Jordan Rudess (born Jordan Charles  Rudes on November 4, 1956) is an American keyboardist best known as a member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater and the progressive rock supergroup Liquid Tension Experiment.
2 Use of technology
3.1 Studio equipment
3.2 Virtual instruments
3.3 Live Rig
4.1 Solo albums
4.2 Dream Theater
4.3 Project albums
4.4 Liquid Tension Experiment
4.5 Guest appearances
6 External links
Rudess was born in 1956 into a Jewish family. He was recognized by his 2nd grade teacher for his piano playing and was immediately given professional tuition. At nine, he entered the Juilliard School of Music Pre-College Division for classical piano training, but by his late teens he had grown increasingly interested in synthesizers and progressive rock music. Against the counsel of his parents and tutors, he turned away from classical piano and tried his hand as a solo progressive rock keyboardist.
After performing in various projects during the 1980s, he gained international attention in 1994 when he was voted “Best New Talent” in the Keyboard Magazine readers’ poll after the release of his Listen solo album. Two of the bands who took notice of Rudess were The Dixie Dregs and Dream Theater, both of whom invited him to join. Rudess chose the Dregs, primarily as being a part time member of the band would have less of an impact on his young family, a choice he was not given with Dream Theater.
During his time with the Dregs, Rudess formed a “power duo” with drummer Rod Morgenstein. The genesis of this pairing occurred when a power outage caused all of the Dregs’ instruments to fail except Rudess’, so he and Morgenstein improvised with each other until power was restored and the concert could continue. The chemistry between the two was so strong during this jam that they decided to perform together on a regular basis (under the name Rudess/Morgenstein Project or later RMP) and have since released a studio and a live record.
Rudess encountered Dream Theater once again when he and Morgenstein secured the support slot on one of Dream Theater’s North American tours.
In 1997, when Mike Portnoy was asked to form a supergroup by Magna Carta Records, Rudess was chosen to fill the keyboardist spot in the band, which also consisted of Tony Levin and Portnoy’s Dream Theater colleague John Petrucci. During the recording of Liquid Tension Experiment’s two albums, it became evident to Portnoy and Petrucci that Rudess was what Dream Theater needed. They asked Rudess to join the band, and when he accepted they released their then-keyboardist Derek Sherinian to make way for him.
Rudess has been the full-time keyboardist in Dream Theater since the recording of 1999’s Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory. He has recorded five other studio albums with the group: 2002’s Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, 2003’s Train of Thought, 2005’s Octavarium, 2007’s Systematic Chaos, and 2009’s Black Clouds & Silver Linings. In addition, he has appeared on the live albums Live Scenes From New York, Live at Budokan, Score and Chaos in Motion.
In addition to working with Dream Theater he occasionally records and performs in other contexts, such as a 2001 one-off duo performance with Petrucci (released as the CD An Evening With John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess), as well as backing up Blackfield on their first short US tour in 2005 and playing a solo opening slot for them on their second in 2007.
Rudess says his influences as a keyboardist are Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman and Patrick Moraz.. His favorite musical artists and groups include Gentle Giant, Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, King Crimson, Jimi Hendrix, Autechre, and Aphex Twin..
Use of technology
While many keyboard players in progressive rock tend towards bringing numerous keyboards on stage, creating large racks of keyboards, Rudess took full advantage of the possibilities offered by the Kurzweil K2600xs during his live usage of the keyboard from the 1990s to 2004. Often sampling sounds from other keyboards he owned, Rudess creates a series of “setups”, each of which maps different sounds to different layers and key ranges of the keyboard controller; these setups are then arranged in the order they will be required for a gig, and cycled through one at a time with a footswitch (a control pedal placed on the floor underneath his keyboard). He often maps sounds to exact notes on the keyboard to avoid playing chords on sounds that are meant to be monophonic and to create realistic percussion sounds under the pitched sounds he is playing.
While Rudess’ physical method of changing live setups will more than likely remain the same, his choice of hardware to implement this changed as of 2005. Citing a need for better tour support and more current technologies (his Kurzweil K2600XS’s maximum sample memory of 128 MB had become insufficient for his touring needs), Rudess switched keyboard endorsements from Kurzweil to Korg’s new flagship Korg Oasys workstation (which can support up to 2 GB of sample memory ), which he first used on Dream Theater’s 2005-2006 20th Anniversary tour, along with a Muse Receptor hardware VST and a Haken Continuum X/Y/Z-plane MIDI Instrument triggering a Roland V-Synth XT and a Synthesizers.com Modular. Rudess is the first well known keyboardist to bring a Haken Continuum on to a live stage. Rudess still uses the Kurzweil for studio recordings and some of his most well known sounds, such as “the pig”, one of his signature sounds which is often played in unison with the guitar or bass guitar, were sounds from the K2600xs.
Since 2001, Rudess uses custom made rotating keyboardstands on stage for both Dream Theater and his solo career, which are built by Patrick Slaats from the Netherlands. On Dream Theater’s 2007-2008 “Chaos in Motion” world tour, Rudess expanded his live setup with the addition of a Korg Radias, a Manikin Memotron, and a Zen Riffer keytar. Rudess stopped using his Synthesizers.com modular after the European leg of the tour due to its size and weight. The synthesizer’s fate is unknown. During the Progressive Nation 2008 tour, he introduced on the stage a Kaoss Pad 3 for the closing medley.
For the 2009-2010 tour, in support of Black Clouds & Silver Linings, Jordan introduced the Apple iPod Touch on stage, running an application called Bebot Robot Synth. He plays it during A Rite of Passage – both studio album and live versions of the song – and frequently uses it for improvised solos, like in Hollow Years’ intro and during a new instrumental section on Solitary Shell.
