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Luminiferous Ether

by Zip Tang

More than a year in the making, this labor-of-love contains a compelling range of exciting material for your hungry ears, from the Zappaesque "Tower of Tuna" to the epic Floydish "Doctor Plush" this CD has something for every fan of underground rock music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tower Of Tuna
5:39 $0.99
2. Missed The Beginning
5:15 $0.99
3. Nothing Here
6:10 $0.99
4. Doctor Plush
9:59 $0.99
5. Like We Did Before
5:02 $0.99
6. Beta
5:48 $0.99
7. Searching For Treasure
4:24 $0.99
8. With A Twist
3:47 $0.99
9. Tarkus (Emerson, Lake & Palmer)
18:10 $2.99
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"Imagine the Chili Peppers trying to write a modern version of "21st Century Schizoid Man" and succeeding. The music kicks ass and they manage to include the words absinthe, carpaccio and escargot in the lyrics."

..."it is the best sounding self-released album I can ever remember hearing. If they told me that this was recorded at the Record Plant or Electric Ladyland studios with Jack Douglas behind the board I would totally believe it."

Tom Karr - Progressive World

by other Listeners Like You from Around The World

This is good - I'm thinking Pink Floyd good, here!
The song has an american, southern-accent sound - but from the early 70s. Original and clever use of synths and samples, and great melody... sounds liek something a jazz keyboardist would write. Very interesting mix of old classic Ray Charles soul with 70 Brit Prog, and maybe... a little Hendrix? This is intense, and very well shaped, and everybody is taking advantage of their own talents. All in their own pocket, not overly self-indulgent, superbly done. Great new version of Progressive rock!
- e. from Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Corrosion meets Sgt Pepper...
The introduction to this song incorporated sparse classic rock lead stylings which could be likened to Jimmy Page and more recently Pepper Keegan. As we progressed through the first verse, the distorted guitar line was perfect in it's tone as well as heavy but not without a sense of groove.
The vocal precision and tone was a perfect accompaniment, sitting nicely in the mix. Again the voice was reminiscent of Johnny Garcia of Kyuss fame with a touch of Pepper Keegan. Grainy and edgy.
Up until the end of the first chorus, it was but a great groove rock tune. But then out of no-where appears a horn/saxophone sections. From this point on, the song takes a dramatically unexpected turn.
The drums explode into a full time assault on the senses. The highlight of the song, which was most unique in it's approach, was the saxophone/lead guitars playing off one another.
Anybody into good rock, and bored of the same old predictable outcomes would enjoy this song. It provides a refreshing change from what has been, yet somehow manages to still be respectful of the rock tradition.
Fantastically new.
- m. from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

me likes
excellent. Love the guitar work. very original. love the horns. again they add originality. guitar tone is excellent. drums sound very raw. vocals are gritty. I think you guys are on to something here. I think you've created your own style. awesome!!!
- m.d from Dallas, Texas

interesting entrance of atonal guitar and beautiful overtones. You recreate sonorous landscapes of a formidable way. Excellent instrumentalist, arrangement is superior in truth, did not hope to find this jewel... Music pleases to me is sensual and later the voices... are good, the singer has a special form to place the voice, he has good technique, so that the overtones of their voice are not listened to tense, that is very gráto as it listens, excellent arrangement as much in music as in the voices. Great work, excellent form to appreciate music.
- L. from México, Distrito Federal, Mexico

Tower of music.
A lot to take in up front. Lots of nice textures. ... The groove for the vocals is solid. Once the vocals start this gets very interesting. The song really takes off with a lot of tasty directions. Love the light hearted lyrics. Wow, this is a fun catagory. Vocals are very good. Guitar is dancing around a solid bass and drums. Not sure what voice your using on the keys/guitar, maybe it's a horn. Can't tell. But it's the bomb. Drums on ending is off the charts. Some of the most interesting stuff I've heard. Are you familiar with I Mother Earth. It's the only thing I can compare this to. Most Excellent.
- t. from St. Petersburg, Florida

I drank what!?
Beautiful pink floyd-esque intro. Good use of effects and texture. Setting us up in a zappa kind of way for should I say...the meat of the song. .... Drums are really well done. haha tower of tuna!? Interplay with the guitar rocks.
- y. from Portland, Oregon



