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I'm interviewing Jordan Rudess!
« on: October 16, 2018, 03:09:21 PM »
I'll be interviewing Jordan Rudess this Friday. We'll talk primarily about his upcoming solo tour, but questions from the fans are welcome. Post your questions here, guys!

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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2018, 03:29:42 PM »
Let's get this out of the way.  How many wacky instruments have you incorporated in the newest DT album?  I feel the more wackier, the better.
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2018, 03:32:22 PM »
Ask him about the writing dynamics on the latest album with lyrics contributed by all members (with the exception of him).  Sounds like this is the biggest "band" effort to date.

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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2018, 03:41:24 PM »
Ask him about the writing dynamics on the latest album with lyrics contributed by all members (with the exception of him).  Sounds like this is the biggest "band" effort to date.

Based on what I know of their past writing, I am predicting that he will say that, aside from lyrics, it really isn't that different.  It's more that the band just made more of an effort to clarify to the fans everyone's level of involvement because the band is aware of our perception.

But still a great question, and I would love to hear his answer. 

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I would love to hear his thoughts on the ADTOE writing, both generally, and as to the following specifics:  (1) several of the songs appear to have VERY strong similarities in different ways to songs on Images and Words.  What was behind that decision, and how much of a conscious effort was made to incorporate things that would evoke connections with Images.  (2)  Is there a 1-to-1 correspondence between 8 of the songs on ADTOE to all of the songs on I&W, or only some?  Fans have made what seem like obvious connections for some of the songs, but struggle to come up with any connection on others.
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« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2018, 04:07:02 PM »
Ask him about the writing dynamics on the latest album with lyrics contributed by all members (with the exception of him).  Sounds like this is the biggest "band" effort to date.
Don't forget to include who was involved in writing the vocal melodies (was it the lyric writer, JP or a combination of both)?   :)
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« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2018, 07:11:18 PM »
How has working with David Campbell on The Astonishing impacted the way you approach writing orchestral parts?

Speaking of The Astonishing, are there any plans to release a full orchestral "study score"?

What are some contemporary artists who you feel deserve more love (doesn't necessarily have to be prog or metal)?

When designing synth sounds, which producers/keyboardists do you tend to take the most inspiration from?

What sort of challenges have you faced switching between classical piano and rock piano in concert?

That should be good for now

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« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2018, 08:06:50 PM »
I actually went to a Q&A he and JP did last time they were in the Luna Park (2016) but never got a chance to ask my question..

It was something along these lines: What kind of art do you like more besides music?.. (What do you read, what movies do you like or what you binge-watching? could complement the question if necessary)


I personally love this kind of questions, and more since we knew so much about them, but not about these type of things, and it could make for a less structured passage in the interview..

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« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2018, 01:07:33 AM »
I would love to hear his thoughts on the ADTOE writing, both generally, and as to the following specifics:  (1) several of the songs appear to have VERY strong similarities in different ways to songs on Images and Words.  What was behind that decision, and how much of a conscious effort was made to incorporate things that would evoke connections with Images.  (2)  Is there a 1-to-1 correspondence between 8 of the songs on ADTOE to all of the songs on I&W, or only some?  Fans have made what seem like obvious connections for some of the songs, but struggle to come up with any connection on others.

I believe the situation is like this:

On the Back of Angels is entirely based off Pull Me Under's structure
Lost Not Forgotten is mostly based on Under a Glass Moon's but it has a piano intro
Outcry is inspired by Metropolis' structure but there are differences such as a chorus
Far from Heaven is inspired by the general idea of a piano ballad like Wait for Sleep
Breaking All Illusions follows quite closely Learning to Live's structure

And... that's it. I'd be surprised if the remaining songs have some correspondence.
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« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2018, 04:47:47 AM »
Thanks for the suggestions! I'll see how many of those I can ask - we will talk about his upcoming solo dates primarily, but I'm sure he won't mind answering some DT related questions.

