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by Thomas Metcalf

Hear music by Thomas Metcalf. Some compare it to Gentle Giant, UK, and Wendy Carlos.
Genre: Electronic: Virtual Orchestra
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Album Notes
Excerpts from reviews . . .

"Tom Metcalf's 'One' breaks away from the cliches so often found in electronic music. The weave of sound and rhythm grabs you by the lapels and demands your listening attention." – Larry Fast, Synergy

"Metcalf may not remember Gentle Giant, but he has resurrected bits and pieces of their sound in 'One'. The synth/sequencer production is extravagantly endowed with catchy, eccentric rhythmic riffs and textures that break all the rules of pop music . . . Are we raving about it? You bet." – Jim Aikin, Keyboard Magazine

"If the Art of Noise had the dynamic sense of Stravinsky, the group would sound like Metcalf." – John Diliberto, CD Review Magazine

"Parts of it sound like U.K.'s debut album, parts like Carlos's Digital Moonscapes . . . 'One' is not simple or casual music, but that's only one more reason it stands out." – Robert Carlberg, Electronic Musician Magazine

"The music is quite unusual, combining various compositional styles in rapid succession and unexpected juxtaposition. Rhythmic patterns like Philip Glass mix with disjointed riffs almost like King Crimson . . ." – Jon Davis, Exposé Magazine

"Metcalf is another representative of the much-neglected U.S. electronic / experimental underground, and it's about time his singular talent created some surface noise." – Darren Bergstein, i/e Magazine

"Here is another fine example of an American synthesist carving out a unique and special niche for himself in a scene that is glutted with clones, rip-off artists and cliches . . . Much of Metcalf's music is quite unique and all of it facinating." – Dean Suzuki, Sound Choice Magazine

"The foundation of Thomas Metcalf's CD 'One' is tremendous technical expertise, both sonically and compositionally." – Jason Marcewicz, Synthesis Magazine

"Metcalf is an accomplished composer of electronic instrumental music, that . . . is expertly arranged, dynamic and inventive with good rock sensibility." – Alan Freeman, Audion Magazine

"Metcalf . . . explores some of the best compositional ideas of prog-rock; shifting meters, broad themes [and] colorfully combined tone colors . . . I certainly hope that 'One' is followed by 'Two', 'Three' and many others." – Tom Furgas, Option Magazine

". . .This chamber music arranged for electric keyboard sounds very fresh and original . . . Having listened to it, you'll never refuse to return to this music again." – B. Klasser, TIF

"Fans of progressive electronica, and soundtrack music, will find plenty to like with this album where the music combines classical tones, with complex passages (similar to Zappa's wilder moments), and sections that seem influenced by musique-concrete (quick split-second stabs of sound) . . . The compositions are packed with tons of complex ideas where the theory never becomes more interesting than the music itself." – Steve Hegede, Zoltan's Progressive Rock Webpage

"Electronic music far from New Age and actually quite far from most of what I've heard in electronic music . . . It will take some getting used to, but if you take the time there's really a lot to experience here." – Jurriaan Hage, The Axiom of Choice

"What we have here is electronic music that fans of Wendy Carlos, Larry Fast, or David Van Tieghem would find similarly well-done, innovative, intriguing, involving, eerie, and cutting-edged. Seven pieces . . . pull the psyche into soundworlds of mechanized mayhem and aural curiosa. Keyboard, synth, and electronics / electro-percussives fans need this in their collection." – John W. Patterson, Eclectic Earwig Reviews

" . . . this is great music! If you like melodic, rhythmic, non-spacey and definitely not-new-age electronic music (as I do), you'll like what you hear. Definitely recommended." – Fred Trafton, GEPR

"As I often do, I try to draw comparisons to other artists where words otherwise fail me. Well, I really can't do so here. Tangerine Dream might be a touchstone, but the music here is so much more vibrant and alive . . . Metcalf would be the perfect accompaniment for something like 'Even Further Beyond The Minds Eye.' There is something very visual about his arrangements . . . An intriguing release to say the least." – Stephanie Sollow, Progressive World

"The music is very filmic with touches of both the Residents quirky rhythm structures and Jean Michele Jarre's strong use of electronic washes and textures. The stand out track for me is 'E' which starts with industrial percussion and ascends into complex strands of sound . . . definitely one to look out for." – Recordmaster



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Mike Florio

One-of-a-kind, monumental work
This is a work of genius. I listen to many types of electronic music, and I have never heard nor will ever hear anything that approaches the utter surrealism of this music.

sean metcalf

wow dad u got reviews
alls i know is that the CD is coo, and a lot of people have reviews about it, damn dad! your famous!