Markovich/A.M.P is A Music Project creating songs built in a strong groove, spanning trip-hop, techno and trance beats, over which plays thoughtful and emotional vocals, classic synth sounds as well as powerful guitar riffs. Drawing from contempory as well as ethnic sources for inspiration, Markovich tunes remain accessible and meaningful to a wide audience, favoring a pop song format.
Recreation of an accidental mash-up that happened while delayed on the tarmac in London, on the Dublin flight. They played some baroque string piece to calm us, stop the passengers murdering the cabin staff. I was listening to some house beats on the iPod. This track tries to capture that interesting symbiotic tune that reached my brain. The string piece is based on Daniel Purcell's Minuet in D, re-composed, arranged and recorded by me, from which I also derived a track in the style of Daft Punk or Chemical Brothers, that I had been listening to. As Purcell the younger is a good 300 years dead, the tune should be in the public domain, and safe for me to CC/copyleft. Everything else is all my own work...
This is a tune that tries to paint a picture of traffic in a modern city: the stop/go, walk/don't-walk madness, the sudden unexpected peace, shattered again just as suddenly. A mad, insane noise that we are somehow able to ignore, to push to the back of our consciousness, but is there all the same, keeping you off balance. So invasive is the onslaught of sounds and smells, that you only start to notice it when it's gone.
With "Fly Away", Unwholly delivers a strong, moody song, his folk violin and vocals soar above a compulsive trip-hop beat. Excellent production adds an edgy-ness and color to the simple song format.
This track wonders what Asimov's R-Daneel dreams about
Sitting on the beach in Holyhead (on another island, but don't feel much like Ibiza, though), the Dublin ferry not in yet, no money to get a pint in the pub, just the sound of the sea...
This is the nearest I get to doing a blues song these days... Built around an ambient sound, it comments on glaciers and other cold things with a bite, and an excuse to cut loose with a durty guitar
How many times has this story been told? Girl goes walking in the hills, lord of the underworld grabs her, and gets her to eat pomegranate seeds, her mammy cuts a deal so she can come above ground for the summer months, but she still has to spend Six Underground
OK, a song about my favorite Starbucks flavored coffee, why not? Another backing-track only, see markovich/A.M.P. homepage for lyrics; singers always needed!
The defining track of the emerging musical genre of "drip-hop"... The idea, emotionally, is that its a sad song, but tries to have an optimistic up-lift in the middle: "this is a song of hope", as yer man once said. This is the backing track only - if you'd like to sing along, the lyrics are on the Markovich/A.M.P. homepage: record 'em and send them in!
A song about the cataclismic events that changes our lives...
A she/he/it's gone song
It's a piece about rural depopulation and emigration; it starts in the Irish countryside and ends up in a big city across the water...
Vocals: Margot du Bois Producer: Brodo This song was written in reaction to the recent London bombings, not a protest song - it contains no solutions or other such wisdom, it just tries to capture my mood and thoughts in the aftermath. If it makes people think, thats a bonus
This is the Markovich entry for the Creative Commons Magnatune Lisa DeBenedictis Remix Contest I only found out about the contest two days before the closing date, and had one day to write, arrange and produce the track and an hour the next day to master it, so its a bit rough around the edges... Based on the acappella vocal track of Lisa de Benedictis's "Below", I first jammed along with an electric bass, then added bongoes and guitar to get the core of the song up and running. After that, it was mainly a question creating the structure of the song. I felt the song should be going somewhere, that it should build-up to a stronger beat. It would have been nice to spend some more time, re-recording parts and mixing, but times-up! There seems to be about 200 entries to the contest, of which they are selecting 10 winners, and there is some amazingly good stuff there, so you won't see me on the podium, but I enjoyed the challenge.
This tune/song is about stumbling out of a dance club in Temple Bar in Dublin (the Kitchen, if you know it), and trying to buy milk (why?) in an all night store; So you've got this dance beat still echoing around your skull, the store is lit with bright neon, and you are having trouble focusing on the goods; You've a great buzz from the pints and you're in a brilliant mood. Oh yeah, and it's a tribute to Massive Attack's Unfinished Sympathy and The Verve's Bittersweet Symphony
The much shortened radio edit of "Peter Tong", featuring the excellant vocals of Jerry Allen, transforms this dance track into something much more accessible.... This song documents an event on the island of Ibiza last summer. After sitting around on the beach all afternoon, playing guitars and bongoes and sampling local and imported produce, we thought we'd get a taxi into town and catch Peter Tong's set (a famous DJ, and more famous now that he has a film named after him), and try and get him to play a demo of one of our songs. He wouldn't (of course). Anyway, that's the story behind this song: it starts out on the beach, the sun going down, taxi to a club (I don't think it was Space - prob. Pacha - but that makes for a better lyric), back to the beach in the wee small hours.
Jerry is an accomplished vocalist and songwriter in his own right, with a number of CD releases to his name. The clarity and power of his voice complements the music, helping to keep it accessible. Jerry's voice is key to the more upbeat and fun side of the Project's work: on "Peter Tong", and the fun he had singing the track is easy to hear.
Margot du Bois - Lead Vocals, Lyrics Margot, better known for her work with Margot and the Rocket People, delivers a sombre but melodic counterpoint to the darker tracks. Her minor-key feel and heartfelt vocals help to sell the mood of songs like "When the Sky fell Down" and "Sunday Morning" (for which track she also contributed the lyrics and original song idea)
Roy Phillips brings a love of strong dance music combined with punk ethics to his songwriting, programming and production duties for the Project, additionally playing the guitar and bass parts.
Unwholly, as well as contributing songs and music, delivers powerful and moody vocals, the signature of Markovich vocal tracks. His folk violin adds a sharp cutting-edge offsetting the inherently robotic feel of the backing tracks.
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