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Re: I'm interviewing Jordan Rudess!
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2018, 05:26:11 AM »
If there's still room for requests, could you please consider asking for a quick comparison between Al Dimeola and John Petrucci from his point of view? Thank you.

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« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2018, 07:13:09 AM »
If there's still room for requests, could you please consider asking for a quick comparison between Al Dimeola and John Petrucci from his point of view? Thank you.

There's still room. I plan to sit down and write the questions this afternoon. And thank you for reminding me about that - I had completely forgotten that Jordan and Al played together! Watching this one right now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsQW-3Oy_z0

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« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2018, 01:57:57 PM »
I'd like to know if Jordan, given how good on the guitar he is, has ever considered doing a side project where he writes the songs and performs guitar only, with another person on keys. If not, is that something he'd be interested in doing? Why or why not?

Thanks for asking us to contribute.

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« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2018, 03:18:30 PM »
You should ask him about the official bootlegs status  :corn :biggrin:

On a serious note: ask him about the work he has being doing at Stanford University.
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« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2018, 03:40:04 PM »
Jordan just got a signature 8 string guitar and we saw him playing it at the studio during the writing sessions for DT14. Did JP try it? I assume he did. Did he record anything with it dor DT14? Hmmm....
It sounds like, "ruk, ruk, ruk, ruk, ruk." Instead of the more pleasing kick drum sound of, "gzarruk, gzarruk, gzarruk, gzarruk."

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« Reply #14 on: October 17, 2018, 03:49:38 PM »
Ask him if they ever write tunes baked.

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« Reply #15 on: October 17, 2018, 05:13:14 PM »
I would love to hear his thoughts on the ADTOE writing, both generally, and as to the following specifics:  (1) several of the songs appear to have VERY strong similarities in different ways to songs on Images and Words.  What was behind that decision, and how much of a conscious effort was made to incorporate things that would evoke connections with Images.  (2)  Is there a 1-to-1 correspondence between 8 of the songs on ADTOE to all of the songs on I&W, or only some?  Fans have made what seem like obvious connections for some of the songs, but struggle to come up with any connection on others.

I believe the situation is like this:

On the Back of Angels is entirely based off Pull Me Under's structure
Lost Not Forgotten is mostly based on Under a Glass Moon's but it has a piano intro
Outcry is inspired by Metropolis' structure but there are differences such as a chorus
Far from Heaven is inspired by the general idea of a piano ballad like Wait for Sleep
Breaking All Illusions follows quite closely Learning to Live's structure

And... that's it. I'd be surprised if the remaining songs have some correspondence.

Seem to remember it being argued that This Is The Life shared structural elements of Another Day. Am surprised Bosk is asking someone to raise this question so many years on. Surely this something he could have asked JP himself over the years as he seems to have semi regular contact with him.

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« Reply #16 on: October 17, 2018, 05:32:16 PM »
I'd like to know if Jordan, given how good on the guitar he is, has ever considered doing a side project where he writes the songs and performs guitar only, with another person on keys. If not, is that something he'd be interested in doing? Why or why not?

Thanks for asking us to contribute.

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« Reply #17 on: October 17, 2018, 05:55:25 PM »
Ask him if he is considering getting rid of his iPad-based, gadgety, Cheese Whiz keyboard sounds in light of the clearly superior, magnificent keyboard work on Psychotic Symphony?
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« Reply #18 on: October 17, 2018, 06:06:49 PM »
Ask him if he is considering getting rid of his iPad-based, gadgety, Cheese Whiz keyboard sounds in light of the clearly superior, magnificent keyboard work on Psychotic Symphony?

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It sounds like, "ruk, ruk, ruk, ruk, ruk." Instead of the more pleasing kick drum sound of, "gzarruk, gzarruk, gzarruk, gzarruk."

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« Reply #19 on: October 17, 2018, 06:07:59 PM »
Ask him if he is considering getting rid of his iPad-based, gadgety, Cheese Whiz keyboard sounds in light of the clearly superior, magnificent keyboard work on Psychotic Symphony?