On September 24, 2010, Rudess released the song “Krump,” which was an electronica “single” released on iTunes. It featured the use of the new Roland Gaia, Roland’s more recent keyboard.
Korg OASYS (88 keys)
Korg Triton Extreme (88 keys)
Haken Audio Continuum FingerboardRudess uses the upgraded full size model, which comes with inbuilt sounds as well as being used as a MIDI controller keyboard
Muse Research Receptor
Kurzweil K2600X/S (88 keys)
Roland Fantom G8
Roland V-Synth XT
Roland V-Synth GT
Roland SH-01 GAIA
Synthesizers.com Modular synthesizer
Dave Smith Instruments Evolver Keyboard
Lap steel guitar
Harpejji by Marcodi Musical Products, LLC
Clavia Nord Wave
Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 08
Moog Little Phatty
Moogfooger Freq Box
Apple Inc. iPod Touch
Apple Inc. iPad
PRS 6 string guitar
A bass guitar (manufacturer unknown)
Music Man John Petrucci 6 string guitars
Steinway & Sons model D Grand Piano
MOTU MX4 Soft Synth
Korg Legacy Collection
Native Instruments Komplete 2
Native Instruments Absynth
Native Instruments B4 Organ
Native Instruments Guitar Rig
Native Instruments FM7
Native Instruments Pro 53
Bebot Robot Synth for iPhone
Korg iElectribe for iPad
Looptastic for iPad
Magic Piano for iPad
JR Hexatone Pro for iPhone/iPod Touch
ThumbJam for iPhone/iPod Touch
Sampletoy for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad
MorphWiz for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad
Korg OASYS (88 keys) Dream Theater
Manikin Memotron Dream Theater
Korg Triton Extreme (88 keys) solo project
Korg KARMA solo project
Steinway grand piano solo project
Roland Fantom-G8 Liquid Tension Experiment and occasionally for Dream Theater’s studio work
Freehand Systems Music Pad Pro Often known to fans as the “scratch pad”, as he uses it to write down musical ideas. The sheet music for the entire live set is displayed on the pad for Rudess to refer to as he plays.
3x Roland V-Synth XT
Custom made rotating keyboardstands, by Patrick Slaats
Lap steel guitar
Haken Continuum Fingerboard controls one Roland V-Synth XT and also controlled his modular synth.
Zen Riffer ZR2 keytar, which controls a Roland V-Synth XT like his continuum.
Apple Inc. iPod Touch
Apple Inc. iPad
Mackie 1604VLZ Pro Mixer
APS Power backup
Glyph and Iomega Hard drives
Korg Kaoss Pad 3
Muse Research Receptor
Synthesizers.com Custom Modular Synth currently retired, was used to play “On the run” and was also controlled by his continuum
Rudess has also been seen trying out a Moog Guitar at a trade show, whether he owns one is unknown.
Arrival (Cassette) (1988)
Listen (CD) (1993)
Secrets of the Muse (CD) (1997)
Resonance (CD) (1999)
Unplugged (CD) (2000)
Feeding the Wheel (CD) (2001)
4NYC (CD) (2002)
Christmas Sky (CD) (2002)
Rhythm of Time (CD) (2004)
Prime Cuts (CD) (2006, compilation)
The Road Home (CD) (2007, tribute album)
Notes On a Dream (CD) (2009)
Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory (CD) (1999)
Live Scenes from New York (3CD) (2001)
Metropolis 2000: Scenes from New York (VHS/DVD) (2001)
Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2CD) (2002)
Train of Thought (CD) (2003)
Live at Budokan (2DVD/3CD) (2004)
Octavarium (CD) (2005)
Score (2DVD/3CD) (2006)
Systematic Chaos (CD) (2007)
Chaos in Motion (2DVD/3CD) (2008)
Black Clouds & Silver Linings (2009)
Rudess/Morgenstein Project (CD) (1997)
An Evening with John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess (CD) (2000)
Rudess/Morgenstein Project – The Official Bootleg (CD) (2001)
Liquid Tension Experiment
Liquid Tension Experiment (CD) (1998)
Liquid Tension Experiment 2 (CD) (1999)
Spontaneous Combustion (CD) (2007, as Liquid Trio Experiment)
When the Keyboard Breaks: Live in Chicago (CD) (2009, as Liquid Trio Experiment 2)
Liquid Tension Experiment Live 2008 – Limited Edition Boxset (6CD/2DVD/1 Blu-ray) (2009)
Vinnie Moore – Time Odyssey (1988)
Tom Coster – Did Jah Miss Me? (1989)
Annie Haslam – Blessing In Disguise (1994)
Nóirín Ní Riain – Celtic Soul (1996)
Kip Winger – This Conversation Seems Like A Dream (1997)
Rhonda Larson – Free as a Bird (1999)
Jupiter – Jupiter Project (1999)
Paul Winter and The Earth Band – Journey With The Sun (2000)
Scott McGill – Addition by Subtraction (2001)
Prefab Sprout – The Gunman And Other Stories (2001)
David Bowie – Heathen (2002)
Jupiter – Echo and Art (2003)
Neal Morse – ? (2005)
Daniel J – Losing Time (2005)
Neil Zaza – When Gravity Fails (2006)
John-Luke Addison – Multiple Valences
Behold… the Arctopus – Skullgrid (2007)
K3 – Under A Spell (2007)
Ricky Garcia – Let Sleeping Dogs Lie (2008)
Steven Wilson – Insurgentes (2008–2009)
Speedway Boulevard – Speedway Boulevard (CD) (1981)
Various Artists – Romscape (1995)
Steinway to Heaven – Chopin’s “Revolutionary Etude (Op. 10, No. 12)” (1996)
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