February 1st, 2003:
VA: Greetings, I want to thank all of you who have helped make
the start of this year so cool. The CDs In The Machine and
Spider Dance are selling well throughout many parts of the
world. The 2 for 1 promo (buy In The Machine and receive a free
copy of Spider Dance) offered on Guitar9 was a
great success. A special thanks to all of you who purchased them as
Christmas gifts. We are starting a new promotional this month that
provides a free copy of the In The Machine poster with a purchase of the
CD from CD Baby directly from Eigg Island Sound. The poster is the art work of
Wendy Beck who flawlessly captured the concept of the CD.
The new Progression
Magazine is on the shelves. In The Machine has a full page ad (page
10) in the magazine and
Michael Popke gave In The Machine a great review (page 122).
I've provided a copy of the review below.
"Fuzzy guitars, modulated
vocals and dancing particles of electronic converge of Keith
Ballurio's second CD, In the Machine. This is an edgy, primarily
instrumental record that explores one man's musical perspective on
modern life and sonically conveys the emotions of everyday existence.
Augmenting the music is a captivating CD booklet that includes quotes
from the likes of Englishmen Robert Burton and William Shakespeare.
The album opens with
the creepy "Critical Mass," six minutes of throbbing,
mind-twisting molten metal that crescendos to a symphony of quirky
keyboards. That's followed by the dark and rhythmic title track, which
gives way to "Swing Shift" -- a less intense but still heavy
composition that will challenge your speakers. "Shedding My
Skin" is a haunting acoustic piece, and "Metallic
Salad" sounds so much like classic Van Halen that you half-expect
David Lee Roth to chime in.
arranged, performed, programmed, produced, engineered and mixed all
nine tracks on In the Machine -- a phenomenal feat when you consider
just how seamless this disc sounds. A sentence in the liner notes
states that "all music is specially formulated to be played
loud!" So crank this sucker up!"
- Michael Popke - Progression
Thanks again for
it Loud! - KB
Other News Items:
In The Machine has
been picked up by Fossil Records (a progressive music CD
distributor). The paperwork is complete
so next month I will provide you with new links for purchasing it
Additionally we have gone online with Compact Disk Services out of the
UK with the CD Spider Dance which is a featured title on the site (http://www.rock-blues-guitar-cds.com/),
follow the links to Featured Titles.
Also, thanks to
you who have stopped by to check out the new Web site (www.ballurio.com).
The traffic at the site has been very heavy. If you haven't checked it out,
feel free to stop by and leave me feedback.
Again, I'm having a great time reading mail and e-mail from all
over the world (You just wouldn't believe the number of Ballurios in
Italy). The translations have been sketchy at best but
thoroughly enjoyable. Keep your comments coming!
has released two limited edition
posters. My resident graphic artist has done a great job and you
really need to check