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This is the home page of Bill Fox.   Here, you can find out a little bit about my activities and various pursuits.   Enjoy!
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MY RADIO SHOWS

UPCOMING CONCERTS
Band Venue Date
Twyndyllyngs Chez Mosc on electro-music radio Saturdays, 6:00 pm
Twyndyllyngs Asheville electro-music Festival May 16-17, 2014
Pinnacle NJ Proghouse Saturday, October 11, 2014. noon
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THE SOUNDSCAPES CONCERT SERIES

GALACTIC TRAVELS

AFTERGLOW
THOUGHT RADIO

PULSE

PINNACLE

TWYNDYLLYNGS

XEROID ENTITY
SOUNDSCAPES CONCERT SERIES
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The Soundscapes Concert Series
Sunday, December 2, 8:00 pm

The Soundscapes Concert Series is held at the Nazareth Center for the Arts featuring electronic musicians for around the world. On hiatus for the Winter, things will pick up again in the Spring. GENETIQUE and HUNTER & HARRISON. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the concert is at 8:00 pm. While the admission is free, a donation is requested to support the artist and to enable the Nazareth Center for the Arts to pay operating expenses.

The NCA is located at 30 Belvidere Street, Nazareth, PA 18064 just off of Route 191 on the southwest corner of Belvidere Street and South Spruce Street. Please visit The Soundscapes Concert Series for artist and venue details.

In 2012, the SCS presented Mark Jenkins (UK), Wave World (Netherlands), Broekhuis, Keller, and Schönwälder (Germany), Bernhard Wöstheinrich and Tim Motzer (Germany/PA), Genetique (PA), and Hunter and Harrison (NJ).

In 2011, the SCS presented Ombient (NJ), Mark Jenkins (UK), Modulator ESP (UK), Dean De Benedictis and Vic Hennegan (CA), and Bernhard Wöstheinrich (Germany).

In 2010, the SCS presented Technicolor Travel Agency (NC), Twyndyllyngs (PA), Richard Lainhart (NY), Mikronesia (PA), Modulator ESP (UK), Tangent Project (NJ), and Chuck van Zyl (PA).

THE SOUNDSCAPES CONCERT SERIES is a concert series for electronic, ambient, and space music as a concert companion to my Thought Radio and Galactic Travels radio shows. THE SOUNDSCAPES CONCERT SERIES is meant to provide the Lehigh Valley with a chance to experience spacemusic in a comfortable and friendly concert setting. The first concert featured Orbital Decay, a band from Quakertown in Bucks county, PA, and was held at the IceHouse on Saturday, February 16, 2002. After a seven year hiatus, THE SOUNDSCAPES CONCERT SERIES returned in 2010 at the Nazareth Center for the Arts.

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HAITI PROJEKT RELEASED
The Haiti Projekt has been released to aid the 2010 hurricane victims in Haiti.

ANNOUNCING: The Haiti Projekt is a compilation album independently released by Progressive Rock musicians. It includes a track performed by Pinnacle as well as 39 other tracks from the likes of Neal Morse (Neal Morse, Transatlantic, formerly of Spock's Beard), IZZ, Roine Stolt (Agents of Mercy, Transatlantic, The Flower Kings), and Andy Tillison (The Tangent). For this project, Pinnalce recorded a new version of Timberline which marks the debut of the band as a quartet that includes their new singer and keyboardist Matt Francisco.
TUONEN TYTAR II RELEASED
Tuonen Tytär II has been released on Musea Records.

ANNOUNCING: Tuonen Tytär II is a compilation album released on Musea Records (France). It includes a track performed by Pinnacle as well as tracks from 30 other bands as a tribute to Finnish Progressive Rock of the 1970s. Paikalliset Tuulet by Finnforest, is the track covered by Pinnacle. Produced by Colossus, the Finnish Progressive Music Association, this is a 3-CD set. It is the follow up to the highly acclaimed volume one, Tuonen Tytär, released in 2000 by Mellow Records (Italy).
BILL FOX AVAILABLE AT CD BABY
It turns out that with all the musical activity in my life, I find myself on quite a few albums and even a DVD! I participate in electronic music hyper-jam sessions (Ricochet Gathering and Different Skies) and some bands I've been in have released albums, too. Please click on the banner/link at the left to see what's available at CD Baby.
BILL FOX ON DVD AT FILM BABY
It turns out that with all the musical activity in my life, I find myself on quite a few albums and even a DVD! I participate in electronic music hyper-jam sessions (Ricochet Gathering and Different Skies) and some bands I've been in have released albums, too. Please click on the thumbnail/link at the left to see information about the Arcs & Angles DVD at Film Baby.

