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ONOMA – Out now

The day is finally here. ONOMA, album number 5 sees the light of day. The end of a one year long journey has come.

Out now

It all began in August 2018 after the release of my last album ORIGIN. I started doodling again and soon one track and some melodic ideas were born. The start of a new album started to take shape. I had one full track and 2 sketches. And then disaster struck while backing up my music harddrive. The harddrive crashed hard and not even a professional data rescue service was able to retrieve the data. Music data, music software, tracks, samples: all gone. Only some basic program data and some tracks on SoundCloud and some production files on blend.io had survived.

And so had track number one on my mobile which I had as usual randomly named: ONOMA. Just for the sound of it. It took me almost 3 month to rebuild my PC music system. And it wasn’t until Xmas that music started to be fun again. While trying to find some inspiration I randomly played some tracks on my mobile phone and thus rediscovered ONOMA the now Prologue to the full album. A new years resolution was set: Build a full album until August 23rd, the anniversary of the PC crash. It should be a long instrumental, in the style of Mike Oldfield, about 40 minutes in length.

As I am an avid listener to fantasy books a thematic path was set to do kind of a hero’s journey. So ONOMA developed over the course of the following month. Perhaps some of you followed the journey on my socials.

Now after some extensive mixing I am proud to be able to present to you what was born from a disastrous 2018. ONOMA.

Listen on Spotify

I hope some of you will enjoy it in full or in its parts. Though I strongly suggest you listen to the tracks in the right order or the full track on headphones, browsing through the tracks may also be an experience. Be that as it may, the main thing is that you enjoy the sounds and melodies. It has been a pleasure to compose and shape this one.

A late addition was the track “Lament”. This one is almost 3 years old but never made it onto an album. I feel it matches the sound of ONOMA very well and fits into this release.

I hope you will enjoy the music and as always: Thank you for caring.

Markus

P.S: I’m writing this while on the ferry from Glasgow to Belfast. Technology is a marvelous thing.

Don’t pay the ferryman
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ONOMA is ready for Pre-Order on Bandcamp

We’re closing in on the release of ONOMA. It will be available worldwide from August 23rd, but you can have your share of it right now. Pre-Order the album on Bandcamp and listen to parts of the full album. Pre-Order opens at midnight CEST today.

Just follow the link below.

And here is an exclusive sneak peek into another track from ONOMA which shows my more full-on rock side. Have fun and thank you for caring in advance.

Markus

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ORIGIN IS HERE

My new album ORIGIN finally has been released on Bandcamp and Soundcloud on August 31. 2018. The full worldwide release will follow on September 3.

ORIGIN IS HERE. This album was my first foray into the sound of modular synthesis. I used Native Instruments Reaktor6 to crate new and exciting soundscapes to weave my melodies around. Building beats on Maschine i.e. and putting them through Reaktor effect Modular or sampling some crazy sounds from free Instruments on the Reaktor User Library was a wonderful experience. Next to Reaktor I have to cite several Heavocity VSTs I must as Inspiration for some tracks as well as the Roli Seabord which makes my VSTGuitarist life a lot easier. The electric guitars sounds so much more realistic. A late addition was the new version of Vocaloid5, which gets the non-vocalist a much more realistic voice. I will surely explore this in the future. Lastly I ventured into the binaural experience. Using the free Sennheiser AMBEO plugin I tried to broaden my tracks and make ORIGIN a truly immersive experience.

Headphones mandatory

So, put on your headphones and dive into the deep, rich tapestry of sounds and melodies. Let yourself feel the pulse of life and the relaxation of flight. ORIGIN to me is a wonderful journey, best listened to on headphones from the first track to the last. Thank you for listening.

Thank you for listening

The story behind ORIGIN

Origin has been an adventure in hard times. As you may know, I had a heart attack at the beginning of  2018 and am still suffering from heart insufficiency. As a result, I had way more time on my hands than was good for me. So I dived into creating new music, my one and only true passion besides my family.

The playful beginnings

One morning I started to play with some Reaktor Instruments I had never used and it sounded fun.  I started sampling the sounds added some field recorded sounds and other samples, some quite raunchy samples I must admit, and what-do-you-know I suddenly had a track of almost 8 minutes with no real chord progression, no real melody, no real text. Just a slowly developing beat with some sound effects. I loved it. Listen to Tumbling.

From then on the whole album developed quite naturally. I couldn’t help but return to music with chords, melody, and rhythm, though. This just sounds thing was a one-off. I cannot deny that some tracks show my frustration at my slow-paced recovery and may sound angry at the world. Listen to Traumatic and (Not) End Of The World.  But the joy of creating something new for my sound has also helped me through darker times.

Not only dark moods

There are also bright moments that reflect the better days. Cloudless Sky was the first track that deviated from the pattern mentioned above. Sometimes a glitch in the software can do the trick. I normally use Maschine as a plugin in Ableton when creating a track. Often after having created a basic track or some idea in Maschine standalone.  Here the plugin stopped working for some mysterious reason. So I had a look at some of the new beat sets in Ableton and created the beat that sounded a bit like a tabla rhythm.  Above that I just played some easy chords and started riffing with my seaboard and a guitar sound. Voila. Happy accident as Bob Ross would say.

Being a bad vocalist I am long interested in synthetic vocals. The spoken vocals are mostly created with the google translator. The singing voices are the new Vocaloid5. The release of the new update sparked a new wave of tracks. Dreamland was created as I needed an opener for the album. What else was an attempt at creating a song with that great new vocal engine that you really could enjoy. I feel that with Dreamland I created a little EP inside the album. Tracks 1 to 5 are a loosely told story of an excessively emotional time for me.

What is the ORIGIN

The story of creating the cover for the album I already told in the last post. What I haven’t told you that the title came before the track Origin. In a situation like mine, you naturally search for a reason why. Why me? Why now?  Why at all? What is the ORIGIN of all this? So I came up with an answer in my music. You need to listen to get it too.

Thank you for listening and don’t forget to follow me everywhere. Go here.

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