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New CD in the works! - February 9, 2012

Busy recording a new Instrumental CD. Stay tuned!

Christmas Joy Single Released! - December 6, 2011

Les Fradkin - Christmas Joy, ©2011 RRO Entertainment All rights reserved.

 

Les Fradkin's new single, "Christmas Joy" is now available at Apple iTunes:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/christmas-joy-single/id486687203

 

Featuring:

Joy Of Man's Desiring  (A new take on Johann Sebastian Bach)

O Come All Ye Faithful

MIDEM Competition - December 2, 2011

I'm entered in the MIDEM Showcase Competition. Vote for me and the Ztar will set MIDEM free!

 

http://www.midem2012.sonicbids.com/BandDetails.aspx?b=29604&sr=false&bn=Les+Fradkin

 

 

New Photos! - October 27, 2011

Check out many new photos from my career at this site at:

http://www.lesfradkin.com/photos.html

http://www.lesfradkin.com/photos3.html

http://www.lesfradkin.com/photos4.html

http://www.lesfradkin.com/photos5.html

Album Sleeves, Rare Single Pix and more!

Les Fradkin at Songpier - July 8, 2011

Mobilize your life with Les Fradkin "Lift Off" at Songpier

Starr Log - Captain's Journal - April 10, 2011

Les Fradkin now featured on the Starr Labs Starr Log Blog!

http://starrlabs.blogspot.com/

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On the Japanese Charts! - April 7, 2011

Hey folks:

Canon In D is #9 on the Amazon Japan Charts today!

Let's get it to #1!!!!

http://www.amazon.co.jp/Canon-in-D/dp/B003K70B1I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1302143118&sr=1-1

Vivaldi's Birthday Again! - March 4, 2011

It's Antonio Vivaldi's birthday today! And what better way to celebrate than to listen to Les Fradkin's Vivaldi interpretations on his "Baroque Rocks! CD.

 

LES FRADKIN- "Baroque Rocks!" Les' CD which combines the sensibility of Baroque music with the drive of rock! 

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Featuring themes from Vivaldi, Handel, Bach, Pachelbel, Mason Williams and Les Fradkin Track Listing: 1. The Myth of El Cid 2. Handel Rocks 3. All The King's Men 4. Spring (from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons") 5. Summer (from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons") 6. Autumn (from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons") 7. Winter (from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons") 8. Classical Gas 9. Canon In D 10. Air On A G String 11. Baroque and Roll 12. Anthem For All Nations

http://cdbaby.com/cd/lesfradkin20

Les Fradkin on Chart Attack - March 4, 2011

Les Fradkin appears in a News Story Feature on the blog/News Feed called Chart Attack!

http://www.chartattack.com/features/2011/mar/03/les-fradkins-canon-in-d

 

The Les Fradkin Paperback Book - November 24, 2010

Beatlemania MIDI Guitar George Harrison

 

Available at Amazon.com and Flipkart.com is a new book from the collection of Wikipedia....

The story from the beginning. Plus how Les impacted various famous Instruments in Rock

such as theGuitar Synthesizer, Mellotron and Rickenbacker 12 string guitar.

 

Les Fradkin [Paperback]

Frederic P. Miller (Editor), Agnes F. Vandome (Editor), John McBrewster (Editor)

Canon Rocks on YouTube! - November 20, 2010

Les Fradkin returns with an Exclusive new Single version of

"Canon In D (Canon Rock for Ztar)".

A brand new self composed melody on top of Johan Pachelbel's world famous "Canon In D"

Single Version Preview now available on YouTube: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdSLLx1Bw0U

 

 

Full Version of "Canon In D" available on Les Fradkin - "Baroque Rocks" at Apple iTunes!

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/baroque-rocks/id318427737

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Canon Rocks! - October 24, 2010

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Canon In D from "Baroque Rocks!" is selling at Apple iTunes!

A unique new arrangement.......  Canon Rocks!!!

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/baroque-rocks/id318427737

Baroque Rocks Review - October 10, 2010

Lee Gaskins has posted a very nice review of "Baroque Rocks!" at:

http://progrock.homestead.com/BaroqueRocksLesFradkinMINI.html

Les Fradkin- "Baroque Rocks!

Together For The World - June 3, 2010

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Les Fradkin announces the release of his new EP: "Together for The World"

3 stirring themes for bringing the World together.

The featured theme song of Artists for America - a grass roots "Organizing for America" Campaign for 2010. "Together" is featured on the Hart Radiothon presented by John David Hart.

"Together", featuring guest harmony vocals from RRO Entertainment artist Amber Gomez (formerly of Venus In Bluejeans), offers a potent message for today: "Together, we'll all be one one day". You'll be singing along with this "Give Peace A Chance" and "We Are The World" of the 21st Century. This track features Les on Lead Vocals, Rickenbacker 12 string Guitar, Mellotron and Ztar Orchestrations-new for this special wide stereo single mix version. The inventor of Rock Opera, Mark Wirtz, declares: "Bloody brilliant!"

