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AUDIOCRACY: Revolution's Son
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AUDIOCRACY: Revolution's Son
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AUDIOCRACY is an international collaborative progressive rock band founded by keyboardist/composer Tobin Mueller. Their poetic writing and virtuosic performances make their high energy music life-affirming and uplifting, even considering the apocalyptic nature of their first release. Revolution's Son has been called "a masterpiece in the Epic Prog tradition." Progressive Magazine gave it 4 out 5 stars.

Revolution's Son is a concept album that follows the life of a revolutionary who comes to The City to be a catalyst for change. He falls into an Underground that urges a less than innocent approach to change, leading to a post-apocalyptic finish. The lyrics are an impressionistic journey of a young man trying to find his way through expectation, arrogance, betrayal, disillusionment and, finally, re-birth.

Band members: Tobin Mueller (Rain Bather, solo pianist), Twon (Sobek, Invanity, M-Lab, Hoodless), Bob Piper (Plaeides), Darren Chapman (Out of the Blue), Rob Thurman (Navigator, Real Eyes), Tadashi Togawa (Japanese guitar legend), with special appearance by Scott Rockenfield (drummer from Queensrÿche). Read more about The Band below.

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Audiocracy is a "collective" of musicians pooling their talents to create a greater whole. The collective is lead by the massive keyboards of band founder Tobin Mueller, a Wisconsin-bred Manhattan-based composer and theatre producer, and the 5-string bass and soaring vocals from Twon from Brooklyn. Joining them is Bob Piper on guitars from the band Pleaides, Darren Chapman on electric guitars who performed with the group Out of the Blue in the early 1990s, Rob Thurman on drums from the band Real Eyes (he also has an all original progressive rock band Navigator), and Tadashi Togawa on electric & acoustic guitars.

Revolution's Son comes across as a symphonic whirlwind of passion and sensations following a young man's post-apocalyptic journey. With their tight, gorgeous arrangements, the songs used every hertz of my sound system with organ, mellotron, heavy bass and percussion. Vocals are akin to David Sylvian, Fish, and even David Bowie at times. The overdubbed vocal arrangements stray into early Echolyn's territory and eventually maintain the forefront of each song, wringing emotional nuances and strong character from each track. Twon's vocals stay strong, even when climbing into high registers or scraping low growls.

The intense, minutely-arranged segues in "The Survivors: When The Future Comes" results in incredible build and release songwriting. This was my favorite song of the album. My car was swaying back and forth as I attempted to keep my mind on the road while being caught up in song's emotional rollercoasters.

Some of the latter songs have musical ties to Bill Nelson's free flowing psychedelia. "The Confrontation" opens with the basso voice like Hackett's Darktown. Innovations on this track include a bass workout like a Victor Wooten live date and the use of archival radio recordings and Celtic melodies to evoke the background and texture to the story.

It is hard to find fault with the musicianship or recording. This frees the listener to enjoy the quality and craftsmanship of the songs. The album flows from idea to idea like birds winging from tree to tree. I predict you will return to this album time and time again."

- Symphonic Whirlwind of Passion, by Brian Gerhart

Band Members

Membership in AUDIOCRACY is fluid. Band founder Tobin Mueller is the only sure constant. He collaborates with friends around the globe to create Audiocracy's unique sound:

TOBIN MUELLER:

Composition, lyrics, B3 organ, synths, piano, percussion, vocals. Tobin is a Dramatist Guild playwright and an ASCAP composer of everything from symphonies to jazz to film scores. Worked with Dave Brubeck, Maynard Ferguson, Entcho Todorov, Donny McCaslin, Ken Schaphorst and others, from jazz to classical to progressive rock. Tobin has released a series of original solo piano recordings displaying astounding compositional and performance skills: 13 Masks and Morning Whispers, available through Simig Media. His other TLR releases includes A Bit Of Light, a solo progressive folk fusion album that defies genre.

TWØN:

Lyrics, lead vocalist, Olympic 5-string bass, acoustic guitar. Twøn is lead singer and lyricist with the New York City progressive rock band Invanity. He was a founding member of M-Lab, the bassist and backing vocalist for their first two CDs: "M-LAB" (debut recording) and "From Baser Metals" as well as their current 4 track EP. In the 1990's, Twøn was lead vocalist and main songwriter for The New York City Crack Team. He was also in over 80 musicals as a theatrical performer. He's Tobin's eldest son.

