Sunday, December 4, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Last time we told you about our special edition of Conversing with the Dead, now available in hi-res FLAC, ALAC, AAC, Ogg Vorbis and 320bps MP3 formats.
And its not too late to pick up our new "Conversing with the Dead" themed T-shirts. There's a design matching the artwork to the hi-res release of Conversing with the Dead, and also a more '50's sci-fi design (see image).
Meanwhile, we're working on more new music, which will be the topic of our next blog. In the meantime, don't forget to sign up and get "Wait" for free while you still can...
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
A Special Edition of our song Conversing with the Dead is now available.
The newly remastered song is available as a higher resolution download in several formats including FLAC, AAC, and even Ogg Vorbis. Depending on your format choice, you can enjoy the song at up to 24bit / 48k, or just get a better-than-online-music-shop fidelity MP3 at 320bps.
This is our first offering of a song at a quality similar to what you'd hear if we had you over to our studio, and queued up our master for you.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Two new T-shirt designs are now available, inspired by our song Conversing with the Dead.
The first design comes in three colors, so you can pick which one suits you best - or just get them all ;-).
You can find them both in our ReverbNation store. (We're just getting the store up and running, so look for more music to be added.)
You can also get the song the designs were based upon at the store, at this link
Originally appearing on our album Ultimate Backward, Conversing with the Dead is a punk-flavored progressive piece of noise that - if you haven't heard yet - might be of interest. You can hear the song in its entirety at a few places, including our MySpace music page.
Be sure to check out the song and the new T-Shirts at our new store.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
I'm about to outdo myself on blogging. It won't even be OT; it will all be about Gravity Tree and/or related projects.
After so few blogs and emails this year, I thought you should be warned.
There will be new songs, remastered tracks and brand new merch. But before I spill everything we've been hard at work on here, I thought I'd just post some music - in the form of a new widget (if this was a smart phone, of course it would be an App). Enjoy the samples and songs, and brace yourself for next time...
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Music is highly subjective, and often difficult to explain. But it is quite rare when music comes along that is truly unlike anything we might have heard.
It is said that when Igor Stravinsky first attempted a performance of Le sacre du printemps (or "The Rite of Spring") about a hundred years ago, some of the crowd booed, others argued, fistfights broke out in the aisles, and much of the music was unheard after a point because of the rioting. Eventually the police were brought in to subdue the crowd.
The fact the there is still quite a bit of debate over what exactly happened (and why) at the show that night, leads me to believe that the audience truly experienced something new; they were not at all prepared for it, many of them apparently had no reference for it, and it led to some surprisingly base emotional responses. It also means that you can't blame that sort of thing on rock ;)
Over time, some have said that none of the rioting at Stravinsky's performance ever happened. I think this is also a response to something so new we cannot immediately accept it; so we dismiss it altogether: it never happened. This is akin to those who believe we never walked on the moon. It seems impossible, so it could not have happened. And because we have not been back, in some ways it remains a new idea.
From these examples I glean that perhaps an artist doesn't want to state such a thing - "Like Nothing You've Ever Heard" - unless they want to be unpopular or at least controversial for a decade or so! In any case, as artists and musicians 'new' doesn't happen as often as we'd like in our own creativity, and perhaps we are better off leaving explanations of music style to more objective ears, if we can find them.
A different example of new: What Björk is doing with her new release Biophilia is new, but perhaps not so much musically groundbreaking as technologically (the first App album, I believe). We'll have to wait and hear it all to find out.
Not even what Bach did stylistically was new - he was just a better composer than most writing in his day, and a gifted improvisationalist.
My group Gravity Tree strives to be original, and we're on somewhat of a mission to explore what's new - new to us as musicians, as songwriters. However, we're the first to acknowledge the scores of influences. We hope we've never been misquoted with a "Nothing You've Ever Heard" phrase, and we'd never say it.
I might struggle with what to call the music I make. But I cannot worry too much if anyone has heard that kind of thing before, or if someone thinks it sounds 'old'. Old is as subjective as music itself. Is '90's music old? Are the Beatles old? What about Mozart? More importantly, does it matter?
It may not be "Like Nothing You've Ever Heard", but as long as it is not "Exactly Like Something You Just Heard", I believe I am on the right path.
The best thing to do is to put out the music you enjoy making, and hope others enjoy it also. And listen.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
We're offering one of our more popular progressive rock pieces for free.
The song is Wait, an instrumental from the album "Ultimate Backward".
Just sign up at this link to get it (and our latest updates):
Cancel anytime and keep the song. Stay with us, get more free music, updates and goodies. Your choice.
Others have compared our sound to King Crimson, Frank Zappa, Rush, Glass Hammer, Procol Harum, and the Flower Kings. Does that sound as messed up to you as it does to us? Draw your own conclusions, with a free song.
btw Wait won't stay free forever, so if you're interested, grab it soon.
Thanks for listening.
Monday, May 9, 2011
If you don't know about this, when you sign up for our newsletter and updates, you get a free song.
We don't send out updates very often, but if you decide to unsubscribe, we'll understand. And you get to keep the free music. Such a deal...
For the last several weeks, the song has been Falling in 3s, from our album Life or Dessert?. But that's going to change next weekend.
If you want to be a bit sneaky (and that's fine with us), you can sign up now, get Falling in 3s for free this week, then score the next song next week when it becomes available (if you don't get a new link, just write us from the email you signed up with, and we'll make sure you get it).
We also want to thank all our new fans who've signed up already this year, and of course those who have been with us for the long haul. We have some special things coming your way too.
Thanks for listening.
Monday, April 18, 2011