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Jason Rubenstein has been writing and producing music since 1995. His latest release, "New Metal From Old Boxes" is a return to his progressive-rock roots with a loud, heavy, energetic and modern suite of instrumentals that evoke KING CRIMSON, EMERSON, LAKE AND PALMER, NINE INCH NAILS, and classical music.

Written, performed and produced by Jason, it is a change in style from his previous mixed-genre CDs. "I love progressive rock.", Jason said,I grew up on it, and I was in a prog-rock band in the 80s, back when prog really was not cool. Recently, I needed to hear new music that carries forward the heavier, 20th-century-classical progressive-rock sound. It was a challenge; nothing felt quite right to me. For "New Metal From Old Boxes", I just wrote what I felt, and used a limited set of classic textures: piano, Hammond B3, huge drums, Oberheim and Moog synthesizers, and bass & guitar.

"New Metal From Old Boxes" features classic, loud rock production and a movie-like tension-filled soundtrack vibe. Imagine if King Crimson, ELP, NIИ, WENDY CARLOS, and PHILIP GLASS got together to score the soundtrack for a heist movie.

Jason Rubenstein's music has been heard on National Public Radio, NBC Television,, and in the film "Replicant". In 2000, he was featured in an EQ magazine article "Adventures in Sound Design", and his sound design was used in ABC's television series "Lost". In March of 2014, Jason released an EP titled "This is Not a Love Letter".

"New Metal From Old Boxes" is his sixth release.

Rubenstein, who'd previously worked as a software engineer at Google and at Pono Music, suddenly found himself unemployed in late 2013. He started working on "New Metal For Old Boxes" the next day, writing one song per day for 30 days. I'd been running the engineering for Pono Music for three years when the whole project hit its nadir. We all got laid-off. The very next day, at 7am, I fired up my home studio and started writing music. No wasting time. I wrote one song every day, not worrying about whether it was any good - I just wrote whatever I wanted to hear. Every day, I literally asked myself What do I want to hear? What am I feeling right now?? and I went and wrote whatever that was, Jason said. A lot of the process for writing came from the process for writing genre fiction: What happens? And what happens next? And what happens after that??. Every song tells a story of some sort, regardless of whether it has ...
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4.33 | 3 ratings
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Distant Early Warning
3.86 | 9 ratings
New Metal from Old Boxes
3.67 | 3 ratings
Four Named narratives

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4.50 | 2 ratings
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4.00 | 2 ratings
This Is Not a Love Letter
4.82 | 2 ratings
Four Points of Focus
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Improv 4 April 2020


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 Four Points of Focus by RUBENSTEIN, JASON album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2018
4.82 | 2 ratings

Four Points of Focus
Jason Rubenstein Heavy Prog

Review by Steve Conrad

5 stars JASON RUBENSTEIN: Four Points of Focus EP

I was given an advanced copy to review.

The players:

Jason Rubenstein ' Piano, synthesizers, samplers Tom Hipskind ' Drums Shawn Sommer ' Bass and Bass Synthesizer Bugra Sisman ' Electric guitar Chuck Bontrager ' 7-string violin Dani'l van den Berg ' Acoustic and electric guitars

It's a chilly, sizzling masterpiece.

And I'm not sure how Jason does this- but the stark, percussive, unison piano lines in the lower register, pounding out dramatic sequences accompanied by bass and drums- well, somehow one gets the idea there are mysteries and coils in Jason's brain.

There are no resting places.

No places to pause, doff your hat, cool your heels, or take a restful breath. Although the music is rarely harsh or overpowering, there's a steely core that makes you think you'd better stay focused.

And there's heat in that steely core. Passion. Intensity.

Jason seems like a big-brain person- one of those guys with more folds, and cells, and capacities than some of us lesser mortals. Things make sense and add up in different ways that sometimes appear to defy convention.

You could say he's a visionary and folks, it doesn't seem like a real easy, laid-back kind of world Jason inhabits.

There's something compelling in that vision.

He attracts luminous musicians who are equally drawn to that light Jason emits, and who add immeasurably to it.

I was trying to find a weak spot in the ensemble that surrounds this music and fleshes it out.


At the heart of this music is pounding, percussive, demanding piano.

Not swanky lounge-lizard piano, or sweet, relaxing piano- no. Restless, gouging, growling piano.

Jason elsewhere mentioned Philip Glass, ELP, King Crimson, and Nine Inch Nails as influences.

I think though that he's clearly morphed into a defining 'voice' of his own.

There are four tracks-

Consideration: that driving, percussive piano, precision from all players, complex and shifting time signatures, cool echo guitar, flowing piano, impeccable rhythm section.

Acceleration: arpeggiated piano lines, turning into a 'crazed calypso on acid' with some slinky bass guitar work, flaring and soaring synth work, all ending on one dark piano stroke.

Unequivocation: beginning with some garbled static- voices? chaos?, then that piano at the heart. The stark unison lines with piano, bass, and the tasteful drums augmenting it all, growing more crisp and complex'then some flamenco-like acoustic guitar simmering over the top in fiery, restless tones'morphing into electric virtuosity, all with a Latin flavor.

Ending with

Conviction: flowing bass line, that amazing rhythm section that never over-plays, cool clinking organ tones as the tune builds, soaring synth work moving into an almost unbearable build-up'then'done.


Jason and fellow musicians have hammered out a rare musical sculpture- finely crafted, meticulous, icy-fire.

I give it five out of five chilly hot stars.

Four Points of Focus is due out June 25, 2018.

 New Metal from Old Boxes by RUBENSTEIN, JASON album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.86 | 9 ratings

New Metal from Old Boxes
Jason Rubenstein Heavy Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Heavy / RPI / Symphonic Prog Team

4 stars From his first experimental electronic release, Jason Rubenstein has made a radical move into heavy progressive rock. The heaviness doesn't come from the guitars, but the keyboards. There are some guitars here, but it's not obvious if it's programmed, like a synthesizer of if it's a real guitar. Nonetheless, it's the keyboards that are the main instrument. And they are played like a hammer hitting the dark note with repetitive notes that is a recurrent theme throughout the album. While this pattern is heard, there's another keyboards part that is playing at the same time with more symphonic melodies. The music is in the atmosphere of the dramatic style of Ars Nova and on some specific songs, like "The Snowflake Defines the Weather" and "Frankenstein on the Red line", in the style of Keith Emerson of ELP. The general dark mood of the music left some space sometimes to lighter jazz part with piano. The song "Unspeakable Highways" has that horror movie atmosphere that contains one of the most interesting grooves on the album. "A Burden of Secrets" is another standout track that has some lighter passages that I mentioned earlier. But the dark style being a recurrent them is still present. This is instrumental music that sounds like some soundtrack of your nightmare with no ballads, but heavy stuff that combines elements of the old school of progressive rock to some contemporary music of today. The album closes with no surprise here with a tasteful and faithful rendition of "The Barbarian" of ELP.
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