October 1, 2018
Music Street Journal just published an interview with The Man From RavCon. Read it online now here! This interview is also available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2018 Volume 5 at lulu.com/strangesound.
August 21, 2018
See the world without ever leaving your comfy chair… Watch the latest video from Another World, Pole To Pole.
July 26, 2018
The brand new video for A Peaceful Transition is now available for viewing at The Man From RavCon’s YouTube Channel, and here…
June 26, 2018
Check out the newest video from Another World, The Garden, featuring Jeff Eacho on flute.
June 22, 2018
The Man From RavCon’s ninth album, Another World, is now available at CD Baby. The digital download version is also available at iTunes, Amazon, and many other online retailers. More info available here.
May 30, 2018
Another World creeps up on you and sneaks in through your mind’s backdoor to pull you into a trance.
An Ian Jane/Rock Shock Pop review is the next best thing to listening. Check it out here.
May 11, 2018
Just in from Chris Spector of the Midwest Record…
Modern prog that rose from the ashes of North Carolina power pop feeds the mash up frenzy with a kaleidoscope of sounds that swirl and whirl like you wouldn’t believe. Crazy stuff for crazy times, the vocabulary of prog is expanded in so many directions here that it’s almost hard to fathom. If this ain’t music for a modern happening, what is? Check it out.
Coming June 22! The Man From RavCon’s ninth album, Another World.
April 27, 2018
Check out the video for Satellite Flight from the upcoming Man From RavCon album, Another World!
April 19, 2018
In this day and age of folks getting their music without the artist really making anything, merch sales help pay the bills. Get 25% off any Man From RavCon Tee or Hoodie at ToneThreads by using the code, SPRING2018. Offer ends May 15. Thanks for your support!
January 31, 2018
Strange Universe is another solid effort from The Man From RavCon who seems to have his version of science fiction inspired music down to a science. Recommended.
Check out the latest review of Strange Universe at Sea Of Tranquility
September 16, 2017
Friend The Man From RavCon (Mike Brown) on FaceBook for lot’s of cool info, and useless stuff too! As a security step, please leave a short post on the wall to prove you’re for real.
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.
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.
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 11, 2016
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
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
June 23, 2016
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.