Ten years is a long time in the music world, and at 1 per year, our albums have spanned many changes in music, composers and creation tools. The production level continues to grow so the difference between early and late sounding tracks continues to change. Slower forms of Uplifting Trance have also become popular of recent times. But, we haven’t subscribed to the slower sound, instead preferring our traditional fast pace, at 140 beats per minute.
The short list for Volume Ten this year was just over 11 hours of music. Quite scary really, when you come to think of it. As always, some of the tracks we passionately wanted to include, didn’t make it in the end. As the album develops, it also develops its own sound and feel. This means that tracks which may be fantastic in their own right, but don’t fit the sound or feel of the album, must sadly fall away.
As always we delight in the sounds produced by the artists: experience the voices in Leto; the pretty sounds in Never Forget; the choir in Open Our Eyes and the (almost) African style chants in On The Edge.
The departure of Andy Blueman from the Trance scene has inspired other artists to try their hand at big production material. The sounds produced by Simon O’Shine in his remix of Must Go To Heaven are a good example (it really rocks).
As always, our album is intended to be listened to in its entirety; an emotional journey starting with Leto; weaving its way to the haunting vocals of Aneym in Nobody Knows; up to the peak of Metronomic; the happiness of On The Edge, and finally to the indescribable beauty of Andy Blueman’s epice Kanya. At over 9 minutes long, words alone cannot describe the exquisite beauty in this track: a fitting end to our album.