One chord to rule them all…

Combining myths and legends from both Celtic and Nordic traditions, you will end up in the magnificent landscape of J R R Tolkien. This is exactly the ideal surroundings for ad dios, and where we have been lurking around the last year and a half! : ) To no great surprise our new album will be entitled: A Journey through Middle-Earth… We are of course not the first ones to find musical inspiration from The Lord of the Rings. Other Swedish groups have walked down the same path many years before us; Bo Hansson and Isildurs Bane, to mention the two most notable. The treats we present you this time, are a preliminary version of the last track, Anduin, as well as a draft of the cover. And, why not, since there is lots of time for listening during the weekend; we also publish a somewhat updated version of the title track! : ) Middle-Earth – mp3 Anduin – mp3 Regards from Middle-Earth, ad dios Further listening: Bo Hansson – Sagan om Ringen Isildurs Bane – Sagan om Ringen See also: Bo Hansson Isildurs Bane

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ad dios on the road

One major source of inspiration is nature. This is why ad dios regularly goes travelling, bringing synthesizers and computers along. After a brisk walk alongside the coastline in Cornwall or in the Welsh mountains, the inspiration comes flooding like ale from a vat… : ) The idea to bring our gear to a remote place on the British coast was born in Tintagel (also King Arthurs mythical birthplace) in the mid 80s. While sitting on the cliffs watching the waves roll in from the Irish sea, we realised an urgent need to write music, but our instruments were back in the studio in Sweden. A year later we packed all our equipment (really bulky and heavy back then) in an old Volvo, and made it to Cornwall! And it was just as good as we had hoped for; since then ad dios has been on the road almost every year! The result is both to be heard and seen on all albums (most pictures on the inner sleeves are from these journeys), from Avalon to the coming Middle-Earth. Behold a nostalgic photograph from the very first trip to Cornwall, with the Volvo in front of our beloved Penallick Hotel in

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ad dios live

Believe it or not; long before Avalon, and any thoughts of albums, ad dios actually performed as a “live band”! And the demand for recordings from people listening to our gigs was a major factor when the decision was taken to make our first album. The little treat we offer, are two recordings from “Kulturnatten” (The Night of Culture) in Lund 1991. We did performances at this event several times during the late 80s and early 90s. As the recordings are tapped directly from the mixer, you will not hear the audience reactions, but all the wrong notes proves that a good show outweighs a week performance! : ) During the show we projected slides behind the band, some of which are found in the Avalon and Ancient Landscapes CD booklets. Regarding the slides, remember that this was back in the days when the highlight of computer graphics was Tetris and Brick Out… : ) One of the live tracks, Myrddin, has been released on the limited edition CD, Excavations from 1998. The other one, Beltane Fires, is previoulsy unreleased (no to be confused with Beltane Fires on The Endless Knot album though; a completely different song). Myrddin live –

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In the beginning part II

One of the major musical “roots” of ad dios are to be found in electronic music from the 70s; Tangerine Dream, Edgar Froese and Klaus Schulze. They were true pioneers, beginning already in the late 60s with quite experimental music, soon to start off to explore the vaste landscape of sequencers and synthesizers, especially the mighty Moog! Edgar Froese was the founder of Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze joined as a drummer. Through various lineups the group has survived and actually still exists (with only remaining original member Froese). But, what they achieved in those early days, with the technology available, is still amazing; marvellous textures, soundscapes, rhythms as well as melody! It is not by chance that watching from above in our studio there is a large poster with Klaus Schulze performing in 1978… : ) Electronic greetings, ad dios Recommended albums for a start: Tangerine Dream – Rubycon, Stratosfear, Tangram Edgar Froese – Epsilon in Malaysian Pale Klaus Schulze – X, Babel See also: Tangerine Dream Edgar Froese Klaus Schulze

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In the beginning

A recurring topic on this page will be how and why the music of ad dios has become what it is today. It all started with books… Fascinated by the Arthurian legend and old Celtic myths, there were two authors in particular inspiring us while making our first album, Avalon. In our opinion, the best retelling of the Arthurian legends made, is done by Mary Stewart, in her Merlin Trilogy; The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills and The Last Enchantment. Told from Merlin´s point of view, they span from his boyhood, until the time when Camelot is at its peak. Another novel that was a source of inspiration in the making of Avalon (also for Ancient Landscapes and The Endless Knot, if you take a closer look) was Marion Bradley´s The Mists of Avalon. In this work the narrator is Morgaine, Arthur´s sister (aka Mogan le Fay); not as the villain, but as the defender of the old religion against the growing power of the Christian priests. Hopefully some of you still have some days off before the Christmas holidays are over, and the time to read a new book (or four?)! Having done so, you will perhaps listen to

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