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About paulms

My name is Paul Shapera, a musician working under the name Mocha Lab. I make albums, theater shows, videos, dance pieces, commercials and move around a lot.

Oliver Marsh Music

Oliver Marsh Music

Oliver Marsh, the voice behind John O’Brien, Connor, and Samuel, has a brand new website for his own music which looks awesome and which your life has been woefully incomplete without.

Loads more content coming.  Go check it out.

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Posted by on January 13, 2019 in Uncategorized


John O’Brien Vs. Raven: Who Would Win?

Since i was asked to answer this, i will.

The short version is likely, neither. But here’s how it would play out.

Raven’s offensive capability is pretty lame. Dont get me weong, if he was mugged by 3 ruffians he’d make mincemeat of them. As mentioned previously, most post humans learn some type of fighting or weapon skill, since as you pop round narratives, sooner or later you’re going to run into trouble, so at some point, in some narrative, they take the time to learn some method of defense.

Raven’s cane conceals a rapier which he was taught to use by Lloyd, who is excellent at it, and who was taught by Cyrano De Bergerac in a slightly obscure narrativebest left unexplored. Raven also carries knives in his long, purple coat, and knives are his real specialty. A group of ruffians would be done away with post haste.

The trouble is, knives and a rapier wouldnt last 5 seconds against John O’Brien, who is armored to the gills and has very big guns sticking out of him. You know the saying about bringing a knife to a gun fight? Since John O’Brien is like a one man Marine platoon, you might as well throw a rock and then use the knife to kill yourself before John does.

So why wouldn’t John obliterate Raven in seconds?

Well, Raven , as a PH, has a certain command over tropes and archetypes. He would essentially go Bugs Bunny on John. John easily falls into an archetype of a Bugs Bunny villain, and Raven is a trickster archetype already. So picture an average old style cartoon playing out, and this is your fight.

So why wouldn’t John be onliterated? A few reasons:

1. He is actually more deadly than your average Bugs Bunny/ Tom & Jerry bad guy. Elmer Fudd can’t actually kill anybody. John can. It’s actually his defining narrative feature and changing tropes wont change this aspect.

2. The trickster in these situations also can’t actually kill the aggressor. They can pull all sorts of tricks, and bring a LOT of pain, but by playing this trope, Raven has to abide by the rules of the trope. And the trope rules are that the trickster cannot kill.

3. John’s tragic pathos lends him a realism and dimension that normal aggressors in the trope dont possess. John doesn’t know how to use this to his advantage, but it does mean that some tricks of the trope won’t always work perfectly.

Now, if the situation gets too dangerous Raven will exit the narrative, assuming he can at that point, but likely he can. If he’s using a Bugs Bunny-esque trickster trope, he can always draw a road on a wall and exit that way. Or, if he’s stuck in a more realism based trope, there’s still a lot of ways to exit the narrative. Think of any action scene where one of the combatants myteriosly vanishes. He’ll pull out one of those and just get out.

There’s also the questionof whether the trickster can be killed. Sure John’s lethalness cannot be taken away, but this doesn’t mean he could actually kill the trickster. Even in What’s Opera, Doc, Bugs Bunny does not actually die. Whether or not it’s even possible to kill Raven if he’s operating in this trope is a real question.

So there you go. The probable outcome to a ridiculous scenario.

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Posted by on January 12, 2019 in Uncategorized


Best Of Fan Art December 2018

Happy New Years everyone!

Im going to call a tentative release date for The Broken Cyborg, A Biopunk Fairytale to be April. I’ve been doing nothing but going over the first half again and again again, perfecting it for weeks now, and its going to be awesome.

Without further delay, here is the December best of fan art, with some real gems this month.

KPop Evelynn (of League of Legends) meets Raven by Nek

Total Color Overload by MaskingTape

Jasper Plays The Violin by KlumsyArtist169

Raven_babey and lllloyd_time by Lloyd Allen (Ezra)

Dancing Raven by Umbra

You’re So Mean Paul by Vadvi

Uncle Raven Outfitting by Zander

The Lossle Meme by MaskingTape

Depressed Nasty Man by Vadvi

Edgar Outfitting by Zander


The Best Gift of All (Lost Hollow Animatic) by Shira

like. 6 seconds. By Vadvi

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Posted by on January 1, 2019 in Uncategorized


Kerttu Aarnipuu From The Forgotten Meme Sings White Rabbit

Now i know what you’re thinking: “Aww, how can dat liddle meme sing Jefferson Airplane? She should be snuggling under a cozy blanket with Rebecca eating popcorn and binging on The Good Place.” Well, apparently, our favorite meme (who used to be Keyboard Cat by the way, that is canon) is getting her psychedelic groove one, and KILLING this rendition of White Rabbit. Who knew?


