Umbra, aka Greg Bullock grew up in rural New Jersey, an hour west of New York City. His first foray into music was sneaking into his Uncles bedroom and listening to the Beatles, Abby Road and the White Album, for hours on end through headphones. He continued his appetite for the “study of recorded music”, delving into the music of Pink Floyd, Yes, The Moody Blues, Led Zepplin, Jethro Tull and Genesis. Listening to The Dark Side Of The Moon for the first time, again, through headphones, changed the coarse of his life.
Surrounded by music enthusiasts, great music always in the back ground … there was a Hammond organ in the house, where he dabbled. He played trumpet and drums in his primary school band (for a little while). He took lessons on the violin, played mandolin, and finally moved to synthesizers … while compiling lyrics for what he knew would be a future in music.
In his late teens, he began the first “RealEyes” project with collaborators Eric Beebe and Martin Rumfield. The RealEyes project consisted of a full album and an accompanying book of poetry. Greg wrote the lyrics and co-produced the project with Eric, while Eric and Marty wrote the music, and performed on the album. Greg penned the book of poetry. He later joined the band RealEyes as keyboardist, and continued to write lyrics. Through RealEyes, his passion for the studio and song writing continued to grow.
After his departure from RealEyes, he began the journey of Umbra projects. Writing and recording on a cheap 4-track, he developed his writing and recording skills. Umbra continues to explore the musical landscape. On the fringe of pop-music, and usually left of center, Umbra music is an expedition in sonic exploration.
Umbra recently collaborated on "the Embers Rising project", with producer/engineer/musician Jeff Miller from the band Simon Apple. Vocalists Charles Phoenix and Eric Harris lent individual touches to lyrical interpretation, and violinist Zef Noi$e is featured on "Stop The Time". The CD was released October 1, 2011, containing pieces reflecting their musical adventures.
In early 2012, Umbra developed music delving yet deeper into uncharted territory. Vocalist Picasso Dular and guitarist Leon Muhudinov contributed their considerable talent to Bare Trees tracks. Bare Trees is an Umbra project dedicated to collaborating with other artists, exploring a forest of sonic scapes. During the latter stages of 2012, Umbra worked on various projects in the Office of Maniacal Management. As with any journey into the edge of shadows, stand-by for new musical discoveries.
Umbra records in his studio, the Office Of Maniacal Management. Creating music with various collaborators, he writes, records and produces projects that are catalogs of imagery, layered in synthetic waves, twisted organic tones, and a slightly pop crust.
… “the language angels speak in the darkness”