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Current Issue: Issue 9 / Autumn 2017

Phaedrus Music

Creation

This piece is inspired in the tradition of the romantic lieder of the 19th century, but with a little dose of impressionism.

Its language is totally latter part of the 19th century, but I have incorporated electric bass, synthesizers and electronic effects to create a piece more in line with contemporary aesthetics. Another important change is that, instead of a classical lyric soprano, I have opted for the warm, natural and beautiful voice of Natali Castillo.

Thanks to my wife, the poet Nathalye Engelke Santos, for her wonderful lyrics.

Check out this excerpt:

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Classics Choice

The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

In this article we make an exhaustive analysis of one of the most important works in the history of progressive rock.

For the first time, the appreciation of this classic will come more from a discussion of extra-musical elements, than a detailed analysis of the music per se. The main reason for this, is that what bounds the pieces together to form a conceptual album is not so much musical material, but the story.

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Articles

Mythology in Progressive Rock

This is the first of a series of articles where I will explore the influence of extra-musical elements (literature, paintings, philosophy, etc.) in progressive rock. Because of its wide influence in this genre, Mythology will be spread in several articles.

Bands in all eras, styles, and countries have resorted to mythological stories or characters as a basis for their compositions. In some cases, the whole body of work is based on the musical representation of mythological stories or characters. Usually, this representation is reflected in the lyrics, but there are exceptional examples where only music is used to make a description. The first example, is one of my favorite works by Emerson, Lake and Palmer:

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Fun Corner

Kotebel Corner

Kotebel Live in Madrid 2011

In this issue of Phaedrus we are proud to present, for the first time, footage of a very powerful performance by Kotebel in Madrid, on January 15, 2011. Shot with a single camera, it nevertheless allows fans to enrich their appreciation of this very special concert. This video features 4 songs, that you can also download in MP3 or in lossless WAV.

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