Integrity in December

Posted in Promotional with tags , , , , , , on July 31, 2011 by antkindax

The Integrity album is underway again after being postponed. It took a while to figure out exactly what I wanted to do with it and what I wanted it to be, but now that has all become clear. Integrity is mostly an instrumental album that features prominent instrumentalists on top of a sympho-electro backdrop. Among solo artists appearing on it are Jay Nemor and Roland Hartwell, but I’m hoping to get Kristinn Árnason and other top notch instrumentalists as well.

Integrity is similar to a collection of instrumentals works in the way that each track is carried by a different instrument. Two are sax oriented while another pair features the violin and another the classical guitar. Now I need to find myself woodwind and piano players with own recording facilities and the mission is complete.

Track list (in alphabetic order; link to raw audio)

01. Belzena: Vocals?

02. Circle: Flute required – help!

03. Fairy: Vocals (Karen Pálsdóttir?)

04. Far Away: Sax (Jay Nemor)

05. Hymn for Integrity: Piano required – help!

06. Jewel: Piano and flute required – help!

07. Sleeping Angel: Violin (Roland Hartwell)

08. Snow: Piano and flute required – help!

09. Vision: Classical guitar (Kristinn Árnason?)

10. Winter: Violin (Roland Hartwell)

11. Woman in White: Sax (Jay Nemor)

If you are an instrumentalist and want to participate, contact me soonest possible. I may skip Jewel, Circle or Hymn for Integrity (in which case the album name changes to Fairy) to make it a solid 10 track item.

Winter

Posted in Tracks with tags , , , , on July 24, 2011 by antkindax

Written way back in 1987, Winter began as a small piano part that looped repeatedly until fading back into the void from whence it was born. For some reason, a theme from Silent Night emerged on top. Initially I was going to wait with this until December but in light of events in Norway July 22 2011, I decided to make it available although it is unmastered.

The shock of Friday’s events are still registering and create an overwhelming numbness that cannot be shaken off. My thoughts are with you, Norway. Audio

Belzena

Posted in Release with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 16, 2010 by antkindax

This track is dark and powerful like a slow-moving, unstoppable force. It has a trace of inevitability to it. An orchestral version of this track does exist but I felt that adding a beat an electronics might raise it a notch. I think that experiment turned out successfully.

The bells carrying the lead line are actually doubled with vocals pads; the entire work is pad actually rich. The strings are doubled with synth strings for added thickness. At good volume through headphones, the floating soundscape really kicks in (I’ve actually experienced a sense of falling into an abyss). I’m not at all sure that it will play well over speakers.

Whispers to the Galaxy

Posted in Release with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2010 by Ron Heidegger

If you ever gazed up into the night sky, wondering what’s out there, this track does the same. Reaching up from below, it extends into the cold void, penetrating beyond our solar system, even our galaxy, to reach destinations so different our minds cannot even imagine them.

Whispers to the Galaxy flows forward like a mist, changing shape and appearance as it extends toward the edges of time. The finale is very different and represents the power and optimism – a sense of belonging to it all – felt by those that find their place in our wonderful plane of existence.

Pollitos

Posted in Release with tags , , , , on October 26, 2010 by Ron Heidegger

I was driving around for well over a year with this theme in my head before I finally decided to do something about it. It came out totally different. I had never envisioned this kind of jolly mood when I was drumming the beat out on the steering wheel and humming the bass line while the melodic line spun around inside my head.

It is a definite kiddy tune that we who refuse to grow up listen to when we’re sure no one is there to catch us.

Latina

Posted in Release with tags , , , , , on October 26, 2010 by Ron Heidegger

Written August 1 1988, Latina is a sunshine-flare-wild-party track that once went under the name Classique (made no sense but that didn’t occur to me until I began updating it). I had the nagging feeling back then that this music already existed but still haven’t come across it 22 years later. If someone knows if this exists and has a link to the evidence, let me know.

I put this track in the kid’s section since it’s intended for kids at all ages. :]

Fairy

Posted in Release with tags , , , , , , on March 27, 2010 by antkindax

This is what happens when a classical lied gets a beat and electronics slapped on top of it. Originally intended for soprano and strings, I have to say that spicing it up added greatly to this track. The strings are doubled with electronic pads and the overall mix adapted to a more modern sound. The overall mastering has a drum’n’bass feel to it with a thick bottom.

The Fairy is about, well, a Peter Pan type Tinkerbell. It is also a lullaby. The lyrics are Icelandic and the track name translates to Dísin in that language.

  • Vocals: Johanna Osk Valsdottir
  • Recording: Studio Syrland
  • Engineer: Baldvin A B Aalen