The Story of A.F.A.R.

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The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings by Ancient Future.
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An Ancient Future from Now In a Parallel Universe...
Paleontologists Discover the Future Ancient Record

An ancient future from now in a parallel universe, paleontologists discover a disc, mysteriously labeled "AFAR," completely intact inside a fossilized jellyfish species that evolved to make use of plastic floating in the ocean as cartilage. Eventually they discover that the disc contains code for reproducing music using a primitive digital technology. For encoded on the disc is music from A.F.A.R., the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings by the world fusion music group Ancient Future.

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A Message from Evolved Beings from the Future

Kent Jones of the Rachel Maddow Show thinks he's in a Geico commercial when he finds himself in a time portal connecting parallel universes while visiting Ancient-Future.Com. But it turns out he is there to cover the story of the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings by the world music group Ancient Future...

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From a Parallel Universe: the Rachel Maddow Show on X.N.N.B.C!

Kent Jones reports on A.F.A.R. on the Rachel Maddow Show in a parallel universe. Apparently, Kent Jones got lost in a time vortex while listening to the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings by Ancient Future, and reportedon his experience in his "Just Enough" segment exploring of the farthest reaches of musical culture.

This video from the future ancient was mysteriously transported through the Ancient Future time portal.

When you return from your time travels, you'll want to bring some of the music on the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings by Ancient Future for your iPod. Happy time travels!

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Meanwhile In the Reality-Based Universe:
Matthew Montfort and Bui Huu Nhut of Ancient Future
Play Thingamajigs on the Rachel Maddow Show

Kent Jones Reports on the Strange Instruments Played at the Music for People and Thingamajigs Festival in San Francisco

Matthew Montfort, guitarist and bandleader of the pioneering world fusion music group Ancient Future, was interviewed and performed on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC on Friday, September 24th, 2010. Kent Jones, the Rachel Maddow Show's pop-culturist, was in San Francisco to cover the opening of the Music for People and Thingamajigs Festival. The “Just Enough with Kent Jones” segment aires during the last few minutes of the Rachel Maddow Show and aims to provide viewers with just enough pop culture news. This "Kent Jones Rocks Out on Thingamajigs" clip can also be viewed on nbcnews.com.

Musicians in this clip: Matthew Montfort (fretless guitar), Bui Huu Nhut (dan bau), Tom Nunn and David Michalak (scatch boxes), Gretchen Jude (photo koto), Terry Berlier (percussion ball).

Montfort performed his piece, “Purple Raga,” from his Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar recording, but in this unusual arrangement, he was accompanied at the end by Bui Huu Nhut, a master of the dan bau, a traditional Vietnamese single string instrument with an indigenous version of a whammy bar. Bui Huu Nhut is well known to fans of Ancient Future from his performance of “Jah Nam” on Ancient Future's Asian Fusion recording, which was also featured on the Putumayo sampler, Asian Lounge.

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The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings

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