“PARANO” Film I Scored Music for Wins “The Van Leer Award for Best Director of a Documentary” at Jerusalem Film Festival

Parano Film PosterHuge congratulations to Ariel Semmel, who won “The Van Leer Award for Best Director of a Documentary” at Jerusalem Film Festival!

Despite having only contributed a small portion of music to “PARANO” for Isreali director and friend Ariel Semmel, I’m proud and happy to hear that my music got amazing reviews.

Ariel: “Your music captures everybody in the beginning of the film!”

Official Trailer

 

It’s a great gain to be working with Ariel, who’s a professional with every fiber in his body. His film is touching, shocking, emotional, brutally honest and the some of bravest self-exposures I have ever witnessed. When I watched one of the earlier edits of the film — in order to prepare myself for the music to be written — I needed days to process what I had seen, the movie’s that intense.

You might think from the “cover of the book”, this movie is about a distraught guy who thinks he’s been abducted by aliens. Not even close. This movie is much more than that. It touched me every second, frame by frame.

For Ariel I wish that PARANO gets the attention and rewards it deserves. Go check out details about the film here:

Talking about a Line-Up: Jon Aderson’s New Album “1000 Hands”

Not only does legendary singer Jon Anderson (Yes, Jon & Vangelis etc.) release a huge album at the age of 74, also, here’s the line-up for this album:

Vocals: Jon Anderson
Guitars: Larry Coryell, Tommy Calton, Steve Morse, Rick Derringer, Pat Travers, Bobby Koelble , Steve Howe, Trevor Rabin, Christie Lenee
Bass: Chris Squire, Tim Franklin, Stuart Hamm
Drums: Billy Cobham, Allan White, Matt Brown, Carmine Appice
Keyboards: Michael Franklin, Chick Corea, Jonathan Cain, Kieth Heffner, Jeff Abbot, Brian Chatton, Antonio Esposito
Violin Soloists: Jean Luc Ponty, Robbie Steinhardt, Jerry Goodman, Charlie Bisharat, Olga Kopakova, Jason Thomas
Cello Soloists: Paul Fluery, Krissi Franzen
Percussion: Steady Joseph, Eddie Metz Jr.
Steel Drums: Pat Frost
Ukulele: Russel Chalk, Don Oriolo, Tim Franklin, Michael Franklin
Trombone: Pat Gulotta, Pat Frost
Trumpets: Steve Walters, Billy Boyd, Brian Scanlon
Saxophone: Brian Snapp, Edgar Winter, Charlie DeChant
Flute: Ian Anderson, Charlie DeChant, Brian Snapp
Horns: Tower of Power
Accordian: Darius Grabowski
Banjo: Mitch Corbin
Vioelectric: Michelle Jones, Brandy Moulden, Krissi Franzen, Kaitlin Higby, Paul Fleruy, Tim Franklin, Jennie Landau
Background Voices: Zap Mama, Bobby Kimball, Jane Anderson, Tim Franklin, Hu Yue, Michael Franklin, Kim Lovering, Matt Brown, Fei Peng Solar Choir, Voices Of LIndahl, Crossover, Superstar Choir, Nana Academy Youth Choir

This HUGE line-up alone — a collection of musician Gods — makes me wanna listen to this album very badly. I mean… come on: 4 (!) different drummers, one of them Billy fucking Cobham? Mental.

12 Things You Should Never Say To a Musician

  1. So Are You Trying To Be A Musician

    I am a musician. Not trying. Trying to be a musician is watching the first YouTube video on how to hold a guitar. Not what I have done for the past 15 years. That is BEING a musician.

  2. You Sound Like…

    I know you’re trying to be nice by putting me in good company, but musicians want to feel original. We don’t want to hear we sound like everyone else. That we’re unoriginal. It’s fine for you to sell your friends on listening to someone new by comparing them to well known artists, but when talking to a musician, the best compliment is “you sound like YOU and it’s awesome.” Unless you’re talking to a pop producer, then yeah, “it sounds like Katy Perry” is probably the best compliment you could give.

  3. You Should Try Out For American Idol

    I will slap you.

  4. When Am I Going To Hear You On The Radio?

    When your radio plays better shit.

  5. You Should Be On The Voice

    Because that’s a career builder. Right Jermaine?

  6. You Must Love Karaoke

    No, actually, I hate karaoke because I have to listen to you sing.

  7. Can I Get On The List? Plus 1?

    You don’t have $10 to support my music, but you have $50 for the round of shots you just bought everyone?

  8. What’s Your Real Job?

    It’s this little field called music. It’s way more real than those TPS reports you put together for the Bobs.

  9. What’s Your Backup Plan

    What’s yours?

