Daydreamer’s Dance is a very good example of how songs can come into being for me. It has a lot to do with my mantra: “Just start – the universe will do the rest”.
There are creative moments when I know there is not enough time that day to create something elaborate. Then I create a short sketch from the vague idea, consisting only of tempo, a musical motif and sound space. It is saved under a usually completely arbitrary name for possible later elaboration. Many of these sketches remain in this stage for a long time because I can’t pick up on this mood. More precisely, there is no new creative impulse that would justify further development.
Daydreamer’s Dance lay in this pigeonhole as a file “lollofiffi” (haha). Then one day I decided to launch the “Holistic Entprima Weeks” to visualise the stylistic diversity of the songs with 3 releases in 3 weeks. The Entprima Jazz Cosmonauts and Captain Entprima already had finished songs, but Alexis Entprima, the music producing dance music machine did not.
So I pulled lollofiffi out of the pigeonhole and listened to the draft. The mood and tempo didn’t seem very close to a dance track at first. But as a passionate storyteller, I quickly had an image in my mind’s eye of daydreamers dancing away lost in thought. That was then enough for the work of the universe. Of course, it also takes a bit of craftsmanship to follow the path laid out.
There is a long tradition of the genre “Easy Listening”. It originated in the 1950s when some great band leaders used the sound of big bands for simple arrangements of evergreens to reach a larger audience.
Prime examples are the arrangements of James Last, Bert Kaempfert, Ray Conniff, Billy Vaughn and Mantovani. Soloists and small groups later also played this genre, which ultimately sank into cheap department store music.
For our music-making coffee machine Alexis, “Easy Listening” is the ultimate genre, even though it has largely disappeared from the vocabulary, and today the genre “Lo-Fi” is more common for relaxed, rhythmic music. Alexis’ mastermind would like to take up the above mentioned examples in contemporary sound.
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