"The Rebirth Of Hope"- the first of two instrumentals on this special EP, features a very emotional theme. Les features on Hammond Organ, lead guitar and Starr Labs Ztar Orchestrations.

"Anthem For All Nations" is a Ztar featured instrumental which was inspired by a Georg Handel Minuet from his Concerto Grosso 6 Opus Number 5. Les' treatment of this piece, which heavily features his Starr Labs Ztar, has been described by Malcolm Campbell: "This is the closing movement of Op.6 No.5, a typically elegant minuet dazzlingly transformed into an anthem of truly Handelian majesty (note the striking evocation of an ethereal choir from 2:45)."

Campbell continues: "Les deploys four Mellotron dubs to create an awesomely ample soundstage recalling the huge musical resources mustered by the maestro himself in the anthems he composed for the wonderfully reverberant acoustics of Westminster Abbey. Full of clever touches, it constantly surprises, and furnishes an object lesson in the skilful use of modern technology to create an illusion of large-scale musical forces — a sleight of hand that brilliantly re-interprets shining compositions sourced from what an eminent writer on the period has termed ‘a fascinating cast of musical magicians'." "Anthem" conjures up a peaceful but stirring feeling... "Together for The World".

On sale now at:

The Les Fradkin Reverb Nation Store

http://www.reverbnation.com/store/artist_183574

On sale now at CD Baby:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/LesFradkin1

And visit the new Les Fradkin Official Merchandise Zazzle Store

http://www.zazzle.com/lesfradkin

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Les Fradkin Reverb Nation Store - April 15, 2010

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Man Of A Thousand Voices - April 9, 2010

Dr. John v. Kampen, an expert writer in electronics, science and music, has just blogged

a new article about me and the Ztar. 

http://my.opera.com/nepmak2000/blog/les-fradkin-man-of-a-thousand-voices-weekend-music


Hyper Midi Guitar is Released! - March 17, 2010

Hyper Midi Guitar Now at Apple iTunes!

http://tinyurl.com/yz4o58f

Hyper Midi Guitar Now at CD Baby!

http://cdbaby.com/cd/lesfradkin22

Hyper Midi Guitar Preview! - March 13, 2010

Les Fradkin - Hyper Midi Guitar

I've got a new CD which will be released this month. 

"Hyper Midi Guitar"

To hear "Sabre Dance" click the link below:

http://www.myspace.com/lesfradkin

This is available NOW! Features covers of songs by guitarists/groups such as Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Dave Edmunds (Love Sculpture), Robert Fripp (King Crimson), Steve Howe (Yes), Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple), Tom Scholz (Boston), Jimi Hendrix, and Pete Townshend (The Who).

Hyper Midi Guitar Track list:

1. Sabre Dance

2. All Along The Watchtower

3. 21st Century Schizoid Man

4. Immigrant Song

5. Situation

6. Layla

7. Roundabout

8. Highway Star

9. More Than A Feeling

10. Pinball Wizard / See Me Feel Me Medley

 

As many of you know, music critics have called

me a one man band. And yes, it's true- I play

all the instruments on this new CD, as I have

many times in the past on most of my recordings.

 

I've always looked for new ways to make electronic

MIDI Guitar a more expressive instrument. As always,

I've strived to take MIDI Guitar to the next level.

 

My newest recording, "Hyper MIDI Guitar" is the

first where I play ALL the guitar and bass parts

from my Starr Labs Ztar. triggering a completely

custom made sample library, which was assembled

for this project. With admirable restraint, I can say

I did not pick up any of my guitars or basses to record

this CD. Enjoy! And stay tuned for the official worldwide

release of "Hyper MIDI Guitar".

Vivaldi's Birthday! - March 4, 2010

It's Antonio Vivaldi's birthday today! And what better way to celebrate than to listen to Les Fradkin's Vivaldi interpretations on his "Baroque Rocks! CD.

 

LES FRADKIN- "Baroque Rocks!" Les' CD which combines the sensibility of Baroque music with the drive of rock! 

Les Fradkin- "Baroque Rocks! 

Featuring themes from Vivaldi, Handel, Bach, Pachelbel, Mason Williams and Les Fradkin Track Listing: 1. The Myth of El Cid 2. Handel Rocks 3. All The King's Men 4. Spring (from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons") 5. Summer (from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons") 6. Autumn (from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons") 7. Winter (from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons") 8. Classical Gas 9. Canon In D 10. Air On A G String 11. Baroque and Roll 12. Anthem For All Nations

http://cdbaby.com/cd/lesfradkin20

Reaktor with The Ztar - December 17, 2009

Native Instruments Reaktor and The Finger
Category: Music
Have just added Native Instruments Reaktor to my sonic arsenal.

