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    Posted: April 16 2015 at 00:17
I just bought a new CD of Deep Purple's "Fireball," which is a great album! 

The song "The Mule" always impressed me as possibly being inspired by Isaac Asimov's famous "Foundation Trilogy," which I was reading at the time the LP came out (1970). 

Searching around, I found that Ian Gillian confirmed what I had guessed forty years ago!  


"I'd like to ask you about the lyrics to 'The Mule'. Am I right that it is based on one of

my favourite novels, Foundation by Isaac Asimov? Was it written by you, and if yes did you read the book?"


Nothing but the best,

Tamás"


"Hello Tamas,

Thanks for your letter, comments and questions.  Yes, The Mule was inspired by Asimov. It's been a while but I'm sure you've made the right connection...Asimov was required reading in the 60's."


(The Mule was a mutant bad-guy in "Foundation," named The Mule because he was sterile.)

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I'm getting a real kick out of STAR ONE's: VICTIMS OF THE MODERN AGE.

great music inspired by many great sci-fi films like 12 monkeys, planet of the apes, a clockwork orange and of course the mighty Blade runner. :)
Raving and drooling I leaned on his neck with a screeeeeeeamm! ;)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kayleur Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 22 2015 at 14:10
"Singularity" track with spoken voice off the most-recently released Brainticket lp.

What could be more futuristic than the theme of us being able to experience each other's minds?
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On topic, how about Guapo's History of the Visitation?  Based on the track titles, clearly inspired by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky's classic SF novel Roadside Picnic. This is the same novel that provided the basis for Tarkovsky's very long (and in my view tedious) movie Stalker.
 
It's a purely instrumental album, so what the music evokes depends on the listener. But having read and enjoyed the book I found Guapo's music actually evoked the otherness of the visitation's aftermath rather well. I'd recommend this pretty highly to anyone who likes adventurous prog whether or not they are into RIO/Avant or Zeuhl. Unlike much of their previous work it doesn't really fit comfortably inside those genres.
 


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mascodagama Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 22 2015 at 06:29
Originally posted by Wallace The Lad Wallace The Lad wrote:


Perhaps a progmasterman even?

Whatever became of him?
 
He found the progsubman he was looking for all these years and they are happily ensconced in a dungeon somewhere, whipping and being whipped. Far too busy to post on these forums!
 
I love a story with a happy ending.
 
 
 
 
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It came up briefly in this thread, but Moody Blues’ “To Our Children's Children’s Children” has a space-travel theme throughout, and is one of their proggier albums to boot.

Caption: We tend to take ourselves a little too seriously.

Silly human race! Yes is for everybody!
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Has anyone mentioned Impressions on Reading Aldous Huxley from 1972 by German band Brave New World?

I have a collection called Dr Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop Volume 1 , The Early Years 1963-1969 (from 2000).

There is also The Empire and Rebellion, based on Star Wars, by The Colossus Project ( 2008)  a collective from italy.

Before ELP's Karn Eval 9, there was a Moody Blues track, I think In the Beginning from On the Threshold of a Dream (1969), where the character speaks to a computer.




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Originally posted by Dean Dean wrote:

LOL not subtle, but very stupid. LOL

that came to mind as wellLOL
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I can't not associate the term "sci-fi prog" with Pestilence's 1993 album Spheres.



Yes, it's technically (lol) tech-metal prog, but it epitomizes the sound for me. Great thread!
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Solarni modus (engl."Solar Method") by Igra Staklenih Perli (1979)



Lunarni modus (engl. "Lunar Method") by Igra Staklenih Perli (1980) 
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LOL not subtle, but very stupid. LOL

New album for 2015: Centaur

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote richardh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 26 2014 at 01:06
Originally posted by Wallace The Lad Wallace The Lad wrote:

"Es Ist Nicht Leicht Ein Gott Zu Sein".
Wallace has this.
For a Fritz work you would be hoping its organ-dominated.

It deffo IS NOT.


...
By the way, this fellow Knobby who has contributed so much to this thread sure is an imposing prog tastemaker. Impressive. Very impressive.

Perhaps a progmasterman even?

Whatever became of him?


