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moonbooter - World of Apes 1


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file under: Electronic Music, Electronica, House, Instrumental, IDM, Soundtrack, SpaceMusic, Techno, Trance, Vocal

2010 | 69:40 minutes




P l a y l i s t
1 - living in Apeland  06:46
2 - inside nukes  06:23
3 - M.A.D. (Mutual assured destruction)  05:04
4 - Cowboy und Indianer  05:59
5 - Losing innocence  04:30
6 - Atomic Train  04:50
7 - gently terminated  05:47
8 - A new hope  05:22
9 - You will be OK  04:37
10 - the war begins  07:23
11 - the melancholy within  05:54
12 - Brahma Astra  07:05

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 electronic music for a peaceful world

total time:  69:40

C r e d i t s
music produced, composed, arranged and mastered by Bernd "moonbooter" Scholl 
between December 2008 to February 2010 at Skyflight Studio II, Olef Germany
Artwork by mb-design
Coverfoto by Danny Pederson-Bradbury 
produced under exclusive license to MellowJet-Records 2010

C o n t e n t
A   f e w   w o r d s … 
"World of Apes" is my 7th album. I asked myself, if I was able to realise this very serious theme of the concept album with the inevitable respect musically.  As a start I first closed in on the theme and collected musical sketches for more than one year, read a lot, watched films and documentations and scrutinised my own attitude. What theme it is? "World of Apes" describes the civilisation of our world in the year 2010 and the aligned unconciousness of determining the worldwide nuclear arms race finally. With this very personal album I only reflect a few selected aspects of the historical development from the ignition of the first nuclear bomb on July 16th, 1945 to the Cold War from the 40th to the 80th. The more facts I learned about this period during my research, the more interesting but also frightening this theme became to me. I learned that the technical developments of NASA had been used to develop even stronger and more efficient nuclear weapons. Or, that until today more than 1900 tests with nuclear weapons took place on our planet earth. Or, that every newtime nuclear weapon is 1000 times stronger than Little Boy, the first atomic bomb that was dropped on the city of Hiroshima in August 1945. 

The last 18 months taught me a healthy dosage of cynicism. Because without this cynicism a serious examination of this theme would have been impossible for me at closer inspection. This cynicism is also reflected in the artwork.

You see the last of three equal test-houses built for the 1955 Apple II atomic bomb test at the Nevada Test Site. The others were completely destroyed. You know the historical video-sequence 
on the left side. The colored pictures in this cover were made by Danny Pederson-Bradbury in 2005 and look so peaceful and somehow unreal. Today about 65 years after Trinity, one of these houses is still standing as a memorial for upcoming generations. 
Nuclear threat is still present, also today. 
At every single moment... 

For the production of “World of Apes” I collected many interesting, historical sound recordings and put them into a musical correlation. The experiences from many of my productions from the last 25 years helped me realising my idea. Moreover, I sampled tonal material from these historical recordings and played them as alienated instruments. This created a very special authenticity of the sounds.
Additionally, the remaining nuclear radiation of a true Trinitite of the first nuclear explosion on July 16th 1945 had been measured with a contamination meter and the amplitude had been transcribed to musical-data. Based on random timings of the radioactive degeneration I established quantification patterns after hours of test-measurements and transferred them on sequencer-patterns, rhythms etc. Sound-technically “World of Apes” is at highest level.  Various modern synthesizers but also vintage-devices from the past 30 years have been used. These have been recorded with the most modern technologies and completed with gently used natural instruments and affectionately finished. As usual for all moonbooter productions, I put much emphasis on mixing of the music. Those who enjoy this album with adequate equipment will realise the multiple small sound details which are best audible with ear-phones. This album is, as already mentioned, a very personal album that should be thought-provoking.  To be continued...

On my website www.moonbooter.de you will find a detailed documentation about the realisation process of this album in german and english language with further historical information and facts.

