SEASIDE (with Mark Dorricott)

A trip into the Bladerunner universe …

Seaside (2019)

For over a year Mark and I were working on this album, having the idea to return to the Bladerunner universe. We started this voyage on the album „Midnight“ some years ago and we felt there were a few more stories to tell.

Disc one („the human side“) is where you find stories about Deckard and Rachael. In particular, during the time between the two movies, where they must have had some good times too, although their world was not the nicest place to live in.

Disc two („the replicant side“) is about those artifical creatures – misunderstood and abused – a new form of slaves. What did they think about themselves, what about having memories which weren´t their own ones? What about working in space, risking their short life in daily routine for a mankind which wanted to kill them?

We hope you enjoy this voyage – regardless if you´re a human being or a replicant 🙂

Wave-pic by courtesy of Peter Marriott. Space-pics by courtesy of eso.org

Murinsel, Volume 1

Eine Insel mitten in der Stadt.

MurInsel, Vol. 1 (2018)

Ein Ort zum Verweilen und Entspannen. Eine Plattform für Events unterschiedlichster Art und eine Brücke, die nicht nur die beiden Ufer der Mur (der Fluss in dem die Insel verankert ist) verbindet, sondern auch als Treffpunkt der beiden Stadthälften von Graz angesehen werden kann.

Die einzigartige Atmosphäre dieses Ortes hat mich zu diesem Album inspiriert. Nehmt euch eine Auszeit vom Alltag und verweilt entspannt auf der Murinsel.

An island in the middle of the city

A place to sit down and relax. It´s also a place for events and a bridge between the two shores of the river Mur (where the island is located) as well as a meetingpoint for both halfs of Graz.

This unique place has inspired me to write this album. It´s a musical invitation to visit and discover it. Take a break from the daily life and relax on the island in the Mur, called

This unique place has inspired me to write this album. It´s a musical invitation to visit and discover it. Take a break from the daily life and relax on the island in the Mur, called „Murinsel“.

SUPERNOVA


SUPERNOVA“ is my (musical) contribution to the ESO Planetarium with the same name, that will open its doors to the public in spring 2018.

The EP contains 4 tracks, transposing most relevant events in the history of our universe and prepare the visitors of the Planetarium to the coming impressions during the official performances:

Duality
Zero G
Supernova
Seed Of Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy the music!



Dart_Productions © 2018, All rights reserved


ECCLESIA

 

 

 


Eine Kirche als Ausgangspunkt für elektronische Musik? Zugegeben,
der Gedanke mag ein wenig ungewöhnlich erscheinen, er ist aber nicht
unmöglich. Nach meinem musikalischen Streifzug durch Graz („Hometown
Memories“), mit dem ich schon das Mausoleum beschrieben hatte,
wollte ich mich dem Grazer Dom widmen, dessen Architektur mich immer
schon beeindruckt hat.

Jeder, der schon einmal in einer Kirche war, kennt dieses Gefühl der
inneren Ruhe, das einen erfasst, wenn man sich dort aufhält. Eben
diese Ruhe ermöglichte es mir, die Architektur auf mich einwirken
zu lassen und daraus die Inspiration für die vorliegenden Lieder zu finden.

Sicherlich spielte mein Glaube auch eine Rolle bei den
Kompositionen, aber ich habe versucht diese Komponente nicht
in den Vordergrund zu stellen, sondern die Kraft an sich,
die in einem solchen Gebäude steckt, in den Mittelpunkt zu rücken.
Dass ich dabei dann künstlerische Mittel verwendete, die den Kirchencharakter
verstärkten, war für mich eine logische Folge im Kompositionsprozess
und stellt für mich keinen Widerspruch dar.

Themen wie der Tod oder das Leiden von Menschen  – ob in Kriegsgebieten
oder auch im Leben von Personen, die deine Nachbarn sein könnten –
aber auch die unbändige Freude am Leben selbst, all das findet man
in irgendeiner Art und Weise manifestiert im Gebäude einer Kirche.
Diese Themen bilden den Grundstock für meine Lieder
von welchen ich hoffe, dass sie Euch gefallen


Electronic music inspired by a church? Maybe this sounds a bit unusual
but it is not impossible. After I finished my work on „Hometown Memories“
(a musical description of my hometown Graz) I decided to concentrate on
the cathedral here, as the architecture of this church fascinated me ever since.

Everyone who steps into a church knows that feeling of inner peace you get after
a while. With this feeling in me, I experienced the architecture in a very
inspirational way and found a way to transport inspiration into music.

Of course, my faith influenced me while writing the music, but I tried to
concentrate on the inspiration caused by the buildings architecture.
Still, I used typical ecclesiastical elements in my tracks, in order to describe
my feelings and not to transport stereotyped religious statements.

Thoughts about death and suffering (caused by war or by life itself),
but also about the enormous joy of life. You will find all these feelings
– in one or the other way – manifested in the building of a church.
These thoughts inspired me to write this album, and I hope you like it!


CD / Download available here


Contributing artists:

Petra Bonmassar – Vocals on „Malum“ & „Via Laboriosa“
Univ. Prof. Dr. Johann Pock – Vocals on „Lacrimosa Caeli“
Mark Dorricott – Piano on „Hiems“
Lukas Hasiba – Guitar on „Vox Praeteritum“



 

Released on Syngate Records, Germany

© 2017 DART_PRODUCTIONS; All Rights Reserved.

 



HOMETOWN MEMORIES

 

 

HometownMemories-V2

 

 

 


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.

 

 

 


The album will be released on 16th of September on all major download sites, als well as on streaming platforms like Spotify.  If you have a close look on each cover, you´ll find some more informations – and with the help of Google Maps you will know where I walked around for the initial inspirations of each track. 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. Enjoy the music and thanks everybody for your support!