Cosmograf Discography

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The Unreasonable Silence

Release Date: 13-06-2016 – CosmografMusic

Cosmograf’s fifth release is an existential concept album with an alien theme, based on the essay ‘The Myth of Sisyphus’ by the French philosopher Albert Camus.

“It’s essentially a more modern re-telling of Camus’s writings about mankind’s struggle to understand the universe and our role within it”, says the concept’s creator Robin Armstrong. “Camus described man standing face to face with the irrational, longing for happiness and reason which leads to a confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world.”

Between our quest for knowledge and refusal of the world to give up its secrets, lies the concept of absurdism. In his original essay, Camus describes Sysiphus, a mythological character condemned to a pointless labour, to illustrate the absurdity of human existence. Robin Armstrong twists the story to portray a modern character that has become disillusioned with his own life to the point that he believes his destiny may reside in another world. As with previous Cosmograf albums, the concept is played out with a very cinematic feel and explores the themes of paranoia, social withdrawal and conformity, and ultimately the search for meaning in our own existence.

The Unreasonable Silence features guest appearances by Nick D’Virgilio, Nick Beggs, Dave Meros and Rachael Hawnt as well as a number of voice acting contributions.

Track List:

  1. echo $abduction;
  2. This Film Might Change Your Life
  3. Plastic Men
  4. Arcade Machine
  5. RGB
  6. Four Wall Euphoria
  7. The Uniform Road
  8. The Silent Field
  9. Relativity
  10. The Unreasonable Silence

Musicians:

-Nick D’Virgilio (Spock’s Beard/ Big Big Train), Drums – All tracks except RGB.
-Nick Beggs (Steven Wilson/Steve Hackett/ Mute Gods), Bass – Four Wall Euphoria.
-Dave Meros – (Spock’s Beard), Bass -Arcade Machine.
-Rachael Hawnt , Vocals – The Unreasonable Silence, Four Wall Euphoria, Relativity.
-Robin Armstrong – Vocals, all other instruments.

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Cosmograf Capacitor CD

Capacitor

Release Date: 02-06-2014

Capacitor features guest appearances by Nick D’Virgilio, Colin Edwin, Nick Beggs, Andy Tillison, Matt Stevens, and Steve Dunn and contains seven tracks in total.

The theme for Capacitor is the storage of the human spirit, and how the imprint of our lives is left behind both in a spiritual and technological sense. The album is heavily loaded with cinematic atmosphere and there are plenty of dark corners in which the imagination can wander – especially for those listening in the dark with headphones.

The record was released in June 2014 and achieved great reviews appearing in a number of best prog album of the year lists.

Tracklist

1. The Spirit Capture
2. The Fear Created
3. The Reaper’s Song
4. The Drover
5. White Car
6. The Ghost Gets Made
7. Stuck in the Wood

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CD TMLIS

 

The Man Left In Space

Launch Date: 05-02-2013

“In our race for achievement and success, we sometimes gamble with our lives only to collect isolation, unhappiness and failure.”  

‘The Man Left in Space’ is a concept album exploring the themes of aspiration, achievement, and the failures that our quest for success, sometimes brings.  The story is played out against the analogous theme of a doomed space mission, launched in a bid to save mankind. The story provides a metaphor for the perils of success, such as boredom, isolation, unhappiness and ultimately failure…

The 9 track  progressive rock album draws on many past and contemporary influences in music, and takes a journey into the unknown to feed the imagination, and appetite of the listener of intelligent music.   It features a number of special guests from the progressive rock community including Nick D’Virgilio  (Spock’s Beard/Big Big Train ),  Dave Meros (Spock’s Beard), Matt Stevens, Greg Spawton (Big Big Train), Simon Rogers, Steve Dunn ( Also Eden ),  Lee Abraham ( The Lee Abraham Band ), Luke Machin ( Ex-The Tangent/Maschine ) and Dave Ware.

The album was released on the ‘Cosmograf Music’ label and is available to buy now on this site.

TMLIS has received critical acclaim in the progressive rock music press and is often cited in the numerous ‘Best of 2013’ lists from a number of leading of Prog bloggers .  The album lead to Cosmograf being nominated for a ‘Limelight’ award by Prog Magazine in 2013.

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When Age Has Done Its Duty

(Released September 2011)

‘When Age has Done Its Duty’ is an 8 track concept album centering around the theme of ageing against the background of personal experiences growing up. The album features a number of special guests from the progressive rock community including Bob Dalton ( It Bites ), Steve Thorne, Simon Rogers ( Also Eden ), Steve Dunn ( Also Eden ), Huw Lloyd-Jones (Unto Us), Lee Abraham ( The Lee Abraham Band ), Luke Machin ( The Tangent ) and Dave Ware 

‘WAHDID’ gained the interest of a number of UK based record companies resulting in the album being formally released on the Festival Music label in September 2011 by F2 Records Ltd.  The album brought Cosmograf to the consciousness of the progressive rock community gaining critical acclaim from a number of respected publications, both online and in the traditional music press.

Reviews

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End of Ecclesia

(Released November 2009)

‘End of Ecclesia’ was self released in 2009 on CD-R format,  and it’s theme plots a course through the conflict between science and religion.  The 10 track album took 8 months to produce and was recorded, mixed and mastered in Robin’s earliest incarnation of his home studio in Portsmouth, UK. ‘End of Ecclesia’ is an ecclectic mix of traditional and neo prog with some obvious lapses into neo classical, contemporary rock, and metal. Track 10 – ‘The Dark that follows the Light’ also features the electric guitar and bass talents of Steve Dunn from Also Eden.  The album is a little rough and ready in presentation but lead the way to better production for the subsequent albums, and attracted some very good reviews in the prog press.

Reviews

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Freed from the Anguish - Released 2008

Freed from the Anguish (Demo)

(January 2008)

The Cosmograf project was born with a rough demo called ‘Freed from the Anguish’  produced in January 2008, which told an anguished tale of a man’s journey through the second world war.   It was never pressed or released as an album and so is not considered an official Cosmograf release.