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Show Your Support!

Great opportunity to support your favorite artists! On Friday 20.3.20 Bandcamp will give all the revenue directly to the creative artists.

Thank You!!

To raise even more awareness around the pandemic’s impact on musicians everywhere, we’re waiving our revenue share on sales this Friday, March 20 (from midnight to midnight Pacific Time), and rallying the Bandcamp community to put much needed money directly into artists’ pockets.

P.S. Many others within the music industry are being impacted as well, including record store owners and staff, tour managers, event producers, venue staff, lighting and sound professionals, janitors, photographers, bartenders, security guards, and more. We encourage you to find ways to reach out and support those affected in your local communities.

https://daily.bandcamp.com/features/bandcamp-covid-19-fundraiser

 

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Psycho Rollercoaster available as a remixed and remastered version.

The Finnish summer is almost over, the nights are getting darker and colder but the light and warmth of the sun still gives us power to survive through the upcoming winter. As part of the ongoing but very slow process we are releasing the re-mixed and re-mastered version of the track Psycho Rollercoaster. It was originally part of the Land of Hope album. Hopefully it gives you some boost and power to continue your journey where ever that might be!

Here is the link to our Bandcamp page. It’s FREE if you want.

https://cdfme.bandcamp.com/tr…/psycho-rollercoaster-rmx-2019

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Anton Epstein has gone solo!

Anton Epstein Xpedition: Bowl of Silence

We wish him success! If you want to visit his newest musical horizons, please go to:

https://aexpedition.bandcamp.com

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Tune in for Prog-Scure today SATURDAY, 11/10/18, 1-4 PM (CST)!

TOMORROW ON PROG-SCURE…SHOW #72, SATURDAY, 11/10/18, 1-4 PM (CST)On "Prog-scure: Obscure Bands on the Prog-Rock…

Julkaissut ProgScure Perjantaina 9. marraskuuta 2018
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New Email address!

If you want to give us an email, our new email address is: contact-(at)-cdfme.com. The old ones don’t work anymore. Thanks!

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Summer Sale One Seven!

Summer Sale!

The summer – so far – has been mainly rainy, quiet and cold here in the CDFME headquarters but despite or just because of that we are having a Big Summer Sale!! 

There has never been a better time to buy our music in physical CDs! Discounted prices start as low as FIVE dollars / CD.  That’s a hefty 40% reduction. AND we also lowered the digital downloading prices. ?

And to add the cherry on top, we are giving you a possibility to download the remixed songs for FREE!

The best thing to do is to buy the CDs right from our own site: go to the STORE PAGE by selecting it from the menu! (Yes, up there on the right.)

The second best thing is, please, go to our kind distributor CD Baby and give yourself – or somebody you care – a musical summer gift! https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/ContemporaryDeadFinnishMusicEn

Or, if you need just a quick fix for your progressive urges go to Bandcamp https://cdfme.bandcamp.com and download the remixes. 

The sale will last until August and then the regular (and sensible) prices will be back.

Have a nice & musical summer!

  • Anton Epstein, adjunct professor, CDFME Headquarters
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Band interview in the Fireworks Magazine

You’ll find an interview of the band and single version of White Shadow on the latest issue (#72) of the Fireworks Magazine! Enjoy!

Fireworks Magazine issue 72

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ReMix 2015 All I Need

To continue the work of remixing the songs from Land of Hope, we thought All I Need would be an easy one, as it has only vocals and a string quartet. Well, easy or not but it was fun!
All I Need was originally composed for acoustic guitar and vocal. It used to be the opening piece for a live set, the whole band coming in gradually within the song. During the making of Land Of Hope we thought it would be great to have some different sounds on the album, like strings or horns. I have always loved the sound of a string quartet and came with the idea of new arrangement for the whole song. Instead of augmenting the band with the strings, let’s have only the strings and vocals – nothing else!
The rehearsing and recording of the quartet was done on the same day, in one three hour session. It was very nerve wrecking to wait for the first reactions of the musicians. We had never written anything serious for strings before so it was likely there were things that were stupid or even impossible to play. Luckily after some explaining things were clear, they liked it and everybody were happy! We recorded three takes. No click track was used so the whole performance must be satisfactory, editing wouldn’t be possible. Take #2 was the one that’s heard on the album.
The goal of the remix was to get the aural image more intimate, to help the touching story (of longing after an invaluable relationship you can’t have anymore) coming through and to aid the beautiful and powerful voice of the singer Katja Sirkiä to have more impact in the arrangement with the amazing strings. Special thanks to “CDFME String Quartet”: Katariina, Mikko, Max and Sanna! We are forever grateful. <3
In many ways this is a unique piece in our catalog and we hope you like it!
ReMix by A. Pesonen, Mastered by J. Huotari @Sauna Studios
Stream it as high res mp3 from our homepage or download as .wav-file from Bandcamp.
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ReMix 2015 Stop The Machine!

