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Topic: Art Rock, Crossover (???): PATCH from Australia
Posted By: T.Rox
Subject: Art Rock, Crossover (???): PATCH from Australia
Date Posted: August 30 2007 at 13:44
Hi Band Submission team,
 
PATCH, a suggested band for PA, complete with bio, etc. (If the submission is successful I will add the album ... and I am still working on finding a band picture of some sort.)
 
mp3 files are on their way via YouSendIt

 

PATCH

 

Genre: Art Rock, Crossover

Country: Australia

Website: none

 

Photo: none

 

Biography – written by T.Rox (Coops)

 

PATCH is a studio-assembled ensemble of musicians from diverse fields – rock, prog/psych rock, jazz, folk and classical – put together by renowned Australian (New Zealand born) producer Peter Dawkins for a ‘one-off’ project, the instrumental concept album “The Star Suite”.

 

Dawkins (who is not credited as a musician on the PATCH project) enlisted as key collaborators, and co-composers of the work, guitarist Mike Rudd (SPECTRUM and ARIEL) and folk singer/guitarist Mike McClellan. And rounding out the line-up credited as PATCH are notable session musicians in Doug Gallacher on drums, Tony Esterman on keyboards and Rod Coe on bass.

 

Support musicians for the project included prodigious guitarist Tim Gaze (TAMAM SHUD, KAHVAS JUTE and ARIEL), long-time Rudd associate Bill Putt (SPECTRUM and ARIEL) on bass, along with Sydney Symphony Orchestra cellist Nathan Waks firing up the electric cello, and rock ’n’ roll journeyman Mike Perjanik behind the ARP synthesizer. Other artists are Tony Ansell on organ, percussionist Ian Bloxham, Doug Fosket on saxophone, and jazz outfit THE BENNELONG TRIO (Peter Draper, guitar; Brian Strong, cello; Nick Negerovich, flute).

 

The sole reason for the formation of PATCH was the 1973 album “The Star Suite”, an interpretation of astrological themes of the four elements of the Zodiac – Air, Fire, Water and Earth – and how the signs of the Zodiac interact with these most basic of elements. “The Star Suite” consists of four lengthy tracks, one for each of the elements; the track for each of the elements is further divided into three parts: the interactions with one of each of the cardinal signs, the fixed signs and the mutable signs of the Zodiac. The music is at times ethereal & spacey, while at other times there are elements of fusion, psychedelic rock and symphonic rock … an eclectic mix of musical styles from a band with members from many musical spheres.

 

“The Star Suite” is an excellent concept album, with PATCH being a recommended “studio band” that showcases some of the luminaries of the early 70’s Australian progressive rock scene. The challenge to prog heads is finding a copy of this rare offering.

  

Discography

 

The Star Suite – 1973 – Harvest (EMI) SHVL.612

 

Why This Band Needs To Be In ProgArchives

 

A little known progressive outfit from Australia formed simply to create its legacy in the form of a single concept album. (PATCH also gets a mention in Ronald Couture’s “Essential Mini-Guide to Progressive Rock”.)

 
 
 
...and I will leave it to you good people on the PA team to deliberate!
 
Cheers,
 
T.Rox Thumbs%20Up 


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Replies:
Posted By: TheProgtologist
Date Posted: August 30 2007 at 15:55
Darn Coops....I was hoping you were going to suggest another good Prog Metal band.Cry
 
Wink
 
I do think it is very cool that you are trying to promote some good prog from your country(from different genres too).Australia is sort of overlooked in the Prog Scene,which is a shame because some great bands come from there.


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Posted By: bhikkhu
Date Posted: August 30 2007 at 16:08
The Symphonic Team is now looking into it.

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Posted By: T.Rox
Date Posted: August 30 2007 at 18:50
Originally posted by TheProgtologist TheProgtologist wrote:

Darn Coops....I was hoping you were going to suggest another good Prog Metal band.Cry
 
Wink
 
I do think it is very cool that you are trying to promote some good prog from your country(from different genres too).Australia is sort of overlooked in the Prog Scene,which is a shame because some great bands come from there.
 
I'm working on getting a few more Aussie bands onto PA, though most that I am aware of that are not on PA would likely fit the Heavy Prog category. Kind of a heavy psych, blues tinged sort of sound.
 
