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  • Writer's pictureDean De Benedictis

Baby Steps Back To A Discography--With The Stratos Ensemble

Updated: Feb 12, 2023

My first post of 2022 is on an upbeat note.

Last month, in December, I began a plan to fix my public integrity again one step at a time. I don't know how this must look, but as far as how it feels--it's definitely working. I feel better about myself already.

Over the last decade I experienced some inner flux that hampered my artistic life to some degree. It contributed to a series of cancelled album releases that were actually announced and well advertised before hand.

As some of you know, I play in an ambient-progressive-fusion band called The Stratos Ensemble, which I also manage and produce, so unfortunately that band was just as affected by these mishaps. Such mistakes may have done damage not only to my reputation but also to my band's reputation, which was obviously never my intention and was a disturbing thought. So, I'm now striving to repair and permanently amend this situation. I plan on following through with any announced releases by starting simple and giving very short notice to the public ahead of time.

I'm also pleased to report that I took my first step in this direction last month. It was an EP for the Stratos Ensemble that I produced and released with only a 3-day announcement in advance. It felt great, and our somewhat close knit fan-base loved it. So, in light of that particular success, I'm sharing the EP here as well. It's called the "Thi rx EP" (which actually means "waiting" in Siamese Thai) and it can be found at the image link below.

I may even start sharing other Stratos Ensemble-based endeavors on this site too, because the band is my brainchild and is kind of an extension of my electronic music, often incorporating electronic-ambient techniques into it's progressive ensemble approach. Don't get me wrong, this band is still a collaborative project, primarily between me and drummer Coco Roussel and bassist Robert Gross, but my influence on it is still prevalent enough that it can easily be considered an extension of my solo work.

More to come. I'm still trying hard to finish electronic-music albums that I owe to my labels after years of work, so more on that later. I promise to announce accordingly the moment there is anything about that worthy of announcing, and I will share more of my musical content soon one way or another. Until then, check out and/or enjoy the Thi rx EP.


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