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Soon

by Caleb Plattner

Homemade instrumental electronic musings, with a hint of jazz, a dash of classical, and a whole lot of synthesizer.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. Void
2:30 album only
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2. 1:31
4:48 album only
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3. Fallen
4:29 album only
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4. Promise
4:21 album only
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5. Nomads
4:31 album only
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6. Anticipation
2:38 album only
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7. Advent
3:49 album only
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8. Wrath
5:24 album only
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9. Restoration
4:19 album only
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10. Soon
5:25 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
A little over a year ago, I decided I would write and record an album. I've wanted to do it as long as I remember, and I happened to have the resources to do it affordably. Here's the catch. While I may to have the (technical) ability to sing, it's not exactly my "forte." (Pun unintended) I wanted to write a whole album instrumentally. I believe that's where I've been gifted by God the most, and I wanted to focus on that gift solely with this project. As I began writing the music, the idea popped into my head to write the whole project as a parallel Bible... of sound! Obviously, since there's no lyrics, it certainly is no substitute - just a supplement, if that. The primary function of this album is to chronicle the emotional ebbs and flows throughout the whole of the Bible. The mood changes constantly depending on what is happening during each specific account in scripture. My goal was to overview those changes chronologically.

Why is the album named "Soon?" Two reasons:

First Reason: “…Surely I am coming soon.” – Jesus (Revelation 22:20) If there’s any one thing this album hopes to portray, it’s hope. Remembering the creation, the fall, the promise, the wandering, the prophets, the advent, the death, the resurrection, and the ascension, we see God’s sovereign hand working throughout all of it for His name’s sake and glory! Knowing this, when we look at the final promise given from God in scripture (Revelation 22:20), we can hold on to it as fully true. He has proven to be faithful in the past, He will be faithful in the future! Exactly how soon is not for us to know, but we do know that He is coming soon, and it will be beautiful. It is in this that we can have all hope for the future! Soon is the title of the last track on the album. In a sense, "Soon," the song, is the capstone of the project.

Second reason: I used to ride a bus in Champaign that would drive every day by this old abandoned brick building. It has a very run-down feel to it, and gives an impression of sadness. The windows are boarded up, and the wood is rotting. For some reason, in the middle of one of the windows, the word "Soon" is printed on the inside of the pane. The whole picture is depressing, but that word seems to give it life. Paul says in Romans 8:18 that "I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us." When I look at that building, I see myself; I see mankind. We were created for good, but due to our natural disposition to disorder (or sin), we have been run down to a shell of its original design. With the hope of Christ as our atoning sacrifice, we can also hold on to the word "Soon," as we eagerly await the glory that is to be revealed to us. So we tolerate the pain for now, because we know that we have hope for restoration, and it's coming soon!

Stylistically, this album is a juxtaposition of the old and the new. Just as the building holds the aesthetic of a very old, run down building, it is still a relatively modern construction. The message is a compilation of an aged account, but because the histories are still completely relevant today, the sounds are often very modern, with synths and pads created purely electronically.

If you want to listen to the album as a part of your devotion, I'm happy to have helped facilitate. If you want to jam out in your car to it, go for it! However you listen to it, I hope you enjoy it, and praise God for any good that's come from it!

Track descriptions:

Void:
“The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep.” – Genesis 1:2. Essentially, this short opener is a muse on these words. Something exists, thus a song can exist, though the mood and feel is predominantly dark and unknown. There is a glory to the earth, though it is extremely difficult to grasp. It isn’t until creation that we see a clearer picture of the outpouring of God’s glory.

1:31:
“And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good.” – Genesis 1:31. This song is completely based on this verse. From the deep catastrophic sounds of shifting earth, to the delicate, joyous sounds of nature springing life, this song is meant to speculate on the various processes and manifestations of the creation. This is creation’s song of joy!

