Imaginary CD: RPM Challenge 2015

Here is the track list for my 2015 RPM Challenge

The album is called ‘Imaginary CD’

What you see below may or may not be true

1. Looking For Comets

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She told me that we could go out looking for comets, but when we did, all we saw was a fuzzy green smudge

Steinway ‘Model D’ Grand piano recorded at the San Carlos hotel in Phoenix, Arizona – played by Sylvia Frost

Synthesizers and comet ambiance – particledots

Initial recording at the San Carlos Hotel, Phoenix AZ on February 1st.

Overdubs and further recording, final mix at particledots studio, February 19th-22nd

2. Katherine’s Kristmas Tree

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She said she could put all of tuxedomoon on a 32 gb flash drive – so I got one shaped like a christmas tree

Elka synthex, Roland Jupiter 6, digital audio manipulation and a still empty 32gb USB flash drive – particledots

Recorded and Mixed at particledots studio, Phoenix AZ February 2nd

3. The Queen of Jupiter

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She has no face, she can be who she wants to be. She inspires and impresses me – I gave her a voice

Star sounds and twinkle elements – particledots
Drummer parameters in Logic X – MUNGO

Recorded and  on February 3rd at particledots studio, Phoenix AZ

Final mix February 19th-22nd

4. The Notes of Sorrow

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The notes are written down and I can hear the sadness as I read them

Crumar Spirit – recorded in Bristol UK by LightspeedFutureLullaby
Moog Theremin – Katherine Layden
Korg mini pops drum machine and twang guitar – Brent Miles
prophet 5 synthesizer, EMS VCS1 (for guitar treatments) – particledots

Recorded and  on February 9th  at particledots studio, Phoenix AZ

Mixed at particledots studio, Phoenix AZ February 19th-22nd

5. Love

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We need to see and hear more of it, it’s important

Mysterious piano and lost and found love message – O.T.  (I still don’t know who s/he is.)

Recorded by particledots at Hansa Tonstudio, Berlin on February 14 2014

Final mix at particledots studio, Phoenix AZ February 19th-22nd

6. Ballet of the Planets

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Sometimes all we need to do is look up to see the dance

Phoenix Subterranean Choir – Erica Weems, Dorian Michelle Vrenden, Winston Smith, particledots, Mona Nigholson and Shawna Franks – singing with our heads held high
Baldwin electric piano, Crumar Orchestrator, Mellotron – particledots

Choir recorded at the Ice House, Phoenix AZ – February 13th

Mixed at particledots studio, Phoenix AZ February 19th-22nd

7. Environment 2

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Its where we visit

Yamaha DX7, treatments, oblique strategies – Brian Eno
wind chimes – particledots
home made propane tank hang drum – Neil Gearns

Recorded by particledots at Hansa Tonstudio, Berlin on February 15 2014

Mixed at particledots studio, Phoenix AZ February 19th-22nd

8. Environment 1

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Is where we live

Yamaha DX7, natural soundscape modifiers and filters – Brian Eno
tape loops and yamaha CS 1 and wem copycat echo – Keith Rogers

Initial recording at Hansa Tonstudio, Berlin on February 15 2014

Mixed at particledots studio, Phoenix AZ February 19th-22nd

9. Armadillo

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Bob Dorsey was having some problems with his giant Armadillo. Trent Reznor got to hear about it and decided to donate an unused backing track for inspiration and motivation

Initial music idea – Bob Dorsey.
Trent Reznor – drums, bass, keyboards, loops
Bianca explaining what she does

Initial recording at Hansa Tonstudio, Berlin on february 15 2014

Mixed at particledots studio, Phoenix AZ February 19th-22nd

10. Six Foot Seven

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They told me that they are both in the ‘6foottallplus club’. i told them that i would try not to tower over them at 6’7’’.
I lied….

Casio Keyboard – Julian Marquesen – recorded in Los Angeles, California – early February
Guest appearances from APOD (particledots, Michael 2, kevin ‘bud’ jones – and special APOD guests Eric Van Ausdal and Bob Dorsey and Marc Goemans) – creating that motorik vibe

Mixed at particledots studio, Phoenix AZ – February 19th-22nd

10. Exactly the same

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If its not exactly the same, its very similar …or maybe its just different

Casio Keyboard – Julian Marquesen – recorded in Los Angeles, California, Toy box wind up noises – Henry Dupuis

Mixed at particledots studio, Phoenix AZ February 19th-22nd
Personnel:

Sylvia Frost – Piano
Erica Weems – Vocals
Dorian Michelle Vreeden – Vocals
Dave Griffiths – Synths
MUNGO – drum parameters
Katherine Laydon – theremin
Keith Rogers – Synths and tape loops
Bob Dorsey – synthesizers and armadillo
Brian Eno – Synthesizers
Trent Reznor – loops, keyboards and bass
Neil Gearns – propane hang drum
Henry Dupuis – toy box
Brent Miles – guitar
Kevin Bud Jones – Electronics
Michael Marquesen -various digital effects and manipulations
Eric Van Ausdal – keyboards
Marc Goemans – undefinable electronic strangeness

Overseeing all activities at all times, everywhere – the thin(k) blank human

Recorded at various locations in Berlin, West Germany, Phoenix Arizona, Bristol and Coseley UK

Songs compiled and arranged on Logic 9, and Logic X

Produced by particledots

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