THE USUAL WAY.
    TAGS- EXPERIMENTAL, SPACE ROCK, PROGRESSIVE.

    PS BEN MAKES HIS DEBUT ON CHIMES, SYNTH AND FILM.

    PROJECT TWO
    ORAC 3- THE SUN, OUR WONDERFUL STAR DOWNLOAD ONLY
    TRACKS
    1 THE SUN, OUR WONDERFUL STAR
    2 THE SUN, OUR WONDERFUL STAR- EXTENDED MIX
    3 CODA

    ORAC 3 (LIKE ALL ORACS) IS A MALLEABLE EXPERIMENTAL FRAMEWORK INHABITED BY HUMANS AND MACHINES LIVING IN PEACEFUL CO-EXISTENCE. THE MUSIC IS SPACE ROCK MIXED WITH KRAUT ROCK WITH HOOKS, IMPROVISATION
    WITHIN A CLEAR STRUCTURE AND THEME. PHIL PLAYS THE SYNTHS, THE BASS RIFF UPON WHICH NEARLY 20 MINUTES OF THE MUSIC IS BASED AND ANYTHING ELSE THAT COMES TO HAND INCLUDING A BRIEF DALLIANCE WITH AN IRISH
    WHISTLE FROM THE GUINNESS WAREHOUSE. GUITARIST, POET AND WRITER EXTRAORDINAIRE RICHARD GORMAN PERFORMS A ONE OFF TAKE ON ELECTRIC GUITAR WHILE THIERRY SPORTOUCHE OF FRENCH BAND SILVER LINING PROVIDES THE DIALOGUE AND CODA. ALL IN ALL “A FASCINATING ORAL JOURNEY” SAYS ASTRAL TRAVELLER MAGAZINE.

    THE IDEA CAME WHEN DRIVING ON A LONELY COUNTRY ROAD ONE EVENING AND PASSING TWO UNHAPPY LOOKING PEOPLE WHICH SEEMED AN ANACHRONISM WITH THE SUN BEATING DOWN AS IT WAS. THEN I THOUGHT…WAIT A MOMENT…THE SUN ISN’T GOING TO BE THERE ONE DAY…AND NEITHER ARE THEY. SO ‘THE SUN, OUR WONDERFUL STAR’ IS BOTH A TRIBUTE AND A WARNING.

    PROJECT THREE
    SHECKLEY

    OUR ADMIRATION FOR THE WRITING OF ROBERT SHECKLEY IS WELL KNOWN IN PARADOX ONE LAND. IT WAS RICHARD, MY COLLABORATOR WHO SUGGESTED THE NAME AND IT IS MOSTLY RICHARD’S AMAZING SONGS WE ARE WORKING ON. THIS PROJECT WILL TAKE LONGER BUT WILL HOPEFULLY BE WORTH THE WAIT.
    WATCH THIS SPACE!

URBMON 116 – I CALL EARTH BUT EARTH DOES NOT RESPOND (free album)

The entire Urbmon 116 album is now available to download for free from Bandcamp (although donations are always welcome). See below for more details about the album.

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Urbmon 116 – Until Hell Freezes Over – free MP3

Urbmon 116 (2016)

Until Hell Freezes Over Parts 1 and 2: Phil with rhythm section of Tim + Paddi:

Many did not think they would survive the Cuban missile crisis– this piece conveys the anxiety, the waiting, the paranoia, the Russian choir performs Mussorsgky’s ‘At Daddy’s Gate’ and reminds us of Russia’s great culture while an anvil sounds to remind us of darker moments.

Available for free / donations at the Paradox One Bandcamp page.

Look out for the next Urbmon 116 releases on asteroids and escalators into space (an Arthur C Clarke idea)

Music available on Bandcampfree but donations are welcome– see also my Solo artists group on Progressive Ears website.

URBMON 116 – I CALL EARTH BUT EARTH DOES NOT RESPOND – Coming soon from Paradox One

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URBMON 116

I CALL EARTH BUT EARTH DOES NOT RESPOND

 Urbmon 116 (2016)

Side One

Until Hell Freezes Over (8:20): Phil with rhythm section of Tim + Paddi:

Many did not think they would survive the Cuban missile crisis– this piece conveys the anxiety, the waiting, the paranoia, the Russian choir performs Mussorsgky’s ‘At Daddy’s Gate’ and reminds us of Russia’s great culture while an anvil sounds to remind us of darker moments.

Fragile Piece (4:30):  Phil with Tim and Paddi– a variant of ‘This Fragile Peace’ from the pArAdOx OnE album– I just took a different road, that’s all.

Hope (2:30): A one take expression of …? (Phil alone)

The Bodyswerve (6:40): Designed for hip exercise (that’s hip not hip!) (Phil with Tim and Paddi)

Calling Earth But/ Earth Does Not Respond (long!): You’ve seen ‘The Martian’- right? Who doesn’t fantasise about being lost in space? But why is the alien calling Earth while its planet implodes?- totally improvised first take on an old Juno synthesiser.

Look out for the next Urbmon 116 releases on asteroids and escalators into space (an Arthur C Clarke idea)

Music will soon be available on www.paradoxone.co.uk and Bandcamp – free but donations are welcome– see also my Solo artists group on Progressive Ears website.

Do get in touch.

phil@paradoxone.co.uk

Another ‘7’ Recording