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by ed Haponik

NC bassist ed Haponik's prog-pop, slaphappy solo debut. Rad.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Monster You Awoke
5:14 $0.99
2. Wind and Spray
4:49 $0.99
3. Ladybug
4:08 $0.99
4. The Account of Joe
4:50 $0.99
5. Delicate
4:00 $0.99
6. All Alone
2:31 $0.99
7. Paging Dr. K'Pow...
3:52 $0.99
8. Divine Wind
3:12 $0.99
9. Famous Blue Raincoat
3:45 $0.99
10. Flower
3:21 $0.99
11. Equinox
5:37 $0.99
12. Knowing You
4:04 $0.99
13. Instruments of Gravity
6:21 $0.99
14. Paging Dr. K'Pow... [instrumental]
3:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
Once upon a time, the role of a "bass" was to propel a song's harmony and keep time. That's good, hard work all by itself, but over the years, thousands of music's finest exponents have used electric and acoustic basses to develop and manipulate the fabric of song in more and more interesting ways. As a result of the tremendous efforts of artists like Charles Mingus, Stanley Clarke, Victor Wooten, Les Claypool, and innumerable others, the bass doesn't have to just be the underpinning anymore. It's liberated. It can be whatever it wants. It can even be THE WHOLE SONG.

ed Haponik has decided to use this liberation to his advantage. His debut offering "Triceratops" is not only bass-driven... it's almost all bass. Within, there are basses that sound like basses, basses that you would swear are distorted six-string guitars, basses that sound like gurgling vats of oil, and the occasional bass that could be confused with a delicately rubbed water goblet.

From a technical perspective, the bass-playing on this album is ambitious, full of slap and fingerstyle techniques that are rarely heard and explored in the guitar-driven world of rock... but even more ambitious is Haponik's apparent belief that you shouldn't really have to notice it to enjoy the music. The keyboard parts add some lush textures to the landscape; sometimes relaxed, sometimes frenetic. Haponik's dark, anti-tropical ukulele sound makes a cameo on "All Alone", and a Japanese shakuhachi is put to use on the surf-inspired "Wind and Spray". The lyrics, like the instrumentation, alternate between loving and apocalyptic, and ensure that each song on this CD will require multiple listenings.

Like so many musicians, ed Haponik began his musical career at the piano. His switch to bass in high school was inevitable. It's a cool looking instrument and with only four strings compared with a guitar's six, it had to be easier, right? Unfortunately, nothing that serves as your primary vehicle of expression remains "easy" for long. He took his bass to Boston College and majored in music (his focus on composition there is audible, even in the prog-pop context of "Triceratops"). This album is the product of the years since his training; spent tinkering with ideas old and new, synthesized into an entity that sparkles with originality.

ed Haponik composed and recorded this, his first solo-album almost entirely alone in a 6' x 6' walk-in closet-studio. It was recorded on a borrowed computer, serendipitously loaned to him by the "History Connect!" program of Durham Public Schools.



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Thomai Petropoulos

5 stars clearly means awesome!
It's definitely different, something that you'd find in a movie's soundtrack. I think it's great and not something you could just stumble upon anywhere. Totally has an original sound to it.

Stacy Gannaway

ed Haponik shows his brilliance in this debut solo album. His musical talents are obvious and his manipulation of the bass gui-tar is inspirational. Songs such as "Ladybug," "All Alone" reveal a delicate, contemplative soul while "Paging Dr. Kapow" reflects his fun and developed musical pacing.

It's Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat!


This cd is amazing, such new and cutting edge technique. You will not find anything like it on the radio. It is a well needed change from the basis of most music out there today. Brilliant music!

john haponik

Beyond spectacular
This album is unlike anything I have heard before. I really love this album and some of the tracks are intense. It's the most original music I have heard in the longest time