by Ali Helnwein

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Chamber classical music, minimalism, experimental sound, neoclassical music with choir, glockenspiel, toy piano, ukulele, banjo, xylophone, harp, harpsichord: all this sounds like a bright illustration to the phantasmagoric but wonderful dreamy french story. )) Favorite track: Side B.
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Ali Helnwein’s Voyage is what an amusement park adventure ride would entail in a universe in which magic is not limited to parlour tricks or the realm of fantasy. The scenery is aural and yet the experience is almost cinematic – something one can see as well as hear.

At first the cassette is almost exceeding odd; odd enough to make you understand you are facing the unfamiliar, something that years of listening to the pace, rhythm and aesthetics of more conventional music have ill equipped you to anticipate. The influences are manifold: a consuming passion for everything Baroque, a flavour of science fiction and 1980’s 8-Bit chiptunes and a thousand other ingredients all combined in a drive for pure creation and experimentation. The influences flower and wilt without warning, embracing a Zen like sense of transience as different types of sounds crop up and recede or meld into something new.

Pop the tape in your tape-deck, sit down and really listen. It will be hard to keep the images from flooding your mind. Let it take hold and enjoy the journey.


released April 14, 2015

All songs written & recored by Ali Helnwein
All songs performed by Ali Helnwein unless noted otherwise

— Voyage
Poem by Stephen Kalinich 
Singers: Mariana Popzlateva, Sisu Raiken, Szu Hua-Wang, Jamie Green, Josh Grondin, Travis Warner
Banjo, ukelele, timpani, electric guitar: Ali Helnwein

— Why I Wake Up Slowly
Poem by Mandy Kahn
Viola: Rob Brophy
Flute: Lauren Lefton Rogers
Clarinet: Tim Friedlander
Xylophone: Jamie Green
Harpsichord, banjo, timpani: Ali Helnwein

— Four Horsemen
Poem by Amadeus Helnwein
Singers: Mariana Popzlateva, Sisu Raiken
Violin: Ina Veli
Trumpet: Jonah Levy
Harp: Charissa Barger
Toy piano, timpani, oil drum, harpsichord, cello:
Ali Helnwein

— Digital Tombstone
Guitar, saxophone: Jamie Green
Trumpet: Jonah Levy
Flute: Gina Luciani
Violin: Lacy Rostyak
Banjo, harpsichord, clarinet, percussion, xylophone:
Ali Helnwein

All instruments used:
8 bit synth
Acoustic Guitar
Bowed piano
Electric Guitar
Filing cabinet
Oil drum
Toy Piano

Drawing by Mercedes Helnwein
Layout & design by Joe McKay


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