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Lullabye: Lavender’s Blue with Gorgeous Animation by Charlie Dyson

I have mostly been hard at work on the carnival, particularly since it gives me catharthis over the death of my close friend. In fact, i would say at this point i am making the Carnival album for him specifically. Not in memory of him, FOR him. What i think he would have liked to hear. And Raven is a character near and dear to his heart. Hell, he named Raven. I mean, the most awesome reveal of my career is in this album and NONE of you will get it, because you’d have to be familiar with my really early work )Justacorp, Shadow & Flames, Caravan, and yeah, the Fallen, which some of you indeed are) to fully get it. In fact, the only person who would really get it and have their mind blown is dead. But… you know. So it goes. There’s plenty of other cool stuff, and there’s another especially awesome reveal that will cause squealing amongst you fine, fine folks. Although i am more concerned with music, and flow and the feelz.

HowEVER, we have another lullabye vid up, with amazing art by Charles Dyson. There’s a couple new songs on the way and soon i’ll compile a full length, ambient spiced lullabye album, which… there’s a thing that it’ll be released around. I have a plan, but we’ll talk about that later.

Here, a lullabye with GORgeous art. Seriously, i love watching this thing.

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

New Albion Explained: The Religious Parallels and References by The Geeky Atheist

The Geeky Atheist’s newest New Albion Explained video discusses the religious themes in the new albion operas. I actually requested this one, curious to hear them considered and examined by The Geeky Atheist personally. As usual, he did not disappoint. Give it a listen:

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Audition Materials For The Carnival Album

As promised here are some materials for performers to use if they wish to sing the actual material as their audition piece. You don’t have to, but if you wish to, it’s here:

https://www.mediafire.com/folder/7e9f7zzpomoc1/Carnival_Audition_Materials

Send your auditions to paulms@gmail.com

There are two audio snippets of the section from the song i need sung, one with vcoals and one without. NoV means No Vocals. (Tunnel Girl is just the first verse. Raven is a bit more: 2nd verse, spoken middle and last verse). They are mp3s to make downloading easier. There is sheet music of these sections and lyric sheets.

I did transpose the key of the Tunnel Girl song up a half step from the track published two days ago so that the low note would be an F instead of an E. It is my experience that many, many more women have a low F as their lowest comfortable note rather than an E.

I will begin putting out ads and scouring online resources in a couple days, but if you know someone who is fantastic, throw them my way. In answer to when i need it by, i expect i will be doing this searching for a month. Which is long, but remember, if i find what i’m looking for next week, then that’s that. The smart play would be to send me whatever you want to send within a week’s time. And i am looking for excellence and the ability to utterly communicate a character (this goes for both Raven and Tunnel Girl.)

Thank you to all who have sent in. I will get back to all of you one by one over the next few weeks.

 

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Needed For Upcoming Carnival Album: 1 Male and 2 Female Singers

For the forthcoming Carnival album (The Ballad Of Lost Hallow Act 2) i need some singers. The most important is  a male singer for the part of Raven. This is hands down the lead role of the album, and he has got to be GREAT. I’m including two tracks to demonstrate the type of performances needed, one for Raven (and The Floozy) and one for Tunnel Girl. I would add the way i personally sing the scratch vocals does not have to be the interpretation the final vocalist does, but it does show which direction it should be in.

Send links or audio of your stuff to paulms@gmail.com

Raven is… like the Joker meets a carnival barker/theater MC with some manic depression issues and a likely diagnosis of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. There could even be a New Orleans flair to him, but i’m very open to a range of possibilities. The thing is, the performer has to OWN this part. They have to exude the character. In many cases, when i work with singers, singers simply need to sing the parts well and not be overly theatrical, but this is not such a case. This Opening Song is Raven in a nutshell and shows what i’m looking for. The vocals section begins at 2:20

 

Female Singers:

  1. I need 2 female singers for two different roles. We’ll start with the easier one: That Opening Track i posted for Raven? Well, at 4:49 you hear that “Raven baby hey, whacha got to say”? This is the part i call The Floozy. It’s a light backup part that comes in and out of several songs for literally a few lines each time.
  2. The other part is a bit more extensive. The second part, Tunnel Girl, has two entire songs she sings by herself. (although it’s likely the same song twice with different lyrics.) This one… the character is young but weathered. Between 17 and 22, but has lived on the streets and squatted for years. She sings this song (the very first song of the album):

 

 

I will likely take out some ads with Casting Call and other such avenues, since i expect finding the male to play Raven especially difficult. The male part is paid. Definitely. I can throw a little cash at Tunnel Girl, and for Floozy… i was hoping since it’s so light maybe someone would want to do it just for the thrill of it. (I will be lucky if i myself, personally start making a profit off the album within 6 months of release.)