BOB PIPER:

Composition, guitars. Performing for over 35 years, his most successful project overall was the band Pleaides. Their premier release "A Moment Of Clarity" was revered as ground-breaking, and is still a masterpiece to this day, timeless. Bob has also scored for motion pictures, using an EBow for a most dramatic effect a soundtrack can have.

DARREN CHAPMAN:

Electric guitars. Performed with the group Out Of The Blue in the early 1990s and an Alice In Chains Tribute Band in the late 90's. Hails from Ontario, Canada, where he currently plays with two other bands and teaches guitar.

ROB THURMAN:

Drums. Rob Thurman studied with legendary Buffalo Jazz drummer Louis Marino (Tommy Dorsey). In 1986 he was playing with the band Real Eyes. In 1990, he and his brothers formed the Thurman Brothers band and toured up and down the east coast until '97. Rob joined the Genesis tribute band “Seconds Out” in early 1998, and that summer formed his all original progressive rock band Navigator. He tours with the Rick Alviti show band, the country's leading Elvis Presley tribute artist.

TADASHI TOGAWA:

Electric & acoustic guitars. A renown guitarist from Japan, his influence can be felt in a long line of students and disciples that continue to call him Master.

Revolution's Son
1.
Part I - The Dream: Revolution's Son
Lead vocals, basses: Twøn
Vocals, organ, synths, drums: Tobin
Guitars: Darren Chapman
Vocal Engineering: Al Ligammari
Music & lyrics: Tobin
2.
Part II - The Hope: Puzzle City
Guitars: Bob Piper
Vocals, organ, synths, Trilogy fretless bass: Tobin
Vocals: Twøn
Drums: Scott Rockenfield, programmed by Tobin
Guitar Engineering: Al Ligammari
Music: Bob/Tobin; Lyrics: Tobin
3.
Part III - The Underground: Escape into The Fray Zone
Guitars: Darren Chapman
Vocals: Twøn
Vocals, organ, synths, piano, drum programming: Tobin
Music & lyrics: Tobin
4.
Part IV - The Confrontation: Speak Truth To Power
Guitars: Darren Chapman
Vocals, bass: Twøn
Vocals, organ, synths, drums: Tobin
Engineering: Al Ligammari
Music & lyrics: Tobin/Twøn
5.
Part V - The Extinction: Gethsemane Again
Lead vocals, organ, synths, Trilogy fretless bass, guitars, percussion: Tobin
Vocals: Twøn
Music & lyrics: Tobin
6.
Part VI - The Survivors: When The Future Comes
Guitars, guitar synths: Bob Piper
Vocals, acoustic guitar: Twøn
Vocals, organ, synths, backwards drum programming: Tobin
Drums: Rob Thurman
Bass: Will Schwark
Engineering: Al Ligammari
Music & lyrics: Tobin
7.
Part VII - The Re-Emergence: Dare To Sing
Lead vocals, acoustic guitars, bass: Twøn
Vocals, organ, synths, percussion: Tobin
Electric Guitars: Tadashi Togawa and Darren Chapman
Music & lyrics: Tobin/Twøn
Tobin's Rock Collection
Progressive Rock
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AUDIOCRACY is an international progressive rock collective. Their poetic writing and virtuosic performances make their high energy music life-affirming and uplifting, even considering the apocalyptic nature of their first release. Revolution's Son has been called "a masterpiece in the Epic Prog tradition." Progressive Magazine gave it 4 out 5 stars. Th story follows a revolutionary who comes to The City to be a catalyst for change and a prophet of truth. He falls into an Underground that urges a less innocent approach to change, leading to a post-apocalyptic finish. High energy, impressionistic prog.
Alternative Rock
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A Bit of Light - A progressive folk / cross-genre collection of songs Tobin's been accumulating for a decade, A Bit of Light includes some of his favorite collaborations with saxophonists, fiddle players and guitarists, mixing jazz, bluegrass, tango and folk-rock. World renown violinist Entcho Todorov, Grammy winner saxophonist Danny McCaslin and L.A.'s Woody Mankowski, Enlish fiddler player Martyn Kember-Smith and guitarist John Luper provide fabulous highlights. The CD comes with a digital booklet in PDF format.
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If I Could Live Long Enough - Previously unreleased outtakes from earlier projects, including the 1998-1999 Rain Bather sessions, the 2004-2006 MacJams collaborations, and selected songs from two of Mueller's musicals: Creature and Runners In A Dream. Featuring acoustic guitar by Grammy winner Michael Hedges, vocals by Woody Mankowski and Emily Rohm, and some of Mueller's best songwriting. Six free Bonus Tracks available here.
September 11 Project
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September 11 Project: Ten Years Later - Music written following 9/11/2001. Tobin was asked to participate in the 10th anniversary at Ground Zero ceremony and revisted these songs. He decided to put them out as an album instead of keep them to myself. Since he was unable to sing at the event, after contracting a lung disorder, this music gained layers of poignancy. Recorded in the months following the tragedy.
Tobin's Other CD Collections
Tobin's Solo Piano Collection