This summer has been unusually cold and wet here in Finland. One has to find something to do indoors, like cleaning and general housekeeping. In the attic we stumbled on to a box containing the hard drive from year 2000 that had the Pro Tools sessions for the Ideal Standards Vol. 1 album. I had completely forgotten these backups! There were some extra steps involved but eventually I was able to transfer the files and to open them in modern Pro Tools session. Thank you for the backwards compability Avid (Digidesign back then)!
The ending track – Stop The Machine! – had always been a band favorite. We felt it was solid piece of music and had a nice contrast of heaviness and fragility. Also, for a over ten minutes song it had very simple basics and structure and still worked, which was nice. You didn’t have to have nine different parts in different time signatures to have “a proper” proge-rock song. Last but not least, the lyrics (originally in Finnish by Make Latvanen) were strong, making a point and telling a story that could have been a script for a scifi / horror movie. So it made perfect candidate for an attempt to mix it again!
The goal of the remix was to get the aural image closer and more clear to the listener so that the story would come through stronger and the beautiful and powerful voice of the singer Katja Sirkiä had more presence. Of course heavy parts should be heavier and delicate parts more delicate. 🙂
Being earlier as only downloadable with the whole album you can now stream it as high res mp3 from our homepage or download as .wav-file from Bandcamp.
ReMix by A. Pesonen, Mastered by J. Huotari @Sauna Studios
We hope you like it! Enjoy and have a better summer!! 🙂

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Flower Kings cover on YouTube

A few years ago we took part on a great Flower King’s cover project. If you are interested in our version of their beautiful song Grand Old World please click: GOW on YouTube

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Stranger In My Hometown_alt mix

An alternative mix for a song from the album Land of Hope.

Stranger In My Hometown_alt mix 2015

The second track from the Land of Hope album was always a bit tough nut to crack, especially during the mixing stage. Well – here is an attempt to make things right! An alternative mix kindly mastered by Janne Huotari / Sauna Studios. We hope you enjoy this! Please compare the mixes and post your comments, thanks!

For a “Pay what you want” download please visit our Bandcamp pages: cdfme.bandcamp.com

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Special holiday season prices for all CDs!

Hi! Now it’s the best time of the year to buy our music! We have lowered the physical album prices to match those of a digital downloads and CD Baby is even having a three day shipping campaign, so please, go to our web-store STORE or to cdbaby and buy some CDs from your favorite Finnish prog-group! The lower prices are valid until the end of this year. Thank you for making 2014 a special year for us!  😀

Still trying to find the perfect gift for the music-lover in your life? We wanted to let you know that CD Baby is charging only 1¢ for shipping when you purchase our music on CDBaby.com between December 1st and 3rd.
Whether you buy 1 disc or 100, it’s only ONE PENNY for standard domestic or international shipping – TOTAL.
You can find our music right here: ContemporaryDeadFinnishMusicEnsemble
Here’s to a music-filled holiday season!

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English translation of a German review

Big thanks to an Austrian fan who translated this rather progressive German review of Dark Matters into English! Kathi, we love you! 😀

“Scandinavia, a subcontinent where reindeer and moose say good night? Even Reindeer-moose should have been seen there. Further one has to admit that there is always good and original Prog-stuff coming from Scandinavia – a scanned scandal? No, more a scandi-navi-gating phenomen. So far this album reminds me on the unfortunately faded respectively zombie-like King Crimsom (I only belive – despite all emphasis – that the chimney kings are still alive when I hear brand new sounds coming out of the chimneys!) and Gentle Giant or on recent bands as Diablo Swing Orchestra and Thieves‘ Kitchen. But the disk is certainly no plagiarism and that’s why the Scandinavians will neither get into hot water nor will they be locked up in a room together with Peter Greenaways film-protagonists cook, thief, his wife and her lover. In most of the pieces wonderful slightly jazzy saxophone-sounds join the euphonius hybrids.

