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by Julia Mae Staley

“What is the price of democracy?” This indie rock/steampunk industrial song written by rock harpist Julia Mae Staley asks –and answers – this question. Whether you wanted to know it or not.
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“What is the price of democracy?” “Automatic phenomenons.” “What is the price of stability?” “Soma-driven automatons.”

In the 1900s, society asked how they could psychologically drive the masses to become consumers. Paul Mazur of Lehman Brothers on Wall Street has widely been recorded as saying: “Man’s desires must overshadow his needs” and by 1928, “A staggering machine of desire has been built.”

This song asks the question – have we changed? Is it okay? There really aren’t direct answers, but I found it intriguing to ask the question. I think people should be aware of what happens around them, and why society is the way it is. As a libertarian and a musician, I feel information deserves to find its way to your ears – and your hearts. So what do you think? Are you a machine?

Aren’t we all?

I wrote this song in 2013 and brought it to my producer, John Evola of Lounge Studios. We brought on John O’Reilly Jr. for the drums – he’s played for Fun before and many others over the years, and he made this awesome industrial-like drum track for us using Ableton Live. (Thanks, John.) Then, after a lot of hard work, we added Hans Garon as our mixing engineer.

I couldn’t be more thrilled with the result. My voice sounds strained – I think it was the 12th take because Jon is a perfectionist – and it sounded so raw we ended up keeping that over some of the prettier sounding tracks. This song isn’t meant to be pretty, it’s dark.

I’m releasing a steampunk themed music video at some point in the future, and the story with that will be as dark as the song!

A big thank you to John "Evol", John and Hans for helping this track come together. A surprise thanks to my mother for attending some of the later night sessions and giving her – very vocal- opinion on song aspects. (I needed a kick in the pants, it’s okay.) And for all my friends for being so enthusiastic about the lyrics it pushed me to finish it.

So now, go listen, my many staggering machines of desire… and I know you will want more.

Recorded at Lounge Studios in Westminster PA
Producer and Recording Engineer: John Evola
Mixing and Mastering Engineer: Hans Garon

The studio uses both Pro Tools and Logic.

Julia Mae Staley: Lead vocals, background vocals, harp, piano
John O'Reilly Jr. : Drums (and Synth Drums on Ableton Live)
John Evola: synths and guitar
Hans Garon: bass

Julia plays on a custom Venus Aria.



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