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Of Two Minds: The Music of Frédéric Chopin and Tobin Mueller is the final addition to Mueller's "Masterworks Trilogy" in which he explores the intersections of classical and jazz piano. Mueller reinterprets Chopin's most iconic piano solos (Disc 1) and uses the preludes to inspire three original jazz piano sonatas (Disc 2). Seductive, rebellious, heroic and beautiful. Jazz influences include Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck, Keith Jarrett. "One would be hard-pressed to find an artist with a more creative musical mind than Tobin Mueller’s." Fanfare Magazine's 2016 Editor's Choice Award.
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Flow: The Music of J.S. Bach and Tobin Mueller is a double album featuring Mueller's reinterpretations of Bach's greatest hits (Disc 1) plus two original jazz piano suites by Mueller (Disc 2). Inventive, playful, joyous, beautiful, full of emotion and intelligence. Mueller embraces the sense of timelessness one achieves when in the state of flow, bridging the centuries, letting Bach's 300 year old manuscripts inspire through new expression. Jazz influences include Brad Mehldau, Fred Hersch, Gerald Clayton. "This may be the pianist-composer’s most ambitious and sophisticated recording. Highly recommended." Fanfare Magazine's 2015 Editor's Choice Award.
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Impressions of Water & Light is an exploration of the cross-inspirations between Impressionist and jazz piano, including adaptations of music by Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Satie, Ibert and Carpenter. Tobin uses the written notes as if they are light and his imagination as if it is water, creating all new interpretations. This post-Impressionist music illustrates the intimacy between jazz and Impressionist music. You will never hear these works the same again. The gorgeous CD booklet is a work of art in itself, pairing an Impressionist painting with each piece. One of the three album in Mueller's "Masterworks Trilogy".
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Midwinter Born is a collection of jazz piano interpretations of traditional Christmas carols. Mueller captures the quiet simplicity, expectant playfulness and over-riding joy of the season. A delightful and sometimes surprising album destined to become one of your annual holiday favorites. The 18 track album includes: First Noel, Bring A Torch Jeanette Isabella, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, O Holy Night, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Carol of the Bells, Lo How A Rose E'er Bloom, Good King Wenceslas, Still, Still, Still and many more.
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Morning Whispers is Tobin's first solo piano collection, a song cycle of tragic beauty. Music of healing and introspection. The use of key changes, unusual time signatures, and other variational devices makes this work involving, not merely New Age background music. Its gentle intensity, however, does not detract from its healing essence, its sense of inner joy. Influences include Aaron Copland, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Bill Evans, David Lanz, Liz Story. Several of these piano pieces have since been used in film and documentaries.
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13 Masks is Tobin's second solo piano collection. An exploration of the links between avant-garde 20th Century music and jazz. Tobin used illustrations of 13 medieval masks to inspire songs combining ragtime, jazz and 20th Century avant-garde classical. Influences include Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck, Art Tatum, Scott Joplin, John Medeski, as well as classical composers Shostakovich, Ligeti, Bartok. These pieces will startle and delight. "A truly unique album with music to really sink your teeth into."
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Afterwords - Combining spoken word and solo piano, Tobin "illustrates" his favorite works of literature with a wide variety of new musical compositions. He pays homage to classic authors like Hemmingway, Steinbeck, Vonnegut, Faulkner, as well as new authors Dave Eggers, Chuck Palahniuk, Aimee Bender and China Miéville. Musical influences include Oscar Peterson, Hiromi, Brad Maldheu, Fred Hersch, John Taylor, even Keith Emerson. "An astonishing work of art."
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Afterwords: Solo Piano Bonus Tracks - For those of you who prefer music without any interruptions, seven of the best tracks from Afterwords have been remastered with the talking edited out. Originally conceived for distribution to jazz radio stations, this Bonus Album is now avaiilable to the egeneral public. Influences include Oscar Peterson, Hiromi, Brad Maldheu, Fred Hersch, John Taylor; post-bop, stride, new age, classic jazz.
Tobin's Jazz Collection
JAZZ ENSEMBLE
