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Music of Ghouls – Live Stream from the Recording Session

as most of you know already, I’m going to record my current album “Music of Ghouls” on 18th and 19th of august at Seizures Palace in a new fashion. 2 days with the band El Chico Blanco from New York will have to be enough time to record about 90% of the album.

the remaining 10 % I pre-recorded on upright bass and vocals as guide tracks. so on AUG 18/19 we’re adding and jamming additional material for the record.

there will be 3 additional tracks which we will do as a live group. the new thing here is that there will be no bass on these tracks, since I’d like to get the pure El Chico Blanco sound without interfering with my bass playing.

set up
we’ll do a rehearsal of the material in the mornings and then record and do overdubs in the afternoon. I’m aiming for a fresh live sound instead of a rehearsed and polished one.

live stream
I’ll stream the rehearsal part of the recording (which will also be recorded, of course) and what you get to see is the first edition of us trying these songs, forming, improvising, jamming them to get a live-feel for the album.

so, naturally, there’ll be plenty of surprises in the music, I guess, so tune in to see us work live and hopefully get some great moments on tape for you to watch.

here are the dates and times

AUG 18, 12pm-2pm (EST) (=18-20h Germany Time)
AUG 19, 11am-1pm (EST) (=17-19h Germany Time)

here’s the stream

The Horse Dark Lady – how to never speak to anyone anymore

so, this is the third of the series of production videos from the album “Music of Ghouls”. this time let me introduce to you a lady who can’t stand it if people talk to her. she gets physically sick when someone opens their mouth to talk to her. she feels as if the words hit her face like stones. what to do? simple. she moved out of society to live with horses. horses are quiet, calm and peaceful animals and make her feel comfortable. now, she moves from stable to stable to be with horses. she calles herself the Horse Dark Lady and she pulls a gun on anyone who tries to speak to her.

here’s the production video where I explain how I record the bass stereo with 2 mics, how I used breakpads, car shocks and a baby drum to get the percussion section going and how a shaker can play straight 8ths over a triplet swing groove.

here are the lyrics:

she didn’t learn a lot in school
with people she don’t get along
and though she knows all the words
she becomes a mute when spoken to

when spoken to she cries
she’s ashamed of other people’s words
cause all people do is talk talk talk
why doesn’t anybody ever shut up

if she had the time she could prepare herself
for the words that haven’t yet been said
but everytime someone speaks to her
they throw words like stones into her face

when spoken to she cries
she’s ashamed of other people’s words
cause all people do is talk talk talk
why doesn’t anybody ever shut up

she doesn’t want to be compared to others
only the unknown makes her feel safe
over time she grew hard an mean
now she’s a nightmare for husbands fathers and mothers

when spoken to she cries
she’s ashamed of other people’s words
cause all people do is talk talk talk
why doesn’t anybody ever shut up

she moved out of town a long time ago
she lives with horses now in stables dark and cold
she calls herself the horse dark lady
she pulls a gun on any man who speaks to her

now she’s a saint
she’s a sinner
she’s every man’s dream for sure
she calls herself the horse dark lady
she pulls a gun on any man who speaks to her

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I’ve Got Money – or can you provide for my millionaire lifestyle?

this is another production video of a song that’s going to be on the album Music of Ghouls.
the song is called “I’ve got Money” and is about a young kid who’s only dream is to live the life of a millionaire. but he doesn’t want to work for it so he just clings to those who seem to have money until they either run out of cash or prove not to provide the desired lifestyle. a real parasite, sucking people dry.

here’s the production video of what I’ve done so far: (sorry for the video quality, I’m new to this and it’s going to get better, I promise!)

here are the lyrics:

I’ve got money in the bank
now you wanna be my friend
a millionaire you want to be
but even if you were
not even your mother would care

you’ll never be that pure again
you’re an angel with a dream
you’re a bird too young to die
bit when the moon shines through the clowds
you’ll fly

all my money, now it’s gone
now you went, you went away
same old story, same old tale
I put my blue, my blue coat on

I hope you enjoy this series of production vids. please leave a comment and tell me what you’d like to see here.

also, you can become part of the album by producing it here.

