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.

Won the Survarium Music Contest

Great news – at least for me, ha! By some miracle I actually won the Survarium Music Contest, which I’ve entered recently by submitting several tracks under my “Ray Kosmick” moniker.

The Survarium Music Contest was opened by Vostok Games, calling on the game community to produce music for the upcoming massive multiplayer shooter Survarium (which is currently in beta and already looks and plays great, by the way, you should check it out). The competition was in two categories: covers of the game’s main theme, composed by 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.

After a few months and 9 entries (one of them a collaboration with the Slovak producer and composer Alyctro), I managed to win the first prize for my cover of the main theme (a nice pair of Sennheiser HD 380 Pro headphones which actually came in the nick of time, because I actually need them :D)… AND one of the second prizes, as one of my original contributions (Nightfall 2) is going to be included into the game soundtrack as well, so I’m also getting a load of in-game currency and a special decal! Too bad I can’t shoot for shit and everybody manages to kill me on sight 🙂

So, without further ado, here are the winning tracks:

 

And a playlist of all the entries:

 

So now I’m off to be shot in the game’s beta a few more times…

Coenurus – drum sessions done

Phew, finally finished recording & editing drums for the upcoming Coenurus album – about a dozen tracks, many of them very intricate and more than a little “peculiar” 🙂

Well, just in time for 2015, too! Now Rich – who’s actually “Coenurus“, I’m just contributing the drums – will take over (record everything else and mix the monstrosity). Well, it’s been quite a psychedelic ride!