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Portraits in Stone by Arbelos Portraits in Stone
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Running time: 0:56:56
Released: 04/2008

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Arbelos is a young band formed in January 2007 - the culmination of a 25 year long ambition. Noel Chidwick and Mark Toner - who are Arbelos - have been playing music together on and off since they first met at the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh, Scotland where they were both post-grad Astronomers, back in 1983.

They immediately melded together, bringing musical inspiration from the likes of Yes, Pink Floyd, Genesis, King Crimson, The Strawbs (hail the Mighty Dave Cousins),Tangerine Dream, and also Scottish and English traditional music.

Mark and Noel's first full-length collaboration was for the wedding present of their...
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Arbelos was born on Tuesday 16th January 2007, a fusion of musical ideas brought by Mark Toner and Noel Chidwick. By Wednesday it had a MySpace profile and a song posted: Portraits in Stone. This birth was somewhat obscured by a couple of name-clashes, but the dust settled and the air cleared and music began to play.
The name is derived from a shape beloved by mathematicians, especially Archimedes, for its elegant properties. The shape is named after an ancient Greek shoemaker's knife. Arbelos as a band name is nice as it comes with its own logo. The band also hopes that there aren't too many mathematicians out there who want to start a band and also like the arbelos.

Who are our inspirations? Both Mark and Noel grew up with the likes of Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis, Tangerine Dream - progressive rock from the 70s. Both Mark and Noel also have a deep love of traditional and folk music too, Mark with his roots sunk deep into Scottish music, and Noel playing in a ceilidh band. Now, after 25 very sporadic years of playing and composing together (interrupted by jobs, familes, children - life, really), Mark and Noel have finally put down their music. Hence Arbelos, and their first CD, Portraits in Stone.

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