Written and demo’d in the 1980’s, Munich Syndrome is about to release their 13th album, which takes everything back to where it began. Starting with a small home studio, experiments with a Korg Poly-6, a Sequential Circuits 6-Track, a drum machine, a mic and Tascam Porta-Studio evolved and grew into full fledged electro pop songs. Searches for collaborators came and went, but at the end of the day, a core group of songs were committed to tape, and then put away in a closet.
As the pandemic closed in on the world, a small stack of tapes was discovered at the back of a closet (4 moves removed from the original location). Unsure of the shape they were in, or what the tapes might reveal, a search began for a functioning machine to play back the 4-track tapes. The two biggest surprises were, the tapes were in remarkably good shape, but more surprising, there were several songs that had escaped memory altogether. A certain amount of irony was entailed that the first song listened to was called “Missing.” What was amazing was, the song was all there. The melody, the words, all of it.
But, with these newly discovered songs, came the realization that the technology and recording equipment were less than stellar. A lot of work began to clean up what could be cleaned, redo what needed redoing, re-recording what (desperately) needed to be re-recorded, and then fitting the new back into the old.
A tad more recording is still underway, but the core group of songs are ready, including:
Nineteen Eighty Something
Love & Dancing
2 Whom It May Concern
Forever in a Night
Dreams or Memories
Anywhere But Here
Sensual West End Girls Ambience (grafting our version of the Pet Shop Boys West End Girls with our song Sensual Ambience)
Shooting for a late 2022 release, but this might not land until early 2023!
At the end of last year we did an electro pop remix of one of our earlier songs, “Sensual Ambience”, which was included on our 12th album, “Atmospherics 2: Chill” released in November. While listening to the song during the mixing/remixing process, it occurred to us that the Pet Shop Boys song, “West End Girls” would fit quite nicely with this track. Once the holidays were passed we went back into the studio and did our own version of “West End Girls” and then grafted parts of that into “Sensual Ambience”.
The Track listing for the Extended Play is: 1. Sensual West End Girls Ambience (Extended Mix) 06:26 2. Sensual West End Girls Ambience (Single Edit) 04:10 3. Sensual West End Girls Ambience (Instrumental Mix) 06:26 4. Sensual Ambience (Electro Pop Remix Edit) 07:24
The first song from Munich Syndrome’s Nineteen Eighty Something project: 2 Who It May Concern, an extended mix, radio edit,fourth generation Demo, the Sax Version from Sensual Ambience, and the more electronic 2 Whom, form Electronic Ecstasy. One of the very first complete songs I ever wrote back in the eighties. using the original arrangements and some elements from the original demo recordings, this is a completely new version, and the first effort, since the eighties forgoing the vocoder. Written during a time of youth, naivete, optimism, drama, and the feelings that most anything might be possible.
2 Whom It May Concern Track Listing: 1: 2 Whom It May Concern (Extended Mix) 06:28 2. 2 Whom It May Concern (Radio Edit) 04:02 3. 2 Whom It May Concern (Dem0) 03:57 4. To Whom It May Concern (Sensual Ambience Mix) 04:59 5. 2 Whom (Electronic Ecstasy Mix) 04:15
Written in the Halcyon days of the burgeoning synth pop / post-punk movement. Electronic duos Soft Cell, Blancmange, OMD, the Pet Shop Boys and many others opened a door to creativity and freedom.
It all started with a Korg Poly 6, then a Sequential Circuits 6-Track and Drum Tracks were added. Soon came a DX-7, a four-track PortaStudio, and we were off to the races.
Written, Performed & Produced by: David B. Roundsley
Published by: Syndrome Sounds / ASCAP
The original demos were discovered last year during the pandemic, and the Nineteen Eighty Something project will be bringing some of these earliest efforts to life and light.
With ”Senses Thrilled“, Projekt Ich aka Ulf Müller is going to release the seventh single from the forthcoming second studio album which will be released via Echozone in autumn / winter 2021.
Following the successful debut album “By Train Through Countries” (2019), Ulf took a short creative break before getting back to work again. He produced several demo songs to continue the debut album’s proven concept of cooperating with various talented singers from all over the world.
This time, Ulf was able to get the vocal support of David B Roundsley from the electro pop project Munich Syndrome from California / USA. David wrote the lyrics as well as the vocal melody of “Senses Thrilled”. Using outstanding vocoder vocals, he enforces the song’s socio-critical message of antagonistic sensory overload in the digital age and the possibility to experience decadent luxury in all kinds of shapes, or to block out one’s own reality – in part, above average or completely. Is it the rush that wins out? Or does one remain true to oneself in the here and now?
“Senses Thrilled” is catchy, magical, but also fundamental. Alternative synthpop with a touch of elegance.
“Senses Thrilled” features the original track, a radio edition of the original, seven intense remixes by bands and artists like Analogue-X (DE), Cyborgdrive (ES), Mind Code (DE), Druggedmoon (ZA), Morbid Echo (DE), U.M. Fiedel (DE) and Sudden Creation (UK) as well as two instrumental remix versions by U.M. Fiedel and Analogue-X plus the original’s instrumental.
A lyric video of the song will be released at the same time.
Markus Kühnel from Noctural Studios designed the front cover as well as all further artwork for the single release. Ulf Müller was responsible for the mastering.
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