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Animation: Machine Language

In the wake of musician-composer Bob Belden’s sudden passing by heart attack at 58 last May, we are at least left with the satisfaction that his swan song is this eminently fascinating “cyberpunk opera,” a glorious twining of Philip K. Dick and electric Miles Davis that might well be subtitled 2015: A Jazz Space Odyssey. … Read More “Animation: Machine Language”

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Animation: Transparent Heart

Animation is Bob Belden’s project. He is a composer-arranger-producer-saxophonist who thinks big. He has made ambitious concept albums, like Black Dahlia and New Sketches of Spain, with huge ensembles full of famous musicians. But Transparent Heart uses a quintet comprising 20-something players from Belden’s alma mater, the University of North Texas. It is his most … Read More “Animation: Transparent Heart”

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