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Vanishing Point! Guitarist Bruce Arnold's New Progressive Rock CD

Dense, non-stop excitement as Heavy Rock Shreds with Jazz and New Classical music. Playing at high volume recommended.

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Bruce Arnold–Guitar

Jerry DeVore –Bass

Kirk Driscoll–Drums

New perspectives on ProgRock with Vanishing Point

If there was any question that Bruce Arnold has the chops and style to handle heavy duty Progressive Rock, this CD answers the question with a very very loud YES. “Vanishing Point” finds Bruce Arnold exploring the Heavy Rock style and reveling in it. Compositions range from in-your-face screamers to arena rock ballads with soaring guitar solos. But true to his art, each song contains the compositional elements that are his signature: a rigorous theoretical structure, surprising angular melodies and chord patterns, tricky rhythms and underneath all, an emotional core. Each track has an array of tasty guitar sounds generated entirely through the Fractal Axe-FX II audio interface for your listening pleasure. Solid bass and drum work from Kirk Driscoll and Jerry DeVore round out the sweeping sound, while tons of cool programmed sounds add to the fun. And in case those of you who follow Arnold’s work are wondering, all songs and solos on “Vanishing Point” ARE based on the pitch class set 025.

The Tracks

The opening title track “Vanishing Point” starts with a riff that seems to have a regular metric feel until the band crashes in, giving it a menacing thrust. As the track progresses, rhythmically shifting power chords keep the ensemble on its toes, as Arnold keeps the hurricane force solos happening.

The other tracks on Vanishing Point are:

  • “Seven Days” named for its 7/4 meter is a showcase for overdubbed guitar sounds, as Arnold alternates searing wawa solos with up to four guitar layers playing the melody. The track builds to a textural climax reminiscent of bagpipes.
  • “Big Bout Ya” a funky 7/4 rock reggae track. The title is a Jamaican expression of high regard and support. “I really enjoyed taking these two-note melody riffs that you hear in reggae and using a whammy bar on them” says Arnold. “It’s just a fun thing.”
  • “Aftermath” is a plain out nasty tune that alternates between 4/4 and 7/4 time giving it a ‘slow-fast” feel. It’s also a showcase for distorted guitar and a chance for Bruce to get off some speedy sweeps.
  • Next, the ballad “Once” re-establishes Bruce’s ability to compose beautiful, eloquent melodies. The two parts of the song are stated, bassist Jerry DeVore takes a solo while Bruce lays down a sensitive sonic bed. His solo then switches to Allman brothers territory with blues, slide licks galore and layered lines.
  • The melodic effects that hover over the drum track that open “Twice” are a tuned resonance derived by processing the drum sounds. Despite the delicate beginning, the track is another bone crusher this time in 5/4. Distorted guitar wawa solos shimmy in and out of slide guitar layerings and sonic artifacts.
  • In South Dakota where Bruce Arnold grew up, the teenagers had a dangerous game to break the boredom: jumping from one speeding van into another. The song “Crystal” was written for one teenager of his acquaintance who made the jump, but missed the van. The track evokes the wide spaces of the plains, with a wistful melody floating over it. Arnold takes the song to more dynamic territory with Jeff Beck-like solos, but returns to the stuff of memory to end.
  • Creating a denouement, Arnold closes the album with “Into the Wind” a song that seems to express a stoicism and perseverance in the face of adversity. It is also a study in multiple guitar parts, and a recap of the contrapuntal elements that run through the entire recording. Each guitar strand has its own life, but weaves into an elegant amalgam of sound.

Listen to excerpts:

Vanishing Point

  • Vanishing Point
  • Seven Days
  • Big Bout Ya
  • Aftermath
  • Once
  • Twice
  • Crystal
  • Into the Wind

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Muse-Eek Publishing Company is a publishing house with a broad focus on music education. Muse-Eek also publishes fine art and poetry books, and has its own record label, Muse-Eek Records. Our online presence, specializes in the publication of music workbooks, video courses and sound and video recordings that teach the foundation of good musicianship through groundbreaking and innovative methods along with traditional methods that have been taught for centuries. These historic methods date back through centuries of great musicians and educators. To see these interesting relationship please see Bruce Arnold's Music Education Genealogy Chart which tells you a lot about the where many of his educational ideas took root and some of the educational pillars that are evident throughout the books you find on this website. The Muse-Eek Records catalogue contains a diverse selection of music much of it by Bruce Arnold in collaboration with some of today's best players in classical, jazz, rock and avant-garde music. These are available in CD, DVD and mp3 formats. We believe in a working relationship with our music education customers; they are free to interact with the author after purchasing a book to help them through any material they don’t understand or which they need further clarification. We also have a member's area which contains a wealth of free information to help a student understand music at a deeper level and access additional files for our books. Many of our books offer cutting edge ideas regarding ear training, guitar technique, rhythm and time. These methods have a proven track record. Our main author Bruce Arnold has taught at some of the most prestigious music schools in the world, including Princeton, Dartmouth, Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, The New School and NYU. Along with Mr. Arnold's publications on the website he has also written books and appeared in educational DVDs for MelBay and Truefire. Over the years Mr Arnold has used his experiences with his students to develop a program that can elevate a musician's ability to world class caliber. If you have questions about any of our books or recordings please send us an email. Along with general questions about either our record label or our publishing company we also welcome questions to help a student choose the proper materials to reach their goals. We have over 300 products to help you learn any style of music and to develop your musicianship to its peak. We also make recommendations for practice schedules for students who use our methods to get the most out of their study time. This, along with personal interaction with Bruce through email, nurtures the student's ability through a closely monitored situation, ensuring there is no wasted time or misunderstanding.