M-3

M-3

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This is without a doubt some of the strangest music ever to be even vaguely classified as rock. Brothers Roger Miller, Larry Miller, and Ben Miler seem to have been listening to Indonesian gamelan music, science fiction movie soundtracks, Japanese koto music, and hard, aggressive experimental rock, then gone into the studio and mixed it all together. The result is uncategorizable but fascinating. Most of these pieces are instrumentals with abrupt changes in style and time signature, often featuring pounding drums, odd sound effects that mimic music boxes and mechanical toys, and angular, dissonant guitar. Among the harsh and strident sounds are small harmonies and quiet passages of great beauty, made more lovely by the harsh setting. Insofar as it resembles anything other than Roger Miller's other works, M-3 is vaguely reminiscent of Adrian Belew's more experimental work, both with and without King Crimson. M-3's music on this album is strange, driving, and polarizing; you will love it or hate it, but it will have a strong effect on you.

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