Jason Rubenstein : New Metal From Old Boxes

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 Notes & Reviews
 
Jason Rubenstein has been writing and producing music since 1995. His latest release, 'New Metal From Old Boxes' is a return to his progressive-rock roots with a loud, heavy, energetic and modern suite of instrumentals that evoke King Crimson, ELP, NiN, and classical music. Written, performed and produced by Jason, it is a change in style from his previous mixed-genre CDs. 'I love progressive rock.', Jason said, 'I grew up on it, and I was in a prog-rock band in the 80s, back when prog really was not cool. Recently, I needed to hear new music that carries forward the heavier, 20th-century-classical progressive-rock sound. It was a challenge; nothing felt quite right to me. For 'New Metal From Old Boxes', I just wrote what I felt, and used a limited set of classic textures: piano, Hammond B3, huge drums, Oberheim and Moog synthesizers, and bass & guitar.' 'New Metal From Old Boxes' features classic, loud rock production and a movie-like tension-filled soundtrack vibe. Imagine if King Crimson, ELP, NiN, Wendy Carlos, and Philip Glass got together to score the soundtrack for a heist movie. Jason Rubenstein's music has been heard on National Public Radio, NBC Television, Soma. Fm, and in the film 'Replicant'. In 2000, he was featured in an EQ magazine article 'Adventures in Sound Design', and his sound design was used in ABC's television series 'Lost'. In March of 2014, Jason released an EP titled 'This is Not a Love Letter'. 'New Metal From Old Boxes' is his sixth release. Rubenstein, who'd previously worked as a software engineer at Google and at Pono Music, suddenly found himself unemployed in late 2013. He started working on 'New Metal For Old Boxes' the next day, writing one song per day for 30 days. 'I'd been running the engineering for Pono Music for three years when the whole project hit it's nadir. We all got laid-off. The very next day, at 7am, I fired up my home studio and started writing music. No wasting time. I wrote one song every day, not worrying about whether it was any good - I just wrote whatever I wanted to hear. Every day, I literally asked myself 'What do I want to hear? What am I feeling right now?' and I went and wrote whatever that was.', Jason said. 'A lot of the process for writing came from the process for writing genre fiction: 'What happens? And what happens next? And what happens after that?'. Every song tells a story of some sort, regardless of whether it has lyrics. My songs don't have lyrics, but they're either stories, or a series of vignettes, or a scene. For example, there's a story about a heist in there, and one about a barbarian horde storming-in from the steppes. I'm a genre-fiction geek, what can I say. And I didn't give a damn what anyone else thought about the music. As long as I liked it, I was happy. I trust my taste in music - I figure that if I like it, there will be others out there who will as well.' The music is heavy, cinematic, relentless. There is not one ballad or slow-moving track on the 12-song album. Even the breakdowns are heavy, like moments of Steely Dan with King Crimson's terrifying rhythm section. 'The mix engineer, Niko Bolas, called the project 'Jason-R-Schizo' on the first day of mixing. My everyday personality doesn't match the music. It's a divide - there's my meet-me-on-the-street personality where I try to be as decent a human being as I can, and my musical personality, which is heavy, dark, brooding, angry. I'm pretty sure that if I didn't make this music, my personality would start to corrode. I'd be a short, angry man yelling at clouds and dogs and minivans.' Jason's history is uncommon for a child of the 1970s. He discovered computers at the same time he discovered synthesizers. 'While that's common for children these days, in 1975 both computers and synths were rare.', he said. His elementary school had an IBM computer terminal where he and his friends taught themselves FORTRAN, a computer programming language. A neighbor owned an Arp Odyssey monophonic synthesizer, and a school field-trip brought Jason face-to-face with a giant Moog modular synthes

 
 Tracks
 
Contemplation of the Cosmologer
Calculation & Walkaway
Set Up
Blow Off
Unspeakable Highways
Burden of Secrets
Snowflake Defines the Weather
Frankenstein on the Red Line
Steppes of Sighs, Pt. 1
Steppes of Sighs, Pt. 2
New Metal From Old Boxes
Barbarian