music Bob Drake Cabinet of Curiosities, Ascended Masters
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Bob Drake's Cabinet of Curiosities
Bob Drake has been making strange sounds since he was a kid in the 60s and 70s. His website details portable tape deck recordings "featuring a lot of arrhythmic drumming and shrieking," which is oddly close to how someone might describe his relentlessly creative 2002 solo disc, Skull Mailbox (and Other Horrors) and this year’s 13 Songs & A Thing. Drake lived in Denver, Colorado for most of the 1980's, working as a sound engineer on low budget horror movies, performing with many of that city’s experimental rock bands ("innumerable"), and forming a the first version of out-rockers Thinking Plague. He relocated to Los Angeles at the close of the '80's, and worked as a recording engineer on stuff ranging from Ice Cube’s AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted to a Charo album. And, while a daily regiment of knobs and "vibe" worthy of the Mixerman saga might turn your everyday engineer into California mush, it seemed only to have been a catalyst for Drake’s artistic development – in addition to providing him access to the best studios in the world to record his own music.
Despite a 1994 self-pressed solo album, Drake made his biggest splash as a member of the avant-prog outfit 5uus, via 1994’s Hunger’s Teeth. For many prog diehards, their brand of complex, aggressive music was a godsend in an era before bands like Ruins and the army of post-rockers gave the sound a good name in hip circles. Throughout the '90's, Drake’s music with 5uus, Thinking Plague and other projects like the Science Group (with Chris Cutler and Fred Frith) provided sustenance for a legion of Internet-informed prog fans, but his solo records revealed still another wrinkle. Where many experimental musicians are damned for emphasizing "elitist" tendencies, Drake’s music is inviting, and not easily associated with any particular style of music (unless avant-hillbilly is a genre).
Ascended Masters assembled in early 2008 in the halls of the Georgia State University School of Music around a shared love for 70's progressive rock and fusion. The various members' interests in other music such as jazz, shoegaze, pop, metal, bossa nova, and romantic and contemporary classical help to add new shades and colors to the group's core sound. Ascended Masters are currently working on their first album, a 45-minute continuous piece of music consisting of three movements which are subdivided into three subsections each. Aside from this, composers/band leaders Bill Graham and Micah Martin have already theorized and written multiple other albums worth of music and hope to be playing some local shows in the near future.