Jody, If I stumble across some more Prog Metal I will let you know! Thumbs%20Up
 


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Posted By: Ivan_Melgar_M
Date Posted: August 30 2007 at 20:29
Yikes, it's hard to find any information about them at all, not even in Australian pages, GEPR has only listed the name exactly as Proggnosis.
 
There's no website and the producer's page (Dawkins) only talks about an album called "For Pete's Sake" with no Prog relation.
 
Peter Dawkins info is mostly referred to his participatuion in an Air Supply album as producer.
 
The only info I got is the album cover:
 
 
Maybe those samples will help
 
Iván


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Posted By: ClemofNazareth
Date Posted: August 30 2007 at 22:32
Wikipedia has some information about Dawkins. Apparently he has Parkinson's and is no longer active in music. Looks like the album was reissued on some Japanese label;

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://nostalgie.cdandlp.com/listing/1/39576-0-0/P_1/progg.html&sa=X&oi=translate&resnum=4&ct=result&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dpatch%2B%2522The%2BStar%2BSuite%2522%26start%3D10%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN



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Posted By: Ivan_Melgar_M
Date Posted: August 31 2007 at 03:03
Heard all the album but waiting for the rest of the Symphonic team to give a  complete
information about our decision, because don't want to influence anybody.
 
Iván
 


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Posted By: T.Rox
Date Posted: August 31 2007 at 06:59
I have the cover picture ... I was just going to add the album details when / if Patch gets added Big%20smile
 
I will continue to work on getting a photo ... possibly a montage of Dawkins, Rudd & McClellan if I can find nothing else.
 
Iván, does the Symph team have a voting page like the Ratings Freak set up the Prog Metal team has Question
 


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Posted By: Ivan_Melgar_M
Date Posted: August 31 2007 at 12:58
Originally posted by T.Rox T.Rox wrote:

 
Iván, does the Symph team have a voting page like the Ratings Freak set up the Prog Metal team has Question
 
 
No T-Rox, we decide on our own, that's what we were chosen for.
 
But please, if HT agrees with Bob and me, the addition won't go to Symphonic, Bob and I have voted no already.
 
There's only one barely Symphonic track and that's Fire, even when very watered and with touches of Psyche.
 
The rest is diluuted Electronica meets early New Age, the fuson sections sound like Chuck Mangione meets Herb Albert, so most likely the vote of the team willl not support the inclusion.
 
If HT votes Yes, we will have to listen a fourth opinion, but knowing my team i don't believe, but even in that case won't reach the 3 votes required for their addition.
 
Bob is between Prog Related and Crossover, I would go with Prog Related.
 
That they should be in Prog Archives, we both agree, but not in Symphonic, lets wait for HT's vote anyway.
 
Iván


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Posted By: andu
Date Posted: August 31 2007 at 13:05
Originally posted by Ivan_Melgar_M Ivan_Melgar_M wrote:

Originally posted by T.Rox T.Rox wrote:

 
Iván, does the Symph team have a voting page like the Ratings Freak set up the Prog Metal team has Question
 
 
No T-Rox, we decide on our own, that's what we were chosen for.


The Prog-Metal charts are only a public list where team members put on their votes, Ivan. Everybody else can only watch. LOL You should check it out, it's an excellent idea, the Symph team could implement it, too.


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Posted By: Ivan_Melgar_M
Date Posted: August 31 2007 at 14:11
Yes I understand Andu, I'm familiar with them, but we have a different system that has worked until now with less than 1% of problems (Really all our decisions were supported by the Collaborators team exceopt one case and by the person who proposed it).
 
When we have any doubt we start a thread in the Collaborators section (In the open forum could take forever)  and wait a couple of weeks, even in the case I mention in the first parragraph we were supported by the vast majority.
 
If a member of the team disagrees with our opinion, he always adds a post expressing his disagreement so we keep people informed, but this system has worked to assign and/or reasign more than 600 bands, so we are staying with it.
 
If it works, we don't want to take the chance of ruining something that is perfect for us until today.
 
Thanks anyway.
 
Iván


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Posted By: bhikkhu
Date Posted: August 31 2007 at 19:44
Okay, here's my take.
"Air" is ambient meets New Age.
"Fire" is Symphonic Progressive rock.
"Water" starts out as Jazz Fusion, and ends up Psych/Space
"Earth" Is New Age, then goes a bit Psych, then Jam Band, then Jam Band/Jazz Fusion.

