First draft of “Pendulum Pet” complete

I’m overjoyed to report that yesterday I finally wrote “THE END” at the very bottom of the first draft of “Pendulum Pet”, my second novel (after my debut, entitled Cynicism Management). I concluded the novel with a short epilogue after a surprising writing spree which happened to me (of its own volition, it seemed) on Tuesday, when I managed to sit outside all they long, typing away until I had the entire 6000 words that now make up the very finale of the novel.

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On the balcony, where I kept freezing my posterior off in this quasi-spring in Berlin, having my way with my wife’s satanic laptop, I enjoyed the company of an inflated yellow bastard named Hans, our neighbour’s currently still nameless donkey, and some figurine that the neighbour had found in a Müllhaufen somewhere (which would be a German word for “a pile of garbage”, and I find it – the word, I mean – particularly funny for some reason). As a reward for coming up with 5000 – 6000 words in a single writing session I got a nasty whiplash in my right shoulder.

Once again music will be composed for the novel as well. In fact that’s already been done, but we have yet to finish recording the vocals and then go through all the post-production torture. The same goes for the novel: I have to re-read it now and polish it a bit before sending it to a few pals who have volunteered as “alpha testers”. Should anyone else wish to receive the pre-publication manuscript and provide feedback (either the upcoming first revision or the second revision, which should be ready sometime in the autumn, probably), feel free to drop me a note.

Kore to be released on 1 June

Rich, leader of the Coenurus project, decided to release the new 16-track album of sunny merry easy-listening tunes upon the unsuspecting world on 1 June. I look forward to the release, especially now that the frantic mixing and mastering of the material over the last month and a half is complete, as well as after all the effort that went into the making of this fine collection of peculiar progressive psychedelic rock tunes over the last two years, in the first place. So cheers to us, if I may say so myself 🙂

Mixed & mastered Kore

The mixing and mastering of the new psychedelic-progressive-indie-post-peculiar-rock album by Coenurus, entitled “Kore”, for which I also recorded drums, is complete. I must say I’m quite happy with the results and will be thrilled to see its release in the near future. After we – both people involved in the creation of this fine collection of merry tunes, but especially the project leader, composer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist and vocalist Rich Lloyd – rechecked the masters, we decided that no further “polishing tweaks” were required. So after almost exactly two years in the making, this easy-listening 16-track album is finally done!

Started mixing Kore

Started mixing the new evil creation by Coenurus, entitled “Kore“, for which I also recorded drums in 2014. The final production of this intricate full-length psychadelic progressive-rock album, featuring 16 new tracks, will probably be finished in about two months or so.

Aperçus by Ray Kosmick released

Aperçus, a full-length instrumental soundtrack album by Borut Praper, a.k.a. Ray Kosmick, has just been released. Most of the tracks on this album were written for the Survarium Music Contest, opened by Vostok Games, which called on the game community to produce music for the massive multiplayer shooter Survarium. The competition was in two categories: covers of the game’s main theme, composed by Vladimir Savin – Dargalon (first prize); and new original tracks for the game (multiple second prizes). The winners were selected by the developer and will be included in the game soundtrack.

Ray Kosmick’s original track “Nightfall 2” received one of the second prizes; while his cover of the Survarium Main Theme received the first prize and was the main winner of the competition.

All tracks on Aperçus written, arranged and recorded by Borut Praper (a.k.a. Ray Kosmick), except for Red River (an “online” collaboration between Borut Praper and the Slovak composer/producer Alex Turčáni – Alyctro and another entry for the Survarium Music Contest) and Survarium Main Theme (original theme composed by Vladimir Savin – Dargalon). The album also includes a few recent works (Fractures, Backyard Barry and Fractures Rend) which have not taken part in the aforementioned competition. All of the noise (except for Red River) made by Ray Kosmick, be it organic, synthetic, electric, acoustic, or any combination thereof. Produced, mixed and mastered by Ray Kosmick in S.U.R. Studio, Berlin, in 2014 & 2015. The cover artwork is a screenshot from the film Nosferatu by F.W. Murnau (1922).

CONTRIBUTORS:
Borut Praper – music, arrangement, production, mix, mastering; drums, keyboards, bass, guitar, percussion, programming

Survarium Main Theme:
composed by Vladimir Savin – Dargalon

Red River:
Alex Turčáni (Alyctro): original idea, music, production; guitar, bass
Borut Praper (Ray Kosmick): arrangement, production, mix, mastering; drums, keyboards, additional music, bass & guitar

Final tracks for the Aperçus album

Here are the final two tracks for the Aperçus album by Ray Kosmick (to be released later this month). Actually it’s one track, but Fractures Rend is a slightly reworked excerpt of a longer composition, entitled Fractures. This was done because the shorter “cut” wraps up this rather diverse (loose?) collection of tracks nicely, while the complete Fractures will serve as the opening track.

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Caveman released!

Yesterday “Caveman” released a self-titled extended EP, making it available as a free download on Bandcamp, Jamendo, and SoundCloud.

“Caveman”, based in Berlin, is a collaboration between the German singer-songwriter Carlos Kolmer, Slovenian producer and multi-instrumentalist Borut Praper, and Slovenian singer Monika Fritz. The project began soon after Monika and Borut moved to Berlin and ended up being Carlos’s neighbours by pure coincidence. The first result of the work, carried out in 2013 and 2014, is the six-track extended EP, entitled simply “Caveman”.

CREDITS:
CARLOS KOLMER: music, lyrics, arrangement, acoustic and electric guitar, keyboards, lead vocals, co-production
MONIKA FRITZ: backing vocals
BORUT PRAPER: co-arrangement, drums, percussion, bass, keyboards, additional electric guitar, EBow guitar, production, mix, mastering

Mastered 6 “Caveman” tracks

Just mastered six tracks for the project Caveman, a collaboration between the German singer-songwriter Carlos Kolmer and myself. Credits:
Carlos Kolmer: music, lyrics, arrangement, acoustic and electric guitar, keyboards, lead vocals, co-production
Monika Fritz: backing vocals
Borut Praper: co-arrangement, drums, percussion, bass, keyboards, additional electric guitar, EBow guitar, production, mix, mastering

A six-track extended EP will be released soon.