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    Posted: September 05 2006 at 04:58
Anybody heard of this British group.
 
I just reviewed their newest album and it is quite impressive
 
 
Traces of Univers Zero , Art Zoyd , ShubNiggurath  and Wapassou
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 05 2006 at 09:17
I have two albums, Constellations and Voivode Dracula. Both great albums. It's a nice combination of modern classical and ambient. I enjoy them a lot. Haven't heard the new one yet.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 05 2006 at 13:06
I got the last one about 3 weeks ago (knew nothing about the band but the guy in the store that allready know my style pretty well, gave it to me and said I should take it so I did) and from the few listens I had it sounds realy nice, yet I should hear it few more times to say how are they.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 05 2006 at 16:32
I heard on myspace and I really enjoy. Nice tunes.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 05 2006 at 17:58
I recommended this band in the past on these forums. Music is written, composed, produced, recorded by one man Richard Wileman - multitalented person who is also replying all fans email within hours and selling his CDs.
 
I bought from him album-compilation called Alterante History, and enjoying it very much. I have not heard the latest release but in Alternate History I can't hear any trace of Art Zoyd or Universe Zero or even Wapassou music. IMO Karda Estra is modern classic borderline Symphonic/ambient prog.
 
Highly recommended.
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 06 2006 at 06:36
I also found a few traces of Simon Jeffes' Penguinb Cafe Orchestra, which are about to be added to the site. But Im wondering why this should be in prog-related, though
 
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 08 2006 at 15:01

Hello Hugues,

Thanks for the review and the heads up via PE - much appreciated and I'm delighted you enjoyed the album.

Thought I'd add my own thoughts about it as an addition to our e-mail exchange.
 
You are of course quite correct that I am not too clued up on the RIO/Zehul/Avant scenes with the exceptions of a few like Unives Zero and Alamaailman Vasarat who I discovered quite a time after I started Karda Estra and it already had it's own shape. I do know enough to get a general idea though, so as Hugues has pointed out the similarities with these kind of bands, I thought I'd point out some differences too - not to disagree with him - just to give a fuller picture as I see it.
 
My main musical influence is quite simple - great chords. Whatever the style of music, if it contains a certain type of harmonic structure that I seem particularly open too, I'm pretty sold on it. So my early experience of the prog majestic chord sequences like you might get with Tony Banks, Emerson and Wakeman (on something like Awaken) - especially in 3/4, well, that is the main in factor in what I do.
 
I went on to discover classical composers like Vaughan Williams, Satie, Debussy etc - all with absolutely gorgeous harmonic sense.
 
This kind of feel is the backbone of what I do and quite different to the harmonic sense you will find in much of the groups Hugues described.
 
My interest in combining classical instruments with modern springs from a lot of soundtrack influences like Morricone, Herrmann and Goldsmith.
 
The love of dark gothic / surreal subjects comes from my own interests in these kind of areas, plus a special love for the composers who scored Hammer, Amicus and Tigon horror films in the 50's-70's. This is quite an English tradition. But I'm also at home with lighter, more pastoral music too - in fact, many styles take my interest. There are elements of lounge, ambient - in fact all sorts of things in my work. I do try to use the right arrangements to get the right feel for the different subjects I approach.
 
But absolutely, there may very well be something in KE if you like oboe, cor anglais, strings etc in your progressive music and if you like the music Hugues named, you are very welcome to visit my site and have some free mp3's.
 
KE doesn't tour because costs would be too prohibitive. Unlike the other bands mentioned, my pieces are often made up of many, many more tracks - relentless, (obsessive!) overdubbing - layers of choral vocals, strings, keys, plus more experimental percussion, sounds and effects. The costs (and logistics) of reproducing it live are totally out of my reach.
 
As for Cyclops Records? Malcolm and I have been working together for years - great fella and I'm more than happy not to fit in with his roster. I wouldn't want to fit into anyone's roster!
 
Anyhow thanks once again Hugues for your time on this and everyone else in this thread for supporting my music. 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 08 2006 at 15:26
Hello Richard, very nice to have you here in PA!
 
I only have Eve and I do like it very much and due to that album I intend to look for more of your musical output.
 
It is really great to have you here and reading your side and experience about what you compose.
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 08 2006 at 15:31
Welcome Richard. It is always an honour when a creator graces us with his presence on our modest and unruly forums.
 
Thanks for the additional infos.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 08 2006 at 15:54
Thank You Assaf. And Hugues - my pleasure - and thank you for not pointing out I spelt your name wrong in my post! - I've edited it now - you are a gent.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 09 2006 at 13:02
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2006 at 11:09
Just spotted this thread, and thoght I'd contribute my 2 cents worth.
 
I only just recently picked up on Karda Estra, and bought 2 CDs to give them a listen - Constellations and The Age of Science And Enlightenment. I was advised by a friend who'd heard some of the stuff before that it was a bit "Constance Demby-like". Hmmmmm.....
 
Demby's stuff is a bit too light and spacey for me, but I went ahead and got the discs anyway, and I'm glad I did. Definitely spacey, but with a fuller, heavier edge. Definite Hackett instrumental influences. Right up my street!
 
Nice job, Richard! Keep up the good work! Clap
 
 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2006 at 11:11
Originally posted by Norm Cash Norm Cash wrote:

Just spotted this thread, and thoght I'd contribute my 2 cents worth.
 
I only just recently picked up on Karda Estra, and bought 2 CDs to give them a listen - Constellations and The Age of Science And Enlightenment. I was advised by a friend who'd heard some of the stuff before that it was a bit "Constance Demby-like". Hmmmmm.....
 
Demby's stuff is a bit too light and spacey for me, but I went ahead and got the discs anyway, and I'm glad I did. Definitely spacey, but with a fuller, heavier edge. Definite Hackett instrumental influences. Right up my street!
 
Nice job, Richard! Keep up the good work! Clap
 
 
 
Please do not hesitate to review thealbums when you feel ready for themWink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2006 at 12:37
Originally posted by Sean Trane Sean Trane wrote:

Originally posted by Norm Cash Norm Cash wrote:

Just spotted this thread, and thoght I'd contribute my 2 cents worth.
 
I only just recently picked up on Karda Estra, and bought 2 CDs to give them a listen - Constellations and The Age of Science And Enlightenment. I was advised by a friend who'd heard some of the stuff before that it was a bit "Constance Demby-like". Hmmmmm.....
 
Demby's stuff is a bit too light and spacey for me, but I went ahead and got the discs anyway, and I'm glad I did. Definitely spacey, but with a fuller, heavier edge. Definite Hackett instrumental influences. Right up my street!
 
Nice job, Richard! Keep up the good work! Clap
 
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 14 2006 at 18:01
Originally posted by Norm Cash Norm Cash wrote:

Just spotted this thread, and thoght I'd contribute my 2 cents worth.
 
Nice job, Richard! Keep up the good work! Clap
 
 
 
Thank You, Norm - I will do my best Smile
 
I haven't heard or even heard of Constance Demby, by the way.
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