Spanish with a twist!!!
Solid guitar work that brings in the Santana lead work mixed in with a very smooth Jazzy, Bluish, Spanish feel to it! I don't think that I have heard a song like this before! The melody work from either a keyboard or drum beat effect is a very smart idea in keeping this song fresh, especially in the mix in having it fade from the left to the right...Beautifully done! Guitars are solidly mixed in very well in producing a strong sound full of depth and tone! Solid Arrangements! Bassist is a Genuis and that Saxaphone is absoulutely SUPURB!!! 5 STAR RATING!
- fb from North Carolina

This is a catchy tune. The jam was played very tight with the drums and bass playing their role very well. The brass section added a nice touch that established the jazzy mood. As for the effects, great job. To utilize effects well is an art form in itself and you guys did a nice job with that. The different sections of the song were natural considering their variance. The guitar playing was inspiring due to the interetsting choices the player made. They allowed for consistency while travelling through the song. Like a good essay, the song had coherence, with great transitions that were smoothly executed. Great job.
- t. from New Jersey

Really Jam.
I think this is most professional song that I have hear at the garageband.com. The broken rhythm of drums that cover with flight of guitar improvisation sound very interesting. I have listened the song for three times. The rhythm is really catchy.
The guitar is most cool instrument of this song. The fragments from 1.13 to 1.30 and from 4.38 to 5.02. I like the most of all. And of course the sax solo from 2.18 too. The structure of song is very harmonic. The force of energy and slow motion are alternate, attract listener, and do not make him to go mind away. All instruments in right places. I have no any claim.
As to mix: very well balanced. I can hear all of instruments.
In general: Great Job.

Keep rocking guys.
- o.s. from Pavlodar, Kazakhstan

Jazz Inflected Twistedness,Gotta Love It!!
With a slight nod to the English Canterbury style but with far more roughness and grit, these guys can definitely hold your attention, I LOVE the main sax riff, and how the piece goes into this cool film noir/crime jazz sort of thing. Very cool, and some pretty rockin' guitar too!
- t.o.w from Atlanta, Georgia

adorable piece, with entrance jazzy, I really like the sound cool, you you are extraordinary instrumentalist ones. The sounds are perfect; excellent production and the miz is spectacular. Really this piece of progressive rock, so fine and is tecnicamente taken care of that rock could think about jazz cool. Huge teachers of the progressions and the instruments.
- l.m. from Distrito Federal, Mexico

60`s fusion when it works
this is fusion rock santana would love to listen to. for the first time on garageband.com that i get to listent to a almost 6 minnut song that generats into the most perfect kreation, like seening a flower grow "great arangment" perfekt balance i loved all parts
- pw from Copenhagen, Denmark

Intro cool
And then a cool groove, and it is almost jazz. Perhaps more so than progressive rock. Extremely well done movements. Great guitar playing. The horns sound sort of like a Zappa composition. Not entirely contemporary :) OH, nice sax interlude! Obviously by now this is instrumental. I think this would do well in the jazz genre. But I like it here, too. Tight band! Well recorded. Good production, nice panning. Everything seems right where it should be. no extreme panning that is distracting like you hear sometimes. Nice use of space and the song breathes well. Some will probably blast this for being a long jamming kind of song. I will give it points for that! This song kicks ass!
- s. from Iowa City, Iowa

Throw in the towel, there's a lot of beautiful
In this jam. The mix of instruments plentiful. The ambient feel, add the smooth touch of sax, the slick licks of the guitarist, and a spicy drum, and bass line or two... BAM! This is it.
In my book I vote highly for the Coolest (most tubular) chill-out track.
- m.k. from Minneapolis, Minnesota

I'm in the circus
Very Jazzy, much like the norwegian band Jaga Jazzist. Cool horn section, wich gives the song some edge to it. I like the beats your drumme plays, many different comboes in your style of playing. The flowing guitar parts gives the song some 70's influences and you could have thaught to yourself, is this Santana? Great job guys!
- d. from Oslo, Norway

I got a Santana vibe straight off the top of this track. A well produced piece with a god mix. The off tempo drumming is excellent and alongside the solid bass playing keeps the rhythm section moving along. Good pace. Nothing is self indulgent. The guitars are tasteful and not over bearing. The sax is sexy.
- w. from Windsor, Ontario, Canada

funky soundscape rock
cool use of sax in intro and keys ..feels very zappa with the use of guitar and arrangements or something off of a 70's stevie wonder album

D.H from U.K.

