One Carl Is Undead: An Ideal Today For Carmina Burana-RadioSpia
Cover Art: The Gorky
All songs partially recorded, fully edited, mixed and mastered by Marco Maffei at Mastering.it in 2013 / 2015. Orchestral parts recorded live in Italy by Marco Maffei.
Executive production: Mastering.it Studios (Italy)
Artistic production: Marco Maffei
(C) and (P) 2015 RadioSpia records - All rights reserved
Publishers: RadioSpia Publishing (BMI) (songs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9) and Schott Music (Songs 7, 8)
Some Instruments used:
Gretsch percussions – Classic Choir and Orchestra - Fender Fretless Jazz Bass ’62 – Jen, Arturia, URSS, Davoli synths - Neumann, Akg, RØDE and Sennheiser microphones - Drawmer and Focusrite preamps, TC, Universal Audio, Urei, Vonny Acoustics and Focusrite dynamics – Lexicon, Yamaha, Roland and Alesis outboards – Max/MSP, Ableton Live, Propellerheads Reason, Sony Acid, Steinberg Cubase, Apple Garageband and Logic software - MOTU AD / DA – Apple Logic Pro editor. Mixed with Mastering.it hybrid digi-log technology.
Spring of 2013.
While walking through the alleys of the suburbs, I have a vision of an old elegant man in front of me, with a conductor's baton and a grey bag in his hand. He says: "I want you to publish the music that I wanted to do in life, if only I had the right tools. My job, in fact, was affected by the limitations of those instruments’ time. I want you to do my new music with these artists….", and he suggested a list of a dozen musicians; I knew some of them.
He added: "My name is Carl"; while I was wondering things like "how will I do that?", he disappeared.
After a few days, an old friend of mine, now conductor, asked me to record his concert. He would have performed the Carmina Burana.
After the recordings, I connected the two facts and asked for some proofs: I asked the director to let me use two portions of those recordings, just to "make an experimental record". He said "yes".
Later, I contacted all the artists suggested by Carl, told them about my vision and asked to get inspired by my two orchestral recordings, going musically and tonally beyond them. They said “yes"”.
As a confirmation of this, I received, within the next two years, eight small masterpieces, which seem to be magically guided by one esoteric mind.
I treated the all musical compositions and versions like plants in a very special botanical garden. I supported their sound going towards the Carl requests. Carl was a musical genius still wishful to be alive.
In this early winter, while I was thinking about the right time for this release, the old man reappeared and said: "Well done, now we are in 2015 and nothing will be as it was before. The music has changed". Then he vanished, but I know that he is inside this record.
Among the artists involved in this album, I mention Andrea Chimenti, Valentino Corvino, The Alpha States, Alba Francesca Battista, Emanuele Menga, Andrea Ruscitti, Domenico Montino and the baton and the grey bag of the old Carl.
With all of them, we used many different instruments and tools: a real symphonic orchestra and a choir with more than 40 singers, many audio sequencing and synthesis software, electric bass, percussions, violins, analog synthesizers and DJ equipment.
Here's the release #07 from RadioSpia Records, called “One Carl is Undead - An Ideal Today For Carmina Burana”!
(Marco Maffei, the producer)