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Update On Slender Man Opera

I did not expect that in the past month my productivity on the Slender Man Opera would sail through the roof and the 2nd Act (which is actually double act, that is two acts long by my normal standards) would fall into place with an ease that flat out shocked the hell out of me.

The project has, as expected, gone slowly, since i have a new baby and i built that expectation into my projected finishing time (i want this out and available by Oct). The first act went well, though there was a long delay before starting the 2nd, and then it took forever to get the first two songs of the 2nd act done. (although i would say the first two songs are more like one, giant 10 minute opening number). So imagine my surprise when the rest of the 2nd Act just… the damn thing wrote itself. I would go to bed at night and wake up the next day and entire sections of songs were just sitting there, written and recorded. Hmmmm.

I am on the very last song of the 2nd act which is kicking ass. As i mentioned in a facebook update (i’m far more active on FB than i am on the blog these days. https://www.facebook.com/steampunkopera?ref=hl),  nothing is as fun to compose as act closers, since you do not have to hold back and can just let loose. And out of that, nothing is as wickedly delightful at the penultimate act closer, where officially, things are now as fucked up as they’re going to get. That moment of ultimate fucked upness is GLORious to write and record. And i promise you, in the Slender man i have achieved an entirely new plateau of fucked upness at the end of Act 2, and i swear and promise, not in any way you could possibly at this moment expect.

While the 2nd act only has 8 songs (for a double act, not so much) half of those are like, 8 minutes long. There’s long songs with different sections to them. I hope y’all can roll with that. i could have broken them down into smaller sections, but if the song is not meant to pause, i’m not going to call it different songs when it’s really just different sections within a song. So, some long songs in there.

In late July my wife is taking the 2 kids to her parent’s mountain cottage and leaving me home alone to work (HALLELUJAH). I will likely make the entire 4th act during this time. After that… i gotta record the singers and then… it’s over. Done.

I am going to the states in late august. I would not release the project before i get back even if i finish it, which is doubtful since getting the singers to do all their parts, get it all back to me and then mix it all is going to be a task in and of itself.

The 1st act is so concrete i knew it would be cohesive. The 2nd act however gets… weird. i really wasn’t sure it would work. Every single project there’s a point early in where i think, “Oh, i’ve really gone and made a steaming fuck up this time.” And then there;s a point when the piece suddenly just… starts making itself and when i look up i can’t believe the damn thing actually appears to work. That’s where we are. i listen back to the 2nd act can’t believe the damn thing appears to actually work. I lost sleep worrying it would be giant pile of suckage and i had completely dropped the ball and everyone who had ever liked what i had done up until now would scream and make me walk the Casterly Rock Walk of Shame.

As usual there is a SHITLOAD of background details i simply can’t fit in the damn thing and i have to work out which of it the last act can deal with and what just ain’t gonna happen.

So there. I’ve been quiet on the blog due to the fact that between making the Slender Man Opera and taking care of a baby (and a 6 year old), there is NO extra time for posting. But do not assume inactivity. I’m currently ahead of schedule and if i can get the singer to start recording stuff, i’ve even post some advance sneak peeks. (although i highly regret posting the demos i have thus far. They were in crap shape and i SHOULD have waiited until they were in better form to post. But i get so excited and i want to share even when i know stuff needs more work and i think, “oh they’ll understand” but then i realize you have no way knowing that i’m going to make them better and you just think “holy shit, well paul is SUCKING these days. Wtf happened to him? Why is he sucking so hard? Damn. It’s shame, I liked his stuff up until now.”

But hold! Do not give up yet. I will not let you down. Not this time. Not yet. I mean, i AM going to elt plenty of people down who will expect a Slender Man Opera to be and go a very certain way and will get something very different from that. Sure, they’ll hate it. But they aren’t you. I am going to please YOU, although in a very… weird… way. Look, you liked dead lovers and voodoo cults and weird Narrators with a god fetish and… sentient sci fi geek tablets who want to go to the afterlife. This will be right up YOUR alley.

