Santa Monica, CA, September 16, 2009 â€“ In conjunction with the upcoming 40th Anniversary of its original release (Oct 12, 1969) as a track on King Crimsonâ€™s first album, entitled â€œIn the Court of the Crimson King,â€? the iconic rock anthem â€œ21st Century Schizoid Manâ€? has been re-recorded and re-released by â€œThe Human Experimente,â€? a multi-faceted project based in Santa Monica, CA. â€œThe Human Experimenteâ€? has been founded by Emmy Award winning musician/composer/executive producer Jeffrey Fayman, and also includes as guest artists original â€œKing Crimsonâ€? guitarist and founder Robert Fripp and vocalist Maynard Keenan of â€œToolâ€? and â€œPuscifer.â€? Fayman made the announcements.
To preview the new single â€œ21st Century Schizoid Man,â€? the first release from The Human Experimente, please visit
. The single is now available to download digitally via iTunes, AmazonMp3, eMusic, Rhapsody, Napster and others.
(SIDE NOTE: Activisionâ€™s recently released â€œGuitar Hero 5â€? videogame features the original King Crimson version of â€œ21st Century Schizoid Manâ€? as a playable track.)
ABOUT â€œTHE HUMAN EXPERIMENTE:â€?
The Human Experimente has been designed by Fayman as a unique recording project utilizing the talents of a compilation of various, high profile music artists, much in the style of a collective series release usually found in Chill-Out or Lounge House genres like Buddah Bar or Cafe Del Mar.
However, in this case, instead of contemporary electronic dance, down-tempo and/or exotic world music, The Human Experimente collection presents grandly cinematic structured songsâ€”songs conceived to sound like music for imaginary films.
The songs that will be presented by The Human Experimente — with â€œ21st Century Schizoid Manâ€? representing the first — will have no specific agenda, style or thematic genre. Instead, they are simply meant to be listened to on an individual basis– purely predicated upon the merit of each song itself. The styles of the songs that will be included within the first compilation from The Human Experimente (slated for early 2010) will range from intensely dramatic industrial rock, to beautifully melodic– and almost operaticâ€”themes.
â€œIf within our collective consciousness, the muse of musical inspiration strikes, and angels blowing golden trumpets lead us astray from our Earthly sleep, then â€˜thatâ€™ song may be considered a prime candidate for production by The Human Experimente,â€? remarks Fayman.
The executive producer/composer/creator behind The Human Experimente is Emmy Award winning musician/composer Jeffrey Fayman. Fayman primarily works in the motion picture industry with his company Immediate Music, composing cinematic trailer music for the advertising campaigns that promote many of Hollywoodâ€™s biggest blockbuster feature films and highly rated television programs, TV movies and specials.
The major contributing artists involved with The Human Experimente include Robert Fripp (â€œKing Crimson,â€?) John Wetton (â€œASIAâ€?/â€?King Crimson,â€?) Maynard Keenan (â€œTool,â€? â€œPerfect Circle,â€? â€œPuscifer,â€?) Adrian Belew (â€œKing Crimson,â€?) Anneke Van Giersbergen (â€œThe Gathering,â€?) and Dann Pursey (â€œGlobusâ€? and â€œVantan.â€?) Various additional artists will be joining the collective within the near future.
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ABOUT THE GENESIS OF THE NEW â€œSCHIZOID MANâ€? PROJECT:â€?
Jeffrey Faymanâ€™s passion for emotionally moving and visual film music, combined with his love for powerfully dramatic contemporary songs, inspired him to create a hybrid form of both. It began by Faymanâ€™s experimenting with restructuring into “songs” some cinematic orchestral and choir music he had composed–and it grew from there.
Fayman has long felt that King Crimsonâ€™s 1969 album “In the Court of the Crimson Kingâ€? (from which â€œSchizoid Manâ€? was the opening track) was an iconic album and presented a musical style that defined “progressive rock” at the time–40 years ago!! For Fayman, that album and memorable song created a benchmark marriage of incredibly complex technical playing, visual poetry, political and sociological messagesâ€”all combined within an unbridled and highly inspired creative expression.
Says Fayman, â€œI have always loved the song â€˜21st Century Schizoid Man,â€™ and I felt that now would be the time to update it, incorporating the sound of a full symphony orchestra, as the song always seemed to have been constructed with a real orchestra in mind. I went to Seattle along with Robert Fripp and re-recorded his guitar parts for the song, and then later added the recording of an orchestral arrangement that I had composed earlier.â€?
Fayman further explains, â€œJust say the title â€“ â€˜21st Century Schizoid Manâ€™ â€“out loud, and then take a look at the times in which weâ€™re all living. Originally, the lyrics to this song were a reflection of the Vietnam War: â€˜Blood rack, barbed wireâ€¦Politicians funeral pyreâ€¦Innocents raped with napalm fireâ€¦Twenty first century schizoid man.â€™ But even today, with global warfare being waged and nuclear buildups threatened, all alongside a worldwide economic meltdown, it seems to me that those lyrics were something more than prophetic. Today, we are ALL potential â€˜21st Century Schizoidâ€™ men and women!â€?
ABOUT KING CRIMSONâ€™S â€œ21ST CENTURY SCHIZOID MAN:â€?
Originally the opening track on progressive rock/jazz fusion/hard rock band King Crimsonâ€™s debut album entitled â€œIn the Court of the Crimson King,â€? released Oct. 12, 1969 by Atlantic Records, â€œ21st Century Schizoid Manâ€? was written by band members Robert Fripp, Greg Lake, Ian McDonald, Michael Giles and Peter Sinfield. The songâ€™s lyrics consist of a short poem with one or more metaphors in each line.
â€œSchizoid Manâ€? made references to the Vietnam War, which was still raging at the time of its release. Before a live performance of the song in December 1969, Fripp sarcastically remarked that it was â€œdedicated to an American political personality whom we all know and love dearly. His name is Spiro Agnew.â€?
Musically, â€œSchizoid Manâ€? is notable for its heavily distorted vocals sung by a pre-â€œEmerson, Lake and Palmerâ€? Greg Lake. The song featured a driving mechanical rhythm and piercingly loud saxophone and guitar, along with its instrumental, percussion-heavy middle section, called â€œMirrors.â€?
â€œSchizoid Manâ€? has previously appeared on four live albums from various music artists: By Greg Lake on â€œEpitaph,â€? by Boz Burrell on â€œEarthbound,â€? by John Wetton on â€œUSA,â€? and by Adrian Belew on â€œVrooom Vrooom.â€? The song has also been covered by other musicians, including, most notably, Ozzy Osbourne, April Wine and Forbidden. The band Bad Religion offered an homage to the song with their release entitled â€œ21st Century Digital Boy,â€? and the tune has also been featured within the videogame â€œGuitar Hero 5.â€?
ORIGINAL LYRICS TO â€œ21ST CENTURY SCHIZOID MAN:â€?
â€œCats foot, iron claw
Neuro-surgeons scream for more
At paranoiaâ€™s poison door.
Twenty first century schizoid manâ€?
â€œBlood rack, barbed wire
Politicians funeral pyre
Innocents raped with napalm fire
Twenty first century schizoid manâ€?
â€œDeath seed, blind manâ€™s greed
Poets starving, children bleed
Nothing heâ€™s got he really needs
Twenty first century schizoid manâ€?