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Spoke of Shadows

Spoke of Shadows is a collaboration between Bill Bachman (Neal Morse, Michael Harris) and Mark Cook (Herd of Instinct).

Mark Cook is a Texas based Warr guitarist/multi-instrumentalist who is a member of the progressive rock band Herd of Instinct. He has appeared on recording by the electronic experimenters 99 Names of God, the psychedelic Liquid Sound Company, and the progressive Hands. He is one of the few players of the Warr guitar – a 12 to 14 string instrument with the range of a guitar and bass that is played with two hand tapping. Mark has also composed music for the game company Acceleroto.

Bill Bachman studied percussion performance at the University of North Texas and is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. He is a regular contributing columnist for Modern Drummer magazine and is the author of the book Stick Technique, an Essential Guide for the Modern Drummer published through Modern Drummer Publishing, as well as the "Logic" instructional book series for Row-Loff Productions. Bill’s the inventor of the Remote Speedy Hat, the designer of Vic Firth’s Heavy Hitter pad series and signature Billy Club drumstick and founder of He has toured with progressive rock artist Neal Morse, and freelances with various artists in the Dallas area. Bill is an international drum clinician and he endorses Vic Firth sticks, Remo drumheads, Zildjian cymbals, and Dynasty drums.

Spoke of Shadows was born when Mark was finishing the mixes of the latest Herd of Instinct release “Conjure”. After completing two HOI CDs in two years he wanted to focus on writing music that was moodier and had more dynamics than what Herd of Instinct usually create. He began recording pieces by layering Warr guitars, an 8 string fretless bass, drums, guitars, and keyboards. After 6 tracks were written the project took another turn when a friend introduced Mark to Bill Bachman. Mark stripped away his percussion parts and gave the tracks to Bill with only one direction “play what you normally would not be allowed to play in other bands”. After some virtual recording sessions Mark and Bill met for the first time in 2013 at a Led Zeppelin tribute band show in Dallas where we discussed the status of our recording project and our love of Gabriel era Genesis. This meeting helped to cement the direction of the music.

Our goal was to create a hybrid progressive music that covers a wide range of moods and styles. No rules! After finishing the majority of the writing we began looking for collaborators to help add some sonic variation to the music. The approach was to find players from diverse backgrounds to help create a unique vocabulary that takes the listener on a sonic journey. All of the guests magically fell into place on the recording and added immense depth to the tracks.