Making Of voXager

Lyrics, vocals & good intentions

Dear spacefaring fellows and fellinas! During the last few weeks, nearly all missing lyrics have been finished, and the existing ones have received their final polishing treatment. We’ve already started recording guide vox, and I’m positive that we will finish the first real vocals sometime during the next 6-8 weeks! The first ones to record will be those of the antagonist character, “Cho t’Nnt”, croaked by yours truly, or in other words, humble me 🙂 Beyond that, we’ll have to see.

We’ve not come to a grinding halt here. We’re just doing it slomo…

Later, perpetrator
Höllge of voXager

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May 18th, 2012 at 10:16amhelge

Woe to you, oh Earth and Sea…

Woe to you, oh Earth and Sea, for the pre-production of the Album  has sucessfully finished!

We have 18 Songs (not counting possible bonus tracks). All keys, drums and bass tracks have been recorded in their final version. Next up: Guitars, solo instrumentalists, and, of course, vocalists. Aliens of the universe, we’re about to get real! Applaud us long and hard 🙂

Yours truly 2094,
Höllge of voXager

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June 25th, 2011 at 01:19pmhelge

Mechanical interstellar benevolent relatively desinterested lifeform

Or in other words, The Sohnen 🙂

We have a new roughmix. It’s song #12, which is now actually #13. Have fun!

[mp3]http://www.voxager.de/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/thesohnen_v1c.mp3[/mp3]

Helge of voXager

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November 11th, 2010 at 12:26amhelge

Moonship Going Down

A while ago I noticed that, storywise, there’s a gap between Song 9 and Song 10; the story failed to explain why Elena Kho suddenly appears on Argon Prime. This is a pretty crucial thing in the story, because it’s here where she meets Kyle Brennan again. So I decided to compose another song to tell the tale. And this is it, Song 9b, Getsufune Down:

[mp3]http://www.voxager.de/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/getsufune_down_v1f.mp3[/mp3]

The title might change, though; I’m not happy with the ring of it. Moonship Going Down is a hot candidate.

And while we’re at it: The working title of the album is Beyond the Heliosheath. The problem with that is, I don’t even know how to pronounce “Heliosheath”. Nobody does, except perhaps astrophysicists. Also, it’s too complicated. So I’m looking for something nicer that has a similar meaning. Something in the vein of Beyond the Sun or Beyond the Ocean of Space. I’m not decided yet. Any suggestions?

Well, however… stay clean. You too, Binary One 😛

Yours truly
Helge of voXager

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September 27th, 2010 at 07:37pmhelge

You will be made wet!

Helge of voXager We don’t believe in guitars. That’s why there are none in this version of the song. But we might be inclined to add some at a later point in time. Perhaps, right? Perhaps! It all depends on whether somebody brings forth convincing arguments for guitars. Can you? 😀

On a more serious note though. We’re still staying the course as layed out last november: Prepare all songs without (real) guitars and vocals first, then record them all in one go. This is song #11, we’ve got five more to go, plus possibly an additional one. Stay tuned; we’re getting there.

So have a listen to “Conference of Disbelievers”, composed by Sven, deciphered, programmed and implemented, as usually, by yours truly, the BOFH of the starship USC Voxager.

[mp3]http://www.voxager.de/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/disbelievers_2010v1c.mp3[/mp3]

Don’t sweat it, dear girls and other alien lifeforms of planet Summer! 😉
Helge of voXager

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July 7th, 2010 at 01:55pmhelge

And slowly, and surely, we draw our plans against you…

Dear space monsters and monstresses!

It’s that time of month again. Here’s another rough version! It’s song #10, “Seventeen Lightyears”. So there are six more songs to go until preproduction is done. We’re getting there, so hang in. In the end it all will have been worthwile.

Here ya go:

[mp3]http://www.voxager.de/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/seventeen_lightyears_2010v1f.mp3[/mp3]

Have fun!

Helge of voXager

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June 21st, 2010 at 07:51amhelge

Solace. There’s love in outer space.

So now, my dear alien guy friends and girlfriends. There’s a new voXager song. Something unheard of since the dawn of… well, for some time. Like, forever. Vocals need to be added, but I guess it works pretty good without them for the time being. Have fun.

[mp3]http://www.voxager.de/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/solace_2010v1e.mp3[/mp3]

Helge of voXager

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April 3rd, 2010 at 01:14pmhelge

Year Four of Our Good Lady’s journey to the Stars

Helge of voXagerPeace be unto thee, my fellow astronaughts!

