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Castle Canyon


Castle Canyon is a band in 1973. They are there, and yet they are here.
All the atoms are wiggling, the randomness is charged, and Castle Canyon bends in space-time, believing through it all in over-the-top pomp-rocking synthesizer wailing and atmospheres stranger than the surface of Jupiter.

When did this music happen?
Castle Canyon was a band of high school kids in Portland, Oregon in 1973-75 who wrote a lot of great music that almost nobody ever heard back then. They lived in the wrong town for progressive rock. Here now in the future they were given the opportunity to find each other again, and record their songs and publish them. We are very happy to have been able to do this, and are also extremely gratified at the great response to the album Gods of 1973.

Almost all of the tracks were recorded last year, during their first 'Reunited' episode, when a window of opportunity connected the past band with the present. Most of the music was written in 1972-76, with a couple of new pieces put together by the band when they were reunited in the present. All songs from the original time are given dates on the track list.

Castle Canyon is also a place. The cabin in the picture on the CD insert is about a half-mile from Castle Canyon, where a few of us wandered up into one day, and heard a phenomenal aural event/hallucination that to this day is pretty much unexplainable. Incredible combinations of logging trucks, chainsaws, possibly a band playing outdoors 4 miles away and what sounded like choirs, brass sections, lead guitar, and music like Lygeti and Ives (massive swirling dissonance opening up into majestic resonances). It lasted for about 30 minutes. Needless to say, it had a lasting imprint on us.

There are a lot of mushrooms growing on the golf courses of Oregon. Castle Canyon did a lot of ‘night golfing.’ They also credit Stravinsky, Zappa, Prokofiev, Lygeti, Morton Subotnick and Britten as well as all the great inspiring ‘prog’ bands of the time- Gentle Giant, ELP, PFM, Amon Duul II, Henry Cow, Genesis and Yes (at least for the bass player!) for pointing them in interesting directions that lead to some unusual destinations. Also of note are Captain Beefheart, The Residents, David Bowie and Brian Eno.

Castle Canyon are the Gods of 1973, and are grateful for the opportunity to bring their music to the present.

Breiling Achim's review on Baby Blau (
(edited for space and clarity)
Translated from the German:

"Gods Of 1973" sounds amazingly real. If not for the better sound, one could
really believe that this is archive footage of a band from the year
1973 act. Well, this music is 100 percent in the spirit of the classic Progs. In the center of the music is Walker's keyboard playing on an original ARP-2600-synthesizer, with its vintage sounds, surrounded by various other keyboard sounds, a diversified
percussion and the powerful bass. An instrumental, more voluminous, more
angular and powerful electro-symphonies-Klassikprog is the result of not
as the copy of one of the styles of the 70’s sounds, but a very own style
developed. In the long Triskaidekaphobia it gets even in the music-free -
oblique and experimental realms. With "Cantabile Semplice", after the third
movement of the "Symphony Of Sorrowful song" Henryck Gorecki of Poland, is even a
successful and imaginative adaptation of classical music offered, with their elegiac
sounds almost Postrockgefilde device.

Is it therefore Retroprog? Well, since some of these compositions in
Indeed, from the 70s came, the band had actually existed and
the whole also performed with original instruments, and very cautious
was produced, calling it Retroprog is inappropriate. With the
now with this style confection concept identified by the productions
Pole of the Morse and Stolt has offered nothing in common in any case, even
because it is a bit angular and imaginative presented. Perhaps
this music, inspired and historically informed performance practice in
the classics, as HIP-designate Prog. [!!]

"Gods Of 1973" is a very entertaining piece of music with varying
classic prog from the early 70s, who just was recorded a little late. The whole thing gives me a great deal of fun, sounds really good and
authentic and therefore each Progger with a thirst for more classic prog from
the golden decade and aversions against the bar just mentioned, this is very good.


Please bear in mind that, as you read this, all events after 1976 haven’t happened yet for Castle Canyon, except for their ‘time window’ episodes, so though the members have been doing and done all these things, Castle Canyon doesn’t know that.

Fred Chalenor (BASS)
Fred has been a prolific, active player in the ‘prog/art rock’ milieu for many years. His first bass was made out of cardboard when he was in fourth grade. Fred saw Paul Revere and the Raiders on the television and was hooked on the look and sound of the electric bass guitar.
Moving to San Francisco in 1978, he met improvising guitarist Henry Kaiser, who introduced Fred to a lot of crazy music. Fred lived in New York in the early 80's and met and played with people like: Fred Frith, Chris Cochrane, Zeena Parkins, George Cartwrite, Mark Howell and many others. He moved to Seattle in the 80's and worked with Wayne Horvitz in The President, Pigpen, Motel 6, Zony Mash, the Walkabouts and many others.
The most recent touring he has done was with Slow Music Project: Peter Buck, Robert Fripp, Hector Zazou, Matt Chamberlain, Bill Reiflin
Other BANDS LIST: Curlew, Slow Music Project, Hughscore (with the late Hugh Hopper from Soft Machine), Caveman Shoestore, Here Comes Everybody, The Music Of Hans Eisler trio.

Erik Ian Walker- keyboards
Erik Ian Walker was inspired by all keyboard sounds as a kid. The Animals, Dave Brubeck, E. Power Biggs, it didn’t matter. It was all good. The first time he heard the Moog solo at the end of ‘Lucky Man’ by ELP, he stuck his ear against the speaker, and said “whatever the fuck that was, I’m getting one.” He got an ARP2600 shortly thereafter. While not the Moog, it was great, and was an amazing machine to learn about sound with.
In ’76 and studied electronic music and composition with John Adams and Alden Jenks at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Huge Buchla synth there. His career has included collaborations in modern dance, experimental theater, drag/androgyny performance and odd movies. Rock/blues keyboards mixed with gothic classicism, and austere, sensuous ‘soundtrack’ settings mixed with natural world sounds are his specialties.

Paul Elias Drums
Paul is an incredible, thunderous rock drummer who Castle Canyon did not find in 1973, and damn if they didn’t need him something bad. Erik met Paul in the 1980’s, lost track of him, but found him again in the Castle Canyon time window last year. It has been the absolute foundation and reason this band has re-emerged. They finally found their drummer.