Welcome to The Institute

"It's the grit that makes the pearl."

I.O.F.R. is a project put together by award winning composer Stephen W. Parsons. Stephen has been composing music for television, film and commercials for almost 20 years now. He has won several awards for his work over the years. Before he was composing, Stephen was touring the world in the 70's and 80's fronting such acts as Baker/Gurvitz and The Sharks. This is a collaboration work with guitarist Chris Spedding, Zoot Horn Rollo & Mick Taylor. More info. coming very, very soon.


PIPELINE Magazine - The mysterious Institute of Formal Research has recruited some mighty famous names to lead their first public project.  For those unfamiliar with these icons of 60's and 70's guitar, Zoot Horn Rollo fronted Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, Chris Spedding had a major session career as well as his own hits and Mick Taylor forllowed a spell in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers by being the best guitarist The Rolling Stones ever had.

Whatever the concept, this album comes across as the definative guitar soundtrack album.  Stirring flowing lead guitars are set against a bass, drums and keyboards backing sometimes with additional orchestral support.   The atmosphere commands your attention and the images created are of the chilling thriller variety, the Edge Of Darkness scenario.

Did you ever hear some great guitar on film or tv only to find that the soundtrack wasn't available, or if it was then the rest of the album was crap?  Well here's the album to make up for all that.  Expect to hear it on celluloid or videotape soon.

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