Dec. 3, 2010 - Shine distribution slated to begin Dec. 20
Moore posted an update today to his Kickstarter page informing fans that the final color proofs for Shine – the soundtrack he made for the 2006 Turkish film, "Küçük Kiyamet" – arrived last week and distribution is slated to begin on Dec. 20. In the post, he also said Shine posters will not be 2 x 3 feet as initially intended, but 1.5 x 2 feet – which is the largest size made by the manufacturer. He will include "an extra bit of merchandise" to make up for it.
"It took a couple of tries to get all the colors right, but now everything is looking good," Moore said of the art. "The manufacturer has given me a Dec. 14 completion date, so I'm hoping to start mailing them out to you on the following Monday, Dec. 20."
Nov. 19, 2010 - Deadwingchromakey launches radio show with Moore songs
Trevor Keister, also known as deadwingchromakey on The Mooreatorium Forum, has launched a new online radio show focusing on progressive rock that will feature a weekly segment of Kevin Moore songs. The "DeadQuestion? Show" airs at 10 p.m. CST each Saturday night and can be reached at the following internet address: www.mediumrare.com.
"The show will always start with an intro song, then it will follow up with three Kevin Moore songs, then the rest of the show is all prog with more Kevin Moore shuffled in," Keister said. "I'm very excited...and I hope I can please all KM fans and entertain them with the music they love."
Nov. 18, 2010 - DT remembers its roots at HoF induction
Michael R. Ebert, also known as Mebert78 on The Mooreatorium Forum, wrote a review of Dream Theater's induction into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame that was published today on The Breakdown Room, a rock e-zine. In the article, Ebert recounts guitarist John Petrucci's thoughts on how the band's Long Island childhood and experiences played a role in shaping its future and how local radio in the 1980s contributed to the band's sound and success.
The induction ceremony took place before a standing room-only crowd at the famed Oheka Castle in Huntington, NY. The band's other Long Island natives are bassist John Myung, original keyboardist Kevin Moore, current keyboardist Jordan Rudess, and ex-drummer Mike Portnoy, who left the progressive metal band in September after a 25-year stint.
To read the review, click here: http://breakdownroom.net/dt-hof-11-16-10.html
Nov. 10, 2010 - Listening party for You Go Now's 10th anniversary
Luis Rubio, also known as wiche on The Mooreatorium Forum, has announced plans to host a 24-hour listening party this Sunday, Nov. 14, to honor the 10th anniversary of Chroma Key's You Go Now album. The party will consist of a fan chat room and a streaming radio station that will broadcast songs from the album as well as "a surprise song or two," Rubio said.
To visit the chat room, click here: http://www.chatzy.com/441183999495
To visit the radio station, click here: http://kevinmoore.listen2myradio.com/
Nov. 5, 2010 - Shine artwork and graphic designer revealed
Moore announced today on his Kickstarter page that the artwork for Shine is complete and the graphic designer is Alessandro Falca of Conte di San Pietro. The album design consists of a six-panel digipak with an original illustration based on the Shine teaser video done in the style of the classic Penguin Books. Falco is currently working on the Shine poster and t-shirt designs with pre-orders expected to ship later this month or in December.
"Realizing the artwork for a movie soundtrack is about finding the right mood of the music featured in it, not necessarily in a one-way road to the imagery of the film," Falca said in the update on Kickstarter. "Küçük Kiyamet is an excellent specimen of cinema, both visually and conceptually, with a brilliant soundtrack; the challenge has been creating something with its own heartbeat, with interpretations on different levels."
To view the artwork, click here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kmo/shine-soundtrack-to-a-turkish-film-0/posts/37449
Oct. 22, 2010 - Louisiana dancers perform to "Space-Dye Vest"
Ilea McGee and Zepora Aamina of Lousiana-based dance troupe Trybe Habibi Bizarre posted a video on YouTube this week of themselves performing a belly dance that they choreographed to Dream Theater's 1994 song "Space-Dye Vest," which is perhaps the most well-known song written by Kevin Moore. The double-veil duet was performed at a fundraiser coordinated by McGee earlier this year in which proceeds went to charities in her local community.
"Zepora and I decided to write to this song because her husband and my boyfriend at the time are huge Dream Theater fans, and she and I fell in love with the song," McGee told The Mooreatorium. "Our troupe, Trybe Habibi Bizarre, loves to use unconventional music in our dance performances – usually of the rock and metal persuasion."
To view the performance, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQ2HMR-Nkpw
Oct. 9, 2010 - Shine deadline expires; pledges exceed $10,000
The pledging total for Moore's Shine album on Kickstarter.com reached the $10,000 mark – and exceeded that amount if you count pledges made by other methods such as PayPal – as the pledging deadline expired at noon yesterday. In an update posted this morning, Moore said he'll be collecting t-shirt sizes and addresses from fans shortly and plans to mail advance CD-Rs to fans next week after they arrive from the manufacturer.
