Friday, March 23, 2012

AlionLive Madeira - Part 6 is online! (UPDATE: Complete!!!)

Yeah, today a lot of stuff is going on, here at the lions den. Just after I presented my latest music project TUBENWURST, part 6 A of AlionLive Madeira is online. Yeah, you got that right: Part 6 is again in fact 2 parts: Part 6-A and part 6-B, just like part 4. What is part 6 about? Surprise: A hike! This time to Monte, the highest point in Funchal. And the hike is also the longest so far. Have fun, and don't forget to ask for some TUBENWURST at your local supermarket. This video also features the first song of the TUBENWURST project!

Here's part 6-A:

and here's part 6-B:

Musically schizophrenia is FUN!

I warned you! Because of the perpetual moaning and groaning about my musical style escapades, I was forced to think about a solution and now I got it nailed. Huh? Don't worry: You will understand it soon enough .. or maybe not ;) Those who thought that Cimelium was already the end of the story about what could be achieved, and that from now on nothing particularly new would happen, will now be shocked: Here is TUBENWURST! Let me translate this to English: It means something like saussage out of a tube, like toothpaste. Tasty and not always agreeable, but Nutritious! Decades of work at the Alion Space Labs have created a marvel of musical spacefood, which sets new standards. A good mix of influences of electronic music from the recent decades, coupled with the confused mind of the Creator of TUBENWURST give a flavor of electronic sound art, which is appreciated only by true gourmets. YOU belong to? Just try it. The handy sample pack of TUBENWURST, can be enjoyed just at home, traveling, doing sports and games, or maybe at work. It provides energy, but also mental confusion in a matter of seconds.
WHAT IS THAT SHIT? Quite simple, my dear friends: I am talking about my latest music project. As I already mentioned several times, I am ,due to the fact that my sheer repertoire of various styles of music not only confuses people, but also makes some people angry, forced to split my artistic identity alionsonny into many. So far there are Willma Poppen known for merciless candy-pop-techno, Cimelium for the calm & spacy sounds and of cause still alionsonny for everything that is reggaelike. But what about the kind of music, for example, you find on the very popular album "Electronic Space Rock"? The demand for an album with music of this kind is certainly not just small and it is fun to me to mix influences from rock and pop music of the last 4-5 decades, with a dash of 80's feel and a good shot of crazyness and let the result do it's devastating job to the the synapses of my defenseless audience. Yesterday, I consumed 3 jugs of ultra strong coffee and then flew with my loved one through the warm spring air while enjoying some beers. I was looking for a music project title, under which I could publish my latest musical work. So we did what is called brainstorming and had probably hundreds or even thousands of fully stupid ideas, until we came up with one that was so profoundly stupid that we had to just love it: TUBENWURST!
Fine! Since you now know the fascinating history ... HAAAAALT! What did Sonny just say? New musical work? Yes, my dears: There is something new and it has what it takes. It is a work that is truly worthy of being the first song of the project TUBENWURST. There's an interesting story behind this: Imagine a raw electronic beat and Sonny sitting in front of his studio computer, heavily tired, because he gets up very early in the morning in solidarity with his girlfriend, who has to get up very early to work. And there he is now and has promised his audience to create a new song for each part of AlionLive Madeira. The raw beat on the screen ... thoughts and creativity do not seem to want to flow at all ... IDEA! A STRONG COFFEE! Said and done: Sonny made a coffee that was so strong that others would instantly get a heartattack from just a looking at it and drank it. And voila: The creativity machine started to work. The beat became a verse, arpeggios were building upon it, effects were softly placed like silk sheets over it... Crap! Not enough energy! One more coffee! Said and done: Another energy drink suitable for for elephants! Now the notes flew just like that of the vibrating skull into the computer. Yikes, almost finished! ANOTHER COFFEE? ALWAYS! Well, after this third pot of nuclear coffee I felt as if I was going to explode soon ... But suddenly the song was finished. And it also had a title allready, namely "3 Kannen Kaffee" (Three Pots Of Coffee). My girlfriend thinks it is good title, because that's how it sounds. I recommend not trying to dance to it, because cardiologists always look forward to new customers ;) And here, after all the words .. FINALLY! The project TUBENWURST, and it's first song "3 Kannen Kaffee"! A web site for the project is also coming soon!

3 Kannen Kaffee by TUBENWURST

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Alion Live Madeira Part 5 is here!