BUY PINNACLE'S ALBUM MELD ON-LINE


Pinnacle CDs are available at CD Baby.

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Table Rock Photos

I took a photo of those mysterious Brown Mountain Lights. This shot is of Table Rock, taken from Weisman's View about a mile across the Linville River gorge. I used a 15 second exposure time. It's amazing that I knew how to do that since I bought the camera exactly one week before this picture was taken. Click on the photo for a higher resolution view. This photo is ©2003 Bill Fox.

Table Rock Lights
Click for full sized photo, ©2003 Bill Fox.

Since I took the above photo, I have never seen anything bright or long lasting enough to photograph... until Monday, June 8, 2009. This next shot is of a light down on the river to the south of Table Rock. It was on fairly constantly for a good long while. It may have been multiple lights at times and there definitely was some movement. This was the night after the full moon but the moon wasn't high enough in the sky to light the river so this photo doesn't show the location the way the Table Rock photos (yes, more of those to come!) are able to show a back lit mountain. Click on the photo for a full sized view. This photo is ©2009 Bill Fox.

Table Rock Lights
Click for full sized photo, ©2009 Bill Fox.

From the same location, here is a shot of what appears to be three lights when the naked eye only saw one. Click on the photo for a full sized view. This photo is ©2009 Bill Fox.

Table Rock Lights
Click for full sized photo, ©2009 Bill Fox.

While the red light in the gorge was putting on a show, another light appeared on the right (south) side of Table Rock. At times it was blinking on and off and changing colors. It stayed fairly stationary but moved about a little bit. Click on the photo for a full sized view. This photo is ©2009 Bill Fox.

Table Rock Lights
Click for full sized photo, ©2009 Bill Fox.

This light kept on for quite a while. Here's yet another view. It was dimmer in this shot so I adjusted the thumbnail's color balance a little bit. But the full rez shot, as always is the raw, unadjusted original. Click on the photo for a full sized view. This photo is ©2009 Bill Fox.

Table Rock Lights
Click for full sized photo, ©2009 Bill Fox.

My Okefenokee Vacation

Here's a page dedicated to my vacation to the Okefenokee Swamp near Fargo in southeastern Georgia.   Here, a bunch of Tangerine Dream and electronic music fans gathered for the second year in a row to listen to "Electronic Swamp Music."   No, that's NOTHING like bluegrass.   ;-)

I return annually wherever this event is held.   So far, the Ricochet Gathering has been to the Okefenokee Swamp, the Mojave Desert at Nipton, California, and Jelenia Gora, Poland.   This year we go to the Canary Islands!

Instrumental Weekly Interview

I was interviewed by an e-zine called Instrumental Weekly.   Unfortunately, IW is no longer publishing. But I saved the interview before it was lost.

Radio Show Host

Since January, 1997, I've hosted an electronic music show called Galactic Travels every Thursday night from 11:04 pm to 1:00 am on WDIY Allentown, 88.1 FM, a Non-Profit, Non-Commercial radio station right here in the Lehigh Valley.

Starting on Saturday, June 22, 2002, I began hosting the Thought Radio every other week on WMUH Allentown, 91.7 FM, also a Non-Profit, Non-Commercial station.   This one is part of Muhlenberg College.   I play Progressive Rock, electronic music, and an eclectic mix of genres on this program.

As of July 18, 2002, I also started hosting a Thursday morning show on WMUH from 8 to 9:30.   Yet another chance to spread the joy of progressive rock!   This show is called Afterglow.

Saxophone Player

I play alto saxophone in The Municipal Band of Allentown, one of the major community concert bands in the area.   The band, a Non-Profit group, performs many public concerts throughout the year and all are free to the public.

Bass Player

I played bass guitar and synth pedals in a band called ShadowPlay that bit the dust (again!) in November, 1999.   We played a wonderful selection of songs by Steely Dan, Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, ELP, Moody Blues, Beatles, Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, and more!   Although our old web site is no longer active, I made a new one for sentimental reasons.   This band was so good that our first job was three sets at Musikfest in 1997.   We got the gig on the strength of a three song demo tape (that I recorded and mixed) barely two months after the band formed.   We played Musikfest again at Americaplatz in 1998.




