Celebrating Life

by NOTOPIA

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Play 03:19 video
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Create 04:24
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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.
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Trust 01:31
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Care 03:20
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Study 01:36
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Smile 03:34
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Arrive 01:57
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Change 07:41
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Inspire 06:27
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Heal 01:14
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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?
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Reward 01:56
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Enjoy 06:55
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Work 00:56
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Travel 03:17
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.
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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.
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Love 01:17
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Dance 05:02 video
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about

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.

credits

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 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 mennigmann.com for more projects and information. ... more

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