Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
I´m here posting this to inform you some of my new parody and funny videos I´m creating and producing with my good friend Angel Ramos!! it´s funny because this whole idea of making a character named ¨Master Ires¨ in a very humorous way, right now, there´s a youtube channel created named ¨MasterIres¨and even a Facebook fan page! LOL!, I suggest checking that out!!
The first video is up! and it talks more about the Portnoy Drama, presenting some news about the progressive world and some other stuff.
In the future we are thinking in producing a series of 4 videos called ¨Why Master Ires haven't established a band yet!?¨ describing real band situations in form of parody, portraying why it´s so difficult and inconvenient to form a band in here, stay tuned for that!!
Right now, the creative progress is only focused on parody and humorous stuff, but you will be expecting others things like, interviews, documentaries, and of course, videos of me, playing, singing, covering both, covers and own material!
In case you had missed it, there´s our first video:
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
I've been absent a lot lately, let's say my life has changed, a new job, a lot more of responsibilities, no so much time to spare, you know...but well here I am, in this post I will be rather talking a few things about how progressive music has been in this late year, and maybe do a little recap on some albums that make me feel in that way.
Of course prog fans out there know more about the topic and can argue about this, but I will express despite my knowledge in the topic. First of all, progressive music, is turning now in 2011 to be different, to be more accessible and not so under grounded as 10-15 years from now, with albums like Grace For Drowning, and Heritage, is obvious that prog/art rockers and music composers are reviving the whole prog scene of the 70's (best times for prog music, period), and I base my ideas in this, there are two lines: the first is the idea of making progressive music more mainstream, is really a challenge, but bands like Gazpacho, Porcupine Tree, Pinneaple Thief, just to name a few, are mixing in terms of music, songwritting, production and musicality influenced in mainstream succeful bands like Radiohead or Muse, for example, why? b/c these bands are modern, mainstream but have that progressive music touch and/or influence. Pinneapple Thief for example, is a mix of good song writing, Radiohead, and a little bit of art rock of the 70's. This is emerging its own name, and it is called "Post-Prog".
Despite all this, progressive music now, is tending to sound more fresh, lush, orchestrated and relying on improvisations and more experimentation (Experimental giants right now, is Mars Volta), is the real new approach of what Progressive Rock is becoming nowadays, the music is tending to be modern, but, is making its foundation on the 70's scene, with bands like Pink Floyd, King Crimson, and Jethro Tull just to name a few, however, the music is tending to sound more jazzy and more eclectic, making it what progressive rock/music truly is!
I could hear this new approach in the newer Steven Wilson music, and the latest Opeth album, I mean, take Opeth for example, a death/prog/metal band, difficult to hear by some people, but do you realize the change? yeah, that's ladies and gentlemen is the approach of progressive rock of our era...and maybe, others will hate it, others not, in MY particular case I love it, it evokes the artistic feel, less compressed, more dynamic progressive rock that I love!
Monday, September 19, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
For me, it has been difficult to establish a certain style of music to be focused on, if you know me personally my musical visions changes every time, and that’s not new, back in the 90’s and my teens I spend lots of time hearing a totally different music that I’m hearing now, that was before I discovered Progressive Rock music back in the start of the second millennium.
From that inception I’m still sticked to it, and yeah God bless prog music, really, I thank myself for discovering it and embracing it, it definitely changed my musical formation dramatically. Needless to say, I’m stick to any kind of good music, not just progressive music, in fact I enjoy Jazz a lot, fusion, orchestral film soundtracks, metal music, I mean every type of music that is “good” despite the style, so, however I knew from the beginning that I was preparing myself musically to actually write, compose and even produce music, I knew that one single project can’t cover all, so my mind was set in multiple projects, you know, projects and side projects that cover the passion for other musical styles.
But, since the “Titan Atlas” inception, it was a band inspired in the type of music that “flow” naturally within my veins, having a musical project and a band is hard, that’s why the monster called Titan Atlas was annihilated, sadly, but, sure, I have this new project called “Skies Of Mars” that it’s centered to be my main focus and main stuff, aside from other side projects that I worked on, (Square Motion, Atomic Tangerine), I was aside all metal stuff for one purpose, metal music blinds you from things like arrangements, production, songwriting, so for 2 years now, I’ve been out for metal, because of this, and this 2 years I was having a blast hearing things like, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Steven Wilson, Blackfield, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Zappa, Minus the Bear, Billy Joel, Pete Townshend etc. even trying things in local pop rock stuff like Zoom and Bocatabu, you know to get this “feel” about songwritting and production, which is veeery important.