It’s coming.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Fund the US premiere of Paul Shapera’s The Dolls of New Albion: A Steampunk Opera.

dolls of new albion stage design

Let us talk about the Dolls of new Albion US premiere in Philadelphia this September. And how you can help it to exist and be awesome.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-dolls-of-new-albion-a-steampunk-opera#/story

Yes i know, my presence on the blog is lacking. But i assure you, all i do in life is work on the The Slender Man Opera (50 minutes of it exists thus far) and take care of my children. That is my life. I work ceaselessly to bring you the next goodie.

However that is not why we’re here today. The Indiegogo campaign to fund the Dolls of New Albion production has officially begun AND if they go OVER their goal, THEY WILL SEND ME TO AMERICA TO ATTEND IT.

It would be nice to come to the show, sa sa? (Expanse series, anyone? Totally reading the latest installment). Why would you not want help this production go up and have me attend? WHY WOULD YOU NOT WANT THAT? WHAT KIND OF MONSTER ARE YOU?!?!?!

This is the first US show of Dolls and thus far, the biggest and boldest production of the steampunk opera yet mounted.

I am VERY interested and excited to see this production. Help it. Help this one. Please. If it grows from here, it could one day come to your city and seduce your children into a life of dancing with the dead.

There are all kinds of perks including a professionally shot DVD of the performance. Take a gander and please, help this one go up. Today Philly, tomorrow…. the WORLD.

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

The Perils Of Man: Full Game Release

As some of you may remember, i’ve been working on a video game for well over a year now. I do the music and sound effects. Well, at long last, the entire game is now available, either through the iTunes app store or through Steam.

The official website is here.

Perils of Man is a 2015 point and click adventure game designed by Gene Mocsy and Bill Tiller, and developed and published by IF Games. It follows Ana Eberling, the protagonist, as she attempts to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance. As the plot unfolds, Ana discovers a dark family history and a powerful technology that has been hidden from the public for generations.

It’s already won several awards, and has received nothing but positive reviews. Check it out. It’s gorgeous (with um, some lovely music i believe) and if you like it, buy it. Full game is $5.99

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Nihilistic Arby’s Twitters

There are many best things ever.

For some reason, for me, right now, this is one of them.

Go follow Nihilist Arby’s

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Auditions For The Philadelphia Fringe Performance of Dolls of New Albion

I’m going to basically copy and paste producer Thomas Delphi’s original social media audition notice, but before i do there’s a note of two about this upcoming performance worth mentioning:

1. Dolls Of New Albion will be performed at this year’s Fringe Festival in Philadelphia, PA on  September 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th by Manayunk Theater Company. Their FB page is https://www.facebook.com/ManayunkTheatreCo?fref=ts

2. This marks the first US performance of the show. Yay!

3. More so however, if the troupe meets all their specs, gets all their funding and the production goes as planned, this performance will be the biggest, grandest and certainly highest budget version of Dolls yet attempted. Now i am not personally involved in the production, i cannot personally guarantee that it will be one way or another, but i do know to an extant the producer Thomas Delphi, and he is an impassioned, enthusiastic powerhouse of a man. If he says it’s going to rock out, take no prisoners, and leave a path of blood in its wake, i’m inclined to believe him.

4. The show will be professionally filmed and available on DVD and as a download. Not a hand held camera of the performance, professionally shot version. That’s very exciting. I am personally very excited about this particular performance. I wish i can go although i can’t say for sure. I can only afford one trip to the states this year and its theoretically planned for Halloween so that my little boy can experience Halloween and trick or treat for the first time. I cannot sacrifice his happiness for mine, so… sadness, BUT a profressionally shot version of the performance(s) WOULD go a long way to making Happy Time come.

Without further ado, the audition notice:

Ladies and Gentlepunks, this is Thomas E. Delphi, your Producer for Paul Shapera’s the Dolls of New Albion, a Steampunk Opera, to be put on by the Manayunk Theater Company for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, September 2015. It is an entirely original, Four Act Supernatural, Sci-Fi, Gothic, Steampunk Opera that has been performed in Europe and Canada, but ours would be the first American Production.

Auditions for the Philadelphia Fringe fest performance of Dolls Of New Albion! The Manayunk Theater Company, a 501c3 theater non-profit, will be hosting auditions for the Dolls of New Albion on April 30th, Thursday, from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the following address.ALL AUDITIONS ARE TIMED. RESUMES AND HEADSHOTS NEED TO BE EMAILED PRIOR TO ARTISTIC DIRECTOR SEAN CONNOLLY AT SConnoll1@Gmail.Com.

