“I love deadlines, I like the whooshing noise they make as they fly by.”
The ever moving deadline
Well the plan to get the record out by February has failed, and it won’t be out in March either. April maybe, but I’m going to have to go some.
Due to work commitments, general malaise and lack of motivation, I’m not getting nearly enough studio time to bring this project home. The sheer task of getting this album mixed and sounding great has turned into a monster effort and there’s much still to do. I’m quietly excited though, by how it’s sounding. Several of the tracks are sounding fairly immense with Bob Dalton’s drums in the mix. It’s amazing how adding the real drums cements everything together. The artwork is also looking most awesome courtesy of Graeme ‘Twig’ Bell.
I’m 100% happy with what I’ve written, that’s been the easy bit, but much less so with my own performances and production which I’m constantly re-recording or adjusting the mix in order to improve things.
I’ve had the music rattling around my head now for 14months or so which feels like a huge chunk of my life, although in album making terms really isn’t that long. Secretly I’m rather scared what will happen when it get’s released. I’d be gutted if the album failed to make any impact but these things take years to reach consciousness.
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Cosmograf Music Reviews
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
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 - 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
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/
"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
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