Thursday, February 22, 2018

George Bellas "Colonizing the Stars"

Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: February 22, 2018
1. Imaginary Construct (4:07)
2. Vision In A Dream (5:58)
3. Sensory Overload (4:54)
4. Robot Nine (3:56)
5. Pray For Me (8:30)
6. Merging With Machines (6:08)
7. Living In A Simulation (7:33)
8. Child Of The Stars (5:20)
9. Existence (4:59)

Total Time 51:25

George Bellas - Guitars
Peter Fredlander - Drums
George Bellas - Bass
George Bellas - Keyboards
San Francisco Childrens Choir
Sofia Choir of Bulgaria

The album contains nine epic compositions in a futuristic style with a palette of lyrically-flowing melodies, otherworldly harmonizations, and inventive rhythms all sounding through a barrage of guitar, bass, drums, choirs, and orchestral instrumentation.
There is only a single guitar used throughout the entire album, meaning absolutely no double tracked guitars were recorded. Using a single guitar was an effort to leave room on the soundstage for the choirs and other instruments and also to situate a dedicated location in the stereo and frequency spectrum. A full range of choirs were used, including a boys choir, girls choir, sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses. 
The organization of the album is in a symphony sonata cycle with three cycles containing three movements each. Each three movement cycle is in the format of Movement 1 - Fast, Movement 2 -Slow, Movement 3 - Fastest. Each cycle utilizes modified forms of Sonata Allegro, Minuet and Trio, and Rondo. 

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