Sunday, June 30, 2013

Stretching the limits with "RaumZeit". New song!

I'm getting easily further with the production of the songs for the second Willma Poppen album. I'm not quite sure if I get the remaining 8 songs done until my birthday on July 19th, but the album will most probably still be released in 2013. I do not exclusively produce sound material for this project, but also for Cimelium and alionsonny project.

The title of this blog entry fits quite well. The new song "RaumZeit" is actually stretching the limits. Ok, this is actually the case since at latest the second half of "Heroes of the Popp-Culture". Since I have taken over the project completely (at the latest), I try with each new song release, to test new boundaries, to set new benchmarks for the structure of the Willma Poppen sound. With "RaumZeit", I have, in my opinion, "pushed the pedal to the metal". I have learned some new tricks and a few cherished (now partly also hated) habits have been thrown overboard.

With "RaumZeit", which title is not coincidentally similar to the previous track "RaumReise" I "married" some proven concepts of the early days of the Willma Poppen project with the new, experimental style. "RaumZeit" is Willma Poppen's final goodbye to the concept of being just another pleasing pop act, and a fearless plunge into incomparability. From now applies: Nothing sounds like Willma Poppen and Willma Poppen sounds like no one else. It's not about complacency. Here is 100% individuality and originality. Willma Poppen is thus, contrary to the original idea, on the warpath with customs and the mainstream. But things are still danceable and funny and of course insane. Well, and after so much pathos and promise, here is the new song. Fasten your seatbelts, as we go on a pretty turbulent journey.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

We have a Willma Poppen Homepage again!

Well, actually there has been one all the time. But those who visited it maybe recognized the following two facts: First, the site has not been updated for ages and second, maybe your virus scanner gave an alert that there was "something fishy" on the site. Yes, some "smart asses" managed it to somehow manipulate the site via a little vulnerability in the sites code which runs all alionmind sites, aka alionCMS. A code update to fix that vulnerability was long scheduled for a general code update and "unifying" of the alionCMS. This update has happened right now, and so we have a secure Willma Poppen Homepage again.

And here it is, under the old well known address: The new Willma Poppen Homepage!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

New Song "RaumReise"!

With this fourth song on the album "Willma in Wonderland," the songs for a third of the album are finished. There is still a lot to do, but since I already have quite a few more titles in various stages of completion, I see it all calmly. The newest song is a consistent pursue on the path that I had in mind for the Willma Poppen project after the release of "Heroes of the Popp-Culture": From simple, pleasing Pop(p)-Techno to a kind of "Progressive-Popp-Techno. More experiments and above all fun!

"RaumReise" is in many ways a little different from the previous releases: It is much faster than most previous songs. This is, why this track has not the traditional five minutes play time. For a song like this 3 minutes 48 seconds are absolutely sufficient. The drums are quite spartanic with only a bass drum and a snare sample. The bass is booming throughout the whole track on a single note. This is neither caused by laziness nor lack of ideas, but simply by the fact that I found it quite adequate. Always something new! And new does not always mean "more". This song is an experiment in the direction of minimalism. And if you're thinking, the whole thing has been easy to produce because of that, you're wrong: The restriction of means of expression that I had jokingly imposed upon me for that title brought with it some creative hurdles. One thing is clear: I will research further in that field ;). Oh yes: For the professionals or ear-trained other folks with sequencer knowledge which may hear that some arpeggiators seem mistimed I have to say that I set the arpeggiators with intent "off-beat" to obtain an "organic flow". In addition, the one or the other funny rhythmic effect materializes out of that ;)

Ok, now you should have all the necessary and unnecessary information. Have fun with "RaumReise"!