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Topic: Rob Reed (Magenta): New 'Kompendium' Project.
Posted By: yam yam
Subject: Rob Reed (Magenta): New 'Kompendium' Project.
Date Posted: August 22 2012 at 12:19
This news obtained via Jerry Ewing (UK 'Prog' magazine editor) at the publication's website: http://www.progrockmag.com/news/rob-reed-unleashes-his-kompendium-super-project/" rel="nofollow - http://www.progrockmag.com/news/rob-reed-unleashes-his-kompendium-super-project/ )
 

"Kompendium are to release an album on September 24, and it’s the culmination of three years work.

The brainchild of Magenta keyboard player Rob Reed, the album is to be titled 'Beneath The Waves'. And, for Reed, it’s been a lengthy labour of love.

“It’s ridiculous, but it has taken three years to get things finished. The project has been massive, the idea being to emulate what people like Mike Oldfield, Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush used to do.

“This is classic prog with Celtic influences. It’s a concept album, and hopefully will appeal to those who enjoy War Of The Worlds, Dark Side Of The Moon and Tubular Bells.”

Reed has called on the services of two dozen other musicians to help create this work.

“I went back to some of my favourite albums and made a wish list of people I’d love to have involved,” he says.

Those who’ve contributed include Steve Balsamo – vocals, Steve Hackett – nylon guitar, Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree) – drums, Nick Beggs (Steve Hackett Band) – stick bass, Troy Donockley (Nightwish) – Uilleann Pipes, whistles, Nick Barrett – guitar, Neil Taylor (Tears For Fears) – guitar, Jakko Jackzyk (20th Century Skitzoid Band) – guitar, Francis Dunnery – guitar, John Mitchell – guitar, Mel Collins (King Crimson, Camel) – saxophone, BJ Cole (Elton John, David Gilmour) – pedal steel guitar, Chris Fry (Magenta) – guitar and Christina Booth (Magenta) – backing vocals."

More on this at the 'Prog' magazine link given above (and again here!): http://www.progrockmag.com/news/rob-reed-unleashes-his-kompendium-super-project/" rel="nofollow - http://www.progrockmag.com/news/rob-reed-unleashes-his-kompendium-super-project/
 
Sounds very interesting... Smile



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Posted By: lazland
Date Posted: August 22 2012 at 14:03
Sounds very interesting!

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Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: August 22 2012 at 16:35
Quite a line up that Rob has gathered for his project. I will be getting it!


Posted By: yam yam
Date Posted: August 26 2012 at 13:56
Official website, from where pre-orders will soon be taken: http://www.kompendium-web.com/" rel="nofollow - http://www.kompendium-web.com/
 
Kompendium on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kompendium/257030357739462" rel="nofollow - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kompendium/257030357739462
 
 
Short promo video for the project:
 
 
 
 
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Posted By: Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Date Posted: August 26 2012 at 14:03
I'm very excited for this too! A vinyl edition!! I can't wait!

I was very impressed by the tagline on that website :

"Remember when music meant more than just a click of a mouse...?"



Posted By: rockfloydgary
Date Posted: August 27 2012 at 14:34
sounds like this.epic could be massive.can't wait.


Posted By: yam yam
Date Posted: September 04 2012 at 08:45
Here's a video of Nick Beggs laying down a bit of Chapman Stick for the 'Beneath The Waves' project. If this is representative of what we can look forward to on the finished album, then it's going to be a cracking end to September!!
 
 
 
 
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Posted By: rockfloydgary
Date Posted: September 04 2012 at 15:48
amazing. should be a awesome cd. thank you.


Posted By: johnobvious
Date Posted: September 11 2012 at 16:02
I'm on it. I'm hoping that all Reed's energy went into this and that Chameleon was an aberration in the Magenta catalog. Not a bad album but not up to his usual standards.


