hermetic science has featured a rotating cast of members.
hermetic science were one of the more interesting bands to emerge from the 1990s progressive music revival. led by virtuoso mallet percussionist and keyboard player ed macan, the music of hermetic science brings together elements of seventies progressive rock, ecm-inspired spatial jazz, twentieth century classical music, and eastern musical styles in a series of three albums (hermetic science, prophesies, en route) released between 1997 and 2001. (a fourth album, these fragments i have shored against my ruins, was released on the musea label in spring 2008.) always a trio, the band’s music initially revolved around macan’s extraordinary abilities as a vibraphonist; eventually, his formidable keyboard work (piano, hammond organ, moog, arp string ensemble) came to play an equally prominent role in the band’s tightly woven, faultlessly paced compositions. although hermetic science’s epic soundscapes are strongly colored by macan’s multi-instrumental pyrotechnics, throughout the band’s history he received some excellent support; the virtuoso drumming of joe nagy, thundering bass lines of andy durham, and imaginative multi-instrumental backdrops of jason hoopes are especially noteworthy. the album crash course: a hermetic science primer, released in 2006, collects remixed and re-mastered versions of all 19 of the band’s original compositions of the 1997-2001 period and their pile-driving cover version of gustav holst’s “mars, the bringer of war,” 135 minutes of music in all.
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