It's all prog to me. I think related would be a mistake. But I think it should be Eclectic, or Crossover.

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Posted By: T.Rox
Date Posted: August 31 2007 at 19:51

I trust your opinions more than my own as I don't feel as confident of the Symph side of this. I was thinking the old Art Rock myself initially, and suppose I was persuaded to make an leaning to Symph on the basis of the reference in "The Essential Mini-Guide".

 
To my mind the work is clearly progressive and belongs in PA, but I also believe it is more than Prog Related.
 
 
 


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Posted By: T.Rox
Date Posted: August 31 2007 at 19:53
Originally posted by bhikkhu bhikkhu wrote:

Okay, here's my take.
"Air" is ambient meets New Age.
"Fire" is Symphonic Progressive rock.
"Water" starts out as Jazz Fusion, and ends up Psych/Space
"Earth" Is New Age, then goes a bit Psych, then Jam Band, then Jam Band/Jazz Fusion.

It's all prog to me. I think related would be a mistake. But I think it should be Eclectic, or Crossover.
 
Eclectic would do it for me! Wink ...I have updated the thread title and bio along that line, too. Do you fine gentlemen pass the submission on to "Art Rock" team?
 


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Posted By: ClemofNazareth
Date Posted: August 31 2007 at 20:48
Originally posted by T.Rox T.Rox wrote:

Originally posted by bhikkhu bhikkhu wrote:

Okay, here's my take. "Air" is ambient meets New Age. "Fire" is Symphonic Progressive rock. "Water" starts out as Jazz Fusion, and ends up Psych/Space "Earth" Is New Age, then goes a bit Psych, then Jam Band, then Jam Band/Jazz Fusion. It's all prog to me. I think related would be a mistake. But I think it should be Eclectic, or Crossover.

 

Eclectic would do it for me!  ...I have updated the thread title and bio along that line, too. Do you fine gentlemen pass the submission on to "Art Rock" team?

 


Works for me T.R., for whatever that's worth.


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Posted By: Ivan_Melgar_M
Date Posted: August 31 2007 at 21:11

Yep, I have to agree with HT and Bob, after a few more listens it sounds  Prog, so one Art Rock sub-sub-genre will do it.

But I would go with Crossover, because Patch has a lot of mainstream elements like New Age, some Pop and Jam Jazz, so I would go with Crossover.
 
Eclectic is for more complex bands like King Crimson, Gentle Giant or VDGG and patch is not near the level opf complexity.
 
But that they are Prog, they are Prog.
 
Iván


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Posted By: T.Rox
Date Posted: September 07 2007 at 18:45

Just for the record: An answer to a query about Patch that surfaced in another thread...

 
Originally posted by T.Rox T.Rox wrote:

Originally posted by Alucard Alucard wrote:

 
PS I listened to 'Patch' and was a little disapointed. BTW in which genre would you fit the band?
 
 
You can't like everything you hear! Big%20smile
 
I think "The Star Suite" album is an eclectic mix of styles from a diverse colloection of musicians. The old Art Rock would have been spot on ... Iván and, to a lesser degree, Bhikkhu suggest Crossover rather than Eclectic ... so Crossover it should be I guess. However you look at it though, this work is more than prog-related.
 
 


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Posted By: micky
Date Posted: September 09 2007 at 23:10
T.Rox... pm me any samples or links to samples  and I'll listen to them.... if they fit crossover...I'll add them.


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Posted By: micky
Date Posted: September 13 2007 at 19:03
will be submitting to the AR team for evaluation....

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Posted By: Raff
Date Posted: September 14 2007 at 02:21
Please don't argue... I know we're all under severe stress, but PA should help us to feel a bit better, don't you think so?SmileHug

Anyway, I just finished listening to the album, and I agree with Ivan and the others - it is not Symphonic but in a few parts, and a good deal of it sounds very much ambient/New Age to me. Probably Crossover is the best place to put them. Let's see what the other ARers have to say about that.


Posted By: Ivan_Melgar_M
Date Posted: September 14 2007 at 02:24

Before i forget, we are one of the few teams that cleans all the supposedly Symphonic bands two  times a year.

