Graz – my hometown. To write a musical homage about this town is quite challenging. So many famous artists were born here (or started a worldwide career from here) and also one of the greatest Austrian bands (whom I already had the honour to work together with) – OPUS – decided to settle down near Graz too.
Being aware of these legends from Graz, I wasn’t intimidated but continued my plans for this project. I’m proud to live in a town that influenced so many artists before! So, during many walks I refreshed my memories and I became inspired by the permanent change in the architectural skyline of Graz, and also by many personal events in the recent past that taught me to have a different perspective on this town.
As this project should be considered as a soundtrack for Graz, therefore I used more (virtual) classical instruments like strings, brass and cello combintations to enforce this feeling. But as I write electronic music I also decided to mix it up with classical electronic elements, like Arpeggios, Sequences and Drumloops. The project is split up in two parts: “The Soundtrack Side”, which is the “classical” soundtrack part and “The Electronic Side”, which is the more lounge-electronic part of my hometown description. In the end you should be able to hear that it is electronic music – but in an epic way.
Electronic music is a wonderful way to create soundscapes and moods to describe feelings which are connected with a building or a certain place. Although the music is made with electronic instruments, the music itself doesn’t sound artificial. The music comes from my heart and with every piece of music I want to tell a certain story – and that makes the music alive.
I’m sure this is the first electronic soundtrack written for Graz and with the support of my friends Mark Dorricott (additional Pianomusic on “The Island” and “3 AM”) and Stephen Sherrard (final Mix and Mastering) I can present you my personal view of Graz.
On my soundcloud site you can listen to 4 tracks from the album. Enjoy the music and thanks everybody for your support!
And finally here you can see some of the inspirations I found in Graz: