Time(-Less) is the first song of this instrumental concept album with the intention of telling the history of time in 12 songs.
Every Song tries to use a different style and different instrumentation to fit the era.
With an electronic, wavering bassline I was trying to paint pictures of the creation of planets, flowing lava and timelapses of the creation of continents.
If I was able to spark your interest, turn off shuffle and let me take you on a journey through time.
Flora is about the age of plants and the trees, a classical composition for strings and percussion using pizzicato techniques to symbolize the sprouting of plants and also uses classical techniques like horizontal harmony.
Evolution / Ascension brings in the fauna and the rise of men. Modern acoustic instruments like guitar (symbolizing humanity), bass and drums create an evolving soundscape with a guitar solo in the end as humanity kept growing and growing.
Democracy is the song about the first age of democracy (think old Greece) and begins with one voice, but soon voice after voice is added, partly conforming, partly opposing and contradicting, until all voices come into agreement in the end.
Of Might And Men is talking about the chaotic, passionate medieval age. Lots of acoustic instruments and guitars try to talk about the human cost of that age. Pictures want to be painted of kings and battles, power struggles and the urge for more.
Human Rights is a song of praise for this achievement, but with some dissonance and questioning, uncertain feelings. It uses piano and saxophone.
Fernweh is a song about the age of exploration and ships. It is kept in 92 bpm (think Columbus 1492). Unlike other pieces, this theme is taken quite literally, with sounds of wood, ships, water and more. The song is partly repetitive, like life at sea, and begins in one of the most melancholic and yearning keys. Halfway through the song the key turns hard to one of the most euphoric keys and suggests „Land in sight“.
For this, no intermediate keys were deliberately chosen, only (the only) common note to underline the harshness of the change of feelings.
Industry talks about industrialization. Another song taken rather literally. The aim was to create a mechanical atmosphere, repetetive and walking, non-stop, restless. For this purpose a 7/8 beat was used and put into a 16th-note-feeling (14/16th).
On top of this a repeating theme was created and set to an industrial-style soundscape.
Failing States: This song was conceived with the thought of successive military dictatorships and revolutions of the people.
For this purpose the song was constructed polyrythmically, with two streams running against each other, which converge and diverge again.
Dystopia creates images of a global metropolis, pictures of helicopters, skyscrapers, traffic chaos and constant life are painted with mostly electronic devices.
The Last Eyes On Earth: The title of the song prepares you for a dark, gloomy soundscape, the beat was created using sounds of footsteps in the forest and is supposed to make it feel like the listener is running
from the „end“ that is thematically following and cornering you. It is the last time the guitar shows up, even if just so sligtly.
What Remains is created using piano, bells and a mixture of electronic, acoustic and natural (water) static. It leaves you with thoughts of the past, reprises Human Rights and feels structureless, uncertain until it, in the end, resolves the dissonances to leave the listener with a sense of rest.