Identity Sequence

by zircon

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about

Two people exist alone, isolated in an era where everything and everyone is networked and digitally connected. The shackles of physical forms have been almost entirely abandoned. Yet despite this wondrous, highly-technological world, they long for a different existence and the warmth of human connection. Through an abstract, interpretive narrative, this album chronicles a journey of self-discovery, development, and philosophy as two fates intertwine.

Identity Sequence is the culmination of a five-year musical endeavor. Countless sessions of writing, producing and mixing dozens, if not hundreds, of sketches and ideas, whittled down and culled into my very best work. To say this has been a labor of love would be an understatement. Since I started working on this album, I've moved three times, graduated from college, got married, scored three major video games, traveled abroad, and innumerable other life events. Through it all, this collection of songs and instrumentals has gradually taken shape, developed and nearly come to fruition.

The style of Identity Sequence could best be described as organic electronic dance music. It is my own interpretation of the interaction between man, machine, and environment - how our emotions and actions change and shift through technological advancement, and how they stay the same. More specifically, it's progressive trance, dubstep, drum and bass, breakbeat, atmospheric downtempo, and many other highly rhythmic electronic subgenres rolled into a cohesive body of songs that is meant to be listened to from beginning to end in a single session.

Though I've been the writer, producer and engineer on every one of the album's 14 tracks, Identity Sequence features numerous other performers who lend to its breadth and diversity. These include Jillian Aversa, the co-writer, vocalist and lyricist for many of the albums vocal tracks, Chris Gordon (malevocals & acoustic guitar), Juan Medrano (electric guitar), Jeff Ball (violin & viola), Dan O'Neill (alto soloist), and even a full choir - the Philadelphia Men's Chorale. Visual artist Jessie Lam created the beautiful album artwork, along with a set of standalone pieces inspired by the imagery of the album.

My goal with this album is to truly create a world, or even a universe, that envelopes the listener and transports them away from our reality. Though certainly danceable, this is not music designed for a quick listen on the dancefloor and forgotten, but songs that I hope will have a lasting impact, staying relevant for years and holding a place in the listener's collection of music... even as electronic music trends come and go. Though I can't know if I will have been successful until Identity Sequence has been out for years, I hope that you will also feel the sense of depth I strived to achieve with each and every track.

credits

released 12 December 2012

Muslc:
* Andrew Aversa (all tracks)
* Jillian Aversa (Tracks 6, 12)

Lyrics:
* Andrew Aversa (Tracks 2, 3, 6, 10, 13)
* Jillian Aversa (Tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13)

Female Vocals: Jillian Aversa (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 12, 14)
Male Vocals: Chris Gordon (Tracks 3, 13)
Choir: Philadelphia Men's Chorale, dir. Jeffrey R. Smith (Track 10)
Alto Soloist: Dan O'Neill (Track 10)
Violin: Jeff Ball (Track 7)
Acoustic Guitar: Chris Gordon (Track 14)
Electric Guitar: Juan Medrano (Track 11)
Vocal Recording: Jillian Aversa (Tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14)
Choral Recording: Silvertone Studios - Ardmore, PA (Track 10)
Production & Mixing: Andrew Aversa (All Tracks)
Mastering: John Rodd (All Tracks)
Artwork: Jessie Lam (AXL99.net)

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Track Name: Arms Open Wide (ft. Jillian Aversa)
Lyrics by Andrew & Jillian Aversa

Breathe,
Breathing serenity
Into the aura that surrounds me
Mmm...

With arms open wide,
I feel light flowing through,
Embracing this calling
That I never knew.

The whispering of the trees
Sound a name,
Awaken the hum of life again.

One world apart,
One consciousness,
One life to start,
One will to test,

One wound to heal,
One claim to stake,
One/This pulse that I feel,
One chance to

Take
Taking the warmth inside,
I know the melody will guide me.
Oh...
Track Name: Million Years (ft. Chris Gordon)
Lyrics by Andrew & Jillian Aversa

A thousand miles from the start.
A million years in a moment.
Gathering souls carved apart,
This is the truth few have known.

The farther I draw this thread,
Infinity,
The deeper becomes the tapestry.

But down in the system
Where life flashes by,
I'm waiting to hear just one reply.

Connection...

Talk to me, won't you?
Talk with me, would you?
Look at me, will you?
Walk with me, can't you?

Talk to me, won't you?
Be with me, would you?
Look at me, will you?
Run with me, away...

Sometimes when it's raining,
I fall on my knees,
Allow me to taste the passing breeze.

So what would it take to shed
Your one disguise,
To finally reach and touch the sky?
Track Name: Fabrication (ft. Jillian Aversa)
Lyrics by Jillian Aversa

What is this chill come over me,
A digital reality?

Eyes of a demon,
Agent of miscreation,
Mind of illusion,
Ghost of a fabrication.
Limbs of a titan,
Grinding the empty shell, and
This is me.
This is me...
Track Name: Identity Sequence (ft. Jillian Aversa)
Lyrics by Andrew & Jillian Aversa

Some voices are born of dreams -
Some not yet begun.
But
For those who are forged of steel, spiritless,
I must lay the foundation.

There's a conscious defined
Wont to be free,
And it's deep in my mind,
Calling to me.
But every time I look,
There's nothing there, no...

Still, I have to go on
Fighting my fear
Till the promise of dawn
Follows it here,
And an identity will rise.

One pulse wave of thought evolves.
It can't be undone.
If this current of life in my veins isn't real,
What lies on the horizon?
Track Name: The Expanse
Lyrics by Catullus & Seneca, arr. Andrew & Jillian Aversa

Odi et amo.
Qua-re id faciam, fortasse requiris?
Nescio, sed fieri sentio.

[Trans: I hate and I love. How can I do that, you might ask me perhaps? I do not know. But that’s what I feel.]

(Solo)
Dum inter homines sumus,
colamus humanitatem.

[Trans: As long as we are among humans, let us be humane.]

Mors ultima linea,
Mors ultima linea.
Rerum este,
Rerum este.

[Trans: Death is the ultimate end of all things.]
Track Name: Just Hold On (ft. Jillian Aversa)
Lyrics by Jillian Aversa

In the sea of night, where my soul is real,
Broken visions let the darkness heal,
And the dream of life will surely reside.

I can feel your heart. I can touch your skin -
Feel the whole world breathing from within.
I can live it here, forever inside.

Just hold on
To everything I know I need this life.
Just hold on
To the only place where reality survives.

From the deepest reaches, I can't deny
I've been waiting here for your reply.
Cannot seem to break away from this love.

And there's one last thought running through my mind:
Would I leave this shell - the raw confines -
All to feel another moment with you?
Track Name: No Regret (ft. Chris Gordon)
Lyrics by Jillian & Andrew Aversa

Hope glimmers from afar,
The faintest whisper heard.
Hope is what we are:
A simple truth - a word.

Digital divide,
Our sorrow fades away.
We need, we must survive
Till nothing is left to say.

I can see
A world beyond the place that we wanna be.
Let me hold you
With no regret, yeah.

Love - a different frame of mind.
We'll leave it all behind
And never turn around.

Reach out and hold my hand.
I'll carry you, and then
Together we will stand
Without ever asking when.

And never torn apart,
Our spirit will be free.
No matter what we are,
Let go and follow me.