...
Anyone mention Intergalactic Galactic Touring Band?

a not very subtle way of saying its you presumably
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"Es Ist Nicht Leicht Ein Gott Zu Sein".
Wallace has this.
For a Fritz work you would be hoping its organ-dominated.

It deffo IS NOT.


...
By the way, this fellow Knobby who has contributed so much to this thread sure is an imposing prog tastemaker. Impressive. Very impressive.

Perhaps a progmasterman even?

Whatever became of him?


...
Anyone mention Intergalactic Galactic Touring Band?
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There's a 1989 German movie titled "Hard to Be a God" with a soundtrack written by Triumvirat's keyboardist Jurgen Fritz. Haven't watched that, but I heard it's a great movie.
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*shrug* whatever.

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Originally posted by Prog_Traveller Prog_Traveller wrote:

Originally posted by Dean Dean wrote:

Considering that they got the spelling wrong (it's Eloi in the book) then it's a fair bet they got the band name from the 1960 film staring Rod Taylor and not the novel.


True but I think maybe the misspelling was intentional. A lot of bands seemed to have done that(ie Led Zeppelin, Def Leppard etc).


Yes, I believe the y in Eloy is deliberate but I forget the reason for the change apart from "just because"...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Prog_Traveller Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 22 2014 at 15:06
Originally posted by Dean Dean wrote:

Originally posted by Prog_Traveller Prog_Traveller wrote:

Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

 
Originally posted by progbethyname progbethyname wrote:

Originally posted by AreYouHuman AreYouHuman wrote:

A couple of albums with time-travel storylines: Eloy—The Power and the Passion and Ekseption—Beggar Julia’s Time Trip.
 Ay! Eloy! So fantastic at delving into the fantastic. This is a band that has greatly one me over lately. I enjoy Planets very much as well.
 
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The Power and The Passion through to Metromania was a great run of albums and all with a sci-fi theme.
Also Tides Turn Forever and Ocean II are well worth checking out.
 I heard somewhere that Frank Borneman never read any Sci Fi novels but I'm not sure I'm buying it. The bands name is derived from the future civilization in The Time Machine for crying out loud.    
Considering that they got the spelling wrong (it's Eloi in the book) then it's a fair bet they got the band name from the 1960 film staring Rod Taylor and not the novel.




True but I think maybe the misspelling was intentional. A lot of bands seemed to have done that(ie Led Zeppelin, Def Leppard etc).
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote progbethyname Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 22 2014 at 13:08
Originally posted by Dean Dean wrote:

Originally posted by Prog_Traveller Prog_Traveller wrote:

Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

 
Originally posted by progbethyname progbethyname wrote:

Originally posted by AreYouHuman AreYouHuman wrote:

A couple of albums with time-travel storylines: Eloy—The Power and the Passion and Ekseption—Beggar Julia’s Time Trip.
 Ay! Eloy! So fantastic at delving into the fantastic. This is a band that has greatly one me over lately. I enjoy Planets very much as well.
 
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The Power and The Passion through to Metromania was a great run of albums and all with a sci-fi theme.
Also Tides Turn Forever and Ocean II are well worth checking out.
 I heard somewhere that Frank Borneman never read any Sci Fi novels but I'm not sure I'm buying it. The bands name is derived from the future civilization in The Time Machine for crying out loud.    
Considering that they got the spelling wrong (it's Eloi in the book) then it's a fair bet they got the band name from the 1960 film staring Rod Taylor and not the novel.




Personally my friends, I think all do to psychedelics. Frank Bornemann' is a dabbler indeed.



God love it though. What a fantastic mind. Great lyricist. I really like 'The Sun-Song.'
The guy is captain majestic to me.
Raving and drooling I leaned on his neck with a screeeeeeeamm! ;)
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Symphony X's ICONOCLAST is a great sci-fi album.

It's the classic MAN v.s MACHINE as the machines (which look like mech warriors) try and take over the world.

I love it. :)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cstack3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 22 2014 at 12:42
Has anyone written music about the advancement of society to the next level?  I believe "Watcher of the Skies" is in that vein.  It would seem to be an obvious musical theme for prog to explore.

This is an excellent article about how intelligent races may evolve in the universe, and why we should be concerned about it! 

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