The Xpert – production vlog, celebrial archives and lyrics of a true nerd

The Xpert has read everything that’s ever been written. He knows any author and can quote passages from any book at any time. if a lady wants to spend time with him (which apparently happens quite frequently) she has to write him letters devoteldly asking him for information and one day she might be accepted into the realm of the Xperts celebrial archives.

here’s how I’m going to record the Xpert:

here’s what the Xpert told me:

give me a book and I read it
as long as it’s heavy as lead
give me books long forgotton and rare
I read them all as long as they’re not popular
I read them all, and I understand them
I can quote passages from them at any given time
a 17 I looked like 47
but the more I read the more I stay the same
give me a name, be assured I know it
cause I’m the Xpert in any given field

I look like a cupboard that’s never been opened
I could graduate from any school at any given time
if I say “I don’t know” you know it’s a lie
I just say it so you can say something as well
my world is only books and listeners.

I honor your silence with my speach
I never tell the same tale twice
and everything I say is utterly important
I just regret I have to sleep like any regular guy

and if your only desire is to detect a lie in my speach
be aware, baby, I’m the Xpert
I’m the Xpert in any given field

Although I speak of many different things
for years I’ve stayed the same
only women come and go
well, that has always been insane
I’ll never visit your town
unless I’ve read everything about it
and then your town will want to be
exactly what I know about it

and if your only desire is to detect a lie in my speach
be aware, baby, I’m the Xpert
I’m the Xpert in any given field

If you want to be with me you have to write me letters
devotedly asking me for information
and if you write them letters well and if you write them long enough
I might accept to like you some day
and then I will agree to be surrounded
by your questions forever and a day

and if your only desire is to detect a lie in my speach
be aware, baby, I’m the Xpert
I’m the Xpert in any given field

and if you’ve come this far, thank you! here’s a little treat for you of another version of the song.

Music of Ghouls – The Story

picture by icultist on a CC license

in ancient times the dead were carried over the river styx by the ferryman charon, their last journey from our world into the underworld, also known as “hades”. the ferryman required payment for his service and the dead were given one or two coins that were either put on their eyes or under their tongue.

but there were also those who couldn’t pay the ferryman. he would still carry them over the river but they were denied entry into the underworld. instead, they have to live on the dark shores of the river for eternity. these ghouls are restless and to relieve themselves of their misery a bit they use the ferryman to carry back their stories over the river into our world.

Music of Ghouls is a collection of some of their stories. I’m the ferryman telling these stories in the ghouls voices, meaning I change character from song to song to match the character of the ghouls presented.

Meet some of the Ghouls:

The Xpert
A man who has read any book that’s ever been written. he knows all these books by heart and can quote from them at any time. if women want to be with him (and they do!) they have to write him letters asking for information. if these letters are long enough, he might accept to be surrounded by questions of the chosen one for ever.

The Horse Dark Lady
A woman, who can’t stand when people talk to her. their words are like stones thrown into her face. so she left society and decided to live with horses, because they are the only living creature that can calm her down. now she pulls a gun on anyopne who tries to speak to her.

Vogel der Nacht (Bird of the Night)
A Lady who is also known as the underaged widow. she gave herself literally to anyone who wanted her because she thought this way someday someone might just see the heavenly light shining in her. (this song is in german)

I’ve got money
is about a young kid who’s only dream is to live the life of a millionaire. but he doesn’t want to work for it so he just clings to those who seem to have money until they either run out of cash or prove not to provide the desired lifestyle. a real parasite, sucking people dry.

Sally Bones
is a lady who, in a quest for happiness, shovels through the dirt and garbage of this world looking for lost dreams and desires she could turn into her own.

these are just a couple of examples of the ghouls whose stories I will record on the album.

I recorded some parts of the album in my own workshop using only the upright bass (how I do this you can learn supporting one of the fueling bundles). on august 18 and 19 I’ll record all the live instruments in new york, and then back in munich all the additional voices. beginning of september I will edit the album before mixing and mastering it.

the whole process of making the album is going to be recorded on either video, photography, audio, and live streams. the collected material will make up all the goodies you can fuel here at rockethub.

you’ve read this far, now go ahead and fuel this project so the Ghouls can be heard.