"This has proven to be a great way to work independently, since you can gauge interest in a project before spending thousands of dollars producing it," Moore said in the update. "Those who have the resources to make larger pledges are a big part of what can make this fundraising method work, so a special thank you to everyone who contributed $100 and over."
Moore said that he'll continue to post updates on Kickstarter until the release in November. He also has more projects in mind and invited fans to join the mailing list at chromakey.com.
To view the Kickstarter page, visit: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kmo/shine-soundtrack-to-a-turkish-film-0
Oct. 1, 2010 - Interview with Roy Harter
Roy Harter, a composer and music producer best known for his work in television and film, recently spoke to The Mooreatorium about taking private keyboard and music theory lessons with Kevin Moore as a teen in the late 1980s. In the interview, Harter also recalls an early Dream Theater rehearsal at bassist John Myung's house.
To read the interview, click here: Interview with Roy Harter (Oct. 1, 2010)
Sept. 29, 2010 - DT to be inducted into L.I. Music Hall of Fame
Dream Theater was announced today as being among a group of 18 music acts to be inducted this fall into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame during an award ceremony and fundraising gala at the Oheka Castle in Huntington, N.Y., on Nov. 16. Founding band members Kevin Moore, John Myung and John Petrucci are natives of Kings Park, L.I., while Mike Portnoy is a native of Long Beach, L.I. Current keyboardist Jordan Rudess is a native of Great Neck, L.I.
"Inductees are selected...from an evolving and growing list of people, artists, and entities that were born, raised, founded, or have resided on geographic Long Island for a significant portion of their career," stated a press release on the hall's website. "Induction is based on historical importance and the significance of their contribution to Long Island’s rich musical heritage."
For more information on the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, click here: http://www.limusichalloffame.org
Sept. 8, 2010 - Moore reaches $3,000 goal for Shine
Kevin Moore announced on his Kickstarter.com page earlier today it took less than 24 hours to reach the $3,000 goal to manufacture and release Shine, the soundtrack he made for the 2006 Turkish film, "Küçük Kiyamet." To reach the mark, dozens of fans spread the word on various social-networking websites and music forums and also pledged varying amounts.
In his posting, Moore said pledging would continue until October 8 in accordance with Kickstarter rules and additional funds will allow for more creative options for the CD, t-shirts and packaging. "I'd like this to be the best CD packaging that I've released yet," Moore wrote on Kickstarter. "And I'll be pressing 500 CDs of the album, so the more we can set sail, the better."
To view the Kickstarter page, visit: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kmo/shine-soundtrack-to-a-turkish-film-0?ref=email
Sept. 7, 2010 - Moore raising funds to release Shine
Kevin Moore announced yesterday on Chromakey.com that he has launched a funding project to manufacture and release his soundtrack made for the 2006 Turkish film, "Küçük Kiyamet." If funding reaches $3,000, the album – titled Shine – would be released in November, and those who pre-order would receive the CD two weeks earlier than the release date. T-shirts and posters are also part of the funding based on the pledged amount.
"It is already recorded, mixed and mastered," Moore wrote on a Kickstarter.com page created to track pledges. "I've started this Kickstarter project to fund the design and manufacture of the physical CD. The funding deadline is October 8, 2010, and no one will be charged for their pledges unless the funding goal is reached by that date."
To pledge or view a teaser video and tracklist, visit the Kickstarter page: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kmo/shine-soundtrack-to-a-turkish-film-0?ref=email
Sept. 6, 2010 - Arthur42 shares cover song of CK's "Colorblind"
Arthur Hatton, also known as arthur42 on The Mooreatorium Forum, recorded a cover song of Chroma Key's "Colorblind" on Saturday night that he performed at Natasha's Bistro & Bar in Lexington, Kentucky. The song – which is Hatton's all-time favorite tune – featured him on acoustic guitar accompanied by his two siblings, Thomas and Grace. The performance becomes the first-ever video posted online of a CK cover song done in a public setting.
To view the video, visit YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDA9QM_xRPE&feature=youtu.be
Aug. 24, 2010 - Metal Blade to re-issue OSI's debut album
Metal Blade Records announced today that it plans to re-issue the band's 2003 debut album, "Office of Strategic Influence," on September 28. Like the original, the re-issue version will include a limited-edition CD with cover songs of Pink Floyd's "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" and Neil Young's "New Mama," as well as a demo track called "The Thing That Never Was" played by Jim Matheos and Mike Portnoy.
