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!
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!
Many of you know this sentence, and it seems that it´s a fascinating and inspiring topic not only for electronic musicians, but also for filmmakers, writers and painters.
For many years I had this idea of writing songs about our solar system. Each planet has its own characteristics and particularities, so there would be enough to write about.
When NASA celebrated the 25th anniversary of exploraitons by the Hubble telescope in Spring 2015, the time was right for me too, to sit down and start writing. Incidentally, I almost finished my work when the NEW HORIZON probe reached Pluto in July 2015.
Here we are: 16 songs on two CDs:
The Inner Planets:
Mercury – Venus – Earth – Mars
The Outer Planets:
Jupiter – Saturn – Uranus –
Neptune – Pluto
Although Plutohas lost its status as a planet, this small guy represents the outpost in our system and therefore I included him on the second album.
To set up this journey completely my starting point was the center of our system: The Sun and therefore it seemed to be logical to choose the outer area of our solar system as the closing point: The Kuiper Belt.
To compose tracks for such a scientific topic it´s important to have sources you can absolutely rely on and find some inspiration too. I found both on sites on Wikipedia(content) and on NASA (content and pictures).
Also, I was lucky enough being supportet by 2 other musicians: Ewald Pfleger (mastermind of the austrian top band OPUS) contributed an awesome guitar part on „The Dark Spot“ as well as british Jazzkeyboarder Mark Dorricott played some fantastic piano melodies on „The Second Day“ and „Waves“.
Andreas Schwietzke (one of the best CGI-artists I know) joined the team too and designed the complete booklet for the CD edition. He mixed up original NASA pics with some of his own space templates into breathtaking pictures, which make the CDs a truly collectable item!
Finally, when it comes to a professional mastering job, you need someone who understands your music and vision. It wouldn´t work if the sound engineer could not identify himself with the ideas of the composer. Thanks to John Morado and his amazing mixing abilites I can offer you a high quality vision of my journey.
WHERE TO BUY?
If you like to purchase the digital version, feel free to take a look here (as well as on many other Download Stores!):
[Earth] – The Second Day (feat. Mark Dorricott) (09:14)
[Mars] – Olympus Mons (08:18)
[Jupiter/Europa] – Waves (feat. Mark Dorricott) (10:56)
[Saturn] – Rings Of Beauty (09:36)
[Uranus] – Magnetic Fields (10:14)
[Neptune] – The Dark Spot (feat. Ewald Pfleger) (09:52)
[Pluto] – The Long Way (07:06)
Kuiper Belt Part One (12:19) and Part Two (09:55)
25 years (Ode to Hubble) 7 inch Remix (04:30) &
12 inch Remix (06:56)
All tracks written and played by Stan Dart. All guitars on „The Dark Spot“ by Ewald Pfleger. Piano and additional synths on „The Second Day“ and „Waves“ by Mark Dorricott. Final mix and mastering by John Morado, at Remixx-Studios, Graz. All graphics by NASA. Artwork by Andreas Schwietzke.