This album is dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of dead, died from nuclear weapons and their dreadful consequences.
complete documentation on www.moonbooter.de

the following equipment was used to realize this album:
Korg M3, access Virus TI, Waldorf Blofeld, Yamaha Motif 7, Yamaha SY77, NI Massive, Absynth, Reaktor, Cakewalk Rapture - Dimension Pro, Rob Papen Albino3 - Blue - Predator, Soniccharge Synplant, Waldorf Largo, Vir2 Syntax, reFX Nexus, Spectrasonics Stylus RMX - Atmosphere - Omnisphere - Trilogy, Samplelogic - AIR - Synergy - The Elements - Phaedra, Titan, Real Guitar 2LE, CamelAudio Alchemy | Sequenzing: Cakewalk Sonar 8.5 Producer | Mastering: Steinberg Wavelab 6


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  • Artikelnummer: cd-mb1001
  • Gewicht: 1 Stück
  • Hergestellt von: MellowJet-Records


global reviews
Bert Strolenberg sonicimmersion.org: ...Beside that, I can't say any of the other tracks is more special or sparkling than the other, they all make up a solid and mature work which is more than pleasant to listen to. The latter is also due to the excellent and transparent sound quality. All in all, Mr Moonbooter doesn't make things too hard with his so-called "new-cle-ar" album, which I trust will be liked by the average listener of modern electronic music and beyond.
global reviews
Will Lücken, April 2009 apfelwahn.de: €¦ geiler Rhythmus, melodisch und enorm positiv! Das Finale setzt sich aus melodramatischen, heroischen Elementen zusammen. Ein würdevoller Abgang. Ein aufregendes Album.
MellowJet-Records 2010
[...Wer Moonbooters Musik kennt und sie mag, dem kann ich das neue Werk wieder uneingeschränkt empfehlen. Es tut gut zu sehen bzw. zu hören, dass man sich auch in der Elektronikmusik mit ernsten Themen auseinandersetzen kann, ohne Lehrmeisterhaft zu wirken. Die Musik ist für sich sehr eingängig und kann auch ohne Gedanken an den atomaren Wahnsinn genossen werden. Und wer sich dem Thema etwas mehr öffnen mag, der hat auch die Chance dazu. Ich für meinen Teil hoffe, dass es eine Fortsetzung geben wird.] Stephan Schelle, April 2010 www.musikzirkus-magazin.de
MellowJet-Records 2010
[Bis jetzt meinte ich bei jeder neuen CD von Moonbooter immer: "Bis jetzt seine beste" ... und das behält auch seine Gültigkeit Ein besseres Argument über die Abrüstung von Waffen u.a. als diese Musik, gibt es doch nicht. Lasst alle, die darüber Verhandeln, diese CD hören und wir hätten diese Probleme nicht mehr. Besser kann man dieses Thema kaum in Musik umsetzen, wie es Bernd auf dieser CD bewiesen hat. Tolle Melodien, die alles wichtige audrücken, egal ob Warnungen über die Zerstörungskraft der Waffen, oder ob es um neue Hoffnungen geht....hier spricht die Musik in einer sehr ausdrucksstarken Art und Weise, da braucht man keine Worte mehr. Klasse CD, da geht kein Weg vorbei. Diese CD sollte jeder EM-Hörer haben ! Ich freu mich auf die Fortsetzung.] Uwe Sasse, April 2010 http://home.arcor.de/uwesasse
MellowJet-Records 2010
[...Eine gewisse Begeisterung kann man dem Review sicherlich entnehmen. Umso schöner wenn diese ganz ehrlich sein kann und nicht im Verdacht einer Hype-Welle stehen muss. 'World of Apes' kann ich nur jedem ans Herz legen, der sich gerne mit Klängen Geschichten erzählen lässt. Abwechslungsreich und zugleich schlüssig ein Werk, dem mehr Aufmerksamkeit gebührt. Oh Wow! Ein Konzeptalbum das Freude bereitet!] Ralf Schaffelhofer August 2010 http://www.medienkonverter.de/kritik.php4?id=4236
Christoph Cech
Ein herausragendes Konzeptalbum. Hier ist dem Komponist "moonbooter" gelungen ein schwieriges Thema aufzugreifen und musikalisch umzuzetzen. Ein sehr persönliches Werk. Aber dafür ist es auch sehr selten in der elektronischen Musik Szene, sich mit dem Umgang und der Abrüstung von Atomwaffen zu beschäftigen. Schon fast dokumentarisch enthält dieses Album viele historische O-Ton Dokumente, die stilistisch sicher eingebettet in einer fantastisch arrangierten Musik den Hörer emotional mit auf die Reise in eine "World of Apes" nimmt. Gruß Codo