International Academy of Music (IAM)

International Academy of Music (IAM)

Postby jamescfm » Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:09 pm

Kalistan Most Musical Nation In Terra
IAM releases data about the most influential nations in the world music scene
May 4237

The International Academy of Music (IAM) has published new data relating to the differing impact of various nation's on Terra's musical zeitgeist. In the most comprehensive study of its kind, the IAM analysed a number of factors varying from the musical artists originating from the country to the proliferation of music venues within it. According to the study, entitled 'Impact of the Nation on Music and its Themes', Kalistan has contributed the most to the international music industry, closely followed by Dranland and New Endralon/Kizenia.

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Dranish indie rock band Kathleen's Fishing recently released their third studio album The Van

Kalistan is renowned for its outdoor festival Ganjam, one of the largest in Terra, which draws monumental crowds each year. As well as a plethora of musical talent, the festival highlights comedians and, sporadically, more diverse art forms. On top of that, Kalistan is recognised in the study for supporting a variety of musical genres from its iconic reggae and ska beats to the fusion of styles known as 'Bananti'. It is their position as an attraction for talent across the globe which was the most significant factor in their placing, though, with the authors highlighting the vast array of acts who were able to kick-start their careers in the country.

Rounding out the top three, the ranking of Dranland and New Endralon/Kizenia was primarily centred on the volume of artists emanating from those countries. Dranland, in particular, was referred to as a 'hotbed' of rock music. Though the study didn't identify a single reason for this, it highlighted a specific culture in the country which sees parents regularly taking their children to concerts and surrounding themselves with music. According to its research, Dranish nationals listen to seven hours more music each week than the average Terran citizens. It is unsurprising, then, that so many individuals decide to make the leap and create their own music.

Other nations to be praised within the report include New Verham, for their reputation for infusing traditional sounds into modern melodies, and Egelion, who's language has become one of the most prevalent in world rap music. In their final summary, the report's authors left a warning message, however. Across Terra, the trend towards cutting funding for artistic institutions is making it increasingly risky for groups to begin their musical journey. Unless that is reversed, there is a risk that our ability to enjoy music will be limited further and further- something which would be a great tragedy for future generations.
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Postby jamescfm » Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:06 am

Indie Supergroup Break New Ground
New IAM-supported Cerdor: Lake Trusehl festival in Rildanor proves successful
June 4243

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Former lead singer of Konks, Lucas Phillips, appeared as part of Friendly Flight for the first time

A brand new international music festival named Cerdor: Lake Trusehl (after the Rildanorian lake nearby), the result of a partnership between the International Academy of Music and the Rildanorian Ministry of Culture, has been praised as ground-breaking and innovative. Originally conceived by Sabrina Duchemin during her tenure as Minister of Education and Culture, the event was designed to attract music-lovers from across Terra to the country for the weekend but concerns about the location and timing of the event meant it had to be pushed back on three occasions. Eventually, the date was set as Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th June 4243 and a plan for releasing tickets was drawn up: a certain number would be allocated to different regions of Terra to draw visitors from far and wide.

As the event drew closer, speculation grew about who would be selected to headline the inaugural event. Promoters promised that a diverse set of artists would be on display at Cerdor: Lake Trusehl with the 'Crown Stage' for heavy rock fans, a 'Rhythm Tent' for dance-lovers and 'Great Escape' stage for those who enjoy country music. When the first batch of musicians were released last September, the response was positive. Little Fox Dream were to headline the main stage on Friday evening, a major coup for an event in its infancy. Additionally, the news that grunge legend Jesse Mikkola would make an appearance across the weekend, making it his first concert in over six years, excited fans.

When the festival finally arrived, the feeling of nervous excitement among attendees was apparent. The scenic choice of setting, alongside an historic Rildanorian lake, only added to the atmosphere. Little Fox Dream played almost without stopping as crowds continued to demand encores and in the words of their lead singer, the band weren't going to argue with them. In the Rhythm Tent, the music didn't stop until four o'clock on Saturday morning, with some present reporting that DJ Let 'Em 'Av It actually fell asleep towards the end.

