About

About the Music:

All of the music was written and recorded by Dave Ryder and Dan McHugh, very much as a collaborative effort. Here is a list of the instruments used on Odiseo:

Fender Stratocaster, Fender Telecaster, Martin Acoustic, Takamine Acoustic, Gibson Grabber Bass, Fender Jazz Bass, Roland GR-30 Guitar Synth, Korg Triton, EMU Proteus, Hammond Organ, Korg M1, Harmonicas, Tama Drums and Zildjian Cymbals, LP congas and bongos, Mesa Boogie and Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Tube Amps. Vocals were usually an AKG c414 ran through a tube pre. The guitar FX include Boss pedals, Crybaby Wah Pedal and a Heil Talkbox.

Kent Hall plays drums on many of the tracks.

It was recorded using Adobe Audition 1.5 at my home studio, and at Dan’s home studio, we transferred files back and forth with flash drives. It was started in October of 2008, the music was finished August 2010.

The voices interspersed throughout the album are recordings of Numbers Stations made by Simon Mason, who graciously allowed us to use them in this project. His book about Numbers Stations is a fascinating read.

About the Story:

Odiseo is a direct retelling of Homer’s The Odyssey. This modern version is set in North America spanning a period of time from 1975 to 2005. There are many references to other literary works as well. If you are interested in such things here is a partial list of literary allusions (although, technically, once you read this they will no longer be allusions, but will then magically transform themselves into references).

I am a fan of Umberto Eco, who makes frequent use of allusions in his works (such as The Name of the Rose and Foucault’s Pendulum) and introduced me to the concept of intertextuality.

I had the idea early on for charting La Odisea in a visual way that also indicates the passage of time through the use of Google Maps, literally mapping Santiago’s journey by placing markers at key events (something I’m not aware of any other musician doing). For those of you who enjoy symbolism, be aware that the locations were NOT randomly chosen! Also, as often as possible actual locations were charted on the map (for instance The FBI Headquarters in Los Angeles and The FBI Training Academy in Quantico, VA).

Finally, although it is obvious, I will state that this work is a complete work of fiction, any resemblance to any persons living or dead is purely coincidental and unintentional.

About the Art:

The artwork seen on this website is either in the Public Domain, or licensed under some type of Creative Commons license allowing us to use it. In every instance I credited the author, and attempted to contact them telling them about it’s inclusion on this site. If you are the author of a piece of art shown here and you don’t want it to be shown on this site, simply email me and I will take it down.

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