Musicians Corner

Posted Friday, November 14, 2014 - 1:34pm by Ryan Skaggs

Ryan Skaggs is an experimental musician based in Los Angeles.  Opinions stated are his own.

Category: Musicians Corner

Tags: experimental music, noise, electronic, drone, ambient, Indie Rock, psychedelic rock, shoegaze
Posted Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 9:47am by Gabriel Riccio

Structure is one of the most difficult things for progressive rock bands to get right. How do you make a long, complicated song and have it all flow and cohere? Even many popular prog bands struggle with this, so I thought it would be fun to do a series on the different kind of structures used in prog and how to make each of them work.

Category: Musicians Corner

Tags: The Mars Volta, Frances the Mute, Structure, progressive rock, prog, music theory
Posted Friday, September 19, 2014 - 3:35pm by Gabriel Riccio

King Crimson have a returned with a new lineup, and they played their first shows last week, with a heavy focus on material from the 1970s. This is surprising, as the post-1980 incarnations of KC only ever performed four songs from the ‘70s - ‘21st Century Schizoid Man’, 'The Talking Drum', ‘Larks Tongues in Aspic, Part II’, and ‘Red’, all of which are also being performed on this new tour, alongside seven other songs from the era. Since the band has finally decided that it is time to look backwards in a more traditional manner, I thought it would be fitting to devote a post to discussing the more unusual ways in which the band preferred to look backwards over the past two decades. 

Category: Musicians Corner

Tags: King Crimson, THRAK, Discipline, Red, Larks Tongues in Aspic, Adrian Belew, Trey Gunn, Robert Fripp, Pat Mastelotto, Tony Levin, Bill Bruford, Mel Collins, Jakko Jakszyk, 21st Century Schizoid Band
Posted Monday, September 8, 2014 - 9:40am by Gabriel Riccio

I've been talking a lot about motivic connections in King Crimson lately, so I thought I'd take a minute to point them out in a more unusual context: the title songs for the three Daniel Craig James Bond movies. These songs are very tightly linked in ways you may not have noticed. In case you haven't seen the films, here are the title sequences from all three films.

Category: Musicians Corner

Tags: James Bond, Daniel Craig, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, Jack White, Chris Cornell, Alicia Keys, Adele, Monty Norman, You Know My Name, Another Way to Die, Motivic Connections, Analysis, Theory
Posted Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 4:26pm by Gabriel Riccio

In my last post, I did an in-depth analysis of the title track from King Crimson’s Discipline. I’d recommend reading that before delving into this one.

Category: Musicians Corner

Tags: King Crimson, Discipline, Three of a Perfect Pair, Beat, Neal and Jack and Me, '80s, Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, Bill Bruford, Analysis, Trey Gunn, Pat Mastelotto