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Come In Funky Old School Funk and and small combo Jazz featuring legendary bassist Ron Carter. "You guys can play! These are, almost without exception, very complicated numbers in terms of rhythm and the general sync of solos with ensemble playing, a stellar set of recordings that, I believe, adds seriously to the body of jazz that this represents. A remarkable work in every single way I can think of. This is such a bright and happy album that is played with a spirit of invention and joy from the first notes to the last." - Paul Page
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The Muller's Wheel is a collaborative project combining the talents of pianist Tobin Mueller and saxophonist Woody Mankowski, featuring their jazz quartet and their larger 8-pieace ensemble, playing swing to bop to fusion to funk. The styles of Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Herbie Hancock, The Brecker Brothers, Weather Report and more influence this homage to the jazz greats. This is joyous music. "It reminds us of the happiness we relive when returning to our musical roots," say Mueller and Mankowski.
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Rain Bather is an 80 minute long play CD featuring superlative solo performances by all-star band members. Most of the tunes are in the jazz-funk-fusion vein, but many others try to break new ground, defying easy labels. Tobin Mueller - B3 organ, synth; Woody Mankowski - soprano sax; Chris Mueller - acoustic piano; Jeff Cox - acoustic bass; Dane Richeson - drums; Tom Washatka - tenor sax; Doug Schnieder - tenor sax; Ken Schaphorst - flugelhorn; Bob Levy - trumpet; Sal Giorgianni - flute; Bill Barner - clarinet.
SOLO PIANO JAZZ
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Afterwords - Combining spoken word and solo piano, Tobin "illustrates" his favorite works of literature with a wide variety of new musical compositions. He pays homage to classic authors like Hemmingway, Steinbeck, Vonnegut, Faulkner, as well as new authors Dave Eggers, Chuck Palahniuk, Aimee Bender and China Miéville. Musical influences include Oscar Peterson, Hiromi, Brad Maldheu, Fred Hersch, John Taylor, even Keith Emerson. "An astonishing work of art."
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Of Two Minds: The Music of Frédéric Chopin and Tobin Mueller, especially Disc 2 - Tobin plays Tobin. Three original jazz piano sonatas make up Disc 2. Each shows Chopin influences, but draws more from contemporaries Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck and Keith Jarrett. "One would be hard-pressed to find an artist with a more creative musical mind than Tobin Mueller’s - especially one with the playing chops to fulfill his or her vision." Fanfare Magazine's 2016 Editor's Choice Award.
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Flow: The Music of J.S. Bach and Tobin Mueller, especially Disc 2 - Tobin plays Tobin. Two post-bop jazz piano suites make up Disc 2. Each shows Bach influences, but draws more from contemporaries Brad Mehldau, Fred Hersch and Gerald Clayton. "This may be the pianist-composer’s most ambitious and sophisticated recording project to date... a journey that inevitably explores the interactions of Baroque and jazz." Fanfare Magazine's 2015 Editor's Choice Award.
Impressions of Water and Light cover
Impressions of Water and Light is an exploration of the cross-inspirations between Impressionist and contemporary jazz piano, including adaptations of music by Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Satie, Ibert and Carpenter. "The listener has the sense that Mueller is having his personal conversation as a composer and pianist with these great 19th- and 20th-century composers." This is third album of "The Masterworks Trilogy" which includes Flow and Of Two Minds.
Impressions of Water and Light cover
Midwinter Born is a collection of jazz piano interpretations of traditional Christmas carols. Mueller captures the quiet simplicity, expectant playfulness and over-riding joy of the season. The 18 track album includes: First Noel, Bring A Torch Jeanette Isabella, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, O Holy Night, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Carol of the Bells, Lo How A Rose E'er Bloom, Good King Wenceslas, Still, Still, Still and many more.
Morning Whispers cover
Morning Whispers is Tobin's first solo piano collection, a song cycle of tragic beauty. Music of healing and introspection, these New Age and Neo-Classical pieces do more than evoke emotion: they tell stories. Influences include Aaron Copland, Bill Evans, David Lanz, Liz Story. Several of these piano pieces have since been used in film and documentaries.
13 Masks cover
13 Masks is Tobin's second solo piano collection. An exploration of the links between avant-garde 20th Century music and jazz, influences include Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck, Art Tatum, John Medeski, as well as classical composers Shostakovich, Ligeti, Bartok. "A truly unique album with music to really sink your teeth into."
