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Member since: 2/17/2016 • Forum posts: 1805 • Last visit: 4/15/2019 3:16:30 AM EST
Location: Lublin, Poland

Progressive Biography

Hello, dear internet traveler!

If you are reading this, you have highly likely just clicked on my nickname attached to one of my reviews. It would be appropriate to start with a little introduction. My name is Tymon and as of 2016, I am 16 years old. I was born and live in Poland's biggest city east of the Vistula river - Lublin.

My adventure with music began during my fetal life when my mum would play me classical music of Mozart and Beethoven and jazz of Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. Since my early days on earth, my dad has also been a great musical teacher, introducing me to various facets of metal, ambient, and the broadly-defined electronic music in general. At the age of five, I started learning to play piano, getting accustomed with classical music. However, the real breakthrough came when I discovered The Beatles at about the age of seven. With my explorative nature, I started to rapidly build my path from there, discovering rock music, rockabilly, settling on blues for a longer while. At that time, I also started learning to play guitar.

However, after a while, I got bored with the 12-bar form and started searching for something fresh. I discovered a lot of jazz then. Since I was a fan of British blues rock, I watched a documentary BBC Prog Rock Britannia out of sheer curiosity, knowing very little about the genre other than its roots in late-sixties England. At first, I was not convinced. It all seemed very artificial and a bit . . . pretentious. I had, however, progressed from blues, listening to space rock albums such as Space Ritual by Hawkwind and Flying - One Hour Space Rock by UFO. In no time, I ended up listening to "21st Century Schizoid Man"and "Epitath", shattering my skeptical approach for good! As I mentioned, I have a very explorative nature, which helped me in quick, but very intricate investigation of the genre.

A little less than a year ago, I created an account here on ProgArchives, learning not only about countless new bands, scenes, and sounds, but also about writing reviews, the quality level of which has grown highly from the point where I started.

My tastes vary from time to time, but undoubtedly my favorite sub-genre of those offered here on ProgArchives is the Canterbury Scene. My other favorites include Krautrock, RIO/Avant-Prog, Jazz-Rock/Fusion, Rock Progressivo Italiano, Progressive Electronic, Zeuhl, Indo-Prog/Raga Rock, as well as "classic" prog (symphonic and eclectic).

My favorite progressive albums (sticking with one per artist) are:
Egg - The Polite Force
Henry Cow - LegEnd
Soft Machine - Third
Van der Graaf Generator - Pawn Hearts
East of Eden - Snafu
Harmonia - Musik von Harmonia
Camel - Mirage
Quiet Sun - Mainstream
Ash Ra Tempel - Ash Ra Tempel
Magma - Mekanďk Destruktďẁ Kommandöh
Osanna - Palepoli
Gentle Giant - The Power and Glory
Moving Gelatine Plates - Moving Gelatine Plates
Comus - First Utterance
Manuel Manuel Göttsching - Inventions for Electric Guitar
Area - Arbeit Macht Frei
Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention - Uncle Meat
Faust - The Faust Tapes

. . . but the list keeps changing, with the exception of the first two.

However, I also do listen to music that is not prog. My other favorite genre is jazz, especially fusion, spiritual, post-bop, avant-garde, and free-form styles. I very much enjoy many different shades of electronic music (from Berlin school, to minimal techno, to dark ambient, to drone, to leftfield house, to musique concrete), experimental music, soul and funk, psychedelic rock, romantic and post-romantic classical music, and minimalism of Terry Riley, Philip Glass, and La Monte Young. I am always open to new music and love exploring new genres and artists.

My interests outside music include literature, being a big fan of Kurt Vonnegut, science fiction and cosmos, politics, vintage electronic devices, all forms of art, and fun facts about anything.

I hope I did not bore you too much with this lengthy introduction, I can never seem to cut the chase.

Thank you all for being such a great community and I am looking forward to interacting with you!


Reviews distribution by sub-genre

 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Canterbury Scene384.21
2 Symphonic Prog253.84
3 Eclectic Prog224.14
4 Prog Folk134.08
5 Krautrock133.77
6 RIO/Avant-Prog104.40
7 Heavy Prog103.70
8 Crossover Prog93.78
9 Jazz Rock/Fusion74.14
10 Psychedelic/Space Rock34.00
11 Progressive Electronic24.00
12 Proto-Prog24.00
13 Rock Progressivo Italiano15.00
14 Zeuhl14.00

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