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Posted By: yam yam
Date Posted: September 20 2012 at 13:01
I think you'll find that Rob has put plenty of energy into this project...
Shall we have a listen to a bit more?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Don't know about the rest of you...but I'm REALLY looking forward to this!!  Heart  Pre-orders being taken in four days time: http://www.kompendium-web.com/" rel="nofollow - http://www.kompendium-web.com/
 
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Edit: Added another vid - 'Beneath The Waves' (Full Animation Version)  Smile


Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: September 20 2012 at 14:32
I certainly am!


Posted By: yam yam
Date Posted: September 24 2012 at 07:41
Pre-orders now being taken: http://www.kompendium-web.com/" rel="nofollow - http://www.kompendium-web.com/
 
 
 
 
PRE-ORDER : SHIPPING FROM 22nd OCTOBER 2012:
 
LIMITED SPECIAL EDITION CD and DVD @ £15.99 + postage.
(7" Gatefold sleeve with 20 page booklet
DVD includes:
Hi-Res 5.1 surround mix
Promo and making off videos
Gallery).
 
OR
 

180grsm Audiophile DOUBLE Vinyl (BLACK)  @ £22.00 + postage.

(Gatefold sleeve with full colour inner sleeves

Cut directly from the 24bit/96 masters).

 
 
OR
 
180grsm Audiophile DOUBLE Vinyl LIMITED EDITION "SEA " BLUE Transparent VINYL @ £23.00 + postage.

(Gatefold sleeve with full colour inner sleeves

Cut directly from the 24bit/96 masters).

 
 
 
Big smile  Thumbs Up


Posted By: rockfloydgary
Date Posted: September 24 2012 at 14:12
great video. pre-ordered my copy at 5 20 this morning. can't wait.


Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: October 09 2012 at 14:28
Can anyone tell me if you get an e-mail confirming your order? I pre-ordered on Sunday (or rather thought I had) but have had no response from the website.Confused


Posted By: rockfloydgary
Date Posted: October 09 2012 at 15:03
i pre-ordred. and had no email as well. it look's like we have to wait and see.


Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: October 10 2012 at 01:41
^ ok thanks for letting me know


Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: October 31 2012 at 15:09
Anyone received it yet?


Posted By: rockfloydgary
Date Posted: October 31 2012 at 16:58
no not as yet. i think rob said it will be the first week in november..


Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: November 01 2012 at 02:50
ok ta , chomping at the bit nowSmile


Posted By: yam yam
Date Posted: November 17 2012 at 08:33
All pre-orders are said to have been shipped, so they should be arriving very shortly on your doorsteps now. Smile
 
Time we got this project up on the site somewhere methinks. Ermm
 
Will the appropriate team pick it up from here and evaluate them for inclusion as a new band, or do I need to create another thread for them in 'Suggest New Bands and Artists' forum? Theyre not on progfreak as yet, so unless Iván already has this in Symphonic's thread ready to do the necessary when the album lands, I'm assuming no team has them as yet.


Posted By: Grendelbox
Date Posted: November 17 2012 at 10:09
My Limited Edition CD+DVD has arrived 2 days ago...Really great stuff !
The 24bit / 96 Khz DTS Audio on DVD is in very good quality.

I converted the DVD to 24bit/96Khz 5.1 FLAC (with DVD Audio Extractor)
FLAC files running with VLC 2.0.4 on my Beats Audio HP Notebook
with my Beats Studio Headphones actually...
Simply amazing soundquality , I can tell you !!! Clap

Maybe someone has the time to add this CD to the Database ?

Here is the FINAL tracklist and times of the Audio-CD...

