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Ken Rubenstein

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Radical & Innovative Guitar

Ken Rubenstein's CD-R, Invert And Transcend, pushes the envelope of Avant-Prog-Rock, with peerless and virtuosic music for multiple guitars, guitar synths and loops. Both electric and acoustic guitars are used on Rubenstein's compositions, as he utilizes his own advanced and idiosyncratic playing techniques for self-expression. Soprano Wendy Parker is featured accompanying Rubenstein on many tracks, lending the music an ethereal, almost mystical quality Tracks such as "Broms" and "Song For Paul" are challenging instrumentals which may be a great first tracks to introduce a new listener entering Rubenstein's sonic world, while "Yuwadee Sang With Love and Joy", with its wide interval riffs and spiraling motifs can be savored after one has been fully Rubin-ized. Fan of complex meters? You have found your omnibudsman.

alb Ken is a self taught guitarist and composer originally from New Jersey, now living in Portland, Oregon. In the past, Ken has received praise from such publications as Guitar Player Magazine. In fact, he was the last and perhaps most controversial International Soundpage Winner for Guitar Player Magazine, featured in the October '91 issue. He was the recipient of the prestigious New Jersey Council on the Arts Composer's Fellowship in 1995 and has been a Composer in Residence for the internationally acclaimed and highly competitive New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Workshop in New York City. Ken is currently a Professor of Mathematics at Portland Community College, regularly teaching one of his favorite subjects- Linear Algebra. Such great nonmusical innovators as Ivan Albright, Stanley Kubrick, Frank Lloyd Wright, Salvador Dali and Evariste Galois amongst others inspire Ken.

Rubenstein's future plans are simply to continue to write and record music, as well as to improve as a guitarist and composer.

MP3 Songs
Song For Paul
Yuwadee Sang With Love and Joy

Contact Information
Ken Rubenstein
Inverted Music
6462 SW Capitol Highway
Portland, OR 97239
United States

E-mail: Ken Rubenstein

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Sean Currin

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Dissonant Heavy Guitar Shred

Guitarist Sean Currin, out of the rural Virginia town of Alton, submitted a two-song CD-R demo, designed to showcase his guitar playing. The first track is entitled "Calm Before The Storm" and starts out with a very slow keyboard intro, and doesn't kick in the metal guitar riffs until about one minute into the song. The main riff finally enters at about the two-minute mark, which leaves about two and a half minutes for all the dissonant, shredded riffs to unravel like a tightly wound razor-wire coil. The fat metallic chords set the stage for the mind blowing, bombastic solos, which follow. "Laid To Rest" is the second track, on which Currin purposely did not play fast in order to show another side. It features a memorable main melody, harmonics and an arpeggiated backing. Some bends go out of key, as does the solo section about three minutes and ten seconds into the track, but this could easily be rerecorded.

pic Sean has been playing guitar since the age of eight. At the age of twelve, he took lessons from a classical concert pianist, and found inspiration from classical composers, Randy Rhoads, Akira Takasaki and all the Shrapnel artists. Sean found himself practicing a lot, sometimes skipping school to practice even more. In the early nineties, he entered numerous Guitar Wars contests and won top honors in all of them - and it was at that point that he felt all the practice time had been worth it. Sean always tries to be different as a guitarist, and is currently writing and recording his music and helping other musicians with their music. He is also working on a web site so that he can hopefully reach more people with his music.

Currin's future goals include recording a full-length, neo-classical shred instrumental CD with techniques that have never been done before, as well as perhaps starting an independent record company to feature great guitarists from all over the world.

MP3 Songs
Calm Before The Storm
Laid To Rest

Contact Information
Sean Currin
1200 Turbeville Road
Alton, VA 24520
United States

E-mail: Sean Currin

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