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Hermetic Science
United States, California, Eureka

About Hermetic Science

When mallet percussionist, keyboardist, and composer Ed Macan founded Hermetic Science in 1996, he had three modest goals. First, to use the trio as a forum to spotlight mallet percussion instruments (vibes, marimba), which he felt had been much underused in progressive rock. Second, to serve a guild-like role for young musicians at the College of the Redwoods, where he taught music, and nearby ... read more

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Ed Macan

Vibes, marimba, piano, Hammond organ, analog and digital synthesizers, compositions, 1996-2001, 2006-07. Appears on first album, Hermetic Science (1997), second album, Prophesies (1999), third album, En Route (2001), and fourth album, These Fragments I Have Shored Against My Ruins (2008). Played on all Hermetic Science tracks.

Ed Macan

Composer Keyboardist Marimba Player
Vibes, marimba, piano, Hammond organ, analog and digital synthesizers, compositions, 1996-2001, 2006-07. Appears on first album, Hermetic Science (1997), second album, Prophesies (1999), third album,...

Angelique Curry

Drummer, 2006-07. Appears on fourth album, These Fragments I Have Shored Against My Ruins (2008). Played on "De Profundis," "Voyages," "Triptych," "Aion," "Melancholia II," and "The Second Coming."

Angelique Curry

Drummer
Drummer, 2006-07. Appears on fourth album, These Fragments I Have Shored Against My Ruins (2008). Played on "De Profundis," "Voyages," "Triptych," "Aion," "Melancholia II," and "The Second Coming."

Jason Hoopes

Bassist, 1999-2001, 2006-07. Appears on third album, En Route (2001) and fourth album, These Fragments I Have Shored Against My Ruins (2008). Played on "Mars, the Bringer of War," "Against the Grain parts 1-4," "La-Bas," "Raga Hermeticum," "En Route," "De Profundis," "Voyages," "Triptych," "Aion," "Melancholia II," and "The Second Coming."

Jason Hoopes

Bassist
Bassist, 1999-2001, 2006-07. Appears on third album, En Route (2001) and fourth album, These Fragments I Have Shored Against My Ruins (2008). Played on "Mars, the Bringer of War," "Against the Grain...

About Hermetic Science

When mallet percussionist, keyboardist, and composer Ed Macan founded Hermetic Science in 1996, he had three modest goals. First, to use the trio as a forum to spotlight mallet percussion instruments (vibes, marimba), which he felt had been much underused in progressive rock. Second, to serve a guild-like role for young musicians at the College of the Redwoods, where he taught music, and nearby Humboldt State University, acquainting them with all aspects of putting an album together from the earliest conceptual stages to the challenges of marketing and publicity at the end, even as they received academic credit for their work with the band. While this master craftsman-apprentice model is common in many academic music programs around the country today, it was virtually unheard of in 1996. And finally, to create some truly progressive music that did not merely copy the licks of the progressive rock masters of the 1970s, but explored new directions and acknowledged new musical currents, even while retaining a foundation in classic progressive rock. Over time, Hermetic Science utterly transcended its original goals, and when Macan finally deactivated the band some 12 years and four albums later, Hermetic Science had definitively emerged as one of the most exciting, innovate, and unique bands of the 1990s prog rock revival.

Their first album, "Hermetic Science" (1997), features the band in their most unique configuration, as a vibes-bass-drums power trio; elements of keyboard-dominated prog rock, ECM-style spatial jazz, Eastern music, and contemporary chamber music cohere into a distinctive sound that is alternately shadowy and luminous. "Prophesies" (1999), dominated by the six movement, 41 minute “Prophesies” suite, shows a subtle sift in direction; while the mallet instruments are still prominent, acoustic piano, Hammond organ, and ARP string ensemble play an increasingly important role, and the spatial jazz and ethnic influences are de-emphasized as the music develops in the direction of sophisticated, edgy chamber rock. "En Route" (2001) features a more massive, expressionistic sound than either previous album: mallet percussion now is used largely in a textural role, while Hammond, Moog, ARP, and piano seize the limelight. "These Fragments I Have Shored Against My Ruins" (2008) draws together all the stylistic strands of earlier Hermetic Science even as it introduces a new post-rock sensibility, creating a masterful summing up of everything the band stood for both aesthetically and philosophically.

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Composition of "Deliria" completed; recording next

Greetings.

When I last posted, in August 2021, I announced that between early 2020 and mid-2021, I had composed about 18 minutes of new music, in the nature of a single unified track that segues seamlessly from one section to the next. I am pleased to say that over the past 10 months, I have composed another 23 minutes of new music. At this point, the music for Hermetic Science's fifth (and given my age, perhaps final) studio album is now essentially complete. Its title will be "Deliria: A Chronicle of 2020," and it will comprise a series of interrelated yet distinct musical scenes of that fateful year.

In my last post, I stated I am determined that if this does turn out to be the final Hermetic Science album, it will also be the best one; no effort or expense will be spared in that direction. I am now even more confident in saying I expect this to be Hermetic Science’s best work. Each track succeeds on its own as an individual, unique musical statement, while the album as a whole will show a track-to-track coherence never achieved by our four previous studio albums.

Until recently, I was hoping to be able to announce the reformation of the “En Route” lineup on this album. Unfortunately, that has fallen through. I am studying several options going forward and still hope to commence recording this new music later in this calendar year. I will keep you posted on this site.

In the meantime, I know I need to get some new music up here, especially as we have continued to gain subscribers who have not heard a lot of our back catalog before. We therefore continue our walk down memory lane over the next few months. Last time, I posted Hermetic Science's very first album, "Hermetic Science," released in the long-ago year of 1997. Now I post the second Hermetic Science album, “Prophesies,” from 1999, which is comprised of the six-part “Prophesies” suite. I hope everyone enjoys these "new" old tracks and look forward to having more to communicate you about the "real" new music I am working on in the near future.

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