Members from the Critters, ShadowPlay, and Strange Brew joined forces in a Classic Rock band called PULSE.   We played top shelf material at the level of a tribute band without limiting ourselves to any one band.   That's no mean feat!!   Listen to some audio from PULSE.   Unfortunately, Greg moved to South Carolina and the band threw in the towel.







Buy Pinnacle's CDs at


Meld is available at


Karl Eisenhart (acoustic and electric guitars, synth, pedals, vocals) and Greg Jones (drums, samples, vocals, coffee) and I (bass, guitars, synths, pedals, saxophones, vocals) are in a prog band called Pinnacle.   (Thanks for the name, Jack!)   Our first CD was an EP called A Man's Reach... and our second CD is called Meld.   Both are available at CD Baby.


Visit Pinnacle on iSound.

Here's the video that we entered in the Next Great American Band (same producers as American Idol) competition:


Here's a video that documents Pinnacle's debut as a quartet after being a trio for eight years. We're playing Easter from the album Season's End by Marillion. This was at Dave Phillips Music and Sound in Allentown, PA on March 26, 2010.

Different Skies

Different Skies Electronic Space Music Festival returns to Arcosanti, located 65 miles north of Phoenix, Arizona.   This is a unique gathering of Electronic Musicians from all over the planet.   It is a retreat of sorts but it culminates in a concert at the end of the week.   I attended the past seven years and look forward to 2010's event.   The setting and the people and the music are deeply inspirational to me.

Theatre

I like to play in pit orchestras at local community theatres.   I've played bass, saxophone, guitars, and even synthesizers in shows like Jesus Christ Superstar, A Chorus Line, The Mystery of Edwin Drew, Guys and Dolls, Pippin, Promises Promises, Anything Goes, A Little Shop of Horros, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, and many more.

I like performing in plays, too, though I have a little less experience in this area.   Back in the mid '80s when I lived in central Ohio, I was in a comedy improvisational group called ComedySportzTM.   If you like the TV show "Whose Line is it Anyway," then you know the sort of fun I had performing in that style.   Theatrical roles that I've played include one of Joseph's brothers (Asher) in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1998) and Mr. Murry (1997) and Richard Hartzl (1999) in Miracle at The Pennsylvania Playhouse, a local Non-Profit community theater.

I also performed in the pits for many musicals with Worthington Community Theater and others in the Central Ohio area from 1986 to 1992.

Audio Recording

I love making recordings.   I've been doing it since I was in the fifth grade.   But now, I have the choice of analog or digital recording - stereo or multitrack.   I do it all!   It's part of the music making process which explains why recording is an essential part of my skill set.   I really dig technology!   Check out my sound company, Fox's Den Recording.

Photo Gallery

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Malarky

Malarky is my Celtic musical project.   Malarky is a Celtic band of some repute in the Lehigh Valley and I've joined as bass player.   We play a traditional and not so traditional celtic repertoire.

ShadowPlay

ShadowPlay was a Progressive Rock cover band from 1992 to 1999, with some time off for good behaviour... ;-)   Click on the name to visit the memorial web page I made. ShadowPlay were: Greg Van Allen, Bob Ashmore, Rod Gilkeson, Colleen O'Brien Jones, Chuck Krasnov, Jack Riddle, and Bill Fox.

The Critters

The Critters used to play only once a year at the Alburtis Rod and Gun Club because, in addition to being paid, they'd FEED US!!   It's also an outside job, under a shelter, which is something we enjoy very much.   The 2001 annual reunion gig was really fun.   I especially liked the part where the crowd wouldn't let us leave the stage!   As a result, the band decided to be available on a limited basis.   But in 2004, the band played its last gig.   Here is a set list of what we typically played.   The Critters were: Randy Brensinger, Greg Van Allen, Bob Ashmore, Bill Fenstermacher, and Bill Fox.

Xeroid Entity

Consisting of Howard Moscovitz, Greg Waltzer and me, Xeroid Entity is an electronic music chamber ensemble.   The music of Xeroid Entity is a subtle blend of experimental electronics and space music with Berlin school influences.

I hang out at the Electro-music Forum where a lot of creative people may be found.

My Japanese Name

My japanese name is:
坂本 駿
Sakamoto Shun
(book of the hill) (fast person)