Carpal Tullar: '30 Seconds Prior to Fred Frazier's Death' Chris Tullar writes and records his quirky pop music under the moniker Carpal Tullar, a reference to Tullar's potential case of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. In high school, he made the transition from classical music fan to his brother's favorite heavy metal bands.
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Carpal Tullar: '30 Seconds Prior to Fred Frazier's Death'

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Carpal Tullar: '30 Seconds Prior to Fred Frazier's Death'

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Musician Chris Tullar may or may not have a slight case of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, hence the name for his solo project, Carpal Tullar. Describing himself as "somewhat of a control freak," Tullar wrote, recorded and played all of the instruments on his album, The Shimmering Masterpie, on his own.

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Musically, Tullar says he's had a strange journey. After picking up the piano at age 8, his favorite song in seventh grade was Mozart's Symphony 29 in G minor. Later on, his older brother introduced him to heavy metal bands like Ratt and The Scorpions, "in a similar manner that a heroin dealer might want to get a kid hooked early." Somehow these early influences come together for Tullar’s eccentric music.

According to Tullar, The Shimmering Masterpie was the first album where he recorded and played everything himself, and he hopes that it's the last. Aside from this album, he has arranged music for multiple plays at his Alma Mater, Lenoir-Rhyne College in North Carolina. He's working on another album, this time an educational one, "so everyone can learn about Booker T. Washington, Sulfa Drugs and our solar system."