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Posted by on December 16, 2018 in Uncategorized


Sneak Preview Of The Demo Of Track 1 Of The Biopunk Fairytale

Well, track 2 actually. Track 1 is a prologue track. But it’s the first proper music track so… this is not a finished track, and it is not the 18 minute version. In my work station, the first 3 tracks all fade seamlessly into one another and combined make up 18 minutes, but i’m not going to keep them as one track on the finished album. Folks may want to just listen to the individual tracks like this one on their own, so i’ll separate them. Here is a sneak preview of the first song, The Shanty Town.


Posted by on December 14, 2018 in Uncategorized


The New Albion Radio Hour Presents: Astonishing Tales Of The Highly Improbable

There are enough episodes out, with a new one due tomorrow or so (that contains my favorite chapter of the story so far and one that will definitely cause excitement amongst those looking for interesting lore crumbs), that i think im ready to finally, properly announce the existance of The New Albion Radio Hour Podcast.

There is a lot of lore in the NA universe that doesnt get to be explored in the albums, only touched upon. And, i like making stories. So this podcast is a way for me to tell some periphery stories in the Shaperaverse and go into greater detail about certain elements that are unlikely to be touched upon in the albums. We’re about… 6 to 7 episodes in and this first season tells a very long form story broken into nice, bite sized chapters. The first few episodes deal with a person called Michael and the past few with someone called Jill, two names that are familiar to anyone who has read the book or listened to Raven’s Storytime Theatre. But who these people are and any details of their exploits have never been discussed. Until now. And their exploits intersect with many odd and interesting bits of NA lore, some of which i know the fanbase has asked for more information about.

For those interested in stories in the NA universe and deeper lore dives, then i have a podcast for you. Each episode is not too long and you can find it all here:

It is also available through iTunes although itunes is lagging behind a few episodes. This will be rectified shortly.

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Posted by on December 2, 2018 in Uncategorized


Biopunk? Or Fairypunk

I have been hard at work on what i have so far billed as The Biopunk Fairytale, the next chapter of the 3 part Fairypunk series which began with The Forgotten Meme

The issue i’ve run into is that the direction the music has taken is….

There is no such thing as biopunk music. I can do whatever i want. But if you call something biopunk it SHOULD… you know… SOUND biopunky. Or at the very least, not sound… not biopunky.

So if something doesnt exist, how can you sound or not sound it?

Well, you can. If i made Mongolian Folk Rock (which is totally a thing i just discovered this morning and is awesome and you should totally check out:)

If i made this (hmmmmmmm) and called it biopunk people would rightly raise their eyeballs andquestion how tf this is biopunk.

The music im making is LESS synthy and texhy then the cyberpunk fairytale. Its more tinkly and spacey and jazzyand organic, although certainly with some of those cyberpunk elements in there. Does it sound likebiopunk?

Well, i can call it biopunk, release it, and let the debate rage.

Or, i could decide that whats happening is that its evolving into fairypunk, and follow that use. Certainly The Broken Cyborg sounds a lot mroe fairytale like than its predecesor. Thematically, one could argue that the third album, the one after this one, is a bitmire truly biopunky than this.

Hey, whats in a title?

A lot. Its a promise. It says Biopunk you expect to hearing SOMEthing that makes you think “oh yeah, definitely”. It says Fairypunk then you better believe im going to deliver a fairypunk sound.

The Broken Cyborg, A Fairypunk… Tale? A Fairypunk Biotale? A Fairypunk Adventure? A Faieypunk Odyssey? (Odyssey seems a bit much)

Maybe im just tripping, as i am wont to do. I have been making this album folloeing a particular muse, not a particular title. So maybe i will change the title, though. Just a heads up.


Posted by on December 1, 2018 in Uncategorized