“Music of Ghouls” fan funded album release

I decided to do another experiment. I launched the album recording of Music of Ghouls on rockethub.
fanbased funding is nothing new anymore with a couple of very good services out there, such as artistshare (the first to launch in 2003), kickstarter, and hypebot, just to name a few.

I decided on rockethub, because it had the most music related projects, though I think artistshare is the most serious one out there and I know first hand they do great work. (they’ve won a couple of grammys, go figure.)

rockethub just seemed to be so easy to set up and get started.

so, here are the packages you will be able to fund there to help release my album “Music of Ghouls”

$ 15
exlusive download of the album, plus 3 extra tracks performed live in my studio.
$ 20
E Book (download) “Music of Ghouls” behind the scenes (similar to this one) including photos, music scores, lyrics, handwritten notes, designed like a tattoo-flipbook. your name will be in the credits as “producer”
$ 50
All $20 Value, plus the complete album as high def. download (no mp3 files, but .aiff), handwritten page of a song score, thank you letter from me.
$ 75
exclusive bass lesson either in my studio (munich, germany) or via online stream, 60 minutes, learn everything I know about recording half the sounds of this album on my upright bass, talk music and profit from my experiments in the music business (availability 5)
$ 100
Printed Book “Music of Ghouls” incl. Photos, handwritten notes, music scores, lyrics, CD (the album) and a handwritten thank you letter from me. your name will be in the credits as “executive producer” (availability 20)
$ 150
All $100 Value, plus instead of a CD you will get a preloaded iPod Shuffle (2G) containing all the music. (availability 10)
$ 250
2 VIP tickets to all my shows in and around munich, germany for 1 year (availability 5)
$ 500
Exclusive Online Stream Concert, just for you, plus a copy of the video tape of the show (availability 2)
$ 1000
Exclusive Show at your Party or in your living room (Munich, Germany only!), plus 1 copy of the $100 value Book (availability 1)
$ 10.000
I’ll fly you to Munich! Follow me around munich, germany. visit the studios (where I’ll show you how the music has been mixed and mastered), visit my studio where I’ll show you how I recorded the bass and vocal tracks, and spend a weekend (max 3 days) hanging out with me in this great city (sightseeing, concerts, theater…) (hotel and flight included, as long as flight costs don’t exceed $1000 USD!) (availability 1)

let’s see how this is going to work out.

here’s my pitch:
if you like my music and would like to be part of the album, please visit rockethub to fuel one of the bundles and get the album on the road.
if you don’t like it you might still know someone who does! please don’t just throw out my album, but forward the rockethub link to someone who you think might like it. you’ll do them a favor, yourself and me. this way you at least spread good karma.

thank you for your support!

El Chico Blanco – the band from LIC on Music of Ghouls

El Chico Blanco is going to back me up for my new recording Music of Ghouls, and I’m very proud of it. I love the music of Steve Blanco and what the band put together on their gigs in NYC is just amazing.

but who are these guys?

well, here it goes. I’m going to give you a couple of links further down, but most importantly a quick overview about these execellent musicians:

Steve Blanco: piano

MUSICIAN, COMPOSER and FILMMAKER Steve Blanco has been forging ahead with self-made creative works for over a decade. Born in Nyack, New York to a French-speaking Moroccan belly dancer (mother) and film editor with a love of music and art (father), Blanco was exposed to artistic expressions from many different cultures. Growing up he learned the trumpet then drums and didn’t arrive at the piano until age 23.

Blanco’s music has been called “Progressive Jazz at its finest” and his acoustic trio’s album Piano Warrior (Art Of Life Records) is said to “Move like the warrior of its title – FEROCIOUSLY and in an ever-changing terrain.”

(excerpt from Steve’s website)

Anthony Chico Riscica: drums

he’s an old schoolmate from SUNY Purchase

here’s Anthony’s facebook

Geoff Gersh: guitar

here’s Geoff’s website

El Chico Blanco:
is an electric instrumental band that plays Neo-Jam music. here’s their facebook.

I’m really looking forward to playng with these guys on the recording on august 18th & 19th…