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CHROMA KEY

Psychedelic/Space Rock • United States


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CHROMA KEY is one and maybe the most interesting of the works of keyboard player Kevin Moore. Kevin Moore is maybe more know for his albums with U.S.A. prog metal band DREAM THEATER ("When Dream And Day Unite", "Images & Words", "Live At Marquee" and "Awake") and his collaboration with also U.S.A. prog metal band FATES WARNING ("Chasing Time" and "A Pleasant Shade Of Grey") but thatīs another story...

CHROMA KEY sound can be described like a "intimite and melancholic space rock", thatīs what you feel when you hear his music. First album "Dead Air For Radios" saw the light in 1998 with the production of Steve Tushar and receive very good reviews and also was the debut on vocals of Kevin Moore, this one was follow with a limited EP called "Colorblind" with some demo and edit versions. Two years after the release of debut album "You Go Now" was published, also with the same producer and same sound that previous work, but with a more mature compositions. Kevin Moore is a kind of "Non Stop Head", always with new ideas, collaborating with other bands and musicians and enveloped in new projects. For the true Kevin Moore collectors to say that he had made some remix songs and collaborations in several works like O.S.T. "Sonic Adventure Remix", CARBON 12īs "Very Harsh Frequencies", ONīs "Make Belive" and V/Aīs "The Black Album" (An Industrial tribute to METALLICA); also you can buy through his page a Kevin Moore album called "This Is A Recording" wich contains early demos, unreleased track and outtakes from all his career.

- Javier Ros Mellado - SPAIN

See also:

- DREAM THEATER
- OSI

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Graveyard Mountain HomeGraveyard Mountain Home
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Inside Out 2012
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Fight Evil Records 1999
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You Go NowYou Go Now
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3.97 | 172 ratings
Dead Air For Radios
1998
3.47 | 81 ratings
You Go Now
2000
3.69 | 74 ratings
Graveyard Mountain Home
2004
3.50 | 12 ratings
Ghost Book
2004
4.00 | 12 ratings
Shine
2010

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3.50 | 2 ratings
This Is A Recording
1999

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3.00 | 4 ratings
Music Meant To Be Heard
1995
2.80 | 5 ratings
Colorblind
1999

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 Dead Air For Radios by CHROMA KEY album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.97 | 172 ratings

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Dead Air For Radios
Chroma Key Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Let it never be said that Kevin Moore lacks artistic integrity: after departing from Dream Theater during the Awake sessions, he could have gone for the easy money and simply churned out something imitating the commercial hit style of Images and Words, but instead he followed his own muse and established Chroma Key, a space rock project. After producing a range of demos over the next few years and lending Fates Warning a hand in realising A Pleasant Shade of Gray, Moore would release this album to unleash the Chroma Key sound on the world.

That sound, to me, sounds a bit like where mid-to-late Pink Floyd may have ended up had they scaled back the spotlight on Dave Gilmour's guitar work and made the keyboards more prominent. (The vocals even kick off doing the whole "singing through a telephone" thing that Pink Floyd-inspired groups seem to love to do.)

It's all rather pleasant stuff, and at its best is rather relaxing, but at the same time I can't find it in myself to really have especially strong feelings about this album; it's competent enough, but it's just kind of there, and it's in that awkward space where it's ambient enough to be forgettable but not quite ambient enough where that's sort of the point.

 Graveyard Mountain Home by CHROMA KEY album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.69 | 74 ratings

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Graveyard Mountain Home
Chroma Key Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

3 stars It is an interesting concept to take a public domain movie and slow it down to half speed, and then write a soundtrack over it. This is what Kevin Moore (Dream Theatre, OSI) has done on this album. Sounded interesting enough to me to investigate further. Other Chroma Key albums that I have heard were too plain and I have never been a fan of the vocals in OSI, but the concept sounded interesting enough.

What you get here are some electronic musings, some with vocals and some without. I appreciate what he was trying to do here, but for some reason, these tracks just don't have the same effect on me as, say, listening to a Vangelis or Tangerine Dream album. This is basically Kevin's take on that type of music. There is some experimentation, ambience, and so on, but what comes out of this venture is some pretty straightforward electronic music that comes close to space or psychedelic rock. There is some beauty here, but there is a lot of repetition that doesn't really prove anything. It seems, for the most part at least, there is a lot of sound, but not a lot of substance. It sounds like a first try at electronic music, even though it is well produced, it sounds a bit like what it is....someone trying their hand at electronica.

I suppose I'm not that big of a fan of Kevin's style, but I'm telling it from my own "audio viewpoint". The vocals once again, don't do anything for me, and the stylings here just aren't adventurous enough. It is at least a good attempt at expanding his sound, but in trying to create something new, at least with this attempt, it just seems he tried and didn't quite make it.

I had hopes for this one after reading about it and being a fan of explorative and inventive music. Maybe, with time, things will improve, but I'm still not convinced that Chroma Key or OSI is top notch material. At least, Kevin has the sense of adventure with this one. 3 stars...because there is a lot of music out there that is so much better, but at least he is trying.