Wow.  I would be so bummed out if that happens based on the question I wanted to ask Jordan.

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« Reply #20 on: October 17, 2018, 06:11:26 PM »
Has he considered making history?
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« Reply #21 on: October 17, 2018, 09:41:00 PM »
I would love to address Derek's comments with Jordan, but it has to be done well...and even Derek, when I interviewed him for the second time, backed up from his statements.

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« Reply #22 on: October 17, 2018, 09:54:23 PM »
Has he considered making history?

I'm making history!!!



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« Reply #23 on: October 17, 2018, 09:59:07 PM »
Awesome! Good luck!
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« Reply #24 on: October 17, 2018, 10:08:50 PM »
Cool, dude! Good luck! :)

Are you from South America too? Maybe you'll have a chance to run into him in a couple of months!

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« Reply #25 on: October 17, 2018, 10:15:29 PM »
Seem to remember it being argued that This Is The Life shared structural elements of Another Day. Am surprised Bosk is asking someone to raise this question so many years on. Surely this something he could have asked JP himself over the years as he seems to have semi regular contact with him.

All of this..

And yeah, AD and TitL do share almost the exact same song structure..

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« Reply #26 on: October 17, 2018, 10:42:38 PM »
Cool, dude! Good luck! :)

Are you from South America too? Maybe you'll have a chance to run into him in a couple of months!

I am, but live in Toronto now. The place he'll play in Rio is across the road from my parents' house, and it's a great venue. Such a shame that I'm not there anymore...

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« Reply #27 on: October 18, 2018, 01:16:46 AM »
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« Reply #28 on: October 18, 2018, 09:51:04 AM »
Ask him if he is considering getting rid of his iPad-based, gadgety, Cheese Whiz keyboard sounds in light of the clearly superior, magnificent keyboard work on Psychotic Symphony?

I agree. I wanna hear more keyboards and raw energy rather than robotics....
I thought Jordan was a keyboard player, not a DJ...
Hopefully this album will be better, as the recent DT album was mostly pianos and sound effects
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« Reply #29 on: October 18, 2018, 10:17:19 AM »
I thought Jordan was a keyboard player, not a DJ...

Yeah, well, some of us thought Derek was a class act.  Sometimes, you just learn that you are dead wrong about things.
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« Reply #30 on: October 18, 2018, 10:31:48 AM »
As long as there is more keyboard action and energy driven leads, i'll be happy....
Constant Motion, Lost Not Forgotton, This Dying Soul.....
Leads like this. And RAW POWER... Like what happens in GOTS & DA....
It works for Kieth Emerson & Jon Lord.... It works for me 😂
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« Reply #31 on: October 19, 2018, 11:58:56 AM »
Interview done. A couple of things: he's aware of the criticism of The Astonishing and of the drum sound, and he believes both issues will be addressed in the next album: a KILLER drum sound, and a "classic Dream Theater album".

 And I asked if he will shave his beard!

Will post it here once it's published.

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« Reply #32 on: October 19, 2018, 12:25:35 PM »
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« Reply #33 on: October 19, 2018, 12:55:22 PM »
Interview done. A couple of things: he's aware of the criticism of The Astonishing and of the drum sound, and he believes both issues will be addressed in the next album: a KILLER drum sound, and a "classic Dream Theater album".

 And I asked if he will shave his beard!

Will post it here once it's published.

Wow, that's interesting, looking forward to your interview.

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« Reply #34 on: October 19, 2018, 01:09:26 PM »
Interview done. A couple of things: he's aware of the criticism of The Astonishing and of the drum sound, and he believes both issues will be addressed in the next album: a KILLER drum sound, and a "classic Dream Theater album".

 And I asked if he will shave his beard!

Will post it here once it's published.

Wow, that's nice to hear!! Thanks for the insights.

When are you planning to publish it?