Xybor & the Cosmonauts is the musical muse of Terry Atkinson, a self-absorbed, multi-instrumental musician, songwriter and multimedia "artiste". The music is written, played and engineered by me.

The music is infused with diverse musical influences — rock, jazz, fusion, blues, bluegrass and pop. The overall sound draws heavily on progressive and psychedelic rock, ala Beatles, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Bowie, CSNY.

Give it a listen. It is time well wasted.


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I just completed two new recordings -- "Vignette" and "Sorry's Never Enough." To me, they sound quite different from my previous recordings. In looking back, I seem to write/record in pairs, with a couple of recordings with similar sound and approach. This pair is more acoustic.

Vignette has a very nice Mellotron "Flute" solo, using the EXACT same sample as the opening to Beatles "Strawberry Fields Forever." The bass is also very interesting, more melodic than rh ythmic. "Sorry" has a BUNCH of layered vocals. The song itself is pretty straight forward, though starting with the chorus rather than a verse. But the production seemed to be pretty complicated to get the sounds and balance right. The intro and lead bridge are very nice sounding synth patches..


On an unrelated note, you likely know the dynamics of the music industry have changed. But the impact on artists is profound. While distribution is cheap, compensation is abysmal. As an example, for each Spotify play, I get about $0.0013. The math to earn even minimum wage is daunting. I love making music, and even now, regardless of the compensation, I do so because it is who I am.

I write, record, and produce about a song every couple weeks. I am fully self-contained, with all the gear I need to develop both audio and video recordings, so my costs to record are not high. But still ...

All of my music is available for listening here, for free. I have set up a "jukebox" for easy access. When you listen to something you like, consider buying a download, conveniently linked by the button on the left. If you are on Spotify or another streaming service, give my music a couple plays. Enjoy it any way you can and share it with your friends. ANY support is welcome.