June/2020 Time for another re-release! My guitar less album from 2014 with the magical number 214 on its booklet has been carefully remastered.
This is an important album for me because it really made me reach out for new horizons. It was a pleasure to create those 12 tracks and 4 bonus edits.
I still like the mix very much so i've decided to only remaster the album to make it a little bit warmer and smoother - and perfect for streaming.
Find out where the new version is available and follow me there: 214 Hyperfollow Page
I have plans to re-release 'General Wasting' as well, but since i want to totally remix it - which is a shitload of work - i most likely wait for its 10th anniversary in 2023 :)
Anyway, new music is in the works. More about that later.
May/2020 Four years after its original release it's time to get FD on Spotify & Co.
To avoid Loudness Penalty and repair some little things i didn't like in a long run, i've decided to re-mix and re-master the album!
Find out where the new version is available and follow me there: Functional Disorder Hyperfollow Page
Changes to the player
From now on, the music player on the album pages will only feature 3 tracks and not the whole album anymore - if the album is already available on Bandcamp/Spotify and what not.
Since listening to my music on those various online services is still free but can generate me pocket money, it makes more sense to give people only excerpt and lead those who want the full album experience to bigger places.
April/2020 To get along with the corona crisis and 'fight' it with creative output, i've started the project 'Pandemic Blueprints' on SoundCloud.
Unfortunately, after years of being inactive there, my SoundCloud is pretty dead. Come on, give me a few plays, likes and comments: Pandemic Blueprints Playlist
The idea is to create a collection of musical moments that all happened to appear during the same period of time, the Covid-19 lockdown. That doesn't exactly mean the tracks are related stylistically.
So far i have made orchestral arrangements, ambient stuff and some more or less ready synth pop tracks. All kind of things are going on, i have no idea what happens next.
I don't add new tracks to the list on a daily basis but as often as i can. For as long as the pandemic lasts.
EDIT: This project has ended and i'm looking forward to new horizons :)
December 30/2019 The new album "Archetype" is done and officially released on bandcamp, go and have a listen! All the other streaming and download platforms will follow soon.
The first thing you might recognize is that "Carved in Rock" was only a work title :) To tell a short story long i wanted to talk about the album and needed a title before the real concept was totally clear. I guess that's what work titles are for.
It's also very nice that i could finish the project in 2019, it was about time. I just enjoyed the writing/jamming/practicing/recording process way too much!
Now it's finally time to break up the ears and let some new music out into the wild.
Check out the album art and release note! Thanks for your support.
August 21/2019 My new album "Carved in Rock", a collection of 12 thundering tracks, has been rescheduled. When i say late 2019, i hope to have it ready in November. Tough task.
I'm "already" working on the mixes while i'm still recording some final parts here and there. I just decided to put some more work into it. It takes too long, you think? Well, sorry, but it is what it is :)
My intention was to create some essential rock tracks, straight-forward progressive fusion madness. This description reminds me of 'General Wasting', but CiR is way more solid, like carved out of one big block of rock.
The original idea was to leave everything very purely, only guitar, bass and drums. But guess what, there will be some really cool keyboard parts on the album.
Like always, stay tuned and thanks for your patience!
Oktober 19/2018 After months of silence it's about time for a sign of life. I've been working hard throughout the year, writing new material, drumming like crazy and playing with my new "girl", an japanese beauty with big humbuckers and a very sexy shape. A very satisfying experience ;)
Now seriously: The new album is coming together!
Drums have been tracked and i'm currently doing guitar soundchecks and test recordings. Artwork is also getting along. Yes, when you work alone things have to be done one after another. This album takes a long time compared to my previous albums. I decided to just let it be. New album will be released early 2019 and i'm fine with it. It's worth the wait.
I also decided to put the "subaqueous structures" project on ice. Somehow i've lost the momentum, other project got more present, the emotional connection went down the drain... The album will come later or never, i don't know.
Stay tuned! Thanks for reading.
March 21/2018 With the release of Vol.3 my good friend Axel Ludwig has finished his album trilogy "Diskret!" which is a complete compilation of the great music he created with his ambitious band "Die freundliche Unterstützung" about 33 years ago.
I helped Axel implementing this huge project by tracking the drums and virtually hundreds of guitar parts. Like i've mentioned in earlier posts, i'm very glad that Axel gave me the chance to bring myself in.
And i'm very happy with the result! Axel really did a great job with the production, i can tell you. Organizing a shitload of work and mixing all those many parts together is quite a heavy task that Axel - in countless hours - managed to complete. Not to mention his own musical work, playing keyboards and singing lead vocals and choirs.
Give axel-ludwig.de a visit and listen to any playlist. It's enormous music with giant lyrics (german) that will change your life to the better. Period.
February 2/2018 January went by like a blink. There's a lot of family business going on, many things to worry about. All that can't stop me from making music, of course. So i spent as much time as possible practising guitar and drums. I jammed quite a lot and started demo-ing some new guitar-based ideas. Not sure where it's going to lead me yet, but i enjoy the creative process.
I still have trouble to get into the right mindset to finish the 'Subaqueous Structures' album. Nobody ever told me that it is so fricking hard to make ambient music!
November 21/2017 The new thing is ready to rock. There were times this year when i didn't believe that i could ever finish that album, but heck, yes, here it is! Don't let us waste anymore time, just go on and listen to 171. Enjoy this electronic fusion album and let me know what you think...
