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Robert Devereux
Posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2003 - 03:01 pm:   

Fungicide is a collection of 11 songs inspired by Jeff VanderMeer's writing, particularly City of Saints and Madmen. The final track is a reading by Jeff of The Exchange.

I just got the CD from the printer, and I'm quite happy with the results. It's a gatefold package with a 20 page booklet featuring notes on the music and an excerpt from Jeff's upcoming novel, Shriek: An Afterword. The cover art is by Hawk Alfredson, and JT Lindroos did an excellent job with the design.

The tracklist is

1. Albumuth Boulevard
2. The Exchange
3. The Transformation of Martin Lake
4. Uzumaki I
5. Dradin, In Love (Part I)
6. Festival of the Squid
7. Dradin, In Love (Part II)
8. Flooded Streets
9. Uzumaki II
10. The Cage
11. The Man Who Had No Eyes
12. The Exchange (Reading by Jeff VanderMeer)

Samples and more information can be found at
http://www.robertdevereux.com/fungicide.html

There will be copies available at the World Fantasy Convention. For those not attending, ordering information will be available immediately after the convention.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2003 - 03:03 pm:   

If you happen to be in the Pittsburgh area, I'm having a CD release party on Saturday, November 8. E-mail me if you think you can make it.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Wednesday, November 05, 2003 - 04:41 pm:   

Yay, the CD is now on sale at two websites!

http://www.cdbaby.com/devereux
http://store.yahoo.com/shocklines/fumuinbyjeva.html
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Monday, November 10, 2003 - 06:52 am:   

The CD release party was held on Saturday. The timing coincided with the complete lunar eclipse (entirely unintentional). Attendance was a bit low, but I enjoyed the party.

There are some pictures up at http://robertdevereux.com/party.php
along with notes on some of the strange dishes prepared (a mushroom dessert, and some recipes drawn from The Decadent Cookbook).


By the way, there are some hidden bonus MP3s scattered around the website - outtakes from Fungicide and earlier demos.
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Forrest
Posted on Monday, November 10, 2003 - 09:32 am:   

OK, where did you get the mushroom lamp? I gotta get me one of those.

Forrest
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Robert
Posted on Monday, November 10, 2003 - 10:16 am:   

It came from Spencer Gifts, so you should be able to get it at shopping malls.
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des
Posted on Monday, December 01, 2003 - 11:17 am:   

Fungus eats CDs
http://www.nature.com/nsu/010628/010628-11.html
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paulw
Posted on Monday, December 01, 2003 - 12:14 pm:   

Robert, I listened to Fungicide for the first time last week on my way to DC by train -- made for an excellently surreal trip.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Monday, December 01, 2003 - 05:01 pm:   

Interesting article. Based on the various articles I've seen, we have fungus that can
- inspire some people to create when ingested (hallucinagetic mushrooms)
- sing songs (Vaclav Halek claims to hear mushrooms sing)
- make CDs skip in odd patterns
- eat CDs.
That almost covers everything - inspiring music, making music, changing music, destroying music. The only things we don't have are recording or storing music. Maybe somebody can work on that.


Paul: Thanks.
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JV
Posted on Monday, December 01, 2003 - 06:10 pm:   

Robert:

I'm on it. I will have a fungal recording system ready for you to use by mid-2004. Storage is more difficult, because the fungus that would help with storage also inevitably changes the music, with startling results, so that every time you remove it from the storage unit, it is a different composition. But I should have those problems solved by late 2005. Sorry for the delay. I know I told you I'd be done earlier.

JeffV
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Monday, December 01, 2003 - 06:33 pm:   

Every time you remove it from the storage unit, it is a different composition. But I should have those problems solved

You wan to solve that? I want a CD that is different each time you play it.
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JV
Posted on Tuesday, December 02, 2003 - 09:23 am:   

Then it's done.
JV
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Jeffrey Thomas
Posted on Saturday, December 13, 2003 - 06:12 am:   

I received FUNGICIDE yesterday and am playing it right now for the third or fourth time already - it's really wonderful. Odd, disquieting, hypnotic; a great soundtrack to dream by. Atonal music from the netherworld, a truly alien and unearthly experience. I'll no doubt play it when I do my own writing, at times, to get in the proper disjointed and surreal frame of mind. What beautiful packaging and cover, too! And Jeff's reading of THE EXCHANGE is crisp, very nicely done! I got this and the LAMBSHEAD guide for my brother Scott as a late birthday present - shh, don't tell him! Congratulations on this unique and remarkable work, RD and JV.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Saturday, December 13, 2003 - 03:14 pm:   

Thanks Jeffrey. It's definitely interesting to think my music will be played while people write. I haven't gotten any reviews in music magazines yet (most of the good magazines won't publish for another month or two), so it's hard to know how it will be received. At least the feedback from authors has been good.

By the way, I just finished Monstrocity. It's an enjoyable book.
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Jeffrey
Posted on Monday, December 15, 2003 - 11:45 am:   

Ahh! Thanks for reading it, Robert. And best of luck with the FUNGICIDE reviews.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Monday, February 02, 2004 - 07:32 am:   

My first music press review!

http://www.splendidezine.com/review.html?reviewid=1074312937125628
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JV
Posted on Monday, February 02, 2004 - 09:47 am:   

Congratulations! That's a great review.
Jeff
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Forrest
Posted on Monday, February 02, 2004 - 12:36 pm:   

Congrats, Robert! Great stuff!
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 06:09 am:   

I just found out Fungicide will be reviewed in Progression Magazine, due out in April. If you aren't familiar with it, it's a quarterly progressive rock magazine.
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JV
Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - 01:36 pm:   

Robert:
You'll be happy to know that your music went over very well at Trinity Prep School. Robbie Boerth, my contact there, had even done a flier for the CD that was posted in various locations on the school campus.

