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Listen To A Fairy Tale (Piston Brown. New & Improved!)

Let’s listen to something a little more upbeat today, shall we?

As mentioned before, what started out as some simple piano and voice demos has now become a fully produced album. This week i shall play some selections from it before posting the entire finished thing. Should you want to check out the entire thing you may do so HERE. If you like, please consider buying or sharing a link!

This one was the reason i decided to make the demos into a full production. I really loved this story but the piano demo fell flat for me. It sounded too much like a demo that wanted to be flushed out into a proper track and it sounds SOOOO much better with additional instrumentation. So without further ado, we present the next fairy tale in our Listen To A Fairy Tale series: Piston Brown.

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Madame Chatterlaine (Listen To A Fairy Tale! New & Improved!!!)

A little while back i posted a few demo tracks featuring original fairy tales made into song form with acoustic piano. I liked the idea, the stories but other than one song (Diedre) the tracks with only piano left me quite unsatisfied. They sounded simply like demos, not like they were what they wanted to be. So demos i declared them and set about to make them into things i could be satisfied and proud of.

I made an entire album of sad, fairy tale like stories. In fact, the album will be released online tomorrow and thus this week we shall listen to several of the tracks. Listen to a fairy tale.

One track, however does NOT contain fairy tale elements. It is the only track which is not fantastical in some way. And yet, it is the one i am going to premiere and play today since it’s currently my favorite track on the album. (Although to be clear it’s also the most recent song completed, made over this past week, so that factors is a lot. My favorite track on a given album is usually the one i’m working on….) It’s the final track in the Chatterlaine trilogy… spread across several of my albums are a couple songs about a Ms. Chatterlaine… Lady Chatterlaine, Sister Chatterlaine and now Madame Chatterlaine.

So… STORIES! Who doesn’t like stories? Let’s listen to some and meet some interesting characters. We begin with Madam Chatterlaine.

(Note: I cannot thank Matthew Broyles of The Matthew Show enough for the inadvertant direction he provided on this track. )

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Fairy Tales For The Lost And Wandering

Collected all together here in one post is a 5 song experiment in storytelling: telling 5 original, melancholy fairy tales using only piano and voice.

How well it’s pulled off is up to you to decide. But not only can you listen to them here at your leisure, if you particularly like any of them, you may HAVE THEM. All can be downloaded at a name you own price rate. You want them for free, take them. If you feel they’re worth anything and you believe that artists should also eat, you may name your own price.

Otherwise, please enjoy these stories and for our regular readers, we return to our regularly scheduled program tomorrow.

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Listen To A Dark Fairy Tale: Dear Departed Diedre

For the next few days we’re going to do a track a day of a different dark tinted fairy tale.

It’s a… it’s a series of tracks of a work in progress. I honestly have no idea what i’m actually doing with it. I have long wanted to do some sort of album/EP which was simply piano and voice, utterly stripped away of all the lavish orchestrations i normally use.

I also like to make up stories. So…. it’s a series of grim fairy tales, told through piano and voice.

There are two questions i have regarding these:

1. Do they work?

2. Am i limiting their potential by insisting on keeping the tracks stripped down to just piano? Note that this question is NOT: COULD i add more instrumentation, trust me, you can ALways add more instrumentation. The question is: is it indeed necessary?

In any case, if you enjoy short, little melancholy stories then i hope you enjoy this series. We begin with Dear Departed Diedre.

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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The Silver Key by Ah Pook The Destroyer

Here we have a post rock meets Pink Floyd album interpreting the H.P. Lovecraft story The Silver Key.

It’s the first album by Ah Pook The Destroyer. Ah Pook, a takeoff of a William Burrough’s bit is a collaboration between Matthew Broyles of The Matthew Show and Paul Shapera of ….. Mocha Lab as well as some theatrical pieces including, i believe, some Steampunk Opera or whatnot like that.

It’s a brand new release.

Ah Pook The Destroyer is a side band for both of us and dedicated to reinterpreting iconic works of literature. (We’ll be doing The Little Prince next). The entire thing is made without either of us meeting. We trade the tracks back and forth over the net.

No agreement was ever made to how we should approach working. What arose naturally was that Matthew would send me some guitar riffs. I would then build tracks around them and send them back. He would then layer additional guitar parts, maybe some bass, send them back and finally, when we had all the tracks we needed for the album, we started divvying up the songs into who would be in charge of what vocals for which part. (“I’ll do track 1. For track 8 you do the verses and i’ll take the choruses” “Great, i got dibs on track 5. You deal with the choruses on 7 and i’ll fool with the verse”).

You can download the album at ahpookthedestroyer.bandcamp.com or purchase it from any online store. The website is ahpookthedestroyer.com

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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The Dolls of New Albion, A Steampunk Opera. Act 1.

Welcome to The Steampunk Opera, a 4 Act theatrical musical that follows 4 generations of a family in the mythical steampunk city of New Albion.

For promotional purposes, we present here the entire recorded 1st Act, featuring performers Lauren Osborn as Annabelle and Kayleigh McKnight as The Narrator, with music by Paul Shapera.

This 1st Act revolves around the scientist Annabelle McAlistair. We hope you enjoy it.

Act 1 S1, Overture:

Act 1 S2, New Albion 1 (featuring Kayleigh McKnight):

Act 1 S3, Annabelle Raises The Dead (featuring Lauren Osborn)

Act 1 S4, Annabelle Has A Doll (featuring Lauren Osborn & Kayleigh McKnight)

Act 1 S5, Annabelle’s Lament (featuring Lauren Osborn)

Act 1 S6, We Bid The 1st Generation Adieu (featuring Kayleigh McKnight)

Special thanks goes out to MProductions, a London based theater company and in particular Artistic Director Chris Cuming, Company Manager Jennifer Harding, and Sound Engineer Peter Malkin, without whom the recordings would not have been possible. And of course, especially and most of all to Mark Swetz.

If you like the music you can always support the show by purchasing any of the songs for $1 apiece or the entire Act for $5. For all other inquiries please either comment or email me through paulms@gmail.com

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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