11/1 is the second cd in the OFD trilogy (damn now I sound like Nigel in This Is Spinal Tap).
It's called Eleven One because that is the next day after Halloween. When I did the first tune which
is Part One, the idea was to use more samples much like on OFD, and I have a version of Part One with samples from the movie Powder. I actually liked it very much, but the rest of the songs just weren't inspiring any other sample ideas this time. I will probably include this "sampled" version of Part One on another cd down the road. It is really kind of cool, and if any of you have seen Powder you would have appreciated it I think. If you haven't seen Powder, check it out. Very intense film and very good. Anyway, 11/1 is quite different from OFD to my ears anyway... It took longer to write and record as well. Though Part One has the spaciness of OFD's Drowning, the other parts really stand apart from what was happening sonically and thematically on OFD. I decided not to give the songs any descripitive titles, because I wanted you guys to hear them without me coloring HOW you heard them. Also, I think the guitar playing is much better on 11/1, and I used lots of acoustic guitar as well (Part Four) and even threw in some banjo parts!
Some of the musical inspiration for 11/1 came from 2 movies I had been watching around the time I started writing the music and playing with ideas. The movies, Powder, and The Prophecy were 2 films that I had watched a handful of times during the 11/1 sessions. I even had some Christopher Walken samples I wanted to use as well. But it just wasn't flowing with the music, so I didn't. But these 2 films definately worked their ways into what I was writing. I already recommended watching Powder, but also check out the amazing film The Prophecy... for those of you who enjoy horror films with religious/historical overtones, well check out this flick. It also has a great cast, and Walken is incredible as Gabriel.
What's with the all the images on the cd insert?
The cover shot was not my first idea for 11/1, it was definately going to be somewhere on the insert but I had envisioned it being the back of the cd?, or part of a composite shot with the clock image. My first idea was kind of similar to the cover of OFD. Though I wanted my niece to wear the alien guy mask this time. I wanted to shoot the photo in a giant field just off highway 5 south, near Elk Grove, kind of near where my brother and I had shot the OFD pictures. The image was going to be my niece holding a doll in one hand, wearing the alien guy mask while standing against this vast expanse of a back drop. Well it rained for like a month and we just couldn't get it together. So we hooked up in Sonoma and shot some pictures. (Thanks again to Alyssa and Tom for their help). But when I got all the photos back, the eggs just seemed to really be the shot to use. So I went with the eggs. Alyssa is on the back of the cd, and I liked the way her image worked out.
The other images have to do with past Synthuser cds or the numbers 11 or 1. The clock image really came out better than I had thought, and I almost used it as the cover. Also, thanks to Yinon for the use of the elements table, and the info on Unununium, Yinon seemed very surprised when I explained how I was going to use the graphics. Thanks again Yinon.
All Saints Day is festival celebrated on November 1 in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches in honor of God and all his saints. It was established as a church festival in the 7th century when the Pantheon in Rome was consecrated as the Church of the Blessed Virgin and All Martyrs.