Morphine on speed
Tight as can be. Great dynamics. This is going to be brief 'cause there's nothing I complain about.
Thouroughly enjoyable.
Keep it up.
- t.d. from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

wow! its taste like 70's. very interesting, and i love this. keep going! i will subcribe you.
- m. from Kitashilakawa ,Sakyoq, Kyoto, Japan

a little zappa here and a little zappa there! great groove! great playing! I love the horns. nice touch. this really reminds me of FZ. which is NOT a bad thing! I give ya points for just that. I can imagine fz rambling over the music! A+
- j. from Pennsylvania

Take Five
Off beat jazzy composition with a strong lead guitar 'singing and talking' Sharp performance, very metropolitan, 'city at night' sort of mood.

Great 'Pink Panther' slower section.
This is so interesting to hear and you don't have to wait long for something new to happen - a rhythm change - a new instrument combination. Interesting variety of drumming.

Wow it gets so good after 4 mins with some clever effects that take it to a new classy height.
- k. from undisclosed

Hot Damn!
A really jazzy feel,but more like a modern jazz.Which is definitly not a bad thing. The lead guitarist just has a command to him or her that as u like what could they possibly do next and then ...BAM I get hit with something more fierce then the first,leaving like more!Hit me with some more!Then out what seem like no where the sax reminds how sweet that insturment is suppose to sound. The more i listen to the song(which is alot)The more little thing stick out and make the sound that much more thick..that much more sweet. If music was a flavor, this would defenity be honey.. cuz its just that sweet, im just sitting here listening like wow .. i just cant believe they just did that! Such a flow to it. The way yall play together i would say you guys have been together for years. Cuz with that sound i cant keep my jaw off the floor.Excellent Work!
- b. from nowhere



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Gary Peeke

Luminiferous Ether
Is it rock? Is it Jazz? It's just down right GREAT MUSIC!! It's obvious these guys love to play music. I really enjoyed their version of "Tarkus".. Buy this one quickly!! Can't wait to see them live.

Progressive Rock & Progressive Metal - E - Zine

Zip Tang knows how to paint a delightful instrumental production.
Zip Tang are a four-piece band from Chicago. According some comments around the music world press, they prefers to play something from the classic influences, the nice modern art and the bit of indispensable jam and "new music" - in a manner that, currently, gets optimistic praises, plus in a musical attractive emphaty that can score, further on, more and more important progressive qualities. Zip Tang knows how to paint a delightful instrumental production, rick and stuffed with a lot of influences from the '70s, a band that consists of the standard Progressive lineup, using classical instruments as keyboard, guitar, bass, and drums, bringing together, good moments that echo some irreverence of "Frank Zappa", adding the signature sound of "Van der Graaf Generator" and "King Crimson" with symphonic tendencies of "Yes", completing with some ingredients of the Progressive Hard Rock from "Wishbone Ash". Zip Tang features talented musicians, playing very good Progressive Rock style, with amazing instrumental arrangements, which consist of very tasteful solos of guitar, while the keyboards add a touch of symphonism, bass and drums develop some very cool rhythm sections with lush vocals, but one of the big surprise is, the highlighted saxophone section that create a strong feeling in the musical arrangements. "Luminiferous Ether" is a very diverse album, full of great songs and surprises, starting with the track "Tower Of Tuna", a song developed into Zappa's style. "Missed The Beginning" and "Nothing Here" are a powerful Hard Rock songs, where the guitars and drums are very strong and have a perfect balance. "Doctor Plush", "Like We Did Before" and "Searching For Treasure" are a Progressive Rock tracks that sounds very impressive, melodic, heavy and symphonic. "Beta"contains some interesting Jazz Fusion elements where sax, keyboards and guitar display interesting musical textures. "With A Twist" blends Jazz Fusion with hard rock elements. The album ends powerfully with a stronger version of "Tarkus (E.L&P.)" which is very well played, featuring a strong musical signature, especially developed in the style of Zip Tang. "Luminiferous Ether" album was released in 2007, including nine tracks and 64:14min of a pure musical emotions. Engineered by Perry Merritt, recorded at ZT Studios - Park Ridge, IL. The musicians on the band are: Marcus Padgett - Keyboards, Sax and Vocals, Perry Merritt - Guitars and Vocals, Rick Wolf - Bass and Vocals and Fred Faller - Drums and Percussion. Brilliant and indispensable work, highly recommendable...

Michael Gaspers

Zappa oder King Crimson ?
Ist es Zappa oder King Crimson ?
Jedenfalls ist es Spitzen-Musik von überragenden Musikern !