Although I've owned the program for years, it seldom saw action till now
since I've lately learned to design my own instruments to do certain jobs for my next CD.

In addition, I bought Tim Exile's Reaktor program- "The Finger". This software gets
some quite unusual MIDI effects, which, when controlled from a Ztar, sound amazing and different from what Tim gets when controlling them from a keyboard.


Reaktor 5-1
Reaktor User Library

The Les Fradkin Video Widget Is Here! - November 23, 2009

Ever heard and seen a Starr Labs Ztar? The Ultimate MIDI Guitar Curious? Be in the know and check out the Les Fradkin Video Collection! Featuring "Lift Off"- The Rock Television Winner of the Month!

Baroque Rocks! at Amazon.com and Apple iTunes - October 11, 2009

"Baroque Rocks!", the new Les Fradkin Ztar album, is now available for preview and purchase at amazon.com and Apple iTunes!

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It's a blend of Progressive neo classical rock and baroque music featuring Vivaldi, Handel, Bach and new composers. If you like Yngwie Malmsteen, ELO, Vivaldi, Steve Vai and great Baroque music, this is for you. And the main attraction is Les Fradkin and his remarkable Starr Labs Ztar.

STRESS SOLUTION:
Next time job stress has you gnashing your teeth, try listening to Vivaldi, Handel or Bach. These composers are all covered on "Baroque Rocks!" A just released study reveals that listening to music composed during the 17th Century (Baroque Period) can boost your mood!

http://www.amazon.com/Baroque-Rocks/dp/B002BB0VDM/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1243448154&sr=1-10
Amazon.com: Baroque Rocks!: MP3 Downloads: Les Fradkin
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Baroque Rocks! Track Listing:
1. The Myth of El Cid
2. Handel Rocks
3. All The King's Men
4. Spring (from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons")
5. Summer (from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons")
6. Autumn (from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons")
7. Winter (from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons")
8. Classical Gas
9. Canon In D
10. Air On A G String
11. Baroque and Roll
12. Anthem For All Nations

Les on TDFZ Radio August 8, 2009 - August 7, 2009

Les Fradkin makes an appearance on TDFZ Radio this Saturday, August 8, 2009. Host Chris Newman will feature his Ztar opus "Summer" from Les' "Baroque Rocks!" CD release.

TDFZ Radio Show:
http://soundfuturesdirect.com/blog Listen to the weekly Tangerine Dream Fans Zone Radio show.
(New shows available each & every Saturday 12 noon GB-BST)

System Crash Video at YouTube! - July 27, 2009

Les Fradkin, the virtuoso of MIDI Guitar,presents "System Crash", from his CD "Reality-The Rock Opera".

Les continues to innovate with his self developed Ztar technique which combines two handed tapping, finger picking and Ableton Live Clip triggering control. This video is long (over 7 minutes). Be patient. Watch the whole thing if you can!

Robert Fripp once remarked in Guitar Player Magazine: "There is a new music to go with this new instrument. Therein lies my interest in the guitar synthesizer. That something entirely new will appear." This COULD be it!

Come have a look and listen to the MIDI Guitar sound of the future. Featuring the amazing sound of the Starr Labs Ztar! The Ztar can be strummed with string triggers or tapped with one or both hands as seen in this video. The main lead sound is the M-Tron (Mellotron) Flute and Oboe and the Roland XV-5080 Lead Guitar. Background sounds are from Reason 4, GForce M-Tron, Roland XV-5080 and Arturia Soft Synths.

Warp Drive - Impossible Fast Ztar - July 14, 2009

IMPOSSIBLE FAST ZTAR! Les Fradkin, the virtuoso of MIDI Guitar, presents "Warp Drive" from his "One Link Between Them" CD featuring the revolutionary new instrument- The Starr Labs Ztar!

Robert Fripp once remarked in Guitar Player Magazine: "There is a new music to go with this new instrument. Therein lies my interest in the guitar synthesizer. That something entirely new will appear." This COULD be it!

Come have a look and listen to the MIDI Guitar sound of the future. This album has received wide acclaim in publications such as Keyboard Magazine and across the Internet. Les, who is classically trained, is moving at Hyper speed. In this video, he's playing the Starr Labs Ztar MIDI Guitar in a Tangerine Dream and Jean Michel Jarre meets Bach and Vivaldi influenced style on his own composition.

The Ztar can be strummed with string triggers or tapped with one or both hands as seen in this video. The main lead sound is the Reason Thor and the Logic ES2. Background sounds are from Reason 4, GForce M-Tron, Roland XV-5080 and Arturia Soft Synths. The sounds at the intro are made with Propellerhead Reason.

Take a Journey To The Stars!

Buy "Warp Drive" at Apple iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=276863281&s=143441

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