Nonetheless, it was the Saturday evening which drew the most praise from critics and fans alike. Indie supergroup Friendly Flight confirmed that the festival would be their first event since merging together. Konks' frontman and lead guitarist had announced they would be collaborating with three of the four former members of Kathleen's Fishing nearly six months ago but there had been no updates about the nature of that project until just weeks before Cerdor: Lake Trusehl commenced. Playing material from the repertoire of both bands as well as covering other songs, the supergroup had an elated crowd in awe. By the time they reached the final song, Let You Down, their set had overrun by an hour and a half.

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Lead singer of The Crazy Painter's Club, Petar Troester, during their headline slot

Iris Prudhomme, the event's lead coordinator, confirmed the day after the festival was over that she was hopeful they would be able to repeat it soon, though she hinted that it may have to be in two years time due to the immense amount of preparation required in order to ensure it was a success. President of Rildanor Jessica d'Orléans-Vasser, who is rumoured to have been among the tens of thousands in attendance for Sunday's headliners The Crazy Painter's Club, spoke of her admiration of the event, which she said 'highlighted the most important Rildanorian values of respect, community and cooperation'.
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Postby jamescfm » Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:49 pm

End of Days Near as Reptilians Take Control, Says Simon
Lead singer and trumpeter of the Funk Fusion Collective says that Terra is close to destruction
March 4377

Darryl Simon, the frontman and founder of the pioneering musical group Funk Fusion Collective, has become the first member of the band to give a public interview since they rose to prominence over two decades ago. Since the release of their debut album The Dranish Woman Who Lost Her Virginity to an Out of Breath Frog, the group have maintained an extremely secretive reputation, refusing to grant interviews to journalists or appear in press conferences and communicating with their fans only through cryptic messages on their official website. Consequently, little is known about who is involved in the project beyond the primary songwriters, Simon and his wife Kiro Tedros.

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Kiro Tedros performs spoken word sections for the group, as well as playing bass guitar

Funk Fusion Collective are widely regarded as one of the most innovative and experimental artists of their generation, owing to their diverse influences. On their first three albums, all released within a period of nine months, they layered numerous vocal parts over brass instrumentation with a heavily distorted sound to tell the story of three women from different parts of the world which each end in tragedy. Since then, they have explored other genres, notably combining hardcore rock and funk techniques on their most commercially successful album <<<tAKing H A R D --DR((႟))gs is K℺℺ll.

Despite finally breaking his silence, Simon has retained his outsider status. Following a fierce battle between numerous media organisations, he eventually sat down for an interview with independent music magazine Beat Connection which lasted for over five and a half hours and spanned topics as diverse as religion, the state of the music industry, food and the real members of his group. "In total there are sixteen at present," he said, "but only a handful of us actually appear in live performances, the rest of the group are there to drive the creative process."

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Darryl Simon at the IAM Awards with his side project Nurggghh

Simon has provoked controversy, though, with his thoughts on politics and philosophy. Asked why he felt a passion for creating music, Simon explained that his music is channelled through him by powerful spirits which are seeking to reclaim Terra from its Reptilian rulers. "We are now on the home straight in the race to the end of all time." he continued, "For hundreds, or maybe thousands of years, the Reptilians have slowly but surely worked their way into positions of power across the globe and undermined the planet's protectors. In case you don't understand what I mean by this, since the formation of Terra, it has been inhabited and cultivated by the Spirits. When human beings first evolved, the Spirits reached out to certain people. In history, these are the prominent figures we know, such as Ahmad and Eliyahu. However, the birth of humanity attracted Reptilians from across the universe and they sought to enter human society and control it from the inside. Reptilians are the ones who cause discord and conflict. Terra is such an unstable mess now because we are very close to the end."

Funk Fusion Collective's new album, entitled HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM REPTILIANS WHEN THE WORLD IS OVER, is released next month.
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