The music played in the auditorium prior to my reading/presentation. It sounded great coming in over the speakers. And the CD was for sale after the reading.

JeffV
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JV
Posted on Sunday, March 07, 2004 - 05:52 pm:   

Robert--Another review, if you scroll down.

http://www.monotremata.com/dead/issues/da62.html

Jeff
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Monday, March 08, 2004 - 09:08 am:   

Cool, thanks for the link. Very nice review.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 01:59 pm:   

I just got another review at Satan Stole My Teddybear

http://www.ssmt-reviews.com/db/searchrev.php?artistID=1445&showReview=true#R3176
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Matthew Rossi
Posted on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 03:50 pm:   

Very cool review at Satan Stole My Teddybear. I'd really like to hear this album, so I may be going to cdbaby soon.
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Luís
Posted on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 04:01 pm:   

Robert, do you mention anywhere on the album leaflet that "The Man Who Had No Eyes" is a direct transposition of the encoded story in Jeff's book? I think they wouldn't be as harsh if they knew what it was . . .

Anyway, good review, I can't wait to listen to this too.

Cheers,
Luís
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 05:00 pm:   

Yes, the explanation for The Man Who Had No Eyes is in the booklet. There are explanations on each song.

John Chedsey is very blunt in his reviews, sometimes for entire albums, sometimes just for a few tracks. The bluntness is one of the reasons I like his reviews (that and he covers a lot of bizarre stuff).
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 10:51 am:   

This is not a review or blurb, but is more a matter of personal satisfaction. Neil Kernon received a copy of Fungicide and enjoyed it. He's an engineer and producer with projects spanning over 30 years, and has worked with many great artists: Yes, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Queensryche, Queen, David Bowie and a lot of others. Having somebody with that much experience like the music is definitely cool.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Tuesday, May 11, 2004 - 09:53 am:   

A new review from Starvox: http://www.starvox.net/cdr/rd.htm

It's rather ambivalent, generally seeming negative towards the music, but with lines like "[Uzumaki II] was the one I really didn’t like" implying he did enjoy it. At least he seems interested in checking out Jeff's writing.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Thursday, May 13, 2004 - 02:01 pm:   

Jeff just sent me this link: http://www.cinescape.com/0/editorial.asp?aff_id=0&obj_id=41465&this_cat=Music+%2 6+Audio

A nice review of Fungicide in Cinescape, you need to scroll down to "This Week's Recommendation".
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2004 - 07:12 pm:   

The April issue of Progression magazine is out now, the review of Fungicide is on page 122. They give it 12/16 and refer to it as "artsy and demanding." It's nice to see a print review, instead of just online ones, although I like the content of the online ones better - they capture more of what I was trying to do with the music.


I'm probably not going to be stopping by here much in the near future. On Monday, I head to New Zealand for 3 months, then Australia for 3 more. My previous 10 day trip to NZ wasn't nearly long enough, so now I have a lot more time.
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Krouch
Posted on Saturday, May 29, 2004 - 09:18 am:   

http://cnn.netscape.cnn.com/news/story.jsp?floc=FF-RTO-reodd&idq=/ff/story/0002% 2F20040528%2F0958748568.htm&sc=reodd&photoid=20040407SVZ101
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JV
Posted on Saturday, May 29, 2004 - 09:32 am:   

The PR for my new novel continues--even prior to its sale and release...
JeffV
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Wednesday, November 03, 2004 - 12:59 pm:   

Sometimes no review is better than a bad review :-(

http://www.scifi.com/sfw/issue385/sound.html

Still, I knew going in that a lot of people wouldn't like the music.
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JV
Posted on Wednesday, November 03, 2004 - 01:34 pm:   

It happens, Robert. A bad review is ALWAYS better than no review. I haven't read it yet, though.

JeffV
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JV
Posted on Wednesday, November 03, 2004 - 01:38 pm:   

It ain't that bad, Robert. I remember one review of something of mine that began, "I don't believe even Jeff VanderMeer's mother would want to read this."

And there is always the famous review by some magazine of an Afghan Wigs CD that consisted of simply:

"I fart on this record."

JeffV
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Monday, November 22, 2004 - 06:35 pm:   

Vaclav Halek apparently has a book available in the Czech Republic: Musical Atlas of Mushrooms
http://www.radio.cz/en/article/46414
I need to get a copy of that. I guess that's another reason to head to Prague for my next vacation.

Probably early next year I'll be looking for somebody to write lyrics for my next CD (which currently won't be as bizarre as Fungicide).
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 10:43 am:   

Did fungus cause the extinction of dinosaurs?
http://www.boston.com/news/globe/health_science/articles/2005/02/22/were_the_din osaurs_done_in_by_fungus/
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 06:43 am:   

Same sex sexual reproduction in fungus?

http://www.dukemednews.org/news/article.php?id=8513

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Robert Devereux
Posted on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 - 06:21 am:   

Strangely placed sign, or perhaps turtles are closer to mushrooms than we all thought.
Box Turtle
(if the image doesn't work, http://www.robertdevereux.com/photos/turtle.jpg)
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Robert
Posted on Friday, October 28, 2005 - 06:11 am:   

Man Finds 56 pound mushroom:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/27/AR2005102701526. html
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Wednesday, November 09, 2005 - 07:46 am:   

Fungicide is available through Amazon now
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000BVCTOI/robertdevereu-20/102-6955631-2 525735?creative=327641&camp=14573&link_code=as1
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 05:29 am:   

Glowing Mushrooms:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/10/061026-fungi-glow.html

Cool!

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