Hedersleben 3 - The Fall of Chronopolis - CD (Signed)
Third release by experimental kraut rock outfit Hedersleben featuring ex-Subs Nicky Garratt and Jason Willer.
Autographed by Nicky Garratt.
Nicky gave T&M an exclusive insight into the songs and inspiration:
An Empire (Garratt)
This opening track expresses the anxiety of citizens of the Chronotic Empire, patriotic but frightened about the coming war. Ariana’s voice is the voice of the people. The lyrics at the start sung by Ursula, Kephera and Ariana are the words of the seemingly mad computer system The Imperator. What has been will be. This piece is perhaps the most conventional rock piece on the album in 4/4 and based around a series of three Hammond organ chords.
The Gulf of Lost Souls (Stuart)
Based around a 6/8 bass pattern by Ursula that morphs to 4/4. The track represents the Strat, or the Gulf Of Lost Souls, an ocean where potential time-lines bubble and reality, (orthogonal time) is merely the surface. In the mix, tortured voices (Ariana) of souls never quite born or lost in time shifts can be heard. At the very bottom of the Strat Hulmu waits attempting to become real.
This short piece in 4/4 time signature is by Jason and Jai Young; Ursula’s replacement after she became pregnant. Hulmu’s wish is to make his way up through the Strat to orthogonal time.
Jason and Jai Young recorded the backing track live at Sibley tunnel in Oakland using the natural echo of the tunnel to produce that great percussion sound. I replaced the original version of Hulmu, which had vocals and a kind of short Gustav Holst intro, with this more atmospheric piece.
The Third Time Fleet (Garratt)
Like An Empire, this track has been tour tested and is also in 4/4 time. Quite a few musicians on our tours comment on the lengthy melody, which floats across a mechanical rhythm. Also, like An Empire, The Third Time Fleet has a slow acoustic middle section. Ariana whispers thoughts that echo across the gulf of lost souls, then are interrupted by the proximity alerting bugle calls, before returning. The piece has military quieter bugle calls written into it perhaps reminiscent of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem.
The Third Time Fleet, with its giant time ships like The Smasher Of Enemies, Emperor’s Fist, Incalculable and the flagship The Lamp Of Faith, (three of which are pictured on the artwork to the album), are the guardians of the Empire’s 1000-year broad borders against the future-ward enemy The Hegemony.
A change of mood comes with the 4/4 classical guitar intro to this short piece. It tells the sub plot of a victim’s flight into the future, from the capital Chronopolis at node 1 to Umbul the holy city at node 6. Her hope is to build a new life away from the Traumatic sect who are pursuing her.
The Emperor Philipium Ixian 1st questions The Imperator about the pending war. However, the machine speaks only cryptically being temporally unhinged.
This is based around 6/4 electric 12 string riff but shifts to 4/4 a couple of times before Kephera’s keyboard solo in 7/4.
Somewhen Veaa (Dreamstate) (Garratt)
A Dreamstate is a type of movement which I invented a few years ago and have used on every Hedersleben recording. As the name suggests it is dreamlike and the guitar does not change the whole way through the piece. This is in 11/8 time and is a love song for Prince Vro’s deceased sister/lover Princess Veaa. Her body disappears from display in a specially constructed mausoleum.
Ghost Amada (Garratt/Moon)
This piece is built around a 5/4 piano riff by Kephera with 4/4 choruses. It tells the story of the Great Armada launched future-ward to end the war once and for all. With Grand Admiral Prince Vro Philipium at the helm of the mighty new Flagship, God’s Imposer, the Empire fell and Orthogonal time itself collapsed. The crew of Ghosts devoid of existential support want only revenge before they too dissolved into the Gulf Of Lost Souls. You can hear the explosions of the Ghost battle with the Hegemony.
The Archivist (Moon/Jade)
The lonely servant and his archives were moved into the Strat itself protected by time buffers. They saw all the time lines that were, are and will be, but now it is too late.
This is a duet for violin and keyboard.
The Fall Of Chronopolis (Garratt/Moon)
The 4/4 riff to this was to be first heard on the abandoned side 3 of the album at the end of The Temporal Substratum part 2. The tile track, a crowd favourite on tour, is a simple bookend to An Empire.
These Pi Meson’s (Moon)
This miniature piece represents the discovery of Time Travel observing Pi-Mesons. The corporation running the lab became the Chronotic Empire with its CEO becoming the Emperor.
01) An Empire
02) Gulf of Lost Souls
04) The Third Time Fleet
07) Somewhen Veaa (Dreamstate)
08) Ghost Armada
09) The Archivist
10) The Fall of Chronopolis
11) These Pi-Mesons
Kephera Moon - Keyboards and vocals
Jason Willer - Drums and percussion
Ariana Jade - Lead vocals and violin
Ursula Stuart - Bas and vocals
Nicky Garratt - Guitars
Jay Young Kim - Keyboards on Hulmu