Kompendium - Beneath the Waves

01. Exordium (8:55)
02. Lost (6:05)
03. Lilly (4:05)
04. Mercy Of The Sea (6:11)
05. The Storm (11:03)
06. Beneath The Waves (5:51)
07. Sole Survivor (3:26)
08. Alone (5:07)
09. Il Tempo È Giunto (3:08)
10. A Moment Of Clarity (4:17)
11. One Small Step (3:21)
12. Reunion (5:45)

Total Time: 67:14


Posted By: rockfloydgary
Date Posted: November 17 2012 at 12:25
got my cd/dvd copy yesterday it looks awesome, great work rob.i am going to donate all day sunday to play. BENEATH THE WAVES.Tongue


Posted By: aapatsos
Date Posted: November 20 2012 at 13:41
no-one has suggested this for inclusion yet? Shocked

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Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: November 20 2012 at 15:08
Originally posted by yam yam yam yam wrote:

All pre-orders are said to have been shipped, so they should be arriving very shortly on your doorsteps now. Smile
 
Time we got this project up on the site somewhere methinks. Ermm
 
Will the appropriate team pick it up from here and evaluate them for inclusion as a new band, or do I need to create another thread for them in 'Suggest New Bands and Artists' forum? Theyre not on progfreak as yet, so unless Iván already has this in Symphonic's thread ready to do the necessary when the album lands, I'm assuming no team has them as yet.
Have yet to receive mine which makes me think there was an issue with my order. I'll give it a few days before I place an order with my usual supplier. Got plenty of new things to listen to so not as annoying as it might have been.


Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: November 26 2012 at 09:24
Turns out that I did make a mistake with my orginal order. I have now done it properly and I have received e-mail confirmation. I just hope they havn't run out of copies!


Posted By: SouthSideoftheSky
Date Posted: November 26 2012 at 09:50
Originally posted by yam yam yam yam wrote:

... unless Iván already has this in Symphonic's thread ready to do the necessary when the album lands, I'm assuming no team has them as yet.


I hear you, I will mention it to my fellow Symphonics



Posted By: Argonaught
Date Posted: November 30 2012 at 04:47
Having looked at the lineup and the tasteful promo materials, we were very much impressed and pre-ordered the album on vinyl. With Gavin Harrison, Nick Beggs and Steve Hackett on board, how could anything go wrong? When the package arrived (after a long, long wait), we were once again impressed - this time by how pretty the blue vinyl was, and by the luxurious feel of the jacket and the sleeves..

But the first listen was disappointing. Maybe, the expectations had been disproportionately high?

If I had to describe Beneath the Waves in one sentence, I'd go for "An embellished hybrid between Enya and the Side A of A Scarcity of Miracles". Maybe, laced with an amount of Cocteau Twins and some exotic vocals. The music is pleasant, but it kind of goes in circles around the same theme ... does this make it a concept album? 

CHANGE OF HEART: I am going to listen to it again (since I have to drive for 2 hours straight tomorrow), and will see how the 2nd attempt goes :)






 






Posted By: johnobvious
Date Posted: November 30 2012 at 11:44
Got mine yesterday and have given it one spin. Gonna take a lot more to get the full effect but first blush is very positive and Argonaught's comments should be taken with a grain of salt. Reed was going for beautiful music and that is the what I am getting with very little if any "new age" vibe. Troy Donockley is all over this so if you like his work, no brainer. Steve Balsamo is on almost all of the songs and that guy has got the goods in the vocal dept. I couldn't see giving this any less than 4 stars if I were rating it.


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Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: November 30 2012 at 15:38
I like New Age especially Stephen Caudel and I will admit to having a soft spot for Enya so that comparison does not bother me. I will listen to it tomorrow when I'm less tired.


Posted By: SouthSideoftheSky
Date Posted: November 30 2012 at 16:03

Is it available for download/streaming anywhere? It is not on Spotify nor iTunes. 



Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: December 01 2012 at 03:53
Its not New Age but it is a little syrupy on first listen.Sounds like the soundtrack for Disney movie but with no outstanding songs or parts. A litle disappointed on first listen but will need more time to form a definitive opinion.


Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: December 03 2012 at 16:38
I was a bit harsh making the comparison to Disney. Expected someone to pick me up on that but strangely no one did. Its actually a very original work with plenty of layers. Will stand many many listens. Nice one.


