• High Orbit Kickstarts The Pandas, Starting September 1 2014
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  • Live concert footage from Furthemore 2014 in Baltimore, MD. The year’s live show, “The Copper Revolution”, opens with us encountering an anomaly that throws us into the atmosphere of a nearby planet.

    Footage, lighting, keyboard, and beers provided by the Furthemore staff. Runtt is playing drums provided by Teddy Wynton

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Come See Me at FA United!

FA United 2014

Set a course for… (Dramatic music…) NEW JERSEY!

That’s right, I’m returning to the Garden State for another year at FA United as both a performer and charity auctioneer. This time, however, I’ll be on stage with both guests of honor Fox Amoore and Colson. Three musicians, one stage. Hopefully more than one microphone.

Fox is Scottish, but we won’t hold that against him. He’s also an accomplished composer, orchestral arranger, and pianist. His recent crowd-funding campaign for the album Come Find Me raised three times the goal… enough not just to record at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, but to hire a real orchestra for the recording.

Colson has been making waves with his clean-voiced pop sound. Also a composer and guitarist, he’s been making the furries dance for years now. He’s not Scottish, but he is an otter. We won’t hold that against him either.

All three of us will be on stage jamming on each other’s tunes for at least an hour, raising funds for the NJSPCA. That’s right, if you come to our show, you’re literally saving puppies.

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FA United 2014

Saving The Pandas, Raising The Bar

High Orbit Kickstarts The Pandas, Starting September 1 2014

It’s been a good run for The Copper Revolution so far. I’d never tried to produce a theatrical, sci-fi-meets-steampunk piano rock show before, so this was something of a major gamble for me both artistically and professionally. Sure, I’ve been playing concerts for geeks for years now, but it felt like I was crossing over a line.


Photo by Peter Verrant‎

Something I’ve noticed at a lot of the cons I’ve been to: Most main-stage music acts don’t really do anything original. There’s an awful lot of re-mixed video game soundtracks, re-mixed anime soundtracks, and pop music with genre-specific lyrics. That’s why I’ve been blown away by acts like Pandora Celtica that are trying to do something original. (Full disclosure: They do a few parodies of known songs, but their original content far overshadows the derivatives.)

This isn’t to downplay the talent of bands doing EDM versions of the Cowboy Beebop sountrack or anything… In fact, some of the most talented musicians I’ve known were in cover bands. I just see a line between different philosophies: One approach is a safer celebration of the things that make us happy, another is a risky attempt to make people happy with something totally new. There’s always the possibility of rejection no matter what, but anyone who understands pop music knows it’s safer to go with the stuff that’s already familiar.

The Risk That Paid Off

Stick Juggling at CONvergence 2014

Photo by Peter Verrant‎

Every audience that has seen The Copper Revolution thus far has loved it, so that’s a reassuring sign. I wasn’t sure if anyone would go for the whole “we just crash-landed here and decided to put on a concert” vibe, let alone the evil Admiral Phineas Odious IV. I guess I thought people would be out on the dance floor thinking, “when are they going to start playing Jonathan Coulton songs?” Instead, the audiences- mostly newcomers -have really gotten into the Revolution.


No, seriously, you can’t imagine how much of a relief that is to a writer. Before every show, I’m defecating masonry while wondering if anyone’s going to laugh at Prodo-1′s pre-show countdown schtick. They did. Every time, even if there were only a handful of people in the early seats. A crowd that can laugh at something new is one of my favorite things in the whole world. If they go for the stupid gags at the beginning, chances are good they’re going to go for the music and comedy throughout the show. (Continue reading Saving The Pandas, Raising The Bar…) ☛