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Art of Pop

Art of Pop

  • Door Ralf Jung
  • Release 11-5-2010
  • Muziekgenre Rock
  • Media-indeling CD
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It took me a long time to create and record these tunes in a way I was happy with. When you record a CD and do everything yourself you have the ultimate control but also the responsibilty of the way it turns out. I didn't rush nor make it easy on myself - I took the time and the challenge. In fact I recorded most of the tunes many times over the last 10 years. Each time I wasn't really happy. Then I met Martin Motnik who played bass on most of the tunes and hooked me up to Gregg Bissonette. After I received Greggs drumtracks I knew the time had come to stop compromising and be serious on this project. Drums were recorded early 2009 by Gregg and engineered by his brother Matt in their own studio close to LA. The guitars were recorded between December 2009 and January 2010 in my home studio which is actually my living room - my house was a mess with cables amps and speakers everywhere! Martin recorded a few basstracks in 2009 but most of them were recorded in his new home close to Las Vegas in January 2010. The oldest tune was written in the 80s literally just when I started playing - Childhood Memories. The latest song was written a year ago. There are plenty of styles and types of guitars on here such as a Danelektro 12-String and a Baritone guitar, then the classic Fender Strat and Telecaster. Some fine handmade instruments by German luthiers such as a Lang Tele, a Nik Huber Dolphin and a Siggi Saphir and also a Framus CS Tennessee. Some vintage instruments like a 55 Goldtop Les Paul and a 69 Les Paul Custom are all over the recordings, and last but not least a Sitar and even a Waldzither. I think I used all in all 14 different guitars on this CD - check out the photos in this booklet. Pretty much any guitar I own landed on a track with at least a riff or a lick. The selection of songs is a good mix of what I do musically and reflects various stages and phases I went through over the last 20 years. The hardest part was to choose the songs - I have written more than 40 instrumentals but I thought these 12 are the ones I like you to hear (first). There is a good balance between some real amplifiers tones (The Valve 250, Bimbo and 3100 plus a Framus Ruby Riot) and direct signals coming mainly from a Digitech RP1000 and a Lexicon FW810 which is an I/O interface with a very nice preamplifier for clean guitars. I have used mainly Digitech effects and stompboxes but not the obvious Whammy or YaYa - for that and more please check out my Digitech CD which will be released in June 2010. I tried to rely on keyboards to fill up spaces as little as possible so I replaced a lot of pads and pianos and so forth with sounds I created on the Digitech Timebender. I hope you enjoy! If you feel like, drop me an e-mail under ralf-guitar@web. De Ralf Jung Childhood Memories As a kid I did not think about the past or future. I lived from day to day and here and now. Very simple but a state of mind which is worth winning back again when you are grown up. This is what this song is about. 24-7 The song is at 240 beats per minute (bpm) and it has a boogie feel to me. I incorporated lots of different elements such as a funky guitar behind the intro theme etc. I love songs which come across with a lot of power and strength and attitude. When I play this live I have to control myself not to overpower it during the solo section, Gregg added a swing feel to it which was quite a challenge. Every guitar player has a show-off tune a Capricci to speak with Paganini - I guess this one is mine! NRG This song is a melting pot of styles and influences. I suffer from guitar players diseases all year...the Yngwie flu, the SRV cough, the Shawn Lane fever....you get it the idea. In that song I am sure you can pick out a few of my heroes. I played all the three main sections in one take each so it is far from being perfect but it is alive. I also didn't edit the guitars and asked Martin not do so on his Bass track either. This pretty much sounds like a band playing live, doesn't it? Poweress Grotesque Now this is a very old song, probably 18 years old, and one of the first "good" instrumentals I wrote. To be honest I didn't have anything in mind but the music when I wrote it. At the time I was deeply into Randy Rhoads, but played in a soul band for a living, Again you can hear both of these influences with the funky guitars behind the riffs. It was also the time when I started doing multi-track recordings (on a 4-track cassette player) and checked out dual harmony guitars like Brian May, so I needed to incorporate that element in some sort of a way. Fearless A friend of mine turned me on to many different bands and styles, of which I otherwise would not care to listen to. I do appreciate these first moments as it opens my mind and it is like a exploration each time. After an experience like this I wrote Fearless in one afternoon. Fleischeslust Isn't it funny how we guys function? Sometimes I seem to be able to slip out of my body and watch myself as if I were standing next to me - 'hey... no drugs involved here'!!! Especially when you feel a little blue, or even desperate, we (guys) sometimes tend to make fools out of ourselves don't we? These thoughts inspired me to write this song. Happysad This word... I know it does not exist in English! In one second you can be in focus of many, and then there is that loneliness - we all need to digest this. But sometimes it is hard to open that door to let that emotion in. It is the dualism in life...all things come with something on the other side...good and bad, day and light, love and hate, happy and sad. I found out that sharing is the key.... Hiob This has nothing to do with religion! This one was inspired by a girl I dated ages ago, her love for books and life as such and our time together. An important influence! I wrote the song years after we went our separate ways. I tried to capture the different phases we went through, so there is no classic vers-refrain concept or main melody in this song. Each part except the mainriff will be played only once - this is an attempt to tell the story through music. Hidden Passions This song goes back when I started a band with two friends. The basic chord progression was introduced by the bassplayer and I somehow managed to make a song out of it. Over the time I changed it around so it does not sound like the original anymore but I have changed too. Crabwaltz A song inspired by a stay on a tropical island. Each morning there were crabs around the house that marched like soldiers. In the night and with the tide coming in they ate anything possible around the little hut I slept in...I am sure if the huhadn'tnt be on poles they would have eaten me too. Avalon ...is an island in the river Styx in the Greek underworld. I love movies about this topic and as a kid I read the Greek saga and it always gives me a spezial vibe remembering those stories. Since this song sounded kind of mystic right away I thought Avalon is a great name for it. There is a real sitar in there which is not a Greek instrument but hey maybe that Indian guy took the wrong turn on his way to Nirvana. It is a monstereous production, I think there are more than 15 guitar tracks on it. Gregg copied almost one to one the drums I programmed and it is the first tune Martin played on. I replaced all the keyboards with clean guitars and guitar effects. Wierdly Good Sometimes you hate situations and then after a while you find out that these very same situaions were not so bad at all. This kind of applies to people as well. Over the time you change and so does your perspective. A friend from Warrington/UK came up with that title - it is the second one she made up for me so I need to quote her here...thx Ali!

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Kunstenaar: Ralf Jung
Titel: Art of Pop
Genre: Rock
Releasedatum: 11-5-2010
Label: CD Baby
Media-indeling: CD
UPC: 884502415117

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