Maalstroom : World Of Insanity

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Sell date: 1/2012
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ABOUT THE ALBUM: Most of the songs on this CD started life as product demos for various amplifiers and effects pedals. Over the past few years, I have assisted several companies with designs for new musical products. I also recorded audio and video demo clips for these products. For example, I would be asked to demo an amp by playing'something that sounds like Hendrix'. I ended up improvising and playing the main riff for Love Cloud Nine. Several people would then ask me ... 'Hey, that was catchy. What song is that?' When I confessed it was not a song but something I had just made up to emulate a certain style, they suggested it would make a good tune. That is how most of these songs were born and developed. As a result, you will no doubt hear the influence of artists like Hendrix, Black Sabbath, Yngwie Malmsteen and others when listening to this CD. Originally the tracks were being recorded on analog tape, but when it became evident I would be working with singers, drummers and lyricists scattered around the country; I finally made the jump to modern digital recording. The existing analog tracks were transferred to a SONAR digital audio workstation and all subsequent tracking and mixing was done inside SONAR. The song Love Cloud Nine was the first song to be done 100% inside the SONAR recording environment. ABOUT THE SONGS: INTRO - this brief narrative sets the tone and message for the first few songs on the CD. WORLD OF INSANITY - looks at the direction our society is heading in terms of overpopulation, urban sprawl, political corruption, pollution, diminishing natural resources, weakening morals, obsession with consumerism, economic and financial manipulation, and more ... HOLY WARS - comments on mankind's long history of perpetuating hatred and violence over beliefs instead of logical facts and reality. The song also voices a warning that failing to learn from our past to change our ways may in fact lead us down the road to our own destruction. There is also the caution expressed not to ignore the early signs of global unrest that are brewing, fueled by both religious fanaticism and the problems of our modern society. LOVE CLOUD NINE - after the heavy message of the prior two songs, this playfully nasty tune is a homage to Jimi Hendrix and a tribute to beautiful and sexy women all around the world. COLD FIRE - we all know at least one or two guys who have met the wrong woman in life and traveled down a rough road. THE DEAD DON'T SLEEP - examines the continued relationship between the dead and the living. Especially in this new era of technology and media, those that have died are in some ways always with us. Videos, audio recordings, thousands of photographs that are easily emailed and shared, and of course our own personal memories keep the departed 'closer' to us today than ever before. CREDITS: Music written and performed by Michael Spitzer Lyrics and vocal melodies by Aeriel Stiles Vocals performed by Rob 'Rahbil' Hill * Drums on Love Cloud Nine played by Frank Basile Recorded and Mixed at RawSound Studios - Florida Mastered at The SoundLab - New Jersey CDs Manufactured by DiscMakers - New Jersey Cover Art by Rich DiSilvio @ Digital Vista - New York EQUIPMENT LIST: Fender Stratocaster electric guitars & Precision basses (assorted and modified) Marshall JMP 'Metalface' 50 watt Amplifiers (early 70's vintage era) Laney GH50L Amplifier DOD & Analog Man effects pedals Roland GR30/GR33 Guitar Synths Yamaha RY30 and Pearl Drums SONAR Producer Digital Audio Workstation M-Audio Delta 1010 PCI Digital Audio Interface Allen Heath MixWizard 20:8:2 Mixer Focusrite ISA 110 Mono Microphone Preamp & EQ Lexicon PCM91 Reverb Summit Audio TLA-100A Tube Leveler dbx 1066 Compressor SansAmp Bass Driver DI Tascam TSR8 Multitrack Analog Tape Recorder (now retired) SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING: My wife Glenna, family and friends for their input and comments on these songs in their development stages. Aeriel Stiles of Songwriter Demo Services in Nashville for the great lyrics. Rob (Rahbil) Hill for his powerful vocal performance. Fra

World of Insanity
Holy Wars
Love Cloud Nine
Cold Fire
The Dead Don't Sleep