November 14/2017 In the week before the release of '171' i preview the album, one track per day.
November 7/2017 Finally i got a release date for my latest work, the retro electronic fusion album '171'...
The 10-Tracker will go live over bandcamp and the homepage on November 21. The usual streaming services will follow as soon as possible.
I'm also looking forward to release a teaser track this Thursday, Nov 9!
A TEASER TRACK just has been released! It's the song 'No Revolution 2' and it is available for free on the homepage and SoundCloud.
Stay tuned and thanks for the patience.
October 22/2017 Almost 2 years ago i released a fusion jazz album and called it 'sham'. Strange enough, i never was too happy about the way it sounded.
To tell a long story short, this summer i've remixed and remastered those 15 track. And know what? I'm happy now.
Drums sound warmer, more natural and stand more on top of the mix. Bass Guitar also got more character. Guitars have been tweaked. The album as a whole features more dynamics and transparency.
Some changes may be very subtle but i believe 'sham 17' is way better sounding than the original...
Hear by yourself
The original version of the album is still available over in my bandcamp.
August 18/2017 Great news! Finally some really great news! It's exciting.
More hip music sites will follow, check back soon (and follow my twitter) to get the links. Feel free to spread the word, don't hold back. I appreciate your support!
It's only a matter of time that my other albums will appear on those important platforms as well. It requires some magical remastery here and there, but that's no big deal. Stay tuned.
Regarding my current projects: "171" has been recorded and mixed entirely and will be mastered next week. It's one dirty beast of instrumental EDM. I love it.
For now i'm working hard on the electronic ambient album "Subaqueous Structures". It's coming together nicely.
Thanks for your visit, have a great time ;)
May 23/2017 If you're following me on twitter you may have heard already that something bad happened to me shortly after i'd written the last post. Something that set me under extreme stress, forced me to pack my seven things and leave my flat to temporarily live on the next park bench.
I'm kidding. I didn't need to sleep on a bench. But the rest is true. Anyway... more than 8 weeks and numerous mental breakdowns later, i finally do see a little light on the horizon. At least i'm telling me that.
I'm expecting to be back at home aka my Studio by the end of June. Then i will finally be able to continue working on my next two albums, "171" and "Subaqueous Structures" (Title revealed!) So long, stay wet.
March 15/2017 At first, many thanks to all of you for the all-positive feedback on my last album 'only'. I hope you are looking forward to my next clou. It's coming!
I've started cooking the successor of '214' a few weeks ago. So it's going to be an electronic album that will also feature some guitar parts this time - after '214' was totally guitar-free. BTW, my twitter buddy @ShadowsOfLife0 was the first who guessed the title right: 171
And there's a second project going on, which will be more experimental and ambient than the edm-based '171'. More about both projects soon...
January 18/2017 German singer Axel Ludwig has released Volume 2 of his extensive "Diskret!" project last month. He also remixed Volume 1 and is already hard working to finish Volume 3, which will complete this remarkable trilogy.
I have tracked all drums and guitars, and wrote a personal release note...
Even if you don't understand German, check this stuff out! It's well-arranged handplayed rock music with many catchy riffs and beautiful moments. Diskret! is available for FREE on Axel's homepage axel-ludwig.de.
What an exciting day! I revamped my homepage and finally came up with an official release date and title for my new album.
The ambient guitar/synth album 'Only' is going to be released on December 16. Mark that in your calendar! The album is beautiful!
Twitter just rolled out the 'moments' feature, what's a nice thing to sort tweets around a specific topic.
So i started to document the making of my next project, the ambient album, on a dedicated twitter moments stream that makes it very easy to follow my progress without all the random tweeting. Twitter recommends to have only about 10 tweets in a moment, but what the crap! :)
The writing process is over, all tracks for my next album are written and demo-ed. It will be a very quiet album with 10 wonderful pieces of ambient music. More info and teasers coming soon(tm).
I'm looking forward to record the album during October. If i can manage to release by the end of November it will be my third album in 12 months! A year ago i never would have thought to have such a high creative output in 2016.
Thanks to all supporters! I hope you're slowly getting excited. See you soon ;)
PS: A new website is also in the works to feature the new album prominently.
My latest clou "Functional Disorder", a full-length rock album that is heavily influenced by dark and aggressive genres like metal, shoegaze and post-rock, has been released on its dedicated webpage!
The album contains 10 tracks, starting with the epic opener "Creeping Process", going through the "Synapse" trilogy, the super moody "Into a deeper shade", not to forget about the enormous title track (a 15 minutes long prog-metal monster) - just to name a few corners.
You can learn more about the main inspiration for this album in this blog post.
Download Functional Disorder on bandcamp like always. If you're new to my music also check out the special sale to get all of my albums even cheaper than they already are.
Of course you can also stream the album over bandcamp, a few times for free. Stay tuned and thanks for all the fish.
The new longplayer is freshly mastered and sounding great! I will soon come up with a release date. But before that i need a rest (making FD was very intense), create more artwork and the final album website - and talk about the project. Please read the Story of Functional Disorder here
I had the pleasure to be part of Axel Ludwig's project "Diskret!" Axel Ludwig is a German Singer, Songwriter and Keyboardist. I even played drums in his band about 30 years ago!