Phil Jackson is an progressive/ space rock/ electronic artist from Scotland who has been recording since 2000 as Paradox One. Over that time he has released a number of CDs on Rick Ray’s Neurosis label and his own ‘7’ label. His most recent work is a collaboration with members of Census of Hallucinations and Clear Blue Sky entitled ‘This Fragile Peace’ on Stone Premonitions. Before moving onto his next project Phil has reworked/ remodelled his earlier recordings to present a retrospective of his music so far. Further projects await so meanwhile please rediscover and enjoy!
Listening guide: where to start? ‘We have regenerated again!’
The first CD ‘reality Quake’ (2000) was well received and got much radio play as did the second, ‘Dimension of Miracles’ (2002). Start anywhere you like. Side one of ‘Reality Quake’ is intended as a suite followed by a reinvention of some of Schumann’s music. ‘Childhood’s End’ is based on Arthur C Clarke’s story, ‘Urbmon 116’ on Robert Silverberg’s ‘The World Inside’ while ‘Crompton’s Divide’ (also a mini suite) is based on Bob Sheckley’s book. ‘The End Of All Things’ is old fashioned organ riff rock while the rest is largely progressive synth scattered with wild guitar, organ and piano breaks and hook-lines, as is all the music.
‘Dimension of Miracles’ awaits with more sci-fi references, mostly Bob Sheckley. There is a guitar based riffer with a salutary message, ‘Big Brother’ and a ‘tragic realm’ of Elizabethan proportions inspired by Giles Milton’s depiction of adventurers of the time. Or you might prefer an eerie evocation of ‘Quatermass’ or another Schumann interpretative piece ‘Out of The Void’. The past is presented with additional organ, piano, vocals and judicious edits.
On CD 2 you can take an escalator to Mars or gaze at a Martian mountain or even visit ‘Lindisfarne’ inspired by a sunny day there, a piece of which I am particularly proud. Among the crazy organ, synth and piano solos and extemporisations there are- acoustic guitars! You can feel the electronic pulse of ‘An Orison of Somni’ (based on part of ‘Cloud Atlas’) or hear an extended version of the synth mayhem that is ‘Son of Little Green Men’ with additional organ. ‘Angel Song in Neon’ has additional Wurlitzer and coruscating organ and guitar. You can listen to the group stuff on ‘Dimensions’ and ‘Regeneration’ and an improvised ‘Black Hole’. Drop in on alien conversations or hear a heart wrenching piano ballad (‘Invisible’). Hear synths that are analog or think they are, remembering that despite the somewhat uncompromising nature of some of the music, there is always melody and structure and dark- and light.
All is free to listen to and comment on- visit my website www.paradoxone.co.uk where the music will be up in time for November via Bandcamp, all going according to plan. A two CD copy (155 minutes of music) is available with much explanation and formidable artwork at cost which means £5 including P&P through Pay Pal individually numbered and named.
The future beckons as more projects await. I believe in this music and I hope you will too. It is not perfect. Then again I do not want it to be. Prepare to be transported to other realms but most of all, explore and enjoy!
(The refashioned site has passed its thousandth visitor- thanks to all and to Stuart Hamilton, web guru extraordinaire! The music will also be available on Bandcamp at the very reasonable price of £3.