|.||with Rick Duncan, the multi-instrumentalist of the USA Progressive Rock Band, CRYPTIC VISION|
Motta, Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
Motta - At first I would like to know how long you have taken finally
until to bring
Rick Duncan: The first tracks of the album were recorded almost 3 years ago but most (about 90% of it) was recorded between January and October 2003.It's known already that most of Progressive Rock bands in the world go through hard
moments at first by finding musicians who not always share the same musical viewpoint
and so forth. What sort of trouble did you have before putting this project through?
Rick Duncan: This album was mostly a collaboration between myself and vocalist Todd Plant. Todd and I have known each other for years and we work very well together. Todd and I also had both worked with Robert Van Dyne before in previous projects and had recorded the song "Colored Leaf" which fit nicely into the story. When it came time to put finishing touches (guitar solos, keyboard solo's, violin solo's, etc.) I used a wide variety of musicians that I knew to fill in the spaces. There really wasn't any of the problems sometimes associated with a typical (band) project.‘Your band consists effectively of three members, otherwise the music proposed by you
is richly performed, and too comprehending, even standing in need of including some
additional musicians. Have you thought sometime about including some of these guests
to the fold of the band?
Rick Duncan: We are now forming a band to play the songs live. The band will include Todd and I and new members John Zahner on keyboards and Matt Laporte on Guitar. John and Matt both played in Circle II Circle. John also played with Robby Steinhardt (Kansas) in the band Steinhardt Moon. We have a couple different bass players in mind and would like to find a 6th member that could play keyboards or violin. Robert Van Dyne is currently working a full time job and going to medical school so he unfortunately doesn't have the time to do the live show.‘I know you have been working together ever since in other projects on the 80's, as well
as you have even recorded and performed in the neo-prog band "Broken Wings". I would
then like to know if there is any other remaining material, which could be released in
times to come, is there any left?
Rick Duncan: Actually "Colored Leaf" and "Shock Value" were originally recorded in Broken Wing. We did record a complete album but it was never released. Some of that material might surface someday.Most of the people who have the chance of listening to the Cryptic Vision's songs also
perceive a strong influence from bands like "Kansas", "Yes and "Spock's Beard". Is this
anything that flow out naturally, or have these bands really worked out like an
inspiration source on the musical development of your band?
Rick Duncan: I've always been a big prog fan. The best stuff that I write seems to flow out pretty easy. I'm sure that listening to so much early prog has had an influence in my writing.Could you please let me know a little bit about the Progressive scene in Florida, seen
that it is fully unknown to most of Brazilian Progressive Rock fans. By the way, is it
quite possible for you to find an audience devoted to this kind of music over there?
Rick Duncan: The music scene in general is not so good here. It's real hard for a new prog band to get any attention here. We have had a much better response from other countries.As far as I could understand the vocalist Todd Plant has worked already with former
members of known bands like "The Doobie Brothers", "Chicago" and "Steely Dan".
How is now being his experience on working with a band that features an underground
musical scene, which has really been far from catching the Media's attention?
Rick Duncan: Todd has done a lot of different styles. He is also a prog fan and he gets a lot more of a chance to show what a versatile singer he is doing prog.Rick, you have been taken actually for a very prolific songwriter, seen that all the songs
on the album are signed by yourself. By the way, where do you generally take all this
Rick Duncan: Actually Robert did write "Colored Leaf" and the lyrics for Contemplation and Todd wrote some of the lyrics on the song Moments of Clarity. I wrote the rest of the album. I think the best songs come from as Neal Morse calls it "The Great Nothing." When you just start hearing melody lines and changes and everything just falls into place. I have been writing a lot recently and I think it's some of the best stuff I have ever written.A stunning co-operation was given by the famous and gifted violinist David Ragsdale,
which brought back a bit of that remarkable sonority formerly performed with the
legendary band "Kansas". Do you admit hereafter having his collaboration once
again next work?
Rick Duncan: I definitely would like to get David to do the violin tracks for the next album. I will probably have more violin on it.For being a very fine album, I suppose of course that "Moments of Clarity'' has afforded
you receiving a lot of positive feedbacks from the press itself, and also from those who
surely appreciate listening to a high-grade music. At present, where are most of the
feedbacks coming from? From your own country, or abroad?
Rick Duncan: So far we have sold most of our CD in Europe and South America. You are lucky you have a much better prog scene down there than we do here.Could you now please tell me about your plans for the time being, and also for the
times to come?
Rick Duncan: We will be getting the live show together to play a few festivals and working on the new album. I feel the new album is going to be something really special.Would you like to impart any message for all those who are shortly going to have
the chance to read this interview, and know a bit about your brilliant musical experience?
Rick Duncan: I would like to thank all that have supported "Cryptic Vision" and all that support Progressive Rock music in general. THANKS FOR LISTENING!
Plant - Lead and Backing Vocals
Guest Musicians on Cryptic Vision tracks: Additional lead and rhythm guitar tracks: Ralph Santola, Shawn Bowen, Matt Burke, John Leblanc. Additional bass guitar tracks: Brian Carpenter, Fretless Bass: Mike Carello, Violin tracks: David Ragsdale, Jennifer Gehl, Jeff Fara, Djembe tracks: GJ Gosman, Additional keyboard tracks: Howard Helm, Additional vocals: Sage, Candance Peters, Kelly Shaefer, Jeff Cope and Narration: Roy Winkelmann.
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Cryptic Vision is a progressive rock band from Florida that draws its influence from groups like Yes, Kansas, Spock's Beard, Dream Theater, Rush, Pink Floyd, and Saga. Their debut CD "Moments Of Clarity" was written and performed by the nucleus of Rick Duncan, Todd Plant and Robert Van Dyne, who have been working together on various projects since the late 80's.
As the owner of Paradox City Recording Studio, Duncan has engineered and produced numerous local and national artists such as AC/DC's Brian Johnson, Neurotica, and The Chase Theory. He plays drums, keyboards, bass and guitar. He is also a very prolific songwriter.
Plant has worked with former members of the Doobie Brothers, Chicago, Steely Dan, and sang Hulk Hogan's theme song that was heard by millions for many years on many cable networks. He's also well known in AOR circles as the front man for Eyewitness and Millenium.
Van Dyne is also an engineer and songwriter. As the Keyboardist/ Guitarist of Zion (also with Plant) he toured opening up for Stryper. Later he and Duncan recorded and performed together in the neo-prog band Broken Wing.
Contributors of note include former Kansas violinist David Ragsdale, former Zon/ Ian Hunter keyboardist Howard Helm. Guitarists Ralph Santolla (Eyewitness/ Millenium/Iced Earth) former Neurotica members Shawn Bowen and Kelly Shaefer (Ozzfest tour '02) round out this all-star effort.
"Moments of Clarity" The debut album from Cryptic Vision is here! The new CD was mixed in Runcorn England by Pete Coleman and features an all star cast including former Kansas violinist David Ragsdale, former Zon/Ian Hunter Keyboardist Howard Helm and Ralph Santolla (currently touring with Iced Earth.)
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