Friday, October 7, 8968

Thom Yorke (b. 1968) - Radiohead

Thomas Edward "Thom" Yorke (b. October 7, 1968) is an English musician who is the lead singer and principal songwriter of the "alternative" rock group Radiohead. He mainly plays guitar and piano, but he has also played drums and electric bass (notably during the Kid A and Amnesiac sessions). In July 2006, he released his debut solo album, The Eraser.


Radiohead is an English alternative rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano, beats), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboard, other instruments), Ed O'Brien (guitar, backing vocals), Colin Greenwood (bass guitar, synthesizers) and Phil Selway (drums, percussion).

Radiohead released their first single, Creep, in 1992. The song was initially unsuccessful, but it became a worldwide hit several months after the release of their debut album, Pablo Honey (1993). Radiohead's popularity rose in the United Kingdom with the release of their second album, The Bends (1995). Radiohead's third album, OK Computer (1997), propelled them to greater international fame. Featuring an expansive sound and themes of modern alienation, OK Computer has often been acclaimed as a landmark rock album of the 1990's.

Kid A (2000) and Amnesiac (2001) marked an evolution in Radiohead's musical style, as the group incorporated experimental electronic music, Krautrock, post-punk and jazz influences. Although critical opinion was initially divided, Radiohead remained popular. Hail to the Thief (2003), a mix of guitar-driven rock, electronics and lyrics inspired by headlines, was the band's final album for their major record label, EMI. Radiohead independently released their seventh album, In Rainbows (2007), originally as a digital download for which customers could set their own price, later in stores, to critical and chart success.


Kid A (October 2009) was Radiohead's fourth album, recorded in Paris, Copenhagen, Gloucestershire, and Oxford with producer Nigel Godrich. The album's songwriting and recording replaced their earlier "anthemic" rock style with a more electronic sound.

Influenced by Krautrock (German experimental rock of the 1960's and 70's), jazz, and 20th century classical music -- Radiohead abandoned their three-guitar lineup for a wider range of instruments, using keyboards, the Ondes martenot, and, on certain compositions, strings and brass.

The album also contains more minimal and abstract lyrics than the band's previous work.

Yorke has said the album was not intended as "art", but reflects the music they listened to at the time.

Original artwork by Stanley Donwood and Yorke, and a series of short animated films called "blips," accompanied the album.

Kid A has been considered one of the more challenging pop records to have commercial success, and it polarized opinion among both fans and critics.

The album won a Grammy for Best Alternative Album and was nominated for popular Album of the Year. It also received praise for introducing listeners to diverse forms of other musics.

It was named the Best Rock Album of the Decade (2000-2009) by Rolling Stone magazine.

Morning Bell

[1970 M. Cooke / 1968 Yorke]

Sunday, March 6, 8968

Michael Romeo (b. 1968)

Michael James Romeo (b. March 6, 1968) is an American guitarist and a founding member of the progressive metal group Symphony X. Michael is one of two members to appear on every Symphony X release (the other being Michael Pinnella).


Symphony X is an American progressive metal band from Middletown, New Jersey.

Founded in 1994 by guitarist Michael Romeo, their albums The Divine Wings of Tragedy and V: The New Mythology Suite have given the band considerable attention within the progressive metal community.

[1968 Yorke / 1968 Romeo]

Sunday, January 3, 8968

Steven Clark (b. 1968)

Steven Clark (b. 1968) is a native Bay Area composer, producer, and performer whose concert music has been performed by Earplay, the Arditti String Quartet, and the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. His film scores have been heard at the Sundance Film Festival and he has created music for video games, television commercials, theater, and produced remixes for the Black Eyed Peas, Justin Timberlake, and Madonna.


Amok Time

is based on the classic episode of Star Trek (the original series) of the same name. Performers (William Loney - Captain Kirk, Karl Coryat - Mr. Spock, Mark Alburger - Dr. McCoy, Suzanna Mizell - Lt. Uhura / Stonn, Cynthia Weyuker Mr. Chekov / T'Pring / Musical Saw, Susan Clarke - T'Pau) stand in front of a projection of the TV show and sing, often synchronized to the dialogue. Clark's music is superimposed on the Alexander Courage / Gerald Fried score, and derived from original's instrumental and vocal pitches and rhythms in overture, recitative, aria, and choral contexts.

The excerpt above is from Clark's rehearsal audio, featuring voice synthesizer. The opera is online at

[1968 Romeo / 1968 Steven Clark]