CAP Selects: Albums is a new weekly series dedicated to showcasing the outstanding work of our second-year Creative Audio Production & Sound Engineering Bachelor students. The task for the assignment is to write a seven-track album towards a creative vision from scratch. The only prerequisite: two of the tracks should be collaborations and another two tracks should be covers or reinterpretations of original work. We’ll be adding a new album to this post every single week — so stay tuned!
CAP Selects: Albums S1
Week 4: Courage by Doroteja
“‘Courage’ is a concept album, depicting the story of an individual’s struggle to survive and find happiness. A first-take, 20-minute-long performance, the album’s recording was a feat of courage in itself, which aimed to provide consolation to those who battle with their fears and strive to uncover the meaning of life.”
Week 3: Requiem For Harmony by Jose Sandoval, aka Onix
“The conceptual idea for this project came from an inner necessity to express my nonconformity with the widespread human destruction of nature. The destruction of animal habitats, protected areas, forests and nature in general, in order to be in accordance with the latest and aggressive ideals of capitalism, has led to a point of almost no return for humanity and the planet. We are reaching a crucial moment in our time when we need to act now; to act with bravery and honesty; to deconstruct our differences and come together as humankind, in order to save our planet and the future of generations to come.”
Week 2: Magic Surround Us by Robert Hughson, aka Sed Lance
“After a long period of discovering music from the past, specifically from the ‘60s to ‘70s era, I found myself truly inspired by the way these pop songwriters composed, arranged, produced, and mixed songs. Living in the postmodern era, I’ve come to terms with the fact that there is a certain standard of how people listen to music. We have been sort of spoiled in the sense that our ears are used to HI FI sounds, with no room for error. And as amazing as a digital compressor sounds, or how ‘banging’ the drums sound, I found myself running into circles and not really getting any inspiration at all. Listening to music from the past was truly refreshing.
The music production in the ‘60s and ‘70s was a bit more art/avant garde oriented and that definitely grabbed my attention immediately. Not only because of the amazing production techniques, such as the wall of sound, but I was more bewildered by the composing and arranging elements. To me the core of the song is the songwriting, then we sort of adapt to the era we live in, and our own personal tastes. But it’s just a custom, what’s truly interesting and timeless is the actual song.”
Week 1: Habitat Obscura by Dillon Sutherland
“The concept behind my album is representing various habitats, living or stationary, through journeys or my own interpretation of these environments. Some directly represent a place or my imagination of that place, while some are only a feeling I have had while experiencing something personally.”
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