Creating The Dawn Of Time
"The Dawn Of Time" was inspired by the universe, how it was created, and from where and what it came from. Having always had a love and fascination for science, especially astrophysics, this album represents a creative expression of the visions produced from studying the works of great scientists such as: Albert Einstein, Carl Sagan, Michio Kaku, Amy Mainzer, and Brian Green, to name but a few. Their research, thought-provoking lectures, and writings have had a profound impact and are a major source of inspiration and enlightenment.
WRITING AND RECORDING
The voracious writing process began shortly after the previous release "Step Into The Future" was turned into the record label. As is usually the preliminary case, all instrument parts were meticulously scored out one note at a time, followed by the recording of the guitar, bass, drums and keyboards. The guitar was recorded through a Focusrite Red Series mic preamp into an Apogee Rosetta 800 converter, and then optically straight into a DAW through an RME PCI card. The bass guitar sound on this album was recorded differently from previous releases. For this album a Musicman Stingray bass plugged into an Ampeg SVT Classic amp and cabinet was used. A Sennheiser MD321 microphone was used on the bass cabinet and then combined with the direct output of the amp. Another factor of achieving the bass tone was using a custom made isolation box for the microphone, not an iso-box for the whole cabinet, but just for the mic. Having the isolation box surround the mic allowed the option of selectively increasing or decreasing the amount of room reflections. For guitars and amps, the usual assortment of Fender Strats, Gibson Les Pauls, a Marshall 1976 MKII, a Marshall JCM800, and a few JCM900 Marshall amps were used. For the majority of the album no compression was used, and in the few spots that it was used it was a minimal amount.
The goal of the design esthetics was to have arrangements that were short and accessible, and the songs to be euphonious and tonal, especially when compared to the previous album – which was a single 75 min song and atonal for the most part. For some of the songs, compositional techniques and elements from the baroque, classical and romantic eras were utilized, and other songs gravitated more on the progressive side by using modern aspects of music composition. Another important factor was the melodies; some of the melodies were written in a lyrical style, and others in a virtuoso instrumental style. Having a pleasing balance of the two melody types was one of the goals in achieving the sonic vision for this album.