uNIVERSAL   LAWS

The favorable reviews of ‘The Observer‘ prompted me at the end of 2011 to start work on a second album. Although the influence of the ’80s is still obvious, as it is an indelible part of my musical background, I have tried to move beyond the synth/electro pop sphere, and move towards not only analogue sounds. The use of the guitar, although still activated by MIDI keyboard commands, is also much more evident.
In terms of lyrics, however, there is a certain continuity with ‘The Observer’, with themes that often tend towards spirituality and personal growth.
The end result is an album that is perhaps less cohesive than its predecessor, but which from my point of view shows a certain growth on a compositional level.

UNIVERSAL LAWS was released in 2013 by the Russian label ScentAir Records, and can be found on all major music streaming platforms.
A video of the track ‘End of the Line‘ is available on YouTube, as well as its ‘Making of‘.
To get the CD (which includes a 10-page booklet with lyrics and photos) for only 5 euros + shipping, just send me a message via the ‘Contact’ page.

This song is an exception to my usual way of creating music, in the sense that instead of being born as a whole, as it usually happens, it was assembled from three different ideas that had been floating in my head for weeks, until one fine day I suddenly realised that with a few slight adjustments they could fit together.

I wrote the lyrics about a month later, trying to go along with the rather aggressive mood of the song.

For the video I turned to my good friend Frank Stienen, who dabbles in creating video projects besides being the front man of the band EgoAmp. Therefore, one day in July 2013 I flew to Dortmund, rented a theatre in Bochum, got some of his actor friends involved and spent a very fun and informative day shooting the scenes that were then edited to make the video.

Also for this track I followed a different procedure. In this case it all started while I was listening to and putting together some Apple Logic Pro loops out of curiosity.
When I realised that the result was to my liking, I thought it was worth trying to turn those sequences into a song, with the end result that you can hear.

For the vocal part of the chorus, I tried to follow Seal’s style in his ‘Crazy‘.

This track originated from the refrain, which was originally supposed to be part of an ambient instrumental piece I conceived while walking on the beach at Lido di Volano. It is still my favourite track on ‘Universal Laws’, because it is the one I always put on when I want to listen to something from the album but have little time.

My friend Roman Radchenko must think the same, since of all available tracks he chose this one to make the remix that closes the album.

I still think this track has a lot of potential, and for some reason I wasn’t able to make the most of it in terms of production.

On the other hand, I am very happy with the way I managed to link its beginning with the ending of the song that precedes it, which includes some sounds and melodies that are later taken up here.

By the end of 2012, my love for some parts of Asia and their musical atmospheres had already reached a remarkable level, even though at that time I had not visited any Asian country yet, so I thought that a new album would be the perfect excuse to try my hand at a track recalling them.

Also, I had recently purchased a software that could reproduce both male and female vocals, and ‘The Call’, with its rather ethereal atmosphere, was just the right track to put it to the test.

Finally, this is perhaps the track where I was able to achieve the best result with regard to the fusion of lyrics and music. The atmosphere of the song immediately made me think of a wise old man contemplating on the banks of a placid river running through an ancient town, and this is what I tried to recreate with the lyrics: ‘I was standing on my own, by the riverside of the town made of stone’.

In 2005, I had started to find various articles in internet claiming that music recorded at 432 HZ produced both mental and physical benefits. Intrigued by this theory, I vowed to compose something, if the opportunity arose.
Therefore, when I discovered that Propellerhead’s Reason software allowed its virtual instruments to be tuned to that frequency, I decided to take the opportunity to compose a semi-instrumental piece in which the only words would be ‘Join the Omega revolution’, after the title of one of the articles I had read on the subject.
Since I didn’t want to waste time waiting for an inspiration, I took the melody of the first ever track I had recorded with my Ensoniq SQ1 workstation in 1994, and from there I added more sounds, until I achieved what you can hear on the album.

 

A typical synth pop song, which I think in the right hands (meaning a famous name and more professional production) would also have the characteristics to become a radio hit.

Strangely enough, I don’t remember anything about the recording sessions, but I do remember very clearly that the idea came to me on my way home from an A-Ha concert in Munich, an idea that was locked in a note on a drawer for about ten years.

There are many similarities between ‘The Universal Laws’ and ‘The Observer’, from the previous album.
The two songs in fact close the respective albums to which they give their names, lyrically they are the summary of a series of studies and experimentations, and musically they present variations in tempo and atmosphere.

You may or may not agree on the existence of the universal laws described in the song, but it is undeniable that an attitude focused on love and beauty can only benefit any human being. In other words, I have never met a cynic who, apart from considering himself smarter than others, was also happy.

My friend Frank Stienen, in addition to directing the video of ‘End of the Line‘, made also a remix of it with its project EgoAmp.
This is consistently the most played track of the album, according to the monthly statistics I get from Spotify, which is proof of Frank’s excellent work.

Roman Radchenko is a talented Russian musician, who publishes his songs under the name Dark Phenomenon. When Vladimir Romanov, owner of ScentAir Records, suggested me to contact him for a possible remix of a track, I immediately accepted with enthusiasm.

‘Time and Time Again’ is not an easy track to work on, but I think Roman handled it very well.