Posted By: Argonaught
Date Posted: December 03 2012 at 18:05
Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

I was a bit harsh making the comparison to Disney. Expected someone to pick me up on that but strangely no one did. Its actually a very original work with plenty of layers. Will stand many many listens. Nice one.

I have experienced the same kind of epiphany, facilitated by a WAV splitter. You see, about 1/2 of the album is for real like a soundtrack. But, I plucked out the tripe and ended up with 39:36 of fairly wholesome celto-symphonesque stuff ... with an adequate amount of Gavin and Nick, Q.E.D. I don't know what Hackett does on this album, but I have enough of his stuff from the '70s, so he gets a pass. 

Or, when playing it on vinyl:

Side A: play all
Side B: skip the first 5 minutes, then play to the end
Side C: play first 10 mins or so

   


Posted By: Floyd Steely
Date Posted: December 06 2012 at 23:50
So is anyone going to add this band and album to this site???


Posted By: AtomicCrimsonRush
Date Posted: December 07 2012 at 08:01
They should be added somewhere - but where? Symphonic? Or Neo? Or Folk?

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Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: December 08 2012 at 03:27
Originally posted by AtomicCrimsonRush AtomicCrimsonRush wrote:

They should be added somewhere - but where? Symphonic? Or Neo? Or Folk?
 
yep all thoseLOL
 
my feeling is that it should go in the same section as Stephen Caudel which is Crossover. I've just had a read of the definition given on the site and I believe that would be the best fit.


Posted By: Argonaught
Date Posted: December 08 2012 at 08:32
Originally posted by AtomicCrimsonRush AtomicCrimsonRush wrote:

They should be added somewhere - but where? Symphonic? Or Neo? Or Folk?

I think Folk would be the best fit.

Beneath the Waves is build upon the iterations of almost stereotypical Celtic-ky harmonies and rhythms. I would add it, but have no clue how to, or whether I have the credentials to do so. 






Posted By: johnobvious
Date Posted: December 08 2012 at 11:26
2nd time through was better than the first especially since I gave it more attention. Stand by my at least 4 stars assessment.

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Posted By: yam yam
Date Posted: December 23 2012 at 14:09
Album on bandcamp now, but still not on the site...I've posted it in the New Bands forum to try and gee things along a bit: http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=91177" rel="nofollow - http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=91177 .  Embarrassed
 
http://kompendium.bandcamp.com/album/beneath-the-waves" rel="nofollow - http://kompendium.bandcamp.com/album/beneath-the-waves
 
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Edit: Only three of the tracks are currently streaming on bandcamp. Bit strange really, but there you go. Disapprove


Posted By: Gilberto
Date Posted: December 24 2012 at 20:40
First time I've heard it, like it but no too impressed. Second time...much better. By the third time, I was overwhelmed with emotions and feelings. What a great record and recording. I'm a 60 years old Progressive Rock fan, and what Rob Reed has done here should be considered a classic for the ages. This is for me, not the record of the year, but the masterpiece for the last two decades. Not a single moment in this almost 60 minutes of music is wasted. Is a perfect balanced record: subtle but at the same time powerful; the use of opera singers in the right places. Same for the chorus and the angelic voice of Angharad Brinn, as well as the Synergy vocals. Balsamo's voice spine tingling; Gavin Harrison's drumming just what was required for this type of music. The recording: well balanced through all the music spectrum... spectacular. You can hear every instrument and voices very clearly. I know this was a mammoth project, but if this music were put in a DVD - in a live recording - would be an achievement of a great magnitude. Wish to have to money to produce it. Thanks for this monumental contribution to the music in general. 


Posted By: yam yam
Date Posted: January 15 2013 at 14:24
Kompendium is now on the site in Crossover: http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=7790" rel="nofollow - http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=7790 . For an interview with Rob by Alison Henderson at DPRP, giving us a great insight to the making of 'Beneath The Waves', go to http://www.dprp.net/wp/interviews/?page_id=4081" rel="nofollow - http://www.dprp.net/wp/interviews/?page_id=4081   Thumbs Up



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