TASM Lab - Thing and Nothing starring Brent Oberlin of Thought Industry

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Thing and Nothing


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  1. The Year the Clouds Hated the Ground
  2. Robots & Humans
  3. A Crazy, Madcap Day
  4. The Day the Fish Grew Brains
  5. The Science of Rape
  6. Humans & Robots
  7. Baby, I1m a Star
  8. Bookend I
  9. Mashpee Mungquack1s Sales Pitch
  10. Enter Captain John Barneveld to Buy the Game
  11. Mashpee Plots with Captain John
  12. Enter Simon Still Looking for a Lover
  13. Mashpee Makes his First Offer
  14. Simon Refuses the Whores
  15. Mashpee Mungquck Delivers Christmas
  16. Simon Accepts the Offer
  17. Simon Still is Fucked
  18. Captain John Harrasses Simon
  19. Simon Makes a Boat
  20. Simon Starts to Understand
  21. Captain John Takes Advantage
  22. Captain Johns Final Arguement
  23. Simon & Captain John Decide to Meet Later to Kill Mashpee Mungquack
  24. Simon Realizes What He Must Do
  25. Simon & Christmas Enter the Quiet Wood
  26. Wine Runs Down Her Sleeves
  27. The Confirmation
  28. Beautiful, Naked Love
  29. Journey to the Grandstand to Kill Mungquack
  30. Enter Mungquack, Unafraid
  31. Mashpee Reveals Christmas
  32. Simon's First Blow
  33. The Ill-Starred Head-Scotch
  34. Simons Final Blow
  35. The Death of Mashpee Mungquack
  36. The Game is Done, The Deal is Still Open & Simon Quits
  37. Bookend II

Selected Reviews


I don't necessarily know how this fits into the U.S. Rocker format but this is DAMNED good. Yes, it is a musical. The music is dramatic and well-formed with lots of intense tempo changes. Impassioned voices, whispers, screams, trumpets and pianos screaing, synthesizers wheezing, a wailing violin. And a short sweet story with incredible witty sardonic dialogue and extremely poetic images...
-- U.S. Rocker

An elaborate science-horror dream told through a crazy quilt of music and lyrics. The format of performance art opera is perfectly suited for the storyline...The music is offbeat and warped, like circus music that the devil invents to give you a migraine. Sounds collide and crash at a frantic pace, keeping in tune with the see-saw vocals. Alternative stuff that theatre folks may most appreciate.
-- Factsheet Five

...The circular logic and self-reflecting story line in Thing and Nothing, like a mirror stretching into infinity, creates a reality that is not real; but contains more truth in its fragmented plot than any modern morality play. This is all underscored and emphasized by the music, an orchestral creation worthy of Ives or Zappa. Caffeine jittered piano and strings struggle with pondering horns and liquid bass, strict percussion fusing with loose melodies, and the harsh rasp of voices arguing and fighting and being confused reigns over all. Bursts of sound become motifs, identifying characters and locations. Melodies that at first seem to have no purpose suddenly come to magical frutition when juxtaposed with the orchestration, indicating mood and adding to charcter development. The shifting tempos, meters, and tonalities of the music establish the landscape of Cum Pooter land, the fields and fjords, the mountains and mochills that set the scene for this nightmare drama. With no money but his own, and no studio suport whatover, TASM Lab has sculpted a concept album that actually makes one sit down and think
--Lollipop Magazine

...The mechinations of the story I will leave for you, but what is most impressive here are the performances. meticulously written and flawlessly acted, Thing and Nothing is nothing short of outstanding. The author, Jeffrey J. Till, shuld he address more mainstream topics, could very well create a show that would easily play on Broadway. So, if musical theater is an interest for you, then Thing and Nothing is something you will fully enjoy.
-- Carpe Noctem

...I was very intrigued to receive the Thing and Nothing from TASM Lab...The play is ruthless and perverse, with an ugly characterization of the human condition. It uses sex both as a vehicle into the listeners emotions, and a crutch for easy shock value. The vicious attack on the emotional state of the listener seems to suggest and embracing of some ot the theories of Antonin Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty. Musically the play is compex, yet repetitive. The stylings are grandiose with soaring orchestration that uses disharmonic harshness to further tweak the listeners emotionally. Overall the project is bold and fascinating, if not wholly effective.
--The Crass Menagerie

The cover of Thing and Nothing is a painting of chaotic and artistic proportions. The recording is a studio production of a play that echoes the sentiment the album cover...The accompanying music is a boullaibaise of piano, guitar, speed-driven rhythm, brass, and classical tempos, and the singing is pinpoint and strong.
-- PIECES Online

This is just plain fucking crazy. NOT what you would normally find on a CD...This is definately a bold experiment that is incrediably well done. Unique. I could go on and on
-- MT#66

...The brainchild of Jeffrey J. Till, Thing and Nothing is perhaps best described as a cross between Gilbert and Sullivan, Cats and laurie Anderson. The music is electronically orchestrated, moving between classical and broadway themes. Featured vocalist are Brent Oberlin, Colin Bradford, Christopher Bryers, and Michelle Graf. All deliver fine perforances. A grand concept and a creative story make the mark on its own bizarre level though, if you look at it on any other level, it might seem a bit overwrought. The obscenity of the work comes only form the fact that it deals with sex...This isn't for everyone obviouly. Those who like modern, artistic musical theatre might enjoy Thing and Nothing. It's definitely different
-- Parabrisas



Note: Nearly every review describes the plot of the story, which has been omitted here for space considerations



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