I have lots of stuff written here but is pretty much in a approach of good songwriting, vocal/piano and vocal/acoustic guitar kinda songs, ballads, love songs, and psychedelic/space/ambient rock things, which I learnt a lot of important stuff about chords and arrangements in that time, that for me, it’s necessary…
But yeah, since the Titan Atlas inception and creation, this is the kind of style that fits well in me, and the one who I must attain my main focus on, progressive metal and progressive rock can get up a little too extreme at times, it is intended to be a “virtuoso-shit” kind of music, and with this, looking up for musicians in DR to play this stuff is staggering and the hunt can get infinite in a way, so that’s why one of the reasons I wanted to lay low on that, and do something more “accessible” to the players…
In fact, in a band situation is normal that you end up playing others parts, and riffs, but looking for musicians who are aware of that and are at the same page of you, IS HARD!
Monday, August 8, 2011
I’m happy to inform you that this “musical vacations” are coming to an end, I had, in a way, renew my muses immensely, I picked up the guitar one night and I wrote some cool sections, and I recorded them with my mobile phone! they ended up being cool sounding songs I suppose, I will talk about each one in a nutshell:
“Summer Rain”: This song came up one rainy night, about middle summer I think, It start with the muse of the rain falling and all that, picked up the lonely and dusty guitar, and experiment with some chords…and about 20 mins away voila! a complete song with verses, chorus, bridge and all that! have to work on the lyrics more I think…
“Between the Moon and Mars”: This song is just a mix of a lot of cool D sections that I had recorded in little pieces, the fundamental thing is structured I think…and is instrumental, maybe some of the chordy and spacey sections will end up to one or two vocal songs…in a re-orchestrated form, the song is based in a 7/8.
“Here and Away” (working title): This song is influenced a lot by Floyd, it was an idea based on: “hey, forget about those distortion riffs, and psychedelic stuff for a moment, and write a SONG, with simple chords!” haha! and yeah, it is a 4 min song base on G mayor and just 4 more chords!
“Gargantuan” (working title): This song came about 10 minutes after playing with my dusty guitar, is the last one I worked on, is a low D tuned song, one of the heavy hitters I think, very Tool-ish, I have almost all sections recorded in little pieces, but yeah, I got the whole picture of the song in my head, still have to work more the lyrics of it.
I know that I will keep writing things and experimenting, lots of the things recorded are sections and parts that I’d kept for revision, so there’s is really a lot of material in here! that could made it for a possible album or EP. this will be the songs, without counting the others demos and little experimentation that I have done with spacey and ambient music in mind:
- Light of Love
- It Burns Inside
- Happiest Days Of Our Lives
- Line That Defines
- The Sorcerer
- Building the Pyramid
- Here and Away (working title)
- Summer Rain
- Between the Moon and Mars (instrumental)
- Meta Emotion (this is an acoustic song experimenting with a capo, the idea is mix songwriting with heavy stuff, not yet defined thou…)
- Disposition (another acoustic song, this one not yet polished).
- Gargantuan (working title)
*Right now writing this, I’m working in another heavy hitter, this one in standard E tuning and is very influenced by Opeth, right now I’m working on some ideas, bunch bunch of riffs are coming out!
The difficult thing here is that every song, every single one, has a different style, which can be good or bad…still after my vacations are finally over, I’m willing to keep writing, maybe 10 or 11 songs will come up, but I think I’ll write a lot more material and then choose wisely between them.
Stay tuned for more details later!!
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
I had some footage and some .mov files of me playing through some of the sections of "The Sorcerer" which is the first demo planned for record and produce from my band, Skies Of Mars.
First I have to convert the files to .mp4 or .flv and do some video editing to upload some of this shit! I've been very busy lately with work and some others activities, and of course writing and stuff, I really don't have the time to recreate on a PC anymore which suck hard!...but for that matter I'm covering a "Protest The Hero" song! it will be a great bonus for this episode!
Some heavy and crazy stuff in this take I'm tellin' ya' I'm in "wolfman-mode" the beard is long! sooo the music gets heavier!! ha!
See ya next time!
and stay tuned!
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Tuve algunos imagenes y algunos archivos .mov de mí tocando a través de algunas de las secciones de "The Sorcerer", que es el primer demo planeado para grabar y producir de mi banda, Skies Of Mars.
