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!

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Paradox One – reissues under way with free downloads

pArAdOx OnE - Reality?Paradox One – reissues under way with free downloads.

Phil has been revisiting and rejigging his back catalogue.  The first two tracks are now available to download on Bandcamp.

A 2 disc CD-R is available on the merchandise page containing both albums and EPs. New downloads will be available every week, CD-R orders will receive all the music on 2 discs.

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.

Head over to Bandcamp now.

 

pArAdOx OnE Reality? The Neurosis Years and beyond

Paradox One
pArAdOx OnE Reality? The Neurosis Years and beyond

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!

Contact phil@paradoxone.co.uk

(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.

Paradox One – This Fragile Peace – CD now on Bandcamp!

Paradox One – “This Fragile Peace” is now available on CD as well as for streaming and downloading on Bandcamp!

According to (Simon Felton- Garfield’s Birthday and Pink Hedgehog label).

“I don’t claim to be a acid rock aficionado by any means… but I do have an ear for melody and arrangements I think and you certainly excelled on both fronts there. You have put together an impressive band with Maxine, John Simms and Clear Blue Sky.I enjoyed all the album and found more to discover with each play… but I was especially grabbed by ‘Waiting at Airports’.  I mean this as the utmost compliment, but I could hear echoes of Gary Numan in there.  I’ve seen him a few times live in recent years and love the way he’s reinvented himself and his music, with his industrial/electronic sound… I could definitely hear him having a crack at ‘Airports’.  Likewise, Berlin-era Bowie… it has that human/machine/nihilistic quality that is hard to explain, but very appealing. Thanks for rekindling my interest in prog.”

Paradox One - This Fragile Peace

Comments on This Fragile Peace by Paradox One

paradox1advert“I don’t claim to be a acid rock aficionado by any means… but I do have an ear for melody and arrangements I think and you certainly excelled on both fronts there. You have put together an impressive band with Maxine, John Simms and Clear Blue Sky.I enjoyed all the album and found more to discover with each play… but I was especially grabbed by ‘Waiting at Airports’.  I mean this as the utmost compliment, but I could hear echoes of Gary Numan in there.  I’ve seen him a few times live in recent years and love the way he’s reinvented himself and his music, with his industrial/electronic sound… I could definitely hear him having a crack at ‘Airports’.  Likewise, Berlin-era Bowie… it has that human/machine/nihilistic quality that is hard to explain, but very appealing. Thanks for rekindling my interest in prog.”

(Simon Felton- Garfield’s Birthday and Pink Hedgehog label).

Download and CD available at Bandcamp

Paradox One – This Fragile Peace – now on Bandcamp!

Paradox One – “This Fragile Peace” is now available for streaming and downloading on Bandcamp!

According to Peter Jolly – “Phil Jackson has been Paradox One since 2000, and with four albums under his belt he has now teamed up with the Stone Premonitions gang for his fifth release. Building the tracks from bass/drums upward has produced a rhythmic yet spacey progressive rock sound, while the lyrics explore our struggle to come to terms with the Earthly evils of modern life. Not as glum as it sounds, but a thoughtful, coherent work. ”

Paradox One - This Fragile Peace