A Year Starting Now

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This is the first album I finished with Nama, although it is the second one, that I started with it.

The idea is simple enough, almost stupid: One song, one month. The order isn't chronological and it is not exactly a year, that is spanned by this collection. Still I hope you will enjoy it. I'll try to tell a short story for every song.


Tracklist

  1. November: Dream Of The Old Land
  2. December: Carlos' Night
  3. January: Jesu, Meine Freude
  4. February: The Englishman
  5. March: Märzlied
  6. April: enemy April Fool
  7. May: Be Mean Onto Me
  8. June: No Use Crying Over Spilled Milk
  9. July: A Nama Night
  10. August: Late Night Jazz
  11. September: Fazit
  12. October: (Sometimes) Less Is More (Than More)

1. November: Dream Of The Old Land

"Dream Of The Old Land" was actually recorded in late December, just after Christmas, whereone of my gifts was the Gigatron free Mellotron sample library. A small library compiled by Q from samples by someone called "Taijiiguy" if I'm not mistaken. So naturally I had to record a proof of samle song. Impressions from the German radioplay edition of "the Hobbit" sprang to mind. An almost mystic atmosphere of mist ladden landscapes overwhelmed me. And so my song for November was born. Thanks to Q and Taijiiguy for the effort! And thanks to the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (west German public broadcasting coorperation).

Downloads:
[Dream Of The Old Land MP3 (5.3M)]
[Dream Of the Old Land OGG (4.1M)]


2. December: Carlos' Night

"Carlos' Night" had its birth in a dear tradition, that a friend and me kept up for a few years. Each year we would record our own Christmas song. We always had a theme. So there was the Terror Christmas Attack project, spawning the cliché of horrible supermarket quality carol. That years theme was: A very personal impression of Christmas. As you may hear: I'm not terribly fond of that particular time of year. :-) Carlos' Night, because one of the fondest impressions I have from the 24th of December, is sitting there after dinner, listening to Carlos Santana. So, although you wont read it: thank you for rescuing my Christmas Carlos! :-) The piano melody is actually a little inspired by a song from Atte André Jensen and his Modlys Project. So a warm thank you also goes to Atte.

Downloads:
[Carlos' Night MP3 (4.2M)]
[Carlos' Night OGG (3.7M)]


3. January: Jesu Meine Freude

"Jesu, meine Freude" was recorded sometime in May of one of those years. :-) It was celebrating my new second hand Waldorf Microwave XT synth and naturally my dearly beloved Johann Sebastian Bach. I always envisioned something classical,something very much Bach for January. And so from the collection I chose this recording to appear here, rather than in the Bach collection.

Downloads:
[Jesu, Meine Freude MP3 (1.2M)]
[Jesu, Meine Freude OGG (1.2M)]


4. February: The Englishman

"The Englishman" was here and helped me to maintain my Clavinet. No let's be honest: he more or less threw the party. We joked, that now teh good, old thing was playing properly again, I had to play a song, purely using the Clav. there are drums in it, but the rest is pure Hohner Clavinet. thanks my Mr. Bennett for putting u with all that crap the instrument gave us. thanks for being there and pushing me. J.C. February 2010.

Downloads:
[The Englishman MP3 (5.4M)]
[The Englishman OGG (4.7M)]


5. March: Märzlied

"Das Märzlied" is very much inspired by entertainment music of the good, old times, that I have never seen. In particular a piece called "Sonatina" by Norman Candler inspired this recording. Again Mr. Bennett is owed some thanks here. Since he helped me get and compile the piano, that I used for this piece. I knew, that I needed a majestic, commanding grand piano, which I didn't have in my collection upto the Christmas of 2010. The idea had been there for a long time and so I felt perfectly justified of letting in some early spring in late december.

