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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.

Check Out A Slenderman Musical! (and a note of thanks)

So, just to reiterate: A Slenderman Musical is out. Check it out,

A Slenderman Musical by Paul Shapera

My deepest thanks to all who have bought the album and sent me kind words. Those kind words of praise mean more than i can possibly tell you. Seriously, thank you.

I urge anyone who enjoys the album to please spread it across the net. Word of mouth is more precious then gold. You would be doing my an immeasurable favor and ensuring that i am able to afford to keep making projects like this.

As for what’s next, i have no idea. I’m going to rest a bit and consider.

I have met an incredible new singer, Psyche Corporation. You should REALLY check out her work.

I’ll tel you this, whatever happens next, her voice is going to be all over it. (Lauren’s not going anywhere, i’m just adding to the roster. I do want to diversify voices.)

Perhaps on the next outing i should really try something radically different. I fear i risk all these operas starting to be similar, the same things hashed out over and over again. I do not want to get redundant. On the other hand, making stories through songs is my calling. it is what i do and will keep on doing. We’ll see what happens next. Stay tuned. I’ll come up with something.


Posted by on October 23, 2015 in Uncategorized


A Slenderman Musical Is Out Now!

A Slenderman Musical is officially out now! A weird, creepy and oddly touching song and story cycle for your ears! Listen! Buy! Keep me alive to write more bizarre and far fetched things!

A Slenderman Musical by Paul Shapera

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2 hours of rock musically goodness!


Posted by on October 20, 2015 in Uncategorized


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A Slenderman Musical by Paul Shapera


Posted by on October 19, 2015 in Uncategorized


2 Days

A Slenderman Musical by Paul Shapera

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Posted by on October 18, 2015 in Uncategorized


3 Days

A Slenderman Musical by Paul Shapera

Due to the length, my personal recommendation, which you needn’t pay attention to if you don’t wish, is to think of the album as 3 albums, or 3 episodes of a mini series. Each act is like an album or an episode in a series. I’m not saying you can’t binge listen, but 2 hours is a long time to hold your full attention to an audio song story.

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Posted by on October 17, 2015 in Uncategorized


4 Days

A Slenderman Musical by Paul Shapera

You will get 28 tracks. 3 Acts. 2 hours of music and plot. A 6 page synopsis (that will also cover some things that i simply didn’t have time to go into further details about on the album).The lyrics of course. Several extra Missives from the Sacred Order Of The Bleeding Rose.

You’ll get Lauren Osborn. Oliver Marsh. Tiffany Williams. Rachel Hughes. Jeff Simms. Matthew Broyles. Yours truly. A few odd twists i doubt you see coming.

Y’all know my style. Wouldn’t you like to hear something fresh? A new tale for your auditory amusement? Worked real hard on this one and we thing you might enjoy it. 4 days.

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Posted by on October 16, 2015 in Uncategorized


Do You Want A Synopsis?

A Slenderman Musical by Paul Shapera

I’ve been debating whether or not to include a synopsis with the Slenderman Musical, a written telling of the plot for clarity.

I usually don’t include one, and by usually, i mean never. I’m not against it in principle, i just strive hard to make sure the entire plot is clearly told in the piece. The Slenderman Musical is no different. There is no dialogue that is not in the album, it’s all there.

I don’t write obscure “concept albums” that you must pour over and over to finally “get”, although obviously it does take repeated listening to catch all the details. However, if the plot is not basically clear on the first listen then i have failed in one of my jobs. I aim to tell a clear story, weird though they may be.

However, i accept that it can be tougher to figure out than i might know. I don’t know, i’ve never listened to any of my work without knowing it beforehand. Maybe people WANT a synopsis. Maybe they’d like to read the story, even if just to confirm that what they think is going on is actually going on. Albums of other musicals and operas sometimes include a synopsis. It’s just… if you read it first you miss the carefully crafted moments of of surprise you’re meant to experience listening. Hell, there’s a few moments knowing about beforehand utterly ruins.

But if all you fine folk have been wishing i would include synopsises this entire time (or maybe you were fine without them until, say, the Atompunk Opera when you wished i had included one) who am i to deny you something that would enhance your enjoyment of the little tale i’m spinning for you?

But if the synopsis, improperly used, would potentially lessen the impact of the thing i spend a year of my life at a time making, then maybe i shouldn’t include it. I will always include lyrics. Always. Perhaps lyrics are enough.

What do i know? Do you want a synopsis?


Posted by on October 12, 2015 in Uncategorized


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