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I’ve got money – Angel with a Dream

with 2 days left before going into the studio to record “Music of Ghouls” I think it’s time to give you another short video about how I practice my songs with only voice and upright bass. the challenge is, of course, to get all the rhythms, harmonies and vocals under control at the same time…

well, this one you heard before here, but this is a video of me actually playing the whole song.

again, if you like the music I make, I’d gratefully appreciate it if you helped funding the album here.

have fun with it…

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Music of Ghouls recording experiment

as many of you already know, I like to do experiments in the musicindustry and regarding every aspect of music making. this whole site is dedicated to that.

so, for the recording of my current project Music of Ghouls I came up with the following scheme.

1. I pre-recorded most of the 12 songs in my own studio in munich, playing almost all the percussion tracks on the upright bass. the bass is the ideal instrument to not only play notes, but to make it screech and punch it anyway possible to get interesting sounds out of it. there’s a whole genre based on it. my favourite bassist being Joelle Leandre from paris, whom I had the pleasure studying with in 1998. check her out, she’s amazing.

so, about 10 of the 12 songs already have all the percussions tracks.

2. now I’m in new york and I decided to ask my friend Steve Blanco, if his new not-fitting-into-any-category 3 piece band (drums, keyboards, guitar) would like to record the album with me. instead of hiring freelance musicians and putting a band together I asked an existing band to play with me. this has one bis advantage, they’re well rehearsed, have good chemistry going on between them and they know what they are doing and what their sound is.
the aband is called El Chico Blanco, check them out.

3. since most of the percussion tracks are already done I only need drums on 2-3 songs, which I wanted to record live to get a live atmosphere on the tape. the other tracks will be only my percussions, bass, vocals, plus guitar and keyboards. the other 2 songs will be live band plus my vocals.

4. I decided that for the live tracks with the full band I don’t want to use any bass on the recording. I want the band sound of El Chico Blanco and I’m afraid I would water it down if I added my own bassplaying.

the recording process experiment: this is the real challenge here.

5. instead of doing rehearsals and then the recording I limited the time of both to 2 days. yes, two days to rehearse and record an entire album. we’re going to rehearse intensely in the mornings and record in the afternoon. this way everything we rehearsed stays fresh and the recording will still have that kind of raw and unpolished sound I aim for.
the big challenge here is the timeframe, of course. there’s no room for bullshit or distraction of any kind. we’re going in, set up, play our hearts out and that’s what you will get on the CD. another benefit of doing this is, that I can record the rehearsals, too, and maybe there’s a couple of tracks that can go on the CD as sort of a bootleg prior to the finished recording.

6. the rehearsals will hopefully be streamed live online. we still have to figure out the internet connection and how to best set it up. if all fails and the live stream is not possible I go to plan B, which is to video tape the rehearsals to provide a video for you of the creative process of those two days. I’ll let you kknow the status of the internet issue so you can all tune in when it happens.

this is a real challenge, because I set the timeframe very tight and I hope we can get everything on tape that needs to be recorded. I believe we can pull it off, because the band is excellent and the musicians are strong musical beasts with a fullhearted can-do mentality I’ve seldomly come across.

here are the dates:

August 18th & 19th 2010
Live Stream on the same days, times to be arranged.

dead on arrival e-book excerpts

I got asked by a few people to post some excerpts of the dead on arrival e-book so they can get an idea of what it’s all about. here they are, for all you loyal people who support my art. thank’s a 1000 times.

first one is “circus circus”, second “there aren’t just flowers in the garden”. for those interested in the tech. I produced both songs using propellerheads reason for the beats, then added the real instruments in the studio.

listen to circus circus

listen to “there aren’t just flowers in the garden”

you can buy the ebook here

Dead On Arrival E-Book and Music

here it is finally, as promised. the Dead On Arrival E-Book and Music. I put together pics, scores of the music and personal notes and turned them into an E-Book including all 25 tracks at $30.

Dead On Arrival is my 2009 cut-ups experiment inspired by william burroughs. the performance has been very successful here in munich.

click the button below to get all the goodies right away.

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I use e-junkie as the shopping platform. it’s save, fast and you’ll have the goods right on your screen within 2 minutes.

I hope you’ll enjoy the music and the book as much as I enjoyed making it!

dead on arrival e-book with music

I’ve been in sicily for the last 3 weeks and have 1 more week to go. as stated earlier, I’ve been planning a book version of my last album “dead on arrival“. the print, though, seems too expensive right now to make it happen so I decided to publish it online.

the book includes 52 pages of background information on the music, all the lyrics and excerpts of the scores. plus I’ll attach the music to it.

right now I’m in the phase of figuring out the best way to provide the book (which will be a pdf file) and the music as one item for download. I’ll probably use e-junkie as the shopping platform. they seem to be the easiest and efficient online download shops.

I’ll keep you posted about when the book will launch and what the price will be.

if you have any tips on how to best provide the files, please let me know.

also, if you#re interested in pre-ordering, please shoot me an email to info@orkaan.com

greetings!

listen like a pro

if you’d like to know how pros listen to music, esp. music they get sent by artist, listen to the sampler my friend over at realistic sound made of my last album “dead on arrival“. the album has 25 tracks, some of which are really long. (total play time ca. 85 minutes)

listen to the whole album in only 12 minutes. no record label exec. would spend more time on your album than that, probably even less. I’d guess between 5-6 minutes max. and that’s if the first impression is somewhat interesting to them.

keep that in mind, next time you send stuff to a label.

here’s the sampler:

live streaming again – new shows

I’ve got a couple of shows coming up in may and hope some of you can make it out to see the performances. it’s exciting because there will be no band in may. it’s just me and my bass (and all the weird people in my head).

here are the dates:

9-22 may, soundinstallation for tilman krumrey’s ATEM, a stunning 3D piece. briennerstr.48, munich

(in collaboration with muenchen 852)

22 may, live at klangfest munich, labels of munich present their artists, 29 band – 4 stages – 1 day

26 may, teamtheater comedy, announcing world domination

to give you a little taste of what’s coming I posted the above video, plus I’ll be streaming again every monday evening from my studio (at 7pm), giving you the latest ups and downs of my musical adventures.

hope to see you at the shows and/or chat with you during the streams.