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Barry Cleveland

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For more than 25 years, Barry Cleveland's epic compositions and virtuoso, eclectic guitar work have been celebrated by critics and listeners alike. His fifth album Hologramatron, is a timely progressive rock and world fusion statement. Hologramatron is a 21st Century protest record with songs featuring biting, sometimes brutal, commentary on the state of the Western world. It’s a musical response to contemporary social, political, and even spiritual realities. The disc draws inspiration from a musical continuum spanning art rock, psychedelia, metal, ambient, world music, trance, and funk. The cast of players joining Cleveland comprises some of the most respected musicians of the avant-rock scene, including bass innovator Michael Manring, drummer and percussionist Celso Alberti (Steve Winwood), pedal-steel iconoclast Robert Powell (Peter Gabriel, Jackson Browne), vocalists Amy X Neuburg, Deborah Holland (Stanley Clarke, Stewart Copeland), and Harry Manx

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Article: Album Review

Stephan Thelen: Fractal Guitar 2 - Remixes

Read "Fractal Guitar 2 - Remixes" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Guitarist & composer Stephan Thelen's experimental guitar-fest Fractal Guitar (MoonJune Records, 2019) was followed by Fractal Guitar Remixes And Extra Tracks (MoonJune Records, 2019), a substantially fresh look at the material, as well as an expansion. For the sequel Fractal Guitar 2 (Moonjune Records, 2021) Thelen produced an even more radical approach to contemporary guitar-driven music. ...

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Fractal Guitar 2 - Remixes

Label: MoonJune Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Point Of Inflection (Stephan Thelen Remix); Ladder To The Stars (Jah Wobble Remix); Celestial Navigation (Stephan Thelen Remix); Point Of Inflection (David Torn Mix); Mercury Transit (Barry Clevaland Mix Translation); Point Of Inflection (Bill Laswell Translation).

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Fractal Guitar 2

Label: MoonJune Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Cosmic Krautrock; Fractal Guitar 2; Mercury Transit; Ladder To The Stars; Celestial Navigation; Point Of Inflection.

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Article: Album Review

Stephan Thelen: Fractal Guitar 2

Read "Fractal Guitar 2" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Guitarist and composer Stephan Thelen's Fractal Guitar (MoonJune Records, 2018) found him stepping outside of his role in the band Sonar in a big way. An absolute feast of multiple guitars with electronic effects, live looping and soundscaping, it also featured a star-studded group of guest guitarists (not to mention a grooving rhythm section). The good ...

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Article: Album Review

Stephan Thelen: Fractal Guitar Remixes and Extra Tracks

Read "Fractal Guitar Remixes and Extra Tracks" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Swiss guitarist-composer Stephan Thelen (leader of the band Sonar) released his first solo album Fractal Guitar (Moonjune Records, 2019) to great acclaim. This remix album offers a dramatic new look at four of the original five tracks--only “Radiant Day" is skipped--as well as adding three new tracks from Thelen and two collaborators. The remix ...

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Article: Album Review

Stephan Thelen: Fractal Guitar

Read "Fractal Guitar" reviewed by John Kelman


For his Moonjune Records debut, Stephan Thelen, USA-born/Swiss guitarist and primary composer for the post-minimalist/post-progressive band Sonar, challenges some of the foundational premises of a group that has, over almost the last decade, garnered increasing critical and popular acclaim. As informed by Robert Fripp and the guitarist's work with (and beyond) King Crimson as it is ...

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Article: Album Review

Stephan Thelen: Fractal Guitar

Read "Fractal Guitar" reviewed by John Ephland


A guitar lover's delight, the Swiss Stephan Thelen's Fractal Guitar reeks of the many splendid effects the instrument can bellow, belch, intimate, cry out and sing. And all within the narrow yet liberating, pattern-based corridors Thelen's ofttimes arhythmic funkfest conjures. With nods to David Torn, Robert Fripp, Glenn Branca and even Nik Bartsch, the aesthetic creates ...

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News: Music Industry

Renowned Music Journalist Barry Cleveland Launches The Lodge

Renowned Music Journalist Barry Cleveland Launches The Lodge

Veteran music journalist and former Guitar Player magazine editor Barry Cleveland has launched The Lodge, a new online music publication featuring in-depth interviews with some of today’s most forward-thinking artists, music reviews, videos, and geeky recording tips and techniques. Cleveland reviews new releases by John McLaughlin, Ben Monder, Sonar, Orion Tango, and Kevin Kastning in his ...

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News: Book / Magazine

Joe Meek’s Bold Techniques — New Video And V3 E-book Unveiled

Joe Meek’s Bold Techniques — New Video And V3 E-book Unveiled

“When I began researching my book I had no idea that Joe Meek’s recording concepts and techniques had basically turned the ’50s and ’60s British studio world upside down,” says Barry Cleveland, author of Joe Meek’s Bold Techniques. “Many of the things Meek did were revolutionary—and often considered wrong—at the time, but have now been so ...


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