Jordan Rudess’ Orgy Of Fingerboard Frenzy! Plus – ‘Synthesizer Face’!

Some might call this excessive.

Some might tag it synthsterbation.

But Jordan Rudess’ practically melts his Haken Continuum in this unadulterated orgy of fingerboard frenzy.

This goes in the Sunday Synth Jam hall of fame! And “synthesizer face” has found its rightful place alongside guitar face.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think of JR’s fingerboard freakout!

via aristarry, Lux_Seeker

33 thoughts on “Jordan Rudess’ Orgy Of Fingerboard Frenzy! Plus – ‘Synthesizer Face’!

  1. That sounded like a malfunctioning Atari 2600. Was it supposed to be music? I think the internet has too much Rudess. Isn't most of what he does "synthsterbation"? Always emphatically selling something…

    Synth face… heh.

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  2. It's too bad the audience can't see what he's doing, as that's half the fun of the instrument. Maybe they should make a keytar version of the continuum… um, a "continutar"?

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  3. I could phrase this much better, but I'm way too lazy to type it out. Instead, I'll just say this; this is fucking dumb.

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  4. Dream Theater are the antithesis of taste. Like, I actually prefer Dragonforce over these guys.

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  5. Hahaha! Look what he picks up after though!!! I thought he was gonna reach for tissues but NO!

    BEHOLD!!! THE MASSIVE METAL KEYTAR OF CONSUMMATE ILL-TASTE!!!

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  6. He earns the cape, but he would never wear it because he's too damn sensible ;P
    How anyone can even pretend to be sensible while playing wanktastic virtuoso prog rock? Whatever happened to Pink Floyd knocking down gigantic styrofoam walls or Genesis's insane costumes?

    1 squillion notes a second is not enough for me to be entertained! I need lightning coming out of the keytar while he plays, and a live dragon getting beheaded onstage!

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  7. most haters of jordan rudess can’t play for shit and use “taste” as justifications for their fairly restrained technique. this man went to juliard in 1972.

    all members of dream theater have a near superhuman ability on their instruments, they’re about the only band i’ve seen that sound 100% perfect live.

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    1. is that so…

      Juliard might mean you're technically good, but it doesn't mean you have taste.

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  8. I heard of Rudess long before I heard of Dream Theater. I have heard a few of their tunes and they are definitely interesting, but I really enjoy watching JR go to town on his synths. I can't play an instrument to save my life (though that doesn't stop me from monkeying around on my various toys); watching the technical skills of people like JR just floors me and I can't get enough of it.

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  9. I think he might just be able to slay a dragon with his keytar. Check it out at the end of the video!

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  10. Jordan IMO epitomizes exactly why I dislike and avoid "the solo" element in my music and to most of what I listen to. It makes my head hurt and it isn't enjoyable. I have respect for the man's ability, but really don't like what he has to play most of the time. And then there's the generic metal backing crap. Just drek.

    JMJ does his work with a (comparatively) simplicity that shines with every carefully chosen note. Not at all like this.

    I mean really – even when Eric Lifeson shreds on guitar like this it has more clarity than Jordan.

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  11. simple doesn’t always equal tasteful and vice versa, there are plenty of songs with extreme technical effort which i’d consider tasteful.
    miles of machines by jeff loomis is a good example.

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  12. whether the guy is 'good' or isn't – this video sucks. anyone could play a spooge fest like this. 'taste' doesn't necessarily make for good music (or art in general), but i dare anyone to say that the wankery in this video produces good music at any level or standard.

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  13. compared to much of this guy's work, that was restrained…
    Coming from a jazz background, even fast solos should at least be coherent ideas. I guess there's only so much you can do when the backing band plays ONE CHORD for 172 bars.

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  14. Jordan Rudess is living proof that speed for the sake of speed doesn't equal songwriting talent.
    Sure, he is one if not the most technical keyboard player in metal, probably at par with professional classical piano players. So what?
    The man can't write a catchy tune to save his life. All his solo albums are horrid exercises is never-ending key wankery, total Zappa ripoffs, or ballads so cheesy they will make you puke.
    Somehow he is deluded himself into thinking he is a serious "composer" now.
    Thousands of REAL classically trained composers (who actually finished their bachelors, unlike Mr. Rudess who dropped out of Julliard after a year) are laughing now.

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  15. Jordan Rudess is living proof that speed for the sake of speed doesn't equal songwriting talent.
    Sure, he is one if not the most technical keyboard player in metal, probably at par with professional classical piano players. So what?
    The man can't write a catchy tune to save his life. All his solo albums are horrid exercises is never-ending key wankery, total Zappa ripoffs, or ballads so cheesy they will make you puke.
    Somehow he is deluded himself into thinking he is a serious "composer" now.
    Thousands of REAL classically trained composers (who actually finished their bachelors, unlike Mr. Rudess who dropped out of Julliard after a year) are laughing now.

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  16. Jordan Rudess is living proof that speed for the sake of speed doesn't equal songwriting talent.
    Sure, he is one if not the most technical keyboard player in metal, probably at par with professional classical piano players. So what?
    The man can't write a catchy tune to save his life. All his solo albums are horrid exercises is never-ending key wankery, total Zappa ripoffs, or ballads so cheesy they will make you puke.
    Somehow he is deluded himself into thinking he is a serious "composer" now.
    Thousands of REAL classically trained composers (who actually finished their bachelors, unlike Mr. Rudess who dropped out of Julliard after a year) are laughing now.

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  17. Jordan Rudess is living proof that speed for the sake of speed doesn't equal songwriting talent.
    Sure, he is one if not the most technical keyboard player in metal, probably at par with professional classical piano players. So what?
    The man can't write a catchy tune to save his life. All his solo albums are horrid exercises is never-ending key wankery, total Zappa ripoffs, or ballads so cheesy they will make you puke.
    Somehow he is deluded himself into thinking he is a serious "composer" now.
    Thousands of REAL classically trained composers (who actually finished their bachelors, unlike Mr. Rudess who dropped out of Julliard after a year) are laughing now.

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  18. Jordan Rudess is living proof that speed for the sake of speed doesn't equal songwriting talent.
    Sure, he is one if not the most technical keyboard player in metal, probably at par with professional classical piano players. So what?
    The man can't write a catchy tune to save his life. All his solo albums are horrid exercises is never-ending key wankery, total Zappa ripoffs, or ballads so cheesy they will make you puke.
    Somehow he is deluded himself into thinking he is a serious "composer" now.
    Thousands of REAL classically trained composers (who actually finished their bachelors, unlike Mr. Rudess who dropped out of Julliard after a year) are laughing now.

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  19. Jordan Rudess is living proof that speed for the sake of speed doesn't equal songwriting talent.
    Sure, he is one if not the most technical keyboard player in metal, probably at par with professional classical piano players. So what?
    The man can't write a catchy tune to save his life. All his solo albums are horrid exercises is never-ending key wankery, total Zappa ripoffs, or ballads so cheesy they will make you puke.
    Somehow he is deluded himself into thinking he is a serious "composer" now.
    Thousands of REAL classically trained composers (who actually finished their bachelors, unlike Mr. Rudess who dropped out of Julliard after a year) are laughing now.

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