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The Zoa Factor

by Field Of View

Well crafted progressive rock in a variety of forms in a conceptual flow. Stunning vocal songs and intriguing instrumentals from classical rock to space fusion. Certain songs have been compared to: Kansas, Yes, Styx, Boston, Rush, Pink Floyd, P.Gabriel
Genre: Rock: 70's Rock
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1. Free Dominion
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2. Osiris
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3. Window Shopping
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4. Sailors of Destiny
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5. The Vicious Circle
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6. Cydonia Syndrome
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7. Speedbreaker
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8. The Sparrow
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9. Sunset Serenade: I. Cantata
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10. II. Serenata
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11. III. Finale
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12. Pwyll
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13. Z-Factor
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Field Of View is a virtual band in a MIDI keyboard studio world. The Zoa Factor was composed and produced by Timothy Murray wearing all the hats.

Timothy Murray: All instruments *, drums/percussion, theremin, vocoder and speech program.

Except/guest friends:

* Soprano saxophone - Song 1: Steve Clarke
* Rhythm guitar - Song 3: Tim Thompson

Lead Vocals and harmonies: Tim Thompson
Additional harmonies : Orvin Thompson

Vocals: Ed Troha with Melissa Johnson
on “Sunset Serenade”

Album Graphics: Rundio, Photos courtesy of NASA
Mastering Engineer: Brad Johnson



BIO: Timothy Murray

Musical Paradigm Changes & Events:
- Bach and Mozart: Toccata & Fugue in Dm/Bach.
- Saw the Beatles on TV: The Ed Sullivan Show.
- Heard “Good Times, Bad Times” on the radio:
Led Zeppelin I & II.
- Heard “Roundabout” on the radio:
The Yes Album, Fragile & Close to the Edge.
- Saw Pink Floyd in concert - Animals.
Dark Side of the Moon.
- Saw Rush in concert – A Show of Hands:
Power Windows & Hold Your Fire.
- Saw Joe Satriani in concert - Flying in a Blue Dream.
Surfing with the Alien
- Every Yes concert - "priceless!"
- Beethoven....to Mahler.

Timothy Murray began his professional music career in 1973 when he joined a house rock band while attending the University of Nebraska. The band, “Red Pony”, soon caught the eye of a booking agent. Tim dropped out as a Junior and the band toured across the country for almost 3 years. In 1975 “Red Pony” recorded an album with Artco Records. Notable gigs were concerts warming up “Kansas” …and also “The Monkees”. When the band broke up in 1976 Tim returned home to Omaha where he spent lots of time composing at the piano and studying music. Performing continued in a local commercial rock band called “The US Kids”.

Wanting more opportunity Tim in 1979 move to Minneapolis (just as Prince was emerging) to join Boyd Hunt Enterprises, a music production company where he played in experimental studio bands. Having developed his chops and accumulated a quality keyboard rig Tim left to play in public again in 1982 with the most talented group so far called “Pulse”; tackling challenging progressive songs (i.e Kansas, Yes, ELP, etc.) along with three Murray originals. An apex of stage performance goals had been experienced with that band. It was then time to get a REAL JOB and concentrate on composing and recording.

A Brown Institute certification led to a career as a Computer Mainframe Operator in 1985. About that time MIDI synthesizers and affordable computer sequencers were emerging. Frustrated with the dependency on other people and their varying commitment and talent levels Tim decided to do all the instruments himself. Hence, after a lot of work developing the craft and building a home studio, “Field Of View/The Zoa Factor” was completed and pressed in 1998.

In 2006 Tim's IT Department (Carlson Companies) and his operations analyst job were outsourced to India by IBM. However, the future looks interesting. A healthy portfolio allowed retirement at age 53 along with a new Korg OASYS-88 workstation.

As a growing self-taught student of classical sonata form Timothy Murray is hopeful for more albums...now exclusively instrumental.
… maybe a movie or TV theme…

…..and playing on stage again.............with humans.

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Cindy Eisler

This album is a musical adventure. The songs are just beautiful!
I've listened to this album several times. It was a pleasure to listen to such beautiful music. I loved the song Window Shopping, the lead singer has an incredible voice. I also liked Sailors Of Destiny, Speedbreaker, and I liked the vocals in Sunset Serenade as well. They were very powerful, and had great lyrics and harmonies.
The first 2 instrumentals (Free Dominion and Osiris) were awesome. I love all the effects that were used.

The Vicious Circle was really a good song too. There were little parts in it that reminded me of the Irish band Clannad that the singer Enya used to be in. To be honest there wasn't one song on the cd that I didn't like.
I'm also a big fan of instrumentals so I found those all enjoyable. Especially Cydonia Syndrome (Very cool) and The Sparrow. That's a really pretty one. The song called Pwyll was really really unique. I loved all the sounds in it. The Z-Factor was a very appropriate ending for the cd also. Great song.
Sunset Serenade is probably my favorite. It's hard to pick, but yes I think it is. Zep Tepi is a great song. It's very different and has a cosmic sort of sound. To me it has kind of a mixture between rock and classical. I liked it a lot.
The artwork on the cd was really great also. It was quite an eargasmic experience.
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Gary

Love it!
I just now got the ZOA Factor and am on my second listen through. This is seriously fine music. The artists put a lot of thought into this that's for sure. I'm really impressed.

Lots of influences from my era- the 70's! This should be in every prog fans' collection.
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