A melodic metalcore song, composed for a 3D shooter – got it?

 

Saviour of Rudra is a metalcore song I composed for a 3D retro shooter called “Zeal“. The chief developer of the game – Henrik Wollmann – came to me one day and asked me to write the story for his videogame.

I said to him: “Ok. But I also have an idea for a cool song for your game.” So the idea for the song “Saviour of Rudra” was born.

I asked Anny Missix – a great metal singer from the German band “Hellwerk” – to sing the vocals for Saviour of Rudra. And she really wanted to. This was worth it to mix and master the song in a professional music studio. So I went to the Never Ending Music studio in Regensburg, Germany, and showed the demo song to Basti, the owner of the studio. He liked it very much and put a lot of time and heart into the mixing and mastering of Saviour of Rudra.

Finally you can listen to the song on the progshot Soundcloud page. Enjoy!

 

Infos about Zeal: https://www.facebook.com/Zeal-575647459133826/
Infos about Never Ending Music: https://www.facebook.com/NeverEndingMusicTonstudio/

Lyrics inspiration – this will bring your song closer to the audience

You write a song about someone and need more inspiration with the lyrics.
These aspects will give your lyrics more depth and bring it closer to your audience.

Lyrics Inspiration Poster (L.I.P.)

1. Self-referred and Visible
– details of your protagonist
 (“Feel the sweat break on my brow” – Iron Maiden)
– his outfit – what does he wear?
 (“…of white skin on red leather” – Deftones)
– how does he move?
– his look – does he have a beard, glasses etc.?

2. Self-referred and Invisible
– other senses – what does he hear or smell?
– is he suffering from pain?
– what are the protagonist’s future plans?
(“Following our will and wind we may just go where no one’s been” – Tool)
– in what mood is he? angry? sad?

3. Environmental and Visible
– location – where does the story take place?
– what events happen? a disaster?
 (“Infernal machines arise, flesh and steel collide” – Symphony X)
– what’s the weather like?
– what time of day is it? morning? evening?
 (“In the cold light of morning, while everyone’s yawning” – Placebo)

4. Environmental and Invisible
– what year is it? at some point in the future?
– what time is it?
   (“11 a.m., by now you would think that I would be up” – Incubus)
– what is the temperature in the room / outside?
– does the political situation play a role in the story?
   (“A black flag and a red star, a rising sun loomin’ over Los Angeles” – Rage against the Machine)

You don’t have to use ALL of these aspects in your song, of course. But the more you use, the more images you give the audience. And the closer you get to them.

Enjoy – new demo track from concept album

A few days ago, I produced a demo of the song “Finale – The Journey”. It is the seventh and last song on the concept album project “Space Escapism Opera”. “Finale – The Journey” is an instrumental progressive metal track that closes the curtain of the epic science fiction story on the album.

Markus Vogel from the band “Damaged Beyond Repair” (https://soundcloud.com/d-b-r) played and recorded the guitars. He mixed the guitar recordings in his home studio and sent me the files. This is the way songs are produced today. The other instruments were programmed for the demo.
There is still the crowdfunding campaign running for the professional production of the concept album. Read more on https://www.startnext.com/space-escapism-opera

Now listen to that progressive piece of art, I hope you like it.

Jericho rag doll – a crowdfunding reward

This will be the next small big thing!

The main character from the concept album “Space Escapism Opera” will become a reward for the crowdfunding of the album. This is the prototype, made by my wife. The real reward will be bigger than this.

I have planned to realize the reward as soon as the project has collected 500€ for support. So get up and support this project on https://www.startnext.com/space-escapism-opera. You can also get several rewards, not only one.

The main Character “Jericho” is a material scientist, who is sick of the world full of technologies in 2050. The aerospace program “Moon Colonization” is the only chance to escape from the sick world.

Jericho rag doll back

The Silence Cometh – the story behind an instrumental ambient EP

How it started.

One day, Spike and me wanted to produce a new, awesome thing. Spike is a great musician and friend of mine. I told him from this idea, to combine relaxation music and doom. For me, these two styles work great together, because they want to put the listener into a kind of trance with their slow rhythms and repeating melodies.

We wrote a story concept and had some jam sessions to compose different melodies. In an iterative process the song parts became more and more refined. I also painted the pictures, we wanted to reflect with the music. After half an year the result was there: The Silence Cometh – 3 Chapters to Redemption.

How the music and the pictures work together.

I. Dreaming Sun

Mountain & Sea View: mountain = bass, sea = piano
Guiding Starlings: path = synth pad, starlings = high tones
Tree of Wisdom: trunk = bass, branches = melody

II. Pendulum Clock of Modulation

Field of Mirrors: Positive Sounds
It’s about Time: Tick Tock
Behind the Mirror: Negative Sounds

III. Lord of Darkness, God of Nightmares

The Summoning: Lord of Darkness = piano, magic = synth pad
Close to the Edge: abyss = synth pad, bats = high tones
Sea of Blood: God of Nightmares = distorted bass & drums

3 chapters, concepted as a symmetric structure.

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The 3 chapters “Dreaming Sun”, “Pendulum Clock of Modulation” and “God of Darkness, Lord of Nightmares” are concepted as a kind of symmetric structure. The first chapter is similar to the third chapter, the second chapter works as the mirror, that changes the positive melodies before into negative melodies behind.

You can listen to the songs on Soundcloud. Have fun.

Final track from ambient EP “The Silence Cometh”

III. Lord of Darkness, God of Nightmares

Darkness fills the sky. Evil powers are summoned. You meet the Lord of darkness, showing you the enchantment of something, that will bring the end to all beings. Is this a dream? Are you awake?Or are all these happenings…within you?

Listen to the final track of “The Silence Cometh – 3 Chapters of Redemption” by proghot & spike

III. Lord of Darkness, God of Nightmares

Second track from ambient EP “The Silence Cometh”

II. Pendulum Clock of Modulation
You are standing in a field full of mirrors. In the middle there is a pendulum clock, keeping on ticking. While you are looking around, what’s happening here, time goes on and on.

What happened so far…
In the first part of “The Silence Cometh – 3 Chapters to Redemption” you enjoyed the silence and beautiful landscape of the sea & mountain view. You could relax and forget all your sorrows. Here you can find the full blog post of “Dreaming Sun”
https://progshot.wordpress.com/2015/06/23/new-music-concept-for-relaxing/

It’s about time.
You still enjoy the clear sky in your field full of mirrors. The pendulum clock is ticking louder now. Suddenly the sky gets grey, then darker. The setting is changing. You look through one of the mirrors and recognize, that the truth lies beneath it. It’s about time…to listen to the track.

First track from ambient EP “The Silence Cometh”

You come home from work after a stressful day and need something to relax. Then play this song, lean back and get 11 minutes of easing. Or even more, if you press repeat.

“Dreaming Sun” is my new instrumental song in ambient style. It’s written in cooperation with Spike, former guitarist from the bands “Accidental Suicide” and “Fist of Sam”.

The song is the first part of an instrumental ambient trilogy and will take you on a journey through a beautiful landscape in relaxing atmosphere. Listen to the wonderful melodies of a sea & mountain view. While starlings in the sky guide you along the path of the truth, you will get insights and a new experience from the tree of wisdom.

https://soundcloud.com/progshot/the-silence-cometh-1

In a view days, I will post the second part of the ambient trilogy, where you will walk through a field of mirrors while the ancient pendulum clock moves the time…