Xybor & the Cosmonauts is the musical muse of Terry Atkinson, a self-absorbed, multi-instrumental musician, songwriter and multimedia "artiste". The music is envisioned, written, played and engineered by me.
The music is infused with diverse musical influences — rock, jazz, fusion, blues, bluegrass and pop. The overall sound draws heavily on progressive and psychedelic rock, ala Beatles, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Genesis, Bowie.
... a child of a different time.
Give it a listen. It is time well wasted.
Over the last year, I have been working diligently on a number of tracks that will comprise an upcoming album. I have just finished the sixth, Deja Vu All Over Again, and will now package it up for distribution via CD Baby et al. The six songs coincide with major life changes and orientation, as well as significant changes in my recording approach. Both fairly profound, from my perspective.
Bark at the Moon is probably about a broken relationship. As I said above, major life changes. The chorus leads with the phrase, "These dog days aren't meant for a cat like me," which probably has something to do with square pegs and round holes. I don't know.
Spies Like Us is nothing about anything. A spy has an unexpected encounter, and unexpectedly lives to spy some more. I always loved you, 99.
Hap Hippy Bapday is a little birthday ditty I wrote ... on my birthday, or thereabouts. My daughter clued into something in this song that I didn't think was apparent. Even I didn't see it until she mentioned it. Funny that. Maybe I'm not so clever as I thunk.
Cancel Culture is about the abhorrent PC culture in which we find ourselves. Seems to coincide with the proliference of social media. Hmm. Everyone has a voice, and too often use it to bully and silence those who say things we don't like -- ergo the "cancel culture". Seems to be a progressive thing. Hurt feelings does not justify censorship. Woke = fascism. Wake up!
Oumuamua was an interstellar visitor to our solar system. It drifted past the earth in October 2017. There was some unfounded speculation that it was a probe sent from intelligent life far far away. Highly unlikley. Most likely a piece of rock billions of years old drifting endlessly through the cosomos. No one knows. Except me. This song contemplates Oumuamua's significance. As an aside, the photo I attached to the player is an actual sunrise (other than the added moon, which I took during a blood moon). Stunning colors.
Deja Vu All Over Again derives from a quip from the late great Yogi Berra. Think about it. "Deja vu" literally translates into already seen. So, already seen twice over. Funny ... to me at least.
The songs will be available on your favorite streaming sites shortly, but you can listen to them here now. The Jukebox has all the songs, while I have dedicated pages via the links above that have lyrics and, in some cases, acoustic demos.
I recently had a revelation. I have been self-recording and releasing for quite a number of years. Over the last year and a half, I have really upped my game, particularly on the mastering side. I have been going through and remastering my older songs, and posting them here, as it doesn't really make sense to re-release everything.
However, when I got to Capitalism is Eating Itself, I was unhappy with my original mix, and decided to take another crack at it. Its like a blanket has been lifted off the audio. I have posted the new remix and the remaster of the original mix here: Capitalism is Eating Itself reduxe. If you are more technically inclined, these are both standardized to a volume of -14LUFS, so our ears perceive them to be the same volume.
update 190320: I have subsequently remixed a couple more: Cult of Personality, Free, and Jungle Rain. You can listen to the pre- and post- on those links. There are others I'll remix shortly, so stay tuned.
On an unrelated note, you likely know the dynamics of the music industry have changed. But the impact on artists is profound. While distribution is cheap, compensation is abysmal. As an example, for each Spotify play, I get about $0.0013. The number of plays to earn even minimum wage is daunting. I love making music, and even now, regardless of the compensation, I do so because it is who I am.
I write, record, and produce a song every few weeks. I am fully self-contained, with all the gear I need to develop both audio and video recordings, so my costs to record are not high. But still ...
All of my music is available for listening here, for free. Which is not much cheaper than $0.0013. I have set up a "jukebox" for easy access. When you listen to something you like, consider buying a download, conveniently linked by the button at the top of this page. If you are on Spotify or another streaming service, give my music a couple plays. Enjoy it any way you can and share it with your friends. ANY support is welcome.