Had a great video shoot yesterday

Yesterday, Basti from “Never Ending Music” in Regensburg  was here. We shot the video for the crowdfunding of my concept album “Space Escapism Opera”. We had a great time. Soon the video will be cut an uploaded and the crowdfunding can start.

Stay tuned!

Working titles become final titles

I have thought about the titles on my concept album Space Escapism Opera and have changed the working titles of the songs into final titles. It was important for me to have titles with different lengths and to make other people curious about the songs.

working titles:

01_Future
02_Protagonist
03_Technologies
04_Moon
05_Experiment
06_Awakening
07_Journey

final titles of Space Escapism Opera

01. Ouverture – Megacity 2050
02. Jericho
03. Race of Technologies
04. Moon Colonization – A New Ressource
05. The Experiment
06. New Eyes – Escape from a World of Sickness
07. Finale – The Journey

You can listen to a few songs on Soundcloud
https://soundcloud.com/col-chi/tracks

Dark Progressive Metal – demo song on my concept album

https://soundcloud.com/col-chi/06_awakening-demo

(Click the link to get to the rocking sound)

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This is the second demo song of my concept album “Space Escapism Opera”. The style is dark and progressive metal. I recorded it at home. Chris R. from the band “SoundCircle” performed the vocals. Enjoy it and don’t forget to write some feedback how you liked the song.

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06_awakening (working title) lyrics:

Reaching the dark side
I open my new eyes
Now I can see the shadows in me
Repressed in the subconsciousness

Where am I?
Turn on the light
The past has reached me

Where am I
Turn on the light
Are my eyes open right now?

I remember now…

It will never be – like before this disease, it came to our family
This dark empty hall – is the cemetery for my hopes and my will to believe

Believe…me…
Irreversible Process, it divided us in two
I hold your dying hand because I can’t do more for you
The subconsciousness repressed the shadows in my mind
This is my life, this is my life

It will never be like before
In this cemetery God is weak
God is too weak to kill diseases
It will never be like before

It will never be – like before this disease, it came to our family
This dark empty hall

Irreversible Process, it divided us in two
I hold your dying hand because I can’t do more for you
The subconsciousness repressed the shadows in my mind
This is my life, this is my life

The future’s analog – reject Biotechnologies
The future’s analog – reject Neurotechnologies
The future’s analog – reject Digital Technologies
The future’s analog – the future’s analog

It will never be like before
In this cemetery God is weak
God is too weak to kill diseases
It will never be like before

My escapism is a journey inside myself
Property means nothing, knowing is wealth
To find the truth I take this last trip
To leave this world of sickness with the wisdom I equipped

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https://soundcloud.com/col-chi/06_awakening-demo
(Click the link to get to the rocking sound)

Revealed! The Cover for my Concept Album “Space Escapism Opera”

It’s finished now. This will be the cover for my concept album “Space Escapism Opera”. It is drawn by concept artist “Helge C. Balzer”.

The cover shows the situation in the year 2050, where most people use virtual reality for nearly everything. Work, spare time, games, relationships, sex etc.

The person on the cover died because of a faulty neuro implant and lies dead in his empty room. No one recognizes, because his avatar in the virtual reality is still alive.

The meaning of the eye on the cover? This is still a secret, until the album is finished. Stay tuned!

About Helge C. Balzer: Helge is a freelance illustrator for games, movies and books. He has illustrated for the RPG Pathfinder, Game of Thrones, Hennen’s novel “Die Elfen”, Necromancer and many more. You can see the works on his website www.ars-atra.com

The concept album storyline – part one

This is the first part of the concept album storyline. It starts in a megacity in 2050.

The way to the tool store.
The streets of the megacity in the afternoon. We are in the middle of the 21st century. I enter my electro car. One of the few cars in the city that is not a sharing car. I tell my electric vehicle to drive to the tool store. My favourite store in this giant city. My car asks me what smell I would like to smell. I tell the car to generate the smell of coffee beans.

The engine starts by itself and takes the way on the 3rd level bridge.
We drive past the skyscrapers, one by one. Some have really beautiful structures. The architects were inspired by nature when they designed the buildings. Decades before no one could imagine to use lightweight fibre materials for buildings. They were too expensive.

I enjoy watching the cityscape. It is epic.
I lean back and relax. We drive past the hospital. I can see inside through the windows. Many robots help to carry medicine, to lift patients and to assist during operations. They are automatic systems, sensors and communicating machines. The society of machines.

I look upwards. The sky is nearly darkened by quadcopters.
It is easy to get a permission to fly them. But there are also many self-flying quadcopters. The whole city traffic has become very dense. But thanks to automated driving systems there are seldom any traffic jams. In the past we had street signs. Today the streets are free of street signs. The cars communicate with each other. The street signs disappeared with the standardization of automatic drive systems.

Now we have nearly arrived.
The car turns left and takes the street that leads to the tool store. Finally, on the 2nd underground level of Metropolis the car stops. “I hope you will enjoy your tool shopping tour.”

Call me a composing nerd

Well…what I finally achieved? A theoretic structure of the concept album.

In my head, it is nearly finished. And I tried to write down my thoughts and ideas, how to make a homogenic music concept.

In the past I have written a lot of songs for different bands. More songs than the bands could have played. So there is already existing a bunch of song material for space escapism opera. I just have to select the best songs that are working with the concept. I dissected the songs into single parts, instruments and tracks. Then I analyzed the character and atmosphere of the songs in the concept album and assigned the tracks to the fitting songs.

Listen to the audio file.

The songs are written with a midi program. So you can listen to a 8-bit version of the assigned song material:
01 Future (0:00-0:55)
02 Protagonist (0:55-1:14)
03 Technologies (1:14-1:44)
04 Moon (1:44-2:05)
05 Experiment (2:05-2:31)
06 Awakening (2:31-3:22)
07 Journey (3:22-4:08)