Dream Theater's The Astonishing Was Mind Blowing For Mangini

(Classic Rock) Mike Mangini says making Dream Theater's concept album The Astonishing was a mind-blowing experience. The Dream Theater sticksman also says writing music with guitarist John Petrucci and keyboardist Jordan Rudess becomes a "visual" experience.

He tells Artisan News (via Blabbermouth): "John Petrucci put together the whole thing, and he organised it in a really amazing way. And then he used our keyboard player, Jordan.

"When he plays, you see things, you see a landscape, you've got a picture in your mind. It's so visual, it's unbelievable. There really is nobody better to help bring a story to life, so you feel it and see it. It's not something I do on my instrument. So when I experience it, it blows my mind."

But the 52-year-old admits that he finds the creative process demanding at times. He says: "The biggest challenge for me was interpreting the initial music that was given to me, because there were no drums." Read more here.

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