Walnut Street Theater
825 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

We are recruiting for the roles of Abigail McAlistair the Mad Scientist, Jasper the Doll (Robotic Vessel of the Dead), Edgar McAlistair the Scorned Lover turned Robber Baron, Byron McAlistair the repressed Leader of the Voodoo Punk Cult Revolutionaries, and Priscilla McAlistair, the Last of the Doomed McAlistair Bloodline. Please feel free to review the Opera’s existing form as an album on Bandcamp (https://mochalab.bandcamp.com/…/the-dolls-of-new-albion-a-s…) and the character notes made available by the Composer (https://steampunkopera.wordpress.com/character-backgrounds/). These notes to not reflect how the Theater Company will interpret the characters, only the composer’s initial vision of them.

Must be willing to commit to Rehearsals throughout the Summer and a 2 Week show run on September 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th. They must also be willing to attending scheduled promotional events and the like. Must be willing to operating within at worst an hour of Philadelphia during the production run.

Please feel free to contact either myself, Tom Delfi at TDelfi4390@Gmail.Com, or Sean Connolly at SConnoll1@Gmail.Com, with any pertinent queries. Also, please follow the Manayunk Theater Company page for any more news updates.

https://www.facebook.com/ManayunkTheatreCo?fref=ts

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Listen To The (Demo Version of the) First Two Songs From The Slender Man Opera

They still need more work, but here are the demos for the first two vocal songs of The Slender Man Opera.

Amongst the things that aren’t set are the vocals. The 1st track The Abbey will feature singer Jen Folden and will sound way better than my scratch vocals. The other song, which is more of a proper length is a complicated song to mix and will need some bits worked on, but you’ll get the idea.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

The First and Final Frames of Famous Films

Here’s something totally worth your time.

The first and last frames of some great movies. Illustrates how to do it. “What can we learn by examining only the first and final shot of a film? This video plays the opening and closing shots of 55 films side-by-side. Some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while others are vastly different–both serving a purpose in communicating various themes. Some show progress, some show decline, and some are simply impactful images used to begin and end a film.”

Here are the films in this piece in order of appearance.

  • The Tree of Life: 00:00
  • The Master: 00:09
  • Brokeback Mountain: 00:15
  • No Country for Old Men: 00:23
  • Her: 00:27
  • Blue Valentine: 00:30
  • Birdman: 00:34
  • Black Swan: 00:41
  • Gone Girl: 00:47
  • Kill Bill Vol. 2: 00:53
  • Punch-Drunk Love: 00:59
  • Silver Linings Playbook: 01:06
  • Taxi Driver: 01:11
  • Shutter Island: 01:20
  • Children of Men: 01:27
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin: 01:33
  • Funny Games (2007): 01:41
  • Fight Club: 01:47
  • 12 Years a Slave: 01:54
  • There Will be Blood: 01:59
  • The Godfather Part II: 02:05
  • Shame: 02:10
  • Never Let Me Go: 02:17
  • The Road: 02:21
  • Hunger: 02:27
  • Raging Bull: 02:31
  • Cabaret: 02:36
  • Before Sunrise: 02:42
  • Nebraska: 02:47
  • Frank: 02:54
  • Cast Away: 03:01
  • Somewhere: 03:06
  • Melancholia: 03:11
  • Morvern Callar: 03:18
  • Take this Waltz: 03:21
  • Buried: 03:25
  • Lord of War: 03:32
  • Cape Fear: 03:38
  • 12 Monkeys: 03:45
  • The World According to Garp: 03:50
  • Saving Private Ryan: 03:57
  • Poetry: 04:02
  • Solaris (1972): 04:05
  • Dr. Strangelove: 04:11
  • The Astronaut Farmer: 04:16
  • The Piano: 04:21
  • Inception: 04:26
  • Boyhood: 04:31
  • Whiplash: 04:37
  • Cloud Atlas: 04:43
  • Under the Skin: 04:47
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey: 04:51
  • Gravity: 04:57
  • The Searchers: 05:03
  • The Usual Suspects: 05:23
 
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Posted by on April 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

 
 
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