If you can sing like a monster, or more likely if you know someone who you think could nail the Raven part, i want to meet them and hear them. Any awesome theater students out there? Young professionals open to a crazy album project? Send me stuff to listen to! Links to YouTube vids of live performances are great too.

paulms@gmail.com

As for the rest of you, while these are the first two songs on the album, if i were you, i wouldn’t listen to them unless i was trying to help with the singer issue. If you’re simply looking forward to the new album, i would skip listening to these and just wait for the actual thing. These are demos and not final versions. I mean, i can’t stop you, but i’m just saying. Otherwise, let’s go hunting.

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

The Old Fallen/Shadows & Flames Production Promo

I don’t spend much time in the past, especially the distant past, and even now my main efforts are all on the Carnival. (I’m going to need a male singer and a female singer, which i’ll be posting about shortly here. If you know people, and the male has to be GOOD, you could let them know). However, in light of recent events, for the first time in a long time i went back to revisit past works in my past life that i did with Shaun.

We did these two shows together, The Fallen and Shadows & Flames. It was…. a hell of time. A ride unequaled in many ways. Not the least of which because we had no freaking clue what we were doing and just barrelled through and did it anyway. Hell, do i have war stories. We were still both in touch with many of the people who had worked on it back in the day, mostly due to the magic of Facebook.

I’m going to then post here the promo clip and maybe a few other clips. I have to warn you, the quality is TERRIBLE. And i don’t mean just artistically, I mean the actual video/sound is utter shit and the sound only comes out of one side and the video quality is garbage… but i don’t have any other copies, this is all that remains. I never really looked back until now and this is all that’s left. So screw it, i’m going to post it anyway.  After this we can move on to the future.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Download The Long Lost Early Album Shadows & Flames For Free (In Memory Of Shaun Rolly Because He Asked)

https://mochalab.bandcamp.com/album/shadows-flames

Those who have some personal connection with me know the week from hell i’ve had. One week ago my best friend of 28 years, 28 gawdam years, Shaun Rolly died under utterly horrific circumstances. This is not the time nor place to go into it, but the past week has been a living nightmare of grief, rage and absolute loss of any kind of faith in the human species. I have flown to Pittsburgh for the funeral and had my spirits lifted by the comfort, connection and interaction with other friends of his i’ve met and known throughout the years.

Shaun and i have worked together on a number of projects throughout the years, including A Pirate’s Tale. But the big one, the one a certain number of people remember the best, is The Fallen and Shadows & Flames.  I’ve since redone The Fallen and released it. Shadows & Flames i never redid, but back in the day when i first made it (age 21) it was Shaun’s favorite album (and he claimed even now it still was. Go figure) and we went on  to put up this big dance oriented theater show of Shadows & Flames (and The Fallen). It was a whole, big period of my life and it was a highlight of our long, wonderful relationship both professional and personal.

It is an early work and i never saw fit to remake or release it. I would have let it lie forever.

However, the thing is this: On the afternoon before he died, literally just hours before the shitshow went down, he IMed me with the following:

I have been listening to Shadows & Flames non-stop since yesterday. Still just as powerful and meaningful as it was 10 + years ago.  Telling ya, man. You should release it on Mocha Lab. Really, you should put it out there, man.”

So… it’s his last request. I have to do it. I do not feel comfortable making money from it, you know, being a fucking last request and all and not something i’d normally release, so it’s free. It’s an early work, that fact shows (seriously), think of it as a peak into the development of an artist kind of thing. If you don’t like it, and i understand, you don’t need to bitch about it, just delete it and be on your way, it’s fucking free. (Still working through the whole grief and rage thing.)

If anyone for some reason or another pays for it, which happens, i will donate every cent to the fund for his children

(The Rolly Children
c/I Perman Funeral Home
923 Saxonburg Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA15233)

Thanks to Dan Striker for lending me his copy of the CD (i didn’t even have a copy). I have to try now and remember the song titles. I remember they all start with the letter A… Also, the original album artwork is long since lost to the sands of time.

https://mochalab.bandcamp.com/album/shadows-flames

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Lullabies: Greensleeves With Animation

Our children’s song channel has moved. Be sure to like or subscribe at our new location: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMU6mRUDEcU74I3kIuY8bUA

We’ve begun adding animation our lullabies. Our first vid is Greensleeves with animation by Charles Dyson. It’s gorgeous, no? There’s more to come so subscribe and share.

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2017 in Uncategorized