Image And Nation is the brainchild of Glenn Grubbs of Tesseract7. It began as an experiment in the new age genre, and grew and changed with the addition film score style soundscapes. It radically changed as Post-Apocalyptic guitar rock pieces began to find their way into the project. The project is growing, evolving, and not done. Stories are being developed in the lyrics that are still being written, more music is being written, and anything you see here can be taken as a work in progress right now. Although it is no longer a strictly "new age" project, it is still very spiritual in nature and embodies an evolution of the "new age" experiment as opposed to a complete deviation. Thus, I have still listed the project as new age for the purpose of sorting.
IMAGE AND NATION: AMBIENT WESTERN NEW AGE
Composer Glenn Grubbs began his musical career at the age of fourteen when he discovered his innate talent for the bass guitar. Since that time he has learned to play a variety of instruments. Glenn has started and been a member of several loud, high energy bands that have spanned the rock sub-genres. All the while Glenn has been exploring recording techniques and electronic composition.
While exploring the composition techniques of soundtracks, Glenn began to try his hand at other genres besides rock. Image and Nation was originally a small side project that began in December of 2004. The idea was to compose a five song EP to sell along with his other band's cds at their shows. Although the original idea was to compose a New Age Album, Image and Nation has grown to include and incorporate elements of World Music, Western Film Score, Ambient Experimental, and even A little dance music (thus the Genre Ambient Western New Age).
Each track explores unique emotional territory not always associated with the New Age Music genre. Although some of the songs are meditative and peaceful, the album covers a full range of emotions. The listener will also hear melancholy and contemplative, joyful and vibrant, and angry and aggressive tracks.
The vocals on most tracks are performed by Christa Durand. Glenn met Christa while they were both attending Sonoma State University. They approached the music from two completely different backgrounds. Glenn being a more rock oriented musician and Christa being trained as a classical musician. They found that even with their varied backgrounds in music they shared many common views of music, art, and performance. Since then Christa has frequently contributed and collaborated to the Image and Nation project.
Through many starts, stops, collaborations (both failed and successful), Image and Nation is in the process of creating two albums:
To be released before the end of this year.
Content: Two CDs, 16 tracks, clocking in at 1:39:11.
There will also be visual and written narrative component to the album.
Tentative Release Date: Fall 2010
Besides her work with Image and Nation, Christa frequently performs classical music around the bay area.
Besides his work with Image and Nation, Glenn is the bassist, keyboardist, and programmer for Tesseract7, the Bay Area's premiere explosive cyberpunk mayhem band.
It doesn't happen often, but when it does it is a spectacle. We have massive projections with multiples screens, creative use of light, shadow and silhouette, multiple classical singers, dancers, the whole 9 yards. We try to give people a full experience beyond what a standard band does live.
The ideas for this project come from the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Dark Tower" serries by stephen king, Brian Froud, old spagetti westerns, fantasy movies and books, Fields Of The Nephilim, Enya, Enigma, Clarence Demby, Brad Fidel, Mortiis, and many, many, other books, movies, and artists, as well as my own spiritual quest