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Ocean of Forms

by Rare

Take the finest works of dead poets and place them in a burning cauldron of cinematic scope, then vigorously mix in big percussion, soaring guitars, and ethereal pads.
Genre: Electronic: Electronica
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Eldorado
4:05 $0.99
2. I Cast My Net into the Sea
4:36 $0.99
3. Annabel Lee
4:45 $0.99
4. Dungeon
10:31 $0.99
5. If You Forget Me
2:46 $0.99
6. The Gypsy Trail
6:28 $0.99
7. Ocean of Forms
4:30 $0.99
8. Invictus
4:40 $0.99
9. Ozymandias
4:26 $0.99
10. Sailing to Byzantium
5:05 $0.99
11. The Tyger
3:55 $0.99
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Album Notes
Ocean of Forms is the debut album from independent recording artist and composer, Rare, and marks both the culmination of a life journey and the beginning of new pathways. Mastered by two-time Grammy-winning recording engineer, Andres Mayo from his studio in Buenos Aires, the eleven tracks on this project each speak of explorations and the timeless experience of lives lived.

From the desk of Andres Mayo, "I am truly impressed by the way Rare's latest songs like Eldorado and The Gypsy Trail took me for a ride. It's certainly not easy to find artists that can move you these days. Here's one."

The ride is due in large part to the lyrical content on this album, courtesy of the lasting brilliance of poets long departed: "Eldorado" and "Annabel Lee" by the father of modern horror, Edgar Allen Poe, "I Cast My Net Into The Sea" by Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore, "If You Forget Me" by legendary Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, "The Gypsy Trail" by Rudyard Kipling, "Invictus" by William Earnest Henley, "Ozymandias" by Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Sailing to Byzantium" by William Butler Yeats, and "The Tyger" by William Blake. Both instrumentals on the album, the title track, "Ocean of Forms", and "Dungeon" were inspired by and take their names from poems by Rabindranath Tagore.

The epic narrative track on "Annabel Lee" is courtesy of Ed Good from his LibriVox recording on "Short Poems Collection 015", and the wickedly chilling narrative on "Ozymandias" is from Jemma Blythe's 2006 LibriVox recording on "Ozymandias of Egypt". As for the many other voices that appear on this project, the lion's share are from the text-to-speech labs at Amazon Polly.

The other component of the spirit of these tracks is the technology -- Rare is, after all, where the past meets the future in a connection between the prose of the masters and the cinematic scope of electronica. This entire project was created using a digital audio workstation (Reason 10) on a gaming laptop (Asus Republic of Gamers). The incredible breadth of sound on this project is primarily from the sonic visionaries at Native Instruments, Output, and Heavyocity.

The human side of this project is simple -- thanks to my wife, Eva, and her often-taxed support, and the unconditional support of our menagerie of beautiful pets, especially Rita and Fern.

Rare is both real and ethereal -- enjoy the ride.

- Robert Andrew Rodenhiser



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