The team – … – is vocally represented in many facets by Katja Sirkiä, Mikko Jokinen, Minja Aho and Leevi Pesonen; the instruments are played extremely versed by Janne Murto (tenor-saxophone), Antti Pesonen (guitar, keybords, programming and soundscapes), Pate Kivinen (hammond orgue, moog and mini-moog), Qumma (warr guitar), Eero Uurtimo (bass) as well as Tuomo Lassila (drums and percussion – by the way a founding member of Stratovarius).

Apart from some esthetic/beautiful vocal- and melody-lines this disk has more or less nothing in common with the neo-prog of „canned-supermarket-music“. More as an antithesis you again and again find some weird and partly even dissonant parts – planned tonal obselence.

Find Neo: failure/dead loss! One man’s meat is another man’s poison.

Fortunately I am one of the „meat-men“ so that I also take delight in the text-concept, which picks out homo sapiens sapiens‘ dark sides as a central theme. For only if one is being confronted with his own shades or confronts himself, he is able to transcend. That’s also the bands slogan for the album „dark matters“ ex umbris ad lucem – there is nothing to add, just that the CD with its 52,5 minutes is too fast over and that there will hopefully be a new release soon.” -Frank Bender, Ragazzi

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A new favorable review of Dark Matters!

Ragazzi-music review auf Deutch

Here comes a review from our German friends which is quite progressive on it’s own, talking about reindeers and racing with mooses and Peter Greenaway movies and such… :mrgreen:  Anyway, it seems that they liked the album because in their opinion it ended too soon and they are looking forward very much to our next album! Danke schön!!  😀

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Black Mist on the DPRP-Radio!

Click the link to listen to the latest DPRP Radio Show featuring great songs from great bands, including Black Mist from CDFME.  😎

 

Listen to the Latest Show – New Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Galahad and Flying Colours | DPRP Radiowww.dprp.netIt’s another all-new edition as we catch up on more of the great new Progressive releases from Pineapple Thief, Jason Rubenstein, Contemporary Dead Finnish Music Ensemble,…

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Dutch Progressive Rock Page reviews Dark Matters!

DPRP review

Regarded as one of the best progressive music websites, the Dutch DPRP has published a review of “Dark Matters”. As usual, their review is comprehensive, detailed and very well written. Please, check it out! 🙂

“Overall this is a very interesting concept album, with an excellent production and sound. Certainly the band emerges into the brightness throughout this piece of work.” – Alan Weston, DPRP

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Progstavaganza Questionnaire

Here is the link for the Progstavaganza Questionnaire / Interview. We hope you find it interesting!

http://www.progstravaganza.com/progstravaganza-questionnaire-contemporary-dead-finnish-music-ensemble/

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“Black Mist” featured on Progstavaganza XX “Landmarks”

The latest Progstavaganza compilation is out! It’s titled “Landmarks” and it’s also featuring our song “Black Mist” from the Dark Matters album. Track #15. You can have it and dig it now on Bandcamp. Don’t miss the opportunity!

http://www.prog-sphere.com/compilations/progstravaganza-xx-landmarks-now/

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Ideal Standards review on ProgArchives

ProgArchives reviewer “apps79” writes about the music on Ideal Standards Vol. 1 much better than we ever could. We thank you Sir!

“The album brings to mind the spacey and grandiose approach of AYREON or the bombastic/melodic sound of EXPLORER’S CLUB and comes like an interesting mix of Space Rock, Heavy Prog and modern Neo Prog, where the tracks are carefully measured but at the same time quite demanding. The music relies heavily upon Sirkiä’s crystalline vocals, Antti Pesonen’s nice rhythm guitars and intricate solos and Jalava’s diverse keyboard parts.”Ideal Standards Vol. 1” is extremely lyrical, but it contains also plenty of good instrumental ideas with spacey synthesizers, bombastic tunes and melodic textures.” — apps79, ProgArchives

Read the whole review!

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Our music now also on Bandcamp!

LINK: cdfme.bandcamp.com