The last cleaning up of all the bands catalogued as Symphonic by the Master List was on May 19

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Hello, as I promised to Tony R, the Symphonic Team had an addition rally, have searched in the master list (Including Proposed and disputed artists) and this is what we got:

 

As expected we required a couple of weeks  to research, being that some of them are prehistoric and/or totally obscure, so info wasn’t be easily available and samples much less

 

 

  1. Jean Pierre Alarcen (France): Hard job to search, all the info about this guy is in French but somehow I managed with my rusty French and some info in English plus sanmples……Jean Pierre is a French guitar player who made his proggiest work with Sandrose, hios solo career is formed by three albums:

His eponymous album that is PURE JAZZ with some influences of Mc’Laughlin and Santana but not Prog

Tableau N° 1 (1978): It’s a Neo Classical suite of 75 minutes with some Neo Prog and Symph moments but not preeminent, again don’t mistake Neo Classical with Symphonic.

Tableau N° 2 (1998): A pure Rock meets Neo Classical, not Prog at all, sounds like Mahler or Debussy played at Rock style with metalish guitar.

Not Symphonic, maybe Neo Prog, maybe Jazz Fusion or  Prog Related.

 

  1. Clouds (UK/Scotland): Last year we added 24 bands and we sent a bio about Clouds…..NOT SYMPHONIC AT ALL; it’s a Psyche/Proto Prog band from 1966 to 1971. Except for The Nice, don’t expect to find Symphonic releases in 1968 (Scrapbook), 1969 (Up Above Our Heads) and the only one that could fit chronologically (Watercolor  Days in 1971) has no relation with Symphonic

Recommend to be checked by Psyche, they used to tour with Jethro Tull, so they are pretty easy to find.

 

  1. Cem Karaca: Another hard task, the guy is from Turkey, except for Allmusic (Not reliable at all) all the info is in Turkish and his lyrics are mostly in Ancient Anatolian. Cem Karaca was a prolific and polemic musician/Marxist politician who had an amazing live, even accused of treason because of his ideas and later received a pardon. For the samples I could find everywhere and the information available, he played some sort of Pop/Proggish ethnic music, not adequate for Symphonic at all, even made some Rap…In Anatolian!!!!The Orchestral tracks are the less Prog (A paradox) sound like French Chanson in some weird language  but very mainstream

I don’t dare to recommend him to Prog Folk, too mainstream IMHO, should be checked for Prog Related……According to Bob could be Avant Rio mostly for the lyrics BUT NO WAY SYMPHONIC…..Please provide us some info when receiving this obscure and rare artists, some samples can be found at: http://www.tulumba.com/storeItem.asp?ic=MU939609CV849 - http://www.tulumba.com/storeItem.asp?ic=MU939609CV849 or in his Allmusic entry.

 

 

  1. Lake: Prog Related at best. Suggest striking them from the list, and let it be forgotten.WE CHECKED THEM LAST YEAR (WITH RAFF, MICKY AND FRAGILE DT AND REJECTED THEM, WE RECOMMENDED TO BE REMOVED, AND A NEW TEAM HAS THE SAME OPINION.

 

  1. Mandragora (UK): If this is the band, because the Master List doesn’t specify, it’s a great omission, 100% PROGRESSIVE but must be checked by PSYCHE TEAM, it’s one o the best Neo Psychedelia bands I ever heard

 

  1. Mandragora (Argentina): If this is the band, it also must be checked by NEO PROG because their Guitar player formed Chaneton, it’s similar but with an addition of World Music. Again please…..GIVE US SOME INFORMATION; A BAND NAME IS NOT ENOUGH. For God’s sake none of the two Mandragoras is Symphonic!!!

 

  1. Blackfeather: Kind of heavy '70s rock, with some symphonic style. But the psych/space component overwhelms it all. See if Eetu wants them.

 

  1. Dawn Dialogue (Russian Symph, will be added) We have a winner! Clearly symphonic, and in the Neo era. No question. Neat story too. This was recorded secretly in a hotel room, in two sessions, in 1982 and 1984. These were true Russian rebels.

  1. Helmerson, Anders: Keyboards, synths, and more keyboards. It's like Wakeman meets Kraftwerk. Yes, it is symphonic, will be added as soon as Bob and James give their OK.

