Celebrating Life

by NOTOPIA

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All songs on this record are instant collective compositions. We simply don’t know what will happen during a studio session, as there are no planned tunes to play, no prepared lead sheets, scores or chords. We talk with our instruments, have a conversation through the music that happens. And we always have a good time.
The only editing on these tracks were the vocal overdubs. No instrument was added, no solo was played new. Everything you hear is the first take and just happened in the very moment of the recording. As we say, this is about friendship and music…

The musicians of NOTOPIA who celebrated life with these recordings are:
Peter Alexius (guitar, soundscapes, voice on "Travel"), Marc Mennigmann (keys), Sven Kosakowski (drums), Mike Keneally (guitar), Jaan Wessman (bass), Peter Hammill (vocals on "Celebrate" and "Connect"), Divinity Roxx (voice on "Play", "Create" and "Care"), Mimi Ventura (vocals on "Dream")

The download version of "Celebrating Life" includes a PDF booklet and a bonus track.

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released November 17, 2017

All tracks recorded at goldsoundmusic 2016 in Hagen. Vocals recorded by the singers in their own studios. Mixed by Marc Mennigmann, mastered by Marc Mennigmann and Sven Kosakowski, creative feedback loop by Peter Alexius. Produced by NOTOPIA. Made in Germany.

©2017 NOTOPIA - notopia.mennigmann.com - Love is the answer.

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Marc Mennigmann Iserlohn, Germany

Marc Mennigmann (born 1970) worked as a session musician in the 1990s and founded two companies which both still exist. He plays piano and Chapman Stick, loves to record, mix and master. Further, he is a programmer, a father of two kids and a well-known concert photographer. He loves to work experimental and to break all the rules. Check out his homepage for more projects and information. ... more

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Track Name: Celebrate (feat. Peter Hammill)
Celebrate - Lyrics by Peter Hammill

And what you had
and what you lacked:
the background noise,
the slow attack,
the echo chamber in reverse,
the repercussions of your voice...
oh lay down all your care and strife
in celebration of the life.
Now run into deceleration,
all due acclaim's an ebbing tide.
Acknowledging the celebration
in due course,
here's your goodbye.
Track Name: Dream (feat. Mimi Ventura)
Dream - Lyrics by Mimi Ventura

hidden eyes
in the cloud
silent rotation
they are everywhere

Information in the clouds
lifeless trash
they are everywhere
watching you

what you gonna do?
they found you
it´s not to late
what you gonna do?
Track Name: Travel
Travel - Lyrics by Peter Alexius

- for Ingo -

Once we sit together at the Mississippi River with a coffee in our hands.
We followed Todd, the wizard, the true star, from Chicago to St. Louis along the Bible Belt.
In Montana we peed our signs in the buffalo grass.
Then, in Portland, we visit Saul in his garage. God we had a wonderful day.
Down in Seattle you cried about the memories of a dead friend.
Yes, we peed our signs in the buffalo grass, somewhere in Montana.
Today I cry at the olive tree that I planted on your grave my friend.
Track Name: Connect (feat. Peter Hammill)
Connect - Lyrics by Peter Hammill

All along the timeline
tide is rolling in.
Make of it quite what you will,
the state you find you're in.
You'll belong or you'll be lost,
whatever's next you take on trust.
Connected.
Correction, connect,
collect the next connection,
expect no recollection,
collect the next connection,
expect the next connection,
collect the next connection,
expect some misdirection,
collect the next connection,
expect the next connection.