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.
A year few anticipated that presented everyone with struggles and challenges to overcome and get through. Despite the many loses and challenges the year presented, it’s also been a year of resilience and hope. On many fronts people pulled together to do what’s best for others as well as themselves and I have every confidence we will turn several corners in the coming year and come out better as a result.
For myself, 2020 was an unexpectedly productive year. I had been working on the book, Bad Blood: A Life Without Consequence, throughout most of 2019 and “thought” it was finished at the end of that year. A chance conversation around the start of the year crystalized a couple of nagging thoughts and suspicions, leading to a different ending for the book. While going through the process of editing the final version and the world suddenly shutting down at the beginning of March, I found myself in the studio a LOT. What came out of these sessions were very different from the previous work I had been doing. I had envisioned moving into a full-on electronic dance album, but instead some very introspective compositions materialized. I found myself bringing in strings, acoustic guitar and other instruments not normally utilized in the previous releases.
GRAY/SCALE just seemed to materialize out of nowhere, but I didn’t realize until after a very fast digital release, that it was also the bedrock and foundation for what came next: Bad Blood, the album. As we waited for the various guest editors to get back to us with notes, we realized the best option for releasing the book was crowdsourcing. After a LOT of research, we went with Kickstarter. Creating the campaign, it occurred to me “a song” might be appropriate to go with the campaign. But with that song, “Bad Blood (The Ballad of a Bad Man)”, a theme emerged. I realized that several songs written over the period of timeline covered in the book were about or were a response to the events in the book. Before I knew it a curated listening / soundtrack album emerged. Along with that, creating a few videos turned into a quest to make a video for each song on the Bad Blood album as well.
I wanted to utilize every tool at my disposal (the written word, music, video, graphics) to tell and explain the narrative of Bad Blood to its very fullest. Every aspect of the project was under my creative umbrella. January 1 will see the release of the book and album on Amazon and all major digital platforms.
The book and project were a cathartic exorcism of ghosts and lies. Many of them looming much larger and longer than was actually warranted. Perhaps had the world not closed in on itself when it did things wouldn’t have come together as they eventually did?
Wishing everyone a healthy, happy and prosperous new year!!!
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