It recently dawned on me that we’re now well into the fourth year of our journey to the stars. Our Good Lady, the starship USC Voxager, took off in september 2006, and since then, the ETA has been pushed back a little… too often. But we’re getting there, I promise.

So, where are we standing today? The post below this one still holds true. I’ve just finished song #5 “Ship of The Moon” with real synths, and will proceed to song #6 “Greed and Gold” soon. If all goes well (which is unlikely to tell you the truth… it pretty much never does! :-)) I should be through the lot sometime in april.

While working on song #5, I had two epiphanies regarding mixing. The first one about a concept that I had never fully mastered, albeit I knew about it for years: depth offset using reverb. This never worked for me… until recently. Here’s how it’s done: pull down the fader on the desired channel strip while simultaneously dialing in lots of reverb using the channel’s send pot. That’s all, folks. Easy, right? Okay, the second thing I figured out is the proper usage of stereo width limiting. I’ve been fooling around with this for a while now, but it hit me only recently how it should be used: Mainly (and manly :-)) on subgroups. Give the atmo subgroup all the available stereo width, also the rhythm guitars, limit the keys subgroup stereo width a little, and the drums subgroup even a little more. Also the fx return subgroup. This, and the depth offset trick, make it much easier to differentiate between instruments in the mix. Took me five fuckin’ years to figure that super easy shit out, can you believe it? Anyways…

tl;dr: All well. Carry on.

Signing off,
Helge of voXager

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January 15th, 2010 at 03:05pmhelge

Space Metal without Metal

Peace be unto you!

Many things have happened during the last few months, neither of which, unfortunately, had much to do with voXager. To get the shit moving once again I’ve made a few decisions, some of them pretty tough ones:

  1. Drums: We’re going to ditch the “real” drums. They’re just too problematic, timing-, mixing- and otherwise. That was quite a costly error.
  2. Guitars: We’ll have to carefully review what of the stuff already recorded can actually be used, and re-record if neccessary.
  3. Synth: All software synth are off the table, except, of course, samples, which goes without saying, right?
  4. Most importantly: I’m going to finish all 16 songs in a row now without guitars and vocals — just drums, bass, keys & fx. Only after I’m through with that we’re going to review guitars and re-record vocals, or start thinking about additional guest musicians.
  5. Reviewing, fixing, mixing, mastering only after everything else has been said and done.
  6. Mixing and mastering must be done here at the voXager study. There’s just no budget left to have it done elsewhere.
  7. That’s it.

And lo and behold, dear brain eating space monsters, here’s the first thing coming out of the new strategy. It’s the well known Song No. 1, “Unto the Stars”, with only drums, bass, real synth, fx and no guitars yet. It is, in effect, Space Metal without Metal. Have fun.

Unto The Stars:
[mp3]http://www.voxager.de/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/uts2010_v1f.mp3[/mp3]

And lookie what we got here, more songs, same procedure applied as above!

Lizards:
[mp3]http://www.voxager.de/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/lizards2010_v1d.mp3[/mp3]

Wheel in Space:
[mp3]http://www.voxager.de/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/wheel2010_v1c.mp3[/mp3]

Split Seconds:
[mp3]http://www.voxager.de/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/split2010_v1c.mp3[/mp3]

Ship Of The Moon:
[mp3]http://www.voxager.de/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/sotm2010_v1.mp3[/mp3]

Greed & Gold:
[mp3]http://www.voxager.de/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/greed_and_gold_2010v1.mp3[/mp3]

Octahedron:
[mp3]http://www.voxager.de/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/octahedron_2010v1b.mp3[/mp3]

Warrior
[mp3]http://www.voxager.de/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/warrior2010v1.mp3[/mp3]

Helge of voXager

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November 13th, 2009 at 04:21pmhelge

Not dead yet!

Booh! Haha, did I scare you? You know what? Five months later, and we’re back. During the last few days I struggled with mixing real drums for song #3 Wheel in Space. I also threw in a few Real Synths for good measure, and here I present to thee the newly re-mixed version, albeit without vocals yet. I will tackle this sometime during the coming week.

[mp3]http://www.voxager.de/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/song3_v27.mp3[/mp3]

Helge of voXager

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July 17th, 2009 at 11:43amhelge

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