Because of other things I had to do it took some time, but here is AlionLive Madeira Part 5. It is, with it's playtime of 7:51 minutes, most probably the shortest part of the whole series. The reason is, that after three days spent with extensive hiking, we were quite exhausted and therefore we needed a day of rest. We spent that day in Funchal downtown. It is difficult to rest if you allways use a videocamera and becuse of this not much material has been filmed. But no worries: The sixth part, in which we are hiking again, is allmost ready and it will be much longer. The only thing missing is a fitting new song. I promised you to do, whenever possible, a new somg for each part. I didn't do that for the fifth part, because it is such a short part, and there would not be much space for a new song. Instead of it, I used the two most popular songs of my project Willma Poppen. And here is, without any further delay, the fifth part of AlionLive Madeira:

Monday, March 19, 2012

News from the Cimelium Project and more!

Yes, indeed a lot has happened and maybe some of you have recognized it, because the songs of the Alion Meditations series, which many of you liked have VANISHED... Attentive readers of this Blog will allready know why. Some time ago, I announced the project Cimelium, which has been brought to life as an independent musicproject for the genres Ambient, Chillout and Electronic Ethno. Now finally some steps have been done to finnish this plan:

1. No songs and videos are any longer available by the titles Meditation One to Meditation Nine. Instead they now have their correct names for the first album of Cimelium.
2. The songs are no longer listed on the homepage.
3. There is a own humble little homepage for the Cimelium Project. Here, all friends of the more calm and chilling sounds find from now on all information about the progress of the project. There is also a nice little Cimelium Blog.

So far for the Cimelium project. What else? Because of the overwhelming unreliability of some musicians who smoke too much weed to work constantly and seriously at a project, I said BYE to the plan of turning alionmind records into a Weblabel for releasing sampler albums of rather unknown (Reggae-)Musicians. Sorry folks, I REALLY have better things to do than carrying your ass, heaving loads of work, just so you get some money in the end for your lazyness. I allready told the few people who seriously worked with me, that we will trod on on another path. But now, no more bad vibez, because it all has also a positive side: The alionmind records homepage has been completely re-designed to be from now on the nucleus of my own music projects. Currently the projects alionsonny, Cimelium and Willma Poppen are at home there.

There's another important thing I have to tell you regarding to alionmind records: Since quite a time I tell you that there will be a webshop where you will be able to buy my music and later on merchandising stuff. And because it would be very stupid to create a webshop for my currently 3 and counting music projects, it is a good idea to create that webshop for all projects at the alionmind records homepage.

Well, and then some people ask, why there is no progress at AlionLive Madeira. Folks: I don't want to tear myself apart between various projects and sometimes I simply don't to do certain stuff, but do something different. That's my own personal and beloved creative chaos. And currently I find no fun in cutting video, but in expanding my little website empire ;) But OF CAUSE I'm moving on with AlionLive Madeira. In the end I have to finnish this before the new AlionLive season starts, e.g. sun is shining and the weather is nice enough for some new adventures. So be sure: AlionLive Madeira goes on, and you aint seen nothing yet.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

AlionLive Madeira Teil 4 - The Wild Heartland is available!

The fouth part of AlionLive Madeira was too long to fit into one video of 15 minutes length. Because of that, there is two videos for that day of my trip to Madeira, which is part 4-A and 4-B which you find embedded below. This part features impressions of a guided hike to the wild heartland of Madeira near Rabacal. This time the music is from my project "Cimelium" and of cause the brandnew song "Rabacal" is featured in the video. And by the way: Don't blame me that Youtube allways chooses an image where I hold a beer bottle into the camera as the preview picture. This is not intended, tho I find it funny ;) In the end you know the slogan: NO ALIONLIVE WITHOUT BEER!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The first official Song of the project "Cimelium" has been released!

Yes, finally the long announced project "Cimelium" starts, which was born out of the project "Alion Meditations" after I recognized, that the initial approach for that project would be narrowing my musical creativity a bit too much. One day, when the first "Cimelium" album will be released, which will mostly consist of the old "Alion Meditations" material, all old "Alion Meditation" songs will be renamed and become real songs of the "Cimelium" project. But now my trip to Madeira in November 2011 inspired me to compose the first real and genuine song of the project "Cimelium", titled "Rabacal". To put it more exactly: A hiking trip to the untamed backlands of Madeira near Rabacal inspired me to create that song. I tried to capture my impressions of the nature views there and hope I got it nailed.