 

  1. Help Yourself: British West Coast oriented band, hard to classify, they are Prog, no doubts but closer to a mix of British Folk and Country Music….no way they are Symphonic, Should be checked by Folk Team but beware with the strong Psyche sound: http://www.terrascope.org/helps.html -  

    1. Nell James (USA): I thought at last I had found a Symphonic artist, this 17 years old girl (When she released Tempus, now she’s 18) from Long Island sure has Yes influences, but has a clear Pastoral Folk structure, great stuff Should be checked by Sean Trane, I believe he’s a worth addition, samples and full material in http://nelljames.com/music.html - If not accepted by Prog Folk, We recommend her to Prog Related

     

    12.  Sheshet: Some of the information says this is prog folk, but I'm not so sure. It actually get's pretty jazzy at times, and there is also some GG influence. Not enough Jazz for fusion though. There could be a case made for Art, but I think they could also work with us. Lot's of piano, and chamber-like sections. Think of Renaissance with more jazz.

    To be checked by ART ROCK and Fusion, but deserves to be here

     

     
    Guys, please, don't look at this thread and omit it, we have done a research that must be used, we are recommending some bands to some sub-genres and this is already verified, lets use what we found.
     
    Tony R: We kept our word with you.

     

    Bob, HT, James, Iván
    http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=38137&KW=Symphonic - http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=38137&KW=Symphonic
 
As you see, we not only added all the Symphonic bands from tthe list, but also took the time to check and wtite guidelines for the other non Symphonic bands because we don't believe helping other teams is a problem..
 
BTW: All the Symph bands from that list were already added.
 
Iván
 
Thanks for your efforts Raff. Clap


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Posted By: Atkingani
Date Posted: September 14 2007 at 22:51

C'mon people, here's a place for enjoyment and fun... I know that we all, as prog-heads, have strong personalities, but let's leave the daily stuff outside the door and share our beloved music and dream a little bit.Ying%20Yang

What's the point of bringing to this site the our stress of everyday? It's like the cops selling guns to the wrongdoers, isn't it? Tongue



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Posted By: micky
Date Posted: September 15 2007 at 18:03
hahhaha.. since Ivan and I are finished hijacking this thread I see..

an update... Patch is being evaluated for crossover.. and we only need one more vote then we decide on it.  I'll update here.... unless the thread is deleted or closed LOL


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Posted By: micky
Date Posted: September 15 2007 at 19:58
Got that last vote and I am pleased to say that Patch has been accepted in the Crossover Prog family.

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Posted By: T.Rox
Date Posted: September 15 2007 at 20:10
Thumbs%20Up
 
Cheers, Micky. If you let me know when it is done and I will add the album details.
 


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Posted By: micky
Date Posted: September 15 2007 at 20:22
Originally posted by T.Rox T.Rox wrote:

Thumbs%20Up
 
Cheers, Micky. If you let me know when it is done and I will add the album details.
 


I'll have them added this evening.... heading off for some dinner first.

thanks for the patience....


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Posted By: micky
Date Posted: September 15 2007 at 21:47
Originally posted by T.Rox T.Rox wrote:

Thumbs%20Up
 
Cheers, Micky. If you let me know when it is done and I will add the album details.
 


added....  and ready for you to add the album.


Let me know if you find a picture of the group...did a  quick google search and didn't come up with anything.



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Posted By: T.Rox
Date Posted: September 15 2007 at 22:25
Album added! Thanks, Micky.
 
I will most likely have to concoct a picture ... I will aim for the three main guys: Dawkins, Rudd & McClellan
 
Thanks to everyone for their efforts in getting Patch 'patched' into PA (poor pun intended ... how droll is that?) Big%20smile
 


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Posted By: micky
Date Posted: September 16 2007 at 09:36
Originally posted by T.Rox T.Rox wrote:

Album added! Thanks, Micky.
 
I will most likely have to concoct a picture ... I will aim for the three main guys: Dawkins, Rudd & McClellan
 
Thanks to everyone for their efforts in getting Patch 'patched' into PA (poor pun intended ... how droll is that?) Big%20smile
 


hahahha... I like you... you make me look funny hahahha.  Thanks for adding the album...  now you get the honor of first review.  Let me know when you do... I'd like to read it.


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