A multimedia section will include a video created by Kevin Moore for the instrumental song "Horseshoes and B-52s" and two separate documentary-style clips shot at the Carriage House Studios in Stamford, Conn., during the recording of the album in June 2002.
In other news, OSI's MySpace page was redesigned today and now includes streaming audio of songs from each of OSI's studio albums and the band's Remix EP released in 2006.
To read the press release, visit: http://www.metalblade.com/news/08-24-10-02.html
To view the video promoting the release, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qd8-v4VWVc
To view the band's upgraded MySpace page, visit: www.myspace.com/osiband
July 20, 2010 - Fan revamps Moore-related Wikipedia pages
Philip Thomas, also known as unalaguna on The Mooreatorium Forum, has devoted dozens of hours this year to significantly beefing up a series of Wikipedia pages related to Kevin Moore – most recently revamping the writeup for OSI's 2009 album, Blood. Other Moore-related Wikipedia links he's worked on are OSI's Office of Strategic Influence and Free albums. He's currently editing the page for Chroma Key's Graveyard Mountain Home album.
Thomas, who has been regularly updating Wikipedia pages since 2007, said he began making "small tweaks" to Moore-related pages last year and then "started putting a meaningful amount of work" into them in February. "I was attracted to articles related to Kevin first and foremost because I love his music," Thomas told The Mooreatorium. "On a more practical level, there are also enough interviews and album reviews to allow for decent-sized articles."
To view the Wikipedia page for OSI's Blood album, click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_(OSI_album)
July 2, 2010 - Interview with Dogu Yucel
Dogu Yucel, a Turkish writer and author of the novel Hayalet Kitap (Ghost Book), recently shared his thoughts with The Mooreatorium about working with Kevin Moore on the movies "Okul" and "Küçük Kıyamet." In the interview, Yucel explained how he initially approached Moore to score "Okul" in 2004 and how the two films were viewed by Turkish movie critics.
The read the interview, click here: Interview with Dogu Yucel (July 2, 2010)
June 26, 2010 - OSI fans seek live shows with Facebook group
OSI fans launched a group on Facebook yesterday encouraging the band to perform live showsin the future. The public group – called "OSI fans that want the band to perform live" – was created in response to previous statements made by Jim Matheos and Kevin Moore that the progressive metal band would most likely remain a "studio group."
"Frankly, the fanbase is too great to sit back and let that happen," reads the group's description. "With a little fan support via Facebook, anything is possible."
To join the group, log in to Facebook and click here: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=119077894803854&ref=mf
June 11, 2010 - News update posted on OSIband.com
A news update was posted yesterday on the OSI website that confirms the band has inked a deal with Metal Blade Records and has begun writing its fourth album. In the posting, the album's release date was cited as early 2011, not late 2010 as Metal Blade had previously said.
The news update consists of a copy-and-pasted email exchange between Kevin Moore and Jim Matheos in which the duo humorously discusses the task of updating the OSI website. "We could just say we've just signed a new deal with MB and have begun writing OSI4," Matheos wrote in the exchange, dated June 9, 2010. "Target date early 2011?"
To see the news update, visit the OSI website: www.osiband.com
May 22, 2010 - Wiche plans radio station, chat room for Moore's birthday
Luis Rubio, also known as wiche on The Mooreatorium Forum, has announced plans to launch a Kevin Moore-themed radio station and chat room on May 26 in celebration of Moore's 43rd birthday. Rubio said that the station and chat room are intended to be a place for fans to "meet and talk about Kevin, his music, and our thoughts." All Moore fans are invited to drop in and join in on the celebration.
To access the radio station, click here: http://kevinmoore.listen2myradio.com/
To access the chat room, click here: http://www.chatzy.com/430306542009
For a troubleshooting tutorial on connecting the radio station, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rP36pJ8kBt8
May 13, 2010 - OSI signs with Metal Blade Records
Metal Blade Records announced on their website today that they have signed a deal with OSI and the band plans to release its fourth album later this year. In the news item, Metal Blade founder and CEO Brian Slagel said: "We are very excited to welcome OSI to the Metal Blade Family. I have been a big fan of the band and all of us here can't wait to work on the new album."
Metal Blade is also the label for Fates Warning, the main project of OSI guitarist Jim Matheos. OSI's first three studio albums were released through independent label InsideOut Music.
To read the announcement, click here: http://www.metalblade.com/news/05-13-10-02.html
April 7, 2010 - New OSI album expected in early 2011
Jim Matheos, guitarist for Fates Warning and OSI, revealed in an interview this week with Bulgarian rock e-zine Metal Katehizis that he and Kevin Moore are planning to release a fourth OSI album early next year. In the interview, Matheos said that the album is just in the discussion stages right now, but he anticipates that Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison would likely return as the band's drummer. OSI will also likely remain a "studio group," he said.
