To sleep perchance to dream

by Robert Svilpa

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Andy Edwards Rob has set out to make an epic, no holds barred, progressive rock album and you can watch it enfold before your very eyes. Where so much prog out settles for MOR rehashes of old prog cliches, Rob manages to do everthing you would expect of the genre but remain vital and exciting. This is turning into one of the great modern prog releases. Favorite track: Foucault's Pendulum - part 2A (with Andy Edwards & John Jowitt).
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Dreamscape - Level 1 Eyes closing, Morpheus whispering Soothing ethers slowly taking hold Like drowning in twilight Falling down into the pitch black void below The sensation of flying No fear of dying Trusting in the hands of God to carry me home Now I’m floating through cotton candy Technicolor vista unfolds in my eyes What is this adventure I’ve found myself in The wide horizon a cacophony of possibility And music fills my ears soundtrack of my soul (Solo Break) Effortlessly walking on the soft moss Excitement in every step in every move My next experience just around the bend Subconscious mind giving me no clue I may not know where this might lead One direction, forward to experience this surprise Alpha to omega from Sol to Vega travel through time The wide rifts of space filled with roaring silence sublime And music fills my ears the soundtrack of my soul
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Doing Intellectual Battle with the Colossus You a great wonder of the world Towering over Rhodes a god or ancient giant Guarding accumulated knowledge of times gone by You keep your silence a sentinel over the scrolls Eye witness of events told in tales of old In my short time I’ve had more of a life than you While its true that you can move and see The world and all it’s glories My legacy will last far beyond you Your puny mind can’t conceive of time Millennial witness to rise and fall of empires Humans only see the immediate, no thought of past and future While the acid rain etches the stone from my face Climate change will eradicate the entire human race Desert sands and rising seas will swallow all arable lands Mark my words it will happen much soon than you think Your words are empty, just inspired to strike fear There’s money to be made by ignoring the warnings Then we’re both lost to time, doomed to ignoble extinction Just don’t say that you didn’t know you closed your eyes and ears to reason
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How better to understand primal emotions than to experience them through the eyes, heart and mind of a child? Innocence untarnished - there is no way to assuage the pain through denial, nor is there any restraint in enjoying the visceral sights and pleasures of the imagination.

I'm undertaking the effort to write from the perspective of a child - one who is sleeping and letting the imagination run wild in fantastic and horrifying scenes in their dreams. The joy of entering a colorful world full of childhood temptations without parental supervision, the pain of loss & grief of those close, fear of the unknown that exists in the dark, untarnished love and all that it brings with it.

The album is formed around two intertwining long format compositions split into three movements each. The first of the two opens the album as the dreamer descends into REM sleep, and the second provides the context for the dreaming with the musical and topical themes being formed and melds it into a journey from dusk until dawn within the inner eye of the child.

The final work in a trilogy of albums that go from reflective and dwelling on the upper level feelings and desires for power and insight, through desolation and depression leading to end of life, and now love/hate/fear/joy/sadness/confusion as seen from the perspective of an innocent.

UPDATE Dec 26, 2019: This project is definitely growing wings, as new tracks supersede really raw demos and the track order is beginning to take shape. True to what I said would happen when I started this a few years ago, there is less room for vocals on this project, but where vocals will exist there will be a lot more "playfulness" in trying out many different things with them - Beach Boys type harmonies, changing vocal tone during singing to emulate Bowie'isms and expressivity, I'm also very much looking to redo some guitar tracks to get sound quality to an absolute premium - I've been learning a lot more about the Kemper and using S/PDIF with my UAudio Apollo x6 and wow what a difference!

For you, the supporter/patron - if you preorder today you'll get all the piece here as a digital download in full WAV quality. Then every time I make changes or updates to the file you will get those updates, essentially being a part of the production process as a third party QA person who can then yell at me if you don't like the change or make suggestions, or just enjoy. Once the album / project is complete - you'll get both the full mix/mastered file in running order with all crossfades and sampled audio that post production injects, PLUS the all instrumental version of the album for those nights where you have guests and you want to put it on and perform karaoke for them.

This I think is kind of a big deal - I've been very honored and pleased to have the participation of the following people in recording this project - Thomas Lang (Paul Gilbert, John Wetton, Robert Fripp, Peter Gabriel), Andy Edwards (Frost*, IQ, Neo, Kiama), John Jowett (IQ, Jadis, Frost*, Arena, Ark), Jimmy Keegan (Carlos Santana, Pattern Seeking Animals, Spock's Beard, 3.2), Jeffrey McCormack (TKO, FireWolfe), and Marc Miller (Toy Matinee, Mister Mister, Oscar Peterson Band). This list of people is amazing to me - reinforces that this project has value to me personally and potentially to others as well.

I am really really excited about this project - it has some of the best material I've ever written to date on it, and those who have heard it and given feedback have said such nice constructive things that I have tears in my eyes when reading it. There is enough other material in the hopper still that I could decide to make this a double album, or more likely a follow up new release to the end of this year or early 2021.

Thanks for your support!!!

Update Jan 4, 2020:
I believe I will be taking a slightly different approach to releasing this set of material. The album has enough material right