 Dead Air For Radios by CHROMA KEY album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.97 | 172 ratings

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Dead Air For Radios
Chroma Key Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This is prog-lite. Space rock...mmmm there might be some resemblance in a few places that can't really be considered ambient, but in actuality it is more like prog related music with very few prog elements. Not that it's a bad album, it's mostly quite enjoyable, but there isn't much on here that is very challenging. I don't mind Kevin Moore's voice, in fact I find it very recognizable and must say that I enjoy it more in his work with O.S.I. The fact that this album is drenched with piano and keyboards is also a great thing and probably the reason I enjoy it more than anything.

Most songs are upbeat with straightforward rhythm and meters. There is a little experimentation on "Mouse" and "Camera 4", but the music doesn't develop much or lead to anything very interesting. But there is a lot of enjoyment to be had in the music if it is taken as a prog-lite album. As much as I would like to find some challenge to the music, it doesn't really happen.. So, in short, I find the album enjoyable but not progressive enough to be interesting. Good, but not essential.

 Graveyard Mountain Home by CHROMA KEY album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.69 | 74 ratings

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Graveyard Mountain Home
Chroma Key Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by amirima

5 stars 'Graveyard Mountain Home' is a unique masterpiece of art. Kevin Moore chooses an educational film, slows the movie down so that the time of it doubles to 53 minutes (the length of the album), then composing and arranging the music over the movie.

This album proves that simplicity breeds beauty. There exists such an overwhelming meaning in this album that almost everyone may feel connected to it.

The atmosphere is rather heavy, greyish and mysterious. Creativity lurks in every corner. Kevin just knows how to beautifully express himself in simple chords, melodies, arpeggios and rhymes. The lyrics are short and full of emotions at times.

If you are looking forward to finding meaning in music listen to this album.

 Dead Air For Radios by CHROMA KEY album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.97 | 172 ratings

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Dead Air For Radios
Chroma Key Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Memo_anathemo

5 stars After listening to the side projects of Kevin Moore (OSI and Chroma Key) you can only discover that he is a complete genius and a master in playing the keyboards and composing. Sometimes I wonder why Dream Theater decided to leave him. Was it because of the musical direction intended with his ideas? (Just check Space Dye Vest, for me one of the best songs of Dream Theater) Maybe he would have changed Dream Theater's sound in order not to be so repetitive as it is nowadays. Chroma Key is his side solo project where he uses some musicians to support. The project is really cool, with lots of environmental effects, a keyboard dominion, and the rest of the instruments getting along perfectly to suit wonderful melodies. All the album is perfect, especially for gloomy and cloudy days! Something really different you must have in your collection!
 You Go Now by CHROMA KEY album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.47 | 81 ratings

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You Go Now
Chroma Key Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Bonnek
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

3 stars After the surprising Dead Air for Radios, Chroma Key's second album continued in the same style and sound. It's not that I was hoping for a style change, but the song quality suffers a bit from too much sameness, mainly due to the static mood of the pieces.

The album takes a tremendous start though, Get Back In The Car is such a pure and touching piece of melancholic trip rock that instantly sets me into 5 star mode. Moore is brilliant in mixing space rock, post rock, soft jazz and electro into his own unique type of lounge prog, for lack of a better name. Another Permanent Address is very similar but less compelling. Also Astronaut Down dwells in the same space and with a much better result. Great song.

More nice surprises come from two very atmospheric tracks. Nice To Know and the instrumental Lunar. Also When You Drive melts the trip hop of Massive Attack into deliciously lazy soft jazz. The remaining tracks, Subway, Please Hang Up and You Go Now don't do much for me.

I think that a greater diversity in mood and some progression from the previous album might have made for a more inspiring listen. On this album I miss the sweat of an artist challenging himself. Nevertheless, it's a good album with many strong tracks.

 Dead Air For Radios by CHROMA KEY album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.97 | 172 ratings

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Dead Air For Radios
Chroma Key Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Bonnek
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars I got into Kevin Moore's Chroma Key project via OSI. A logical entry point as Chroma Key is also keyboard and song-oriented, it has no musical connection whatsoever to that band Moore had left a few years earlier.

For fans of OSI, this band has the exact same song creativity and rich keyboards on offer, be it without any guitars. But they aren't missed. The piano, samples, synths, subtle drum rhythms and Moore's poignant vocals have the focus, building lush arrangements with a pervading dreamy melancholic mood we all know from Pink Floyd. The keyboards are never showing off any virtuosity but they are very functional and inspiring. Next to a few instrumentals, the songs all have verse chorus structures and display qualities that could convince Floyd fans as easily as lovers of Depeche Mode or even the Cure. Highlight tracks worth checking out would be Colorblind, Even the Waves, Undertow and On The Page.

With his first official album, Kevin Moore reveals he's more than just a keyboard player, his song writing skills along with his limited but touching voice make this into a most charming little album. Recommended to fans of The Wall and anybody else looking for some really great melancholic music.