  10. It Will Be Great Exposure

    Meaning, it doesn’t pay. No thanks.

  11. I Have A Great Idea For A Song

    And I have a great idea on how you can fix my faucet better. But let’s keep these things to ourselves.

  12. Free Bird

    That stopped being funny in ’97.

 

Source: 12 Things You Should Never Say To a Musician | Digital Music News

News on “Elegy For The Living”

This is the 1st album teaser for “Elegy For The Living” which contains 9 x 1 minute snippets from the first half of the album (a 2nd one will follow soon):

Note: The footage is not what’s going to be the full length music video which will be done for the full length of the album (approx. 70 minutes, 4K).

 

This is the first Q&A video, more coming:

Update on the album production

The album

I’ve done around 30 different mixes, tried like 10 different guitars, mixing the drum kit and making it sounding right has taken an incredible amount of time, I’ve tweaked the tiniest bits of sound to total exhaustion.

Should the grand piano have more mechanical noises… should the timpani have slightly more reverb… should the guitar have a delay or not, should I add the cello on top of the full orchestra, or an oboe? Should I widen the acoustic guitar or leave it as is? Is this chord harmonic enough for the one before? Is the Oberheim too loud? Should I use the Gibson EB0 or the Les Paul bass, finger or pick? Stratocaster or Telecaster? This or that cabinet, or none at all, what amp? Distortion or slight fuzz, tremolo?

The pains of creating an album…

Questions like that are bothering me all the time. And the production is so huge that my DAW crashes at least 3 times a day. Plus, anxiety, doubts… because “is it all worth it? Will they understand it?”. Sleepless nights. Then again: “fuck yeah!”. It all sounds absolutely heavenly, I get goosebumps all the time. And nothing is even mastered at all.

I have half of the album sounding as perfect as it gets, with the needed amount of imperfection to become perfect. I open parts of it again, again and again… stuff that I did a year ago that doesn’t sound right today, and may sound not right next week. You get the idea. 😉

No worries, it’s all good. It’s finished very soon. Once it’s done I have nothing to do with it anymore. Then it’s a product with a life of its own, and I will watch it learning to walk.

I will reply to all of your questions in a video that I’ll upload to Facebook and YouTube, very soon.

My favorite music of the week 32/2017

I have discovered a huge number of incredible and great new music this week! Make sure to check all this out.

All of this is gold. Don’t miss!

The shortest review for Steven Wilson’s new album “To The Bone” you’ll find on the internet

Steven Wilson - To The BoneI could write a 24 km long review about Steven Wilson’s new album “To The Bone”, which I’m lucky enough to have a promo copy of. I’ll keep my review as long as necessary. Here’s what I have to say:

It’s a beautiful album containing some of the best song-writing Steven has ever done. The album makes sense to listen to as an album, individual tracks are still amazing but the music only stands out as a whole, and then it’s a mind-blowing work.

Purchase it, here: stevenwilsonhq.com/sw/recordings/to-the-bone/

Album, Berlin, Bernhard, cake and gigs

I have a few new things to update you on.

  1. I have a new bio! No, really. It’s good, I love it. It’s the best bio God has ever created, it’s amazing, it’s terrific.
  2. Finalizing the album takes longer than wished, because I’ve been swamped with a gazillion tasks from my quadrillion jobs I (pretend to) have. But (!) on one hand it’ll be finished later, on the other you will have it earlier, because I found a very nice solution for how to deliver it to you. More on this in another post. In case you haven’t listened to the little medley I’ve put together, here it is:
  3. Bernhard and my tired looking self had a much needed writing session in his Berlin studio. Bernhard is addicted to cake and in denial about that. Just saying.

    During my visit for a gig in Berlin last week I’ve found the time to (finally!) collaborate with my good friend, legend and all-over genius Bernhard Wöstheinrich (you have to check out his stuff, trust me!). Not only has it been a wonderful time with someone I dearly cherish, we’ve also worked on 3 tunes that sound crazy awesome (more is planned, of course), and the titles and the name for our new project are just as promising (and weird) as the music itself. Bernhard’s almost impossible wizard-like contributions to the project are, well … almost impossible to describe. The wizardry is strong on this one, that’s for sure. We will reveal details on this as soon as we can. And maybe — we really don’t know that, yet — we even perform our stuff live. Like in “playing instruments on stage”. First, let’s finish that music. Also, we are looking for the right label for this. Early interest is welcome.

  4. New gigs all across Europe are in the making. That means, basically: words are being talked. As you know, this doesn’t always result in satisfying results. Plus, right now I really need to get my shit together, regarding finishing the album, which has top priority. In case you’re a promoter, we’re always happy about your interest in booking me, though.

Thanks for reading. 😉

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