Downloads:
[Märzlied MP3 (4.3M)]
[Märzlied OGG (3.7M)]


6. April: Enemy April Fool

"Enemy april Fool" was born in a jam session with the band colleagues. We were waiting for a member and idly jamming a little to pass the time. I played the main "keyboard riff" in that session. Since none of the others wanted to take it on, I took it home and vented off some steam about bloody, freezing, stormy April. I'm afraid it rather does have an 80s touch to it. :-(

Downloads:
[Enemy April Fool MP3 (4.2M)]
[Enemy April Fool OGG (3.7M)]


7. May: Be Mean Onto Me

"Be Mean Onto Me", but not unto you. This should have been a song in the style of Oberkrain, a region in Slovenia, known for it's distinct folk music. So I reverted to progressive rock and the idea of using a whole tone theme. That was actually the working title: "Whole Tone". It was written, to experiment some, to use a nice melodic idea. But mainly to thank Joel Roth, author of Nama, the software, that enables me to record and produce music in the instinctive and powerful way. Thank you Joel! Thank you so very much!

Downloads:
[Be Mean Onto Me MP3 (7.3M)]
[be Mean Onto Me (6.2M)]


8. June: No Use Crying Over Spilled Milk

"No Use Crying Over Spilled Milk" had been my idea of an absurd title. Perhaps it was the last absurd part of a wholely remarkable summer. Again in the beginning, there is the still fresh Microwave XT. I could hear a grand beginning in my head. I think, that much at least I got onto the recording. From there on...? Debateable. Judge for yourselves.

Downloads:
[No Use Crying Over Spilled Milk MP3 (3.7M)]
[No Use Crying Over Spilled Milk OGG (3.3M)]


9. July: A Nama Night

"A Nama Night". this title says it all. Having spent a late night with Joel in a jazz club somewhere around here. :-) It was good to meet and it was terrific to attend the session/concert that night. Imagine a small club, reminiscent of a hose. :-) Unobtrusively lit, filled with good natured, quiet chatter in the breaks and the relaxed jazz trio otherwise. :-) they were very much to my liking. Imagine further a nice glas of beer or two and enjoyable, communicative company. there you are. Cheers! the piece is based on Bach's 3-part invention in G minor.

Downloads:
[A Nama Night MP3 (3.6M)]
[A Nama Night OGG (2.6M)]


10. August: Late Night Jazz

"Late Night Jazz", was exactly that. Sitting down some night with the new Wurlitzer sample library and having a really fond time. Firing up Nama at 2 in the morning and being finished by about three, including OGG and MP3 files, upload and an e-mail to the Linux Audio Users' list.

Downloads:
[Late Night Jazz MP3 (2.8M)]
[Late Night Jazz OGG (1.6M)]


11. September: Fazit

"Fazit" is misleadingly named for the song, that started it all. It should have been the last, but to keep in some consistence with the idea of a chronological year passing by, I put it here. When I recorded that song, I had the idea of creating an album, with one song per month. It shouldn't tell a story exactly, but it should give twelve impressions, atmospheres. So this is a windy September snapshot. It began its life as a trial of latin American music and ended up as a piece of prog. :-) Figures. :-)

Downloads:
[Fazit MP3 (6.4M)]
[Fazit OGG (5.9M)]


12. October: (Sometimes) Less Is More (Than More)

"(Sometimes) Less Is More (Than More)". There was someone, who happened to have a nickname close to the meaning of less. It was an interesting, short period of time. Inspiring me to this short longtrack. A contradiction in itself, you might say? Not really. It counts as a long track, but in terms of my longtracks, it is rather short. :-) You can hear the influence of metal and the early signs of the Arabesque/Spanish influences on my song writing. Here it is with the sole purpose of being intense and it just happened. In later composition it is with very good reason. There is some actual iconised audio imigary in this piece, alluding to my old friend. So if you might ever stumble across this piece and this site again: thank you for being there with me, for showing me something intriguing.

Downloads:
[Less Is More MP3 (14M)]
[Less Is More OGG (12M)]


That was the big bang intended to end the album. On an uncertain, indicisive note. I was thinking of an open ending, one that offered potential for development along the same lines. Oh, life went on, but was I in for a surprise... ...Or three! :-) - so there was another "year" starting then. And the story of that is told in the next, also finished album. It hums a rather different tune. :-)


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