"Strange Hobby" is an uncredited cover album (Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Status Quo, Paul Simon, The Who, Kaleidoscope, The Kinks, Bob Dylan, The Hollies, The Move, The Box Tops, T. Rex, The Beach Boys, The Monkees, Donovan by Arjen Anthony Lucassen, released in 1996. The album and the booklet contains no information about Lucassen and don't explain who was responsible for the recordings, to make the album even more "strange".
This is a combined music project by three like minded people in music but from two very different worlds. While Space Mirrors was formed by Alisa, a Russian, female multi-instrumentalists, on this project she is joined by Michael Blackman (Alien Dream) on guitars and Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One) also on guitar. It is some sort of Dark Apocalyptic space music, sometimes falling into the rock category. It also features some really fantastic artwork by Jim Lasko, famous for his great Space Rock light shows.
Arjen Lucassen's latest release On This Perfect Day is the first album from his new project Guilt Machine. On this release, he departs from the over the top complexity of Ayreon in favor of the simplicity of a relatively small line-up. Rather than putting together an ensemble cast of vocalists, Arjen recruited Jasper Steverlinck , singer of the Belgian alternative rock band Arid, as the sole vocalist of Guilt Machine. The talents of Chris Matiland (ex-Porcupine Tree) were enlisted for the drum parts. Arjen's partner and manager Lori Linstruth supplied the guitar solos. The rest of the instruments were played by Arjen himself, who also sings backing vocals.