The Princess Variations is a concept album about trying to reach out and communicate with the cosmos.
Musically, it's ten variations on a single theme. They vary in style and genre, but generally combine elements of orchestral composition, synth sound design, with a touch of jazz, downtempo, and rock.
1. A Little Time (Intro)
2. Princess, Can You Hear Me? *[Parts 1 & 2]
3. The Eternal *[Parts 3 & 4]
4. Praise the Sun *[Part 5]
5. Prelude to a Moonrise *[Part 6]
6. Perchance to Dream *[Parts 7 & 8]
7. Princess, Can You Hear Me? Pt. II *[Part 9]
8. The Dark Sublime (ft. Charles Iain Layton) *[Part 10]
The Princess Variations started with one song, "Sun Princess, Moon Princess." I had a lot of ideas about where I wanted to go with it, but after quite a bit of hair-pulling, I realized that producing it as one song would mean that I would have to go months without releasing anything else at all.
So I divided it up. I released what I had as "Princess, Can You Hear Me?" Then I got to work on what was to follow. I figured I might make another track or two, and that would be it.
I had no idea that the album would turn out to be as involved as it did, nor did I anticipate that the production of it would end up taking over a year of my life (on and off).
At its core, The Princess Variations is my personal hymn to the Sun and Moon - a way to simultaneously praise the cosmos, and examine our lonely place among them. Most of all, it was an excuse to do something orchestral, and jazzy, and to have some fun experimenting making some really cool synth sounds at the same time.
released August 7, 2017
First of all, I want to thank every one of my listeners who supported the Princess Variations concept. Your enthusiasm is what drove me to expand the project as much as I did. I hope you enjoy the final product. Thank you for your encouragement along the way!
A Little Time: The audio collage overture contains soundbites from all of the songs on the album including Sax Brony's solo on "The Dark Sublime," and spoken word segments credited below.
The Eternal: The spoken word from "The Eternal" is from Prof. Joseph Campbell.
The Dark Sublime: The spoken word from, "Princess, Can You Hear Me, Pt II," and "The Dark Sublime" is W.H. Auden reading his poem, "The More Loving One."
The Dark Sublime: Saxophone solo by Sax Brony
THE PRINCESS VARIATIONS
Princess Can You Hear Me?, The Eternal, Praise the Sun, Prelude to a Moonrise
Copyright Sprocket 2016.
Perchance to Dream. Princess Can You Hear Me? Pt. II, The More Loving One
Copyright Sprocket 2017.