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Harmony by Homeless Balloon
03/17/13 @ 06:54 PM 1 comment
Note: this track is currently a free download! The official video for the composition 'Harmony' by Homeless Balloon, taken from the album 'Hurry Slowly' (24 Chillout Music).
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Homeless Balloon is the music project of the Norwegian composer, musician and multimedia artist Helge Krabye. He has composed original music for more than eighty television documentaries, radio plays, fantasy stories and art projects. He is known for combining acoustic instruments with experimental, electronic sounds. He is also a dedicated user of the innovative soft instrument MetaSynth. Homeless Balloon released two CD's in 2007 and four more in 2008. They are available in the iTunes Music Store, at emusic.com and from Homeless Balloon's official site. For a limited time, you may also download some tracks for free here at SoundClick (link at the right) for free :) And of course, you can purchase the music as individual downloads (highest quality 320 mbps) or albums in Homeless Balloon's Soundclick web shop (see the left menu). Feel free to share the songs of Homeless Balloon with your friends :)
Why this name?
It makes people curious, and they tend to imagine this free, floating balloon that has lost sight of where it belongs and have the feeling of being homeless... Well, the music is also free and floating, and because it mixes different musical genres and acoustic and electronic instruments, it?s kind of homeless, too.
Do you play live?
Now and then, with artist friends.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
Just like recording your own music has become realistic for ordinary people, distributing and sharing (and sell) that music is possible for anybody. That is democracy! In the near future, jamming real time and composing over the Net will be big among musicians.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
I am signed on the independent record label "24 Chillout Music" where I am releasing my music on Audio-CD and as digital downloads (iTunes and more) in August (2007). The advantage of this is that I will keep all the rights to my own music, and I will get a higher income from selling my music. - If a huge record label should contact me and give me an excellent deal, I will of course reconcider my philosophy... Or perhaps I will tease them by turning their offer down? I have heard too many stories about record companies doing a bad job for the artists, and when the artists want to get out and become independent, they find out that they do not own the rights to their own music. That won't happen to me!
Played violin from I was 6 until 14, then guitar and synthesizers. Started composing for radio (fantasy stories, radio plays, jingles, illustration music) in 1987 and for television (documentaries, vignettes, art programs) in 1994. Wanting to compose and create music as free as possible, I stopped composing for media and started consentration on developing my own, unique music and release it on CD in 2007.
In this order: The radio in our living room when I was a kid, The Beatles when I was 10, The Beach Boys, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Rory Gallagher, Stevie Wonder (Music of my mind), Karlheinz Stockhausen (his tape loops in the 60's), Marvin Gaye, Van Morrison (Astral Weeks, St.Dominics Preview), Bob Dylan (everything!), John McLaughlin (anything), New Order, Jazz, Mozart, Beethoven, Arvo Part
My home cinema with my wife, my children, my Thomson 44" widescreen TV, my Celestion speakers in each corner - and a good DVD movie :-)
MacPro with LogicPro, Korg Z-1, MetaSynth, Alembic bass guitar, Moog Voyager, Fender Stratocaster, pedals, e-bow, acoustic guitar
The loudness war: Do you know this expression? If not, I am sure you know that more and more commercial CD's sound too LOUD! It's ok when the sound has power and presence, but not when the sound is flat and overcompressed and pumping and distorted and ugly. So many great bands and artists have become victims of the loudness war or loudness race that the big record labels fight against each other. Support the idea of dynamics and great sound on CD's, and complain to the record companies when you purchas a CD with bad sound!
Cover for the Homeless Balloon EP "Moog on..."
Graphic for EP Moog on the Dance Floor