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Afterwords: Solo Piano Bonus Tracks - For those of you who prefer music without any interruptions, seven of the best tracks from Afterwords have been remastered with the talking edited out. Originally conceived for distribution to jazz radio stations, this Bonus Album is now avaiilable to the egeneral public. Influences include Oscar Peterson, Hiromi, Brad Maldheu, Fred Hersch, John Taylor; post-bop, stride, new age, classic jazz.
Tobin's Standards Collection
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Song Of Myself - Tobin's favorite songs from The American Songbook, reinterpretted. Intimate, heartfelt, devistatingly honest music. Complete lyrics and song notes are linked from Tobin's Song of Myself page. Ballads, blues, showtunes, folk rock, jazz - the music of Tobin's roots. These are songs he's song for decades, arrangements that have evolved and matured with him. "American Tune" by Paul Simon. "Blackbird" by Paul McCartney. Bob Dylan's "Dignity." A Joni Mitchell and an Elton John medly. "Being Alive" from Company (Stephen Sondheim). "Impossible Dream" from Man of la Mancha. "Oh Danny Boy." "Frozen Man" by James Taylor. Many more, plus two original songs by Tobin Mueller.
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Hard Place To Find - Tobin has released a second volume of his favorite songs from The American Songbook. Complete lyrics and song notes are linked from Tobin's Hard Place To Find project page. "Still Crazy" by Paul Simon. Bob Dylan's "Shelter from the Storm" and "Bob Dylan's Dream." Richie Haven's "Paradise." "Dulcinea" from Man of la Mancha. "Alfie" by Bacharach. "Somewhere" from West Side Story. Many more, plus one original song by Tobin Mueller. All songs have to do with journeying, questing, searching. Released June 2nd, 2013. "Tobin Mueller is something of a Renaissance man of the arts, and 'Hard Place To Find' presents another volume in his prolific and impressive output. More of an art-music album than a pop release, I recommend it if you are looking for something different and deeply personal!" - Kathy Parsons, Mainly Piano
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A Bit of Light - A progressive folk / cross-genre collection of songs featuring Mueller's vocals and a long list of his best friends and collaborators, including world renown violinist Entcho Todorov, Grammy winner saxophonist Danny McCaslin, L.A. saxophonist Woody Mankowski, English fiddler player Martyn Kember-Smith and Texan guitarist John Luper provide fabulous highlights. The music melds jazz, bluegrass, tango and folk-rock. The CD comes with a digital booklet in PDF format.
If I Live Long Enough cover
If I Could Live Long Enough - Previously unreleased outtakes from earlier projects, including the 1998-1999 Rain Bather sessions, the 2004-2006 MacJams collaborations, and selected songs from two of Mueller's musicals - Creature and Runners In A Dream. Featuring acoustic guitar by Grammy winner Michael Hedges, vocals by Woody Mankowski and Emily Rohm, and some of Mueller's best songwriting. 6 free Bonus Tracks available here.
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September 11 Project: Ten Years Later - Music written following 9/11/2001. Tobin was asked to participate in the 10th anniversary at Ground Zero ceremony and revisted these songs. He decided to put them out as an album instead of keep them to myself. Since he was unable to sing at the event, after contracting a lung disorder, this music gained layers of poignancy. Recorded in the months following the tragedy.
Poetry / Spoken Word
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As Simple As Soap - Del lends his deep voice and unique personality to Tobin's award-winning poetry. Love, fatherhood, history, death and daily meanings are all touch on in this combination of poetry and short story offerings. Each spoken word selection is accompanied by Mueller's visually stimulating background music that adds great emotional depth. The force and color of Del's voice earns this collection a high recommendation; the breathtaking and varied accompaniments make this a truly fascinating addition to Tobin Mueller's collected works.
Afterwords cover
Afterwords - Combining spoken word and solo piano, Tobin "illustrates" his favorite works of literature with a wide variety of new musical compositions. Paying homage to classic authors like Hemmingway, Steinbeck, Vonnegut and Faulkner, as well as contemporary authors such as Dave Eggers, Chuck Palahniuk, Aimee Bender and China Miéville, Mueller spins musical stories that will make you consider each book in a new light. Every track is a musical meditation, guided by entertaining and insightful quotations. The 17 tracks combine to represent the true breadth of his musical influences and accumulated experiences.