Primero tengo que convertir los archivos a .mp4 o .flv y hacer algo de edición de vídeo para subir algo de esta mierda! He estado muy ocupado últimamente con el trabajo y algunas actividades y demás, y por supuesto de la escritura de las canciones, realmente no tengo tiempo para recrearme en un PC! ... Pero por lo demás me estoy cubriendo una cancion de "Protest The Hero", será una gran ventaja para este episodio!
Algunas cosas pesadas y locas en esta entrega que estoy en el "hombre-lobo-mode" la barba esta larga! sooo la música se hace más pesada! ja!
Nos vemos la próxima vez!
y estad atentos!
No se olviden de seguirme @irosrod para algunas actualizaciones rápidas!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Mis writing sessions personales al pareces han dejado frutos, 5 songs hasta ahora y contando! realmente esta formato de writing sessions para la banda es mas abierto, personal y seguro, siempre he estado a favor que en todo proyecto musical 1 persona es quien toma el leading role y el driving force en la musica y en todo, es realmente una de las maneras mas seguras de que las cosas se hagan, con mi ex-banda Titan Atlas me di cuenta de esto, la experiencia no se improvisa...
The Sorcerer, It Burns Inside, The Happiest Moments Of Our Lives, Light Of Love, Intertwined son las canciones hasta ahora y realmente son muy personales...Can't wait to start demoing!!! Tambien estoy ansioso de saber que han escrito los otros...
Tengo dos canciones mas, pero no estan todavia pulidas "A Line That Defines" y "Euterpe"
Todos estos demos seran presentados a los otros miembros en .mp3 files o en .wav a ver que tal
Monday, April 18, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
- Rush - Hemispheres
- John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band
- Karnivool - Sound Awake
-Pink Floyd - Division Bell
- King Crimson - Red (40th Anniversary Edition)
- Soda Stereo - Confort y Musica para Volar (MTV Unplugged)
- The Mars Volta - De-loused in the Comatorium
- Oceansize - Everyone Into Position
- Porcupine Tree - In Absentia
*this albums are serving a lot in the influence of the Skies Of Mars music
Siempre me a interesado experimentar con tunings pero es dificil ya que tienes siempre que estar cambiando y esto con pocas guitarras llega a ser un problema, con la musica y las canciones de Skies Of Mars, he querido experimentar con tunings diferentes, ya que Titan Atlas siempre se quedó en Standard Tuning.
Basicamente hasta ahora he experimentado con tunings como Low D (DADGBE) y Low C (CGCFAD), y claro el Standard Tuning para esas canciones acousticas, hasta ahora no a sido de tanto problema y es muy malo estar experimentando con muchos tunings ya que es un problema a la hora de solos, acordes etc. si es por tipos de afinaciones hay MUCHAS y RARaS!
Pero, tengo pensado escribir una pieza llamada "Euterpe" donde tiene una nuevo tunning el cual quiero explotar el cual el empleado por Robert Fripp:
"The lowest four strings are tuned just like a cello, i.e. in fifths from a low C. The second string is another fifth up from the A to an E, and the first string is a minor third up from the E to a G. Since the lowest five strings are tuned in fifths, typical fingerings for chords and scales used on the violin, cello, and mandolin are applicable here. The minor third between the top strings allow denser chords in the high range of the scale, and easier access to some elementary chord tones (typically the thirteenth for chords with the root note on the sixth string, and the ninth and flat ninth for chords with the root note on the fifth string, see chord). NST has a greater range than the Old Standard Tuning, approximately a perfect fifth greater (a major third lower and a minor third higher).
Scales across two strings in NST also line up nicely into coherent tetrachords or four-note patterns that have a visually rational relationship (whole and half-tone relationships have a remarkable symmetry that can be easier to learn than the OST whose intervals from 6 to 1 have the (inconsistent) major third thrown in the middle of the scale.
This fifths-based tuning does present a downside, however: wider harmonic intervals between consecutive strings make certain closely-voiced jazz chords impractical requiring an interpretive voicing on the part of the guitarist.
String swapping may also be advisable: the low C may be loose unless the gauge is increased and the high G may require something rather gossamer, thus many Guitar Craft participants use an .011-.058 set for acoustic."
Creo que sera algo muy muy interesante que experimentar y that's whats this band is about, enervation and experimentation!!