"The Soundtrack to the movie that hasn't been written yet... Where Syd Barrett meets Bryan Eno..." That's what fans say about Stargazing Project's debut album 'Stargazing'.
vocals, guitars, keyboards, sampler & programming
programming, sampler, Chapman Stick, keyboards
two Born for Bliss members, Frank Weyzig and Remco Helbers, decided to join forces again to produce new music. For their new project, the main source of inspiration was the Internet. Inspired by the many mysteries of our modern times; conspiracies, alien abductions, ufo encounters and other strange events, Frank and Remco searched the internet for unusual sounds and strange recordings. These elements give shape to the StarGazing project in a very peculiar way...
Let us explain a few words about our project...
While searching the Internet, we came across a spoken interview in which a woman claims to be abducted by aliens. This interview triggered the initial idea for the StarGazing project. The song that was build around the audio recording of this interview, reflects the mood and state of mind of the woman, who is clearly emotionally affected by the experience...
Writing the music for the album, it became clear that all the songs were breathing this same strange emotion. Even the lyrics are being affected in the same way and drift seamlessly from dream to reality. After editing, mixing and placing the songs in a particular order, there appears to be an underlying storyline. The sory of a woman who seems to have lost her grip on reality. A story being told from the perspective of the woman's friend. But, is this woman really losing grip on reality after all?...
Anyway, after completing the album, to us it is absolutely clear that there is something out there, and we invite you to join us, to participate in this modern Quest for the Holy Grail.
So join us and let's go StarGazing...
The basic idea was to combine traditional songwriting with modern techniques as sampling and soundscaping. The drums, for instance, consist of chopped up live performances which were later edited and manipulated on the computer. On the album the different songs are connected with soundscapes composed on Chapman Stick using modern looping - techiques. This technique, based on long digital delays, also appears throughout the actual songs.
All the samplersounds were painstakingly crafted to fit every song and to blend with the live played instruments as acoustic guitar, loops and vocals. Although many of the songs seem to have an electronic basis, the main chord and melody instrument appears to be the acoustic guitar. This unusual approach gives the music it's unique characteristics.
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