Fallen:
The perfection of creation was crushed in the moment that mankind sought their own glory above the glory of God. Thus in a moment, humanity had fallen. This collection of sounds desires to communicate the feeling of the moments immediately following the act. The song opens with a feeling of shame as Adam & Eve recognize their sin. Midway through, with a definitive plunk on the lower keys, God’s response enters. After he responds with righteous judgment, the song careens into confusion as it fades to the end, signaling the end of harmony initially created between all of creation.

Promise:
One of the joys of knowing that God foreknew the fall of man is manifested in the promise given to Abram. We see God’s good pleasure shown as he makes a covenant to Abram and his offspring, that He would eventually bring about the restoration of those whom He elects, completed eventually through the advent of Christ. This is simply an expression of that joy in the true promise of God!

Nomads:
Nomads are wandering pilgrims often associated with desert traveling. In a literal and a spiritual sense, the Israelites exemplified the concept of nomads perfectly. Even after knowing the promise of God, as well as seeing many, many occasions in which God delivers the Israelites through an act of providence, they continue to wander away to their own idols, thus they stray in the literal wilderness. Rogue bass lines and solo vibes parts attempt to communicate these sentiments in this track.

Anticipation:
The prophets came around the time of the reestablishment of the nation of Israel. The temple was built, kings ruled over the people, and prophets acted as the moral compass, bringing the word of the Lord to the kings of Israel and Judah. From the laments of Jeremiah to the joyful promise of deliverance from Hosea, the message can be summed up as a cry of anticipation. Anticipation for the coming of the ultimately sufficient sacrifice: the Son of God. Musically, this song never reaches the implied root chord. Instead, it continues to alternate between the fourth and fifth chord, always looking to, but never reaching its resolution.

Advent:
The resolution that never comes in “Anticipation” reaches its fruition in Advent. Musically, the track begins quite simply, with light, lingering piano parts, showing the humble, simple beginnings of the Christ child’s birth. The song continues to crescendo through the life of Christ, with a powerful climax at the peak of His influence with His followers. The life, hope and teachings he brought with Him increased in beauty and influence steadily after His ministry years began until His eventual ascension home to heaven. This track hopes to capture this mood and story.

Wrath:
The ultimate reason Christ came to earth was not just to pass around some good thoughts. The fall had yet to be atoned for; the sacrifice had not yet been made. It’s a little too complicated to get into every detail here, but it is clear that Christ came to bear the wrath of God as the eventual atoning sacrifice that God had planned from the beginning, and promised to Abraham and the prophets. In bearing the wrath of God, He bore the physical and psychological wrath of the Roman soldiers, the priests and governors, and the devil himself. From the anguish in the garden of gethsemane, to the court trials, and eventually the cross, this song seeks to show the pain that fell upon Jesus as the wrath of all was turned against Him. It cannot come even remotely close to the reality that He went through, but I hope it brings just a slight bitter taste.

Restoration:
The first half of this track is dedicated to the sorrow felt by His followers after the events at the cross. But, as the third day arrives, and the women at the tomb find it empty, everything changes in the matter of seconds! A rush of energy and emotion come upon the disciples as Jesus begins to reveal himself as truly alive – risen from the grave! Without a doubt, this track sports the most stark contrasts within the song, from ethereal expressions of despair to jubilant cries of energetic joy.

Soon:
“…Surely I am coming soon.” – Jesus (Revelation 22:20) If there’s any one thing this track hopes to portray, it’s hope. Remembering the creation, the fall, the promise, the wandering, the prophets, the advent, the death, the resurrection, and the ascension, we see God’s sovereign hand working throughout all of it for His name’s sake and glory! Knowing this, when we look at the final promise given from God in scripture (Revelation 22:20), we can hold on to it as fully true. He has proven to be faithful in the past, He will be faithful in the future! Exactly how soon is not for us to know, but we do know that He is coming soon, and it will be beautiful. It is in this that we can have all hope for the future! This hope is the heartbeat for the song, and for the album: He is coming soon – come and find joy and satisfaction in the truth and glory of God!

Soli Deo Gloria


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