Things are going well. Mr Nick D’Virgilio played an absolute blinder as usual and demolished the entire album’s worth of drums in a single day session at Aubitt Studios last month. The man is a prog machine. He listens once, and by the second take is so into the groove of the track, it’s often […]
I really enjoy putting orchestral sections together. Here’s another snippet of what’s to come.
New gear is being purchased, demos are being recorded and musical ideas and concepts are swirling around and keeping me awake at night once again. This means… It’s time to make another Cosmograf album. You can expect something wonderous in 2016 and plenty of updates as we go.
This month sees the release of Steven Wilson’s latest solo album ‘Hand. Cannot. Erase’, and the keyboard warriors of the prog world have sharpened their virtual knives in readiness. You see Steven Wilson has offended the progerati by committing the cardinal sin of ‘having some commercial success’. Of course he’s nowhere near Phil Collins levels […]
There’s been much talk in recent months about various high profile acts withdrawing their music from Spotify’s streaming service in protest at the ridiculously low payout per stream they are making to the artist. The latest to pull the plug was Taylor Swift, citing that streaming services failed to value her art. Earlier in […]
I thought it would be fun to give some of the background to the songs on Capacitor. The album was inspired by the many hours I spent walking around my local town of Waterlooville. I thought a lot about how the area would have looked many years ago, and all the people, now dead, who […]
The world of Cosmograf is currently flatter than a Yorkshire man’s cap. Celebr8.3 came and went in a blur and it was the pinnacle of a massive year of effort and achievement in releasing Capacitor and bringing a show live to the world. Since then, it’s all been a major anti-climax. The album is selling […]
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Cosmograf Music Reviews
Cosmograf - When Age Has Done Its Duty, "There’s no doubting the individuality or creativity of what he achieves. You hear motifs that bring to mind so many of the pioneering giants. But he also has a firm grasp on how to combine finesse and power in a modern idiom. With It Bites drummer Bob Dalton involved, this is an album to savour."Classic Rock Magazine http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/
Cosmograf - When Age Has Done Its Duty, "When the party music stops, we start to age” is part of the prophetic lyrical introduction to the sprawling 13-minute title track following a recitation of Matthew Arnold’s poem ‘Growing Old’…and is another achingly wonderful masterpiece that really does underline how very special Robin Armstrong’s third Cosmograf album is. I cannot stress how badly you need this if your musical interests encompass the greats and upcoming members of the “Britprog” community. It’s absolutely fabulous…!!"Paul Jerome Smith http://www.Rocktopia.co.uk
"Finalement 'When Age Has Done Its Duty' est un bien bel album de rock progressif que l’on pourrait taxer de "à l’ancienne" si le talent de Robin Amstrong n'était pas là pour lui permettre de se démarquer."Pete T http://www.musicwaves.fr
Cosmograf - End of Ecclesia, "Fans of epic songs can immerse themselves in the 10 minuter Who Will You Serve, replete with church choir, and alternating monster guitars and widdly keyboards."Silhobbit http://www.silhobbit.com
Cosmograf - End of Ecclesia, "I had a great time listening to the songs Rob Armstrong wrote and performed. It reminded me a lot of the album Focal Point made by his fellow-countryman Paul Cusick, another multi-instrumentalist who released an album on his own .... try this fine piece of art. Robin Armstrong deserves to be heard by many people."Henri Strik http://www.backgroundmagazine.nl