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September 16, 2017

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August 18, 2017

an alluring musical time capsule fueled by analog synth timbres, psychedelic prog motifs and spacey rockin’/ambient hues that entrance, charm and certainly keep you guessing what might come next.

Nick Tate of Progression Magazine really digs Strange Universe. Read all about it on the Press Page!

 

 

August 10, 2017

Another snippet from the next Man From RavCon release!

New Music Friday! Good morning everyone. Couldn't wait to share a snippet from a track I'm currently finishing up. Hope ya'll enjoy, and have a great weekend!

Posted by Mike Brown on Friday, August 4, 2017

 

 

 

July 14, 2017

Here’s another teaser from the next album (tentatively scheduled for an early 2018 release). Max The Cat also features Jeff Eacho on flute.

Just completed another track for the next album (Tentatively scheduled for release in early 2017). You may have heard this one when I posted it a few months back, but now it features some fantastic flute by Jeff Eacho! Here's a teaser of Max The Cat.

Posted by Mike Brown on Friday, July 14, 2017

 

 

 

June 26, 2017

Work has begun on the follow up to Strange Universe. My friend, Jeff Eacho, will be contributing flute on a couple of tracks. Here’s a short sample of the results so far…

Work has begun on the follow up to Strange Universe. Many thanks to my friend Rodney Rowland for introducing me to the multi-talented Jeff Eacho, who will be contributing flute on a couple of tracks. Here's a short sample of the results so far… (Untitled w/flute ©2017 Mike Brown)

Posted by Mike Brown on Monday, June 26, 2017

 

 

 

June 9, 2017

View the brand new video for Ancient from Strange Universe!

 

 

 

April 12, 2017

…a cross between Jean-Michel Jarre , Tangerine Dream and Pink Floyd… unquestionable technical mastery covered with clouds of keyboards, for the soundtrack of an imaginary spacio-temporal film.

Gabriel, of the French website ProgCritique, recently reviewed Strange Universe. Click here for the full review. English translation here.

 

 

March 23, 2017

Receive 20% off of any Man From RavCon Tee or Hoodie now! Just enter discount code SPRING17 at checkout. Offer ends April 6, 2017. Order here now!

 

March 8, 2017

The Man From RavCon has released a new video for Juggernaut One from the Strange Universe album.

 

 

February 21, 2017

The Man From RavCon has released a new video for Neptune from the Strange Universe album.

 

 

December 26, 2016

More reviews are coming in for Strange Universe!

 

From Robert Silverstein at mwe3.com

Multi-instrumentalist Mike Brown is the main man of the North Carolina based music project The Man From RavCon. Brown plays a range of instruments on the 2016 CD release by The Man From Ravcon called Strange Universe. Brown’s fascination with movie soundtracks and all things horror, sci-fi and even spaghetti westerns aside, Strange Universe is just a great album filled with imaginative, spiraling instrumental music. Brown’s background is a love of the early progressive rock pioneers like The Moody Blues and YES and while they weren’t instrumental bands, they were among the first rock bands to extensively feature keyboards like the mellotron in a substantial way. Brown’s first band was The Ravelers so it’s interesting that for his post Ravelers music he would pick the name RavCon, yet that only adds to the fun of his music. Even more keyboard dominated than the 2014 CD release of Skyscaper, the 2016 CD release of Strange Universe is very much a product of a mind that is fully steeped in soundtrack music and in the ethos of progressive instrumental rock. As can be heard on Strange Universe, The Man From RavCon once again fills in the missing links between sci-fi soundtrack music, guitar instrumental music and keyboard dominated progressive music.

 

From Thanos at Grande Rock

Strange Universe is an intense, well-made & motivating instrumental music album that will please all those who fancy beautiful soundscapes full of fine melodies & atmospheric passages…

 

From Alan Taylor at Pipeline Instrumental Review

Melodic, tasteful and polished… Music of this type is often described as being for an unmade movie, but Strange Universe goes deeper than that, and stands up well on its own.

 

 

 

December 9, 2016

Check out the new video for Jupiter from Strange Universe!

 

 

December 2, 2016

Tyler Strouth, has created a video for Zero Gravity from Strange Universe. Watch it now!

 

 

November 27, 2016

For the first time ever, Man From RavCon Apparel is now available! Choose from a variety of men’s and women’s t-shirts, and hoodies, with prices beginning at only $17. Current designs include Tyler Strouth’s cover art for Strange Universe, and The Man From RavCon Logo. Other designs coming soon!

 

 

November 11, 2016

Strange Universe Cover

The Man From RavCon’s eighth album, Strange Universe, has arrived!

With Strange Universe, his eighth full length release, The Man From RavCon (a.k.a. Mike Brown) invites you along for a sonic voyage to the heart of the Universe.

Strange Universe further expands on The Man From RavCon’s instrumental explorations into the realms of melodic, ambient, psychedelic progressive rock, and once again, artist Tyler Strouth provides striking cover and gatefold imagery that perfectly reflects the music within.

Listen to Strange Universe in it’s entirety and purchase the CD or download at CD Baby.  It is also available from a wide range of retailers and streaming services, including Deep Eddy, Amazon.com, the iTunes Store, and Spotify.

 

 

September 29, 2016

Strange Universe Cover

a seriously Pink Floyd-esque soundscape that’ll chill you right out and take you to weird places… a really strong album of spacey, attention grabbing instrumental music.

If you’re curious about what to expect to hear on the upcoming Man From RavCon album, Strange Universe, look no further than Ian Jane’s in depth track by track review at rockshockpop.com.

 

 

 

September 10, 2016

The release date for Strange Universe, The Man From RavCon’s eighth album, has been set for November 11, 2016!

 

 

July 22, 2016

This new YouTube Clip features Holy Water from the 2011 Man From RavCon album Night Of The Beast. It was composed using Mellotron Choir samples.

 

 

July 11, 2016

Due to the increasingly dysfunctional direction of FaceBook’s Artist Page format, The Man From RavCon’s FB page will no longer be updated. If, at some time in the future, improvements are made, this may change. In the meantime though, all activity on FB will be facilitated though my personal FB page. Please friend me there, or subscribe to the mailing list (at the bottom of this page) for all Man From RavCon info.

 

 

June 30, 2016

Check out the new promotional GIFs on the brand new GIF page. Many more are available on the Man From RavCon channel at Giphy.com. Pick a favorite and share!

 

 

June 23, 2016

Artist Tyler Strouth has created a video for The Spring Of Our Content from the 2013 Man From RavCon album, Skyscraper.

 

 

June 5, 2016

Artist Tyler Strouth has created a video for the title track to the upcoming Man From RavCon album, Strange Universe.

 

 

June 4, 2016

Here’s a new video for a track from The Man From RavCon’s 2011 spaghetti western album, Rides Again. Every western needs a bar room number, and this one was created using a mellotron for for barrelhouse piano. It’s actually more of an intro for another tune, but it turned out to be Peggy’s fave, and she started working on this video quite some time ago. We finally got around to putting the finishing touches on it. Enjoy!

 

 

May 20, 2016

Check out the brand new video for Quasar from the upcoming album, Strange Universe.

 

 

April 7, 2016

The new album, Strange Universe, has been mixed and mastered. The Man From RavCon will be meeting with artist Tyler Strouth later this month to finalize the cover art. Tyler also created the artwork for the previous two Man From RavCon albums, Skyscraper and The Puzzle Master.

 

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