To read the interview, click here: http://www.werock.bg/publikatzii/interviuta/interviu-s-jim-matheos-ot-fates-warning?id=86&int=1
April 6, 2010 - Interview with Phil Magnotti
Phil Magnotti, the audio engineer who mixed OSI's third studio album Blood, recently shared his thoughts with The Mooreatorium on working with the band. In the interview, Magnotti described behind-the-scenes work that when into creating Blood and "friction" between band members as they strived to find OSI's trademark sound while working on their debut CD in 2003.
To read the interview, click here: Interview with Phil Magnotti (April 6, 2010)
March 28, 2010 - Makine posts teaser, release date, tracklist
Turkish industrial rock band Makine posted a video teaser on Facebook today containing audio from its upcoming debut release. The band also announced a release date of April 15 and the album's tracklist: 1) İlk Nefes; 2) Yaşam; 3) Bira Zaman; 4) Sonu Yok; 5) Hayat Devam Eder; 6) Oyun; 7) Ve Sen; 8) Ben Miydim; 9) Hit; 10) Günlerin Ardından; 11) Üzgün; 12) Son Nefes.
In 2007, Makine worked with Kevin Moore on pre-production for the album in Izmir, Turkey. Moore was mentioned in the album's credits posted in conjunction with the video teaser.
To view the video teaser, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N85MZ0mqyZg
March 11, 2010 - Matheos discusses Moore, Parallels reunion
Jim Matheos, guitarist for Fates Warning and OSI, briefly discussed his relationship with Kevin Moore in an article posted this week by rock music e-zine, The Breakdown Room. The article was done in anticipation of Fates Warning's upcoming re-release of its 1991 album Parallels and reunion shows kicking off this month. In the article, Matheos said that Moore would not likely appear as a guest keyboardist on the band's future albums as he has in the past.
"We have such a connection with OSI that I really don't want to dabble with it outside of that and mix up the chemistry," Matheos said in the article. "A lot of Fates' stuff isn't keyboard-oriented, so I don't see that happening as far as appearances on studio albums. But any time he wants to come play live, I'm all for that. I'd love to play all of A Pleasant Shade of Gray again at one point."
To read the article, click here: http://breakdownroom.net/fateswarning-310.html
March 9, 2010 - Sknowbird, Wiche share retrospective videos
Phil Harwood, also known as sknowbird on The Mooreatorium Forum, posted a retrospective video this week on Facebook and MySpace that he had created to chronicle the career of Kevin Moore. According to Harwood, the video was made in 2004 as a "tribute to a uniquely-gifted musician" and is dedicated to "Chroma Key friends who I've been fortunate to know since those days."
Inspired by Harwood's video, Luis Rubio created his own retrospective video that he posted today on Facebook. The video includes music and images spanning Kevin's career from Dream Theater's 1989 album When Dream and Day Unite to OSI's 2009 album Blood. Rubio, of Mexico, goes by the username "wiche" on The Mooreatorium Forum.
To view Harwood's video, click here: http://www.myspace.com/video/vid/103477292
To view Rubio's video, click here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/video/video.php?v=10150114043040492
Jan. 19, 2010 - Steve Tushar posts DT, FW remixes
Steve Tushar, a music producer that worked with Kevin Moore on Chroma Key's You Go Now album, launched a new YouTube channel today that features rare remixes he did earlier in his career. Two of the uploads are remixes of songs that Kevin originally played on – Dream Theater's "Lie" and Fates Warning's "A Pleasant Shade of Gray: Part 2."
To visit the channel, click here: http://www.youtube.com/user/stevetushar
Jan. 11, 2010 - "Lifting Shadows" stock running low
First runs of the new classic and limited editions of "Lifting Shadows: The Authorized Biography of Dream Theater" are running low and fans are encouraged to purchase copies if interested. According to an update posted today on the "Lifting Shadows" website, "if you find that your chosen edition is already out of stock by the time you come to order, don't worry – more are on the way shortly." The book features an extensive look at Dream Theater's nearly 25-year history, including the band's early days with Kevin Moore.
To purchase the book, click here: www.liftingshadows.com
Jan. 8, 2010 - Interview with Artiom Lichtstein
Artiom Lichtstein, a top-ten poster at the old fan forum of ChromaKey.com, recently spoke with The Mooreatorium about serving as the lead guitarist for the Israeli progressive metal band Stormy Atmosphere. In August 2009, the band released its debut album, Colorblind.
To read the interview, click here: Interview with Artiom Lichtstein (Jan. 8, 2010)