 You Go Now by CHROMA KEY album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.47 | 81 ratings

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You Go Now
Chroma Key Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by JLocke
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Post-Rock meets Trip-Hop meets Space-Rock . . . being played by a Prog Metal keyboardist? What?

Yes, that's right. For those who don't know, Chroma Key is a musical project by ex-Dream Theater band member, Kevin Moore (or as Mike Portnoy lovingly refers to him, 'Kevin No-Moore'). But what are we to expect with this? Not metal, that's for damn sure. If you go into this expecting Images and Words the sequel, you're going to be sorely disappointed. So throw away any preconceptions you may have had about this, and embrace it for what it is: really amazing music!

Moore's duties on this effort are multiple; he sings, plays keyboards and bass. Drums and guitars are handled by others, but this is essentially a solo project in many ways, and of course, it is much more scaled-down as a result when compared to his other projects. But that's okay; it makes Chroma Key very special and unique.

Don't expect hard-rocking Prog epics, here; that's not what it's about. But this is very beautiful, placid, ambient music that is full of heart and worth trying out. I just love how the guy is able to mix all of these soaring soundscapes together in such a successful way. Perhaps it was best that he left Dream Theater when he did; perhaps he could sense that he would be limited musically had he stayed with them. Obviously, he could have theoretically been able to do both his other projects and be in Dream Theater, but maybe he felt staying with those guys wouldn't allow him enough time to work as hard on this other, more experimental stuff.

But whatever the reason, I am very impressed with Mr. Moore, and Chroma Key is something that surprised the hell out of me. I had no Idea I would love this music so much, or so quickly. It's not what you would expect when you hear the name 'Kevin Moore', but please don't allow that to ruin your opinion of this work. It's really quite refreshing, and while much more focused on mood and atmosphere rather than complex song structures and the like, it doesn't make it any less innovative, progressive or enjoyable.

I'm giving You Go Now a 3.8 out of 5. It's worth trying out if you like smooth, jazzier Space-Rock stylings.

Happy listening.

 You Go Now by CHROMA KEY album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.47 | 81 ratings

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You Go Now
Chroma Key Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "You Go Now" is the 2nd full-length studio album by US experimental/progressive pop/rock act Chroma Key. The album was released through Fight Evil Records in November 2000. Chroma Key is the brainchild of former Dream Theater keyboard player Kevin Moore. Chroma Key should be counted as his solo project as he plays just about everything on the album except guitars, which are played by David Iscove.

The music is relaxed/laid back ambient pop/rock with a slight experimental/progressive edge. Lots of programmed sounds and samples (I love the samples about Apollo 11 on "Lunar") on top of programmed drums, synth layers, and Kevin Mooreīs almost sedated sounding vocal delivery. His vocals are melancholic and soothing to the ear but the his range is limited and the emotional impact is as a consequence rather one-dimensional. There are generally not enough melodic hooks on the album, which is a bit of a shame because when those hooks appear the music reaches a higher quality level. Fortunately the 39:17 minutes of playing time is just perfect, and I donīt reach a point where my attention wanders which could easily have happened had the album been a bit longer.

The sound production is professional and suits the music well. The drum sound is a bit flat and could have prospered from a more organic tone. Itīs a bit anonymous and lacks warmth. But other than that "You Go Now" is a very well sounding album. So there are both good things and not so good things to say about "You Go Now". The ambient laid back atmosphere is pleasant and soothing to the ear, and if you are in the right mood for relaxed melancholic pop/rock, this is definitely an album which could apply to such a description. The danger is that for some listeners it might end up as background music because of the rather liniar emotional output. I wouldnīt call it tedious, and there are enough layers of sounds to keep the music interesting throughout, but itīs not the most dynamic music in terms of going from mellow to harsh, or quit to loud. A 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is deserved.

 You Go Now by CHROMA KEY album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.47 | 81 ratings

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You Go Now
Chroma Key Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by jampa17
Prog Reviewer

4 stars A step closer to ambient experimental music...

You have to come to this realase with an open mind -yeah, your'e a prog fan so you have it, but I've seen more critics inside the prog fans than in the mainstream music-. The music is full of synths, patches, and a lot of keyboard layers that surrounds Kevin Moore's voice and the result is like a convulsive dream... the moods are kind of sad and cynic, and the music is slow and kind of dreamy...

Is similar to his previous work, Dead Air For Radios, but a lot more electronic, there are less pianos and drums, and there's more synth and drum programing... the robotic voice of Moore give a lot of space to wonder what he's saying through the words... like he's always meaning something else than what he's saying, so is nice to put him attention...

About production and quality, is a tip top... but I guess the difficult part to appriciate is the instrumentation... there's no too much of it... there's good amount of music, but there's no solos or something to show off... pure ambient and all the songs work for that goal... get a proper ambient of this space-ambient music...

Needs a lot of hearing and you most have to be in the mood to this kind of music. It's special to hear with headphones... what a journey... just close your eyes and enjoy... I'm about to do it... just nice...

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