Enlightenment


Enlightenment is the second album released by The William Salmela Project. Having worked three years intensively on “Mik√§ On Ihminen” -album (a non-WS project), I was in a need for a break. After taking few months off the studio and building up some inspiration, the project Enlightenment started with a great passion.
The album is a journey back to the good old times of synthesizer music. During the making of the album I was enlightened by the superiority of vintage analog synths for their warmth and character of sound, that cannot be surpassed with modern technology. I listened to some old-school stuff like J-M Jarre’s Equinoxe a lot at that time. You probably can hear some influences of the great three synthesizer music pioneers, Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis and Kitaro in the Enlightenment, but the outcome is still inspiring and original music of The William Salmela Project.
For that authentic feel of past, I even made new cool synth-versions of two of my earliest pieces, "Whirly" and "Xanthopia", to get those naive but lovely melodies right – you simply can’t compose things like that after you’ve grown up and matured…

My studio was growing fast with analogue synths and effects during the making of Enlightenment. That’s why I used more of the "real stuff" towards the pieces that were finished last. At first I used more modern synths or even sampled stuff of vintage machines, but some of the more important sounds were still replaced later with synths I didn’t have at first. I got so much into the analog stuff that I kept aqcuiring them after Enlightenment was finished. So, I had to make another album of vintage synthesizer music, namely "Subtle Moves".

In my opinion the Enlightenment became such a good album that I wanted it to be mastered professionally. I asked if the mastering could be done with analog hardware and recorded to tape for that extra bit of authenticity.

Enlightenment was made in only six months. New (vintage) synths were aqcuired frequently during that time. In the picture is a Korg Sigma just arrived.
Enlightenment:
    1.    Opening
    2.    Enlightenment
    3.    Time Machine
    4.    Whirly
    5.    Sequences
    6.    Organic
    7.    Xanthopia
    8.    Daytime Dusk

Total playing time 43:15

The Enlightenment studio in the beginning of the project.


The complete instrumentation of Enlightenment (with effects)

1. Opening
    •    Korg Delta  (EHX Deluxe Electric Mistress, EHX Clone Theory)
    •    Korg Sigma
    •    Korg Trident  (EHX Small Clone)
    •    Roland JX-8P  (EHX Small Stone)
    •    Roland VP-330  -sampled-
    •    Roland RS-505  (TL-A Fatman Fat 1)
    •    Yamaha SK-20  (EHX Deluxe, Electric Mistress)

2. Enlightenment
    •    ARP 2600  -sampled-
    •    Fairlight CMI IIx -sampled-
    •    Farfisa Soundmaker  -sampled-  (EHX Small Stone)
    •    Korg MiniPops 7  -sampled-
    •    Korg MS2000R
    •    NI Reaktor 5
    •    Suzuki Omnichord system two  (EHX Small Stone, Roland SDE-2000)
    •    Roland JX-8P
    •    Roland V-Synth XT
    •    Yamaha SK-20

3. Time Machine
    •    Eminent 310  -sampled-
    •    Korg Delta  (EHX Small Stone)
    •    Korg MS2000R
    •    Korg Sigma  (EHX Small Stone)
    •    Moog Minimoog  -sampled-
    •    NI FM7
    •    Pearl Syncussion  -sampled-
    •    Roland JX-8P  (EHX Small Stone)
    •    Roland VP-330  -sampled-
    •    Roland V-Synth XT
    •    Yamaha CS-15D  (Roland SDE-2000)

4. Whirly
    •    Access Virus b
    •    Eminent 310  -sampled-  (NI Reaktor 5 phaser)
    •    Korg MiniPops 7  -sampled-
    •    Korg Trident  (EHX Small Clone, Boss RCE-10)
    •    Moog Memorymoog  -sampled-
    •    Moog Minimoog  -sampled-
    •    NI Absynth 3
    •    NI Massive
    •    Roland Jupiter RS-505
    •    Yamaha EX5

5. Sequences
    •    Access Virus b
    •    ARP 2600  -sampled-
    •    Korg MiniPops 7  -sampled-
    •    Korg MS2000R  (EHX Small Stone, EHX Small Clone, EVOC20)
    •    Korg Trident
    •    Ultrabeat, Logic
    •    Yamaha SK-20  (EHX Small Stone)

6. Organic
    •    Hammond F100  -sampled-
    •    Korg KaossPad 2
    •    Korg MS2000R
    •    Mellotron flute  -sampled-
    •    PPG Wave  -sampled-
    •    Roland RS-505  (TL-A Fatman Fat 1)
    •    Roland VP-330  -sampled-
    •    Yamaha CS-15D
    •    Yamaha SK-20  (EHX Small stone, Roland SDE 2000)

7. Xanthopia
    •    Access Virus b
    •    Eminent 310  -sampled-
    •    Korg 01/W pro
    •    Korg MiniPops 7  -sampled-
    •    Korg MS2000R
    •    NI Battery 3
    •    NI Pro 53
    •    Oberheim Matrix 1000  -sampled-
    •    PPG Wave  -sampled-
    •    Roland JX-8P
    •    Roland VP-330  -sampled-
    •    Yamaha CS-1  -sampled-
    •    Yamaha EX5
    •    Yamaha SK-20  (EHX Small stone)

8. Daytime Dusk
    •    Korg 01/W pro
    •    Korg Trident  (EHX Small Stone, EHX Small Clone)
    •    NI FM8
    •    NI Reaktor 5  (EHX Small Stone)
    •    Roland JX-8P
    •    Suzuki Omnichord system two  (EHX Small Stone, Roland SDE 2000)