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Member since: 6/14/2007 • Forum posts: 114 • Last visit: 9/30/2014 11:23:30 AM EST
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Progressive Biography

I was born in Abington, Pennsylvania in 1969 and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My first exposure to progressive rock was hearing the heartbeat on Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon when I was quite young. I remember how cool the helicopters on "On the Run" sounded and this may very well have had a significant impact on my leaning towards progressive rock as opposed to other forms of music. Later, like most youngsters in their teens, I spent all my money at used record stores acquiring everything I could find that was "different." This led me to discover the greats of the 1970s, like Yes and Genesis and countless others.

Unfortunately for me, my teen years were in the 1980s when progressive rock had almost completely disappeared and although I was interested in the newest stuff from the "dinosaurs," somehow it left me feeling empty and since then, these albums have not aged well at all. While studies in college took up most of time in the late 1980s and early 1990s, I had basically lost touch with music. A few years after I had graduated, I began exploring record stores again and slowly rediscovered my prog roots and began uncovering some of most adventurous new releases I had ever heard. Bands like Anekdoten, Porcupine Tree, Spock's Beard, The Flower Kings, and many others, were finding their way into my CD player. What a wonderful time to be living in during the new wave of progressive rock bands.

These new bands have inspired me to even create my own music, composing my very own progressive rock on a computer. I can't play an instrument, but I sure do have fun composing the music and having the computer play it for me. Over the last few years I've created two projects called "Superluminal Pachyderm" and "Amalgamated Hippopotamus." Look them up on Google if you want. They're not great, but it sure is a fun hobby.

Besides my interest in progressive rock, I am a rare books and manuscripts cataloging expert for a major university library and provide computer support and write little macros that do neat things. My college degrees were in astronomy and computer science, minoring in history. I'm also interested in postage stamps that are only intended for local uses (like Lundy and Kaulbach Island) or for places that don't exist (like the Sultanate of Occussi-Ambeno and Kemp Land) and I have self-published a book of my poetry, but I don't write as much of that as I used to. I beep a lot, and sometimes I honk and toot. Once in awhile I'll pop like a coffee pot. No one knows why.

Reviews distribution by sub-genre


 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Symphonic Prog973.18
2 Crossover Prog602.67
3 Psychedelic/Space Rock373.32
4 Heavy Prog333.58
5 Neo-Prog223.50
6 Prog Related202.10
7 Progressive Metal93.44
8 Eclectic Prog54.00
9 Various Genres12.00
10 Jazz Rock/Fusion14.00
11 Proto-Prog14.00
12 Prog Folk14.00
13 Canterbury Scene13.00

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