Rock Star Scientist
Rock Star Scientist is the brainchild of Eric Rissolo, a composer and producer from Morrisville, NC. Eric's experiments with sound design and production are as evocative as they are hypnotic. Throughout the 90's Eric experimented in sound design with a combination of analog and digital keyboards, drum machines, and various musical devices, some of which he built. Eric's latest musical project, 'Rock Star Scientist', is a manifestation of his idea to combine various musical influences along with a thought provoking use of sound. The Rock Star Scientist self-titled ep is a musical trilogy based in the tradition of progressive rock. Eric is currently working on new songs for a full-length CD scheduled for release in 2005. _____ The Independent Weekly, Local reviews, June 04 Rock Star Scientist Rock Star Scientist (Omega-Tunage Records) 'If a record is to be judged on whether or not it does what it set out to do, the three-movement eponymous debut from the local prog collective Rock Star Scientist is nearly perfect. 'An instrumental that redefines the boundaries of music and sound by combining: 1-sci-fi 2-acid jazz and 3-prog rock,' writes the band's founder and electronic-championing frontman Eric Rissolo by way of the disc's introduction. Though recreation may be a bit of an overstatement for this first launch into the musical lunar landscape, Rock Star Scientist is certainly a step forward in the fusion of prog and jazz, establishing Rissolo as a capable composer and one of the most daring piano and synthesizer players that is up for the challenge these days. On the opening 'Apollo,' he masters the gorgeous sort of synth-and-key melodies and atmospherics that earned The Flaming Lips a Grammy in 2002, though he drives shards of McCoy Tyner's playing from A Love Supreme into hysterics during 'Brain Check' as Jay Rusnak muses like a Beat-era, passive/aggressive Robert Fripp just behind the mix. Rissolo--who wrote, engineered, recorded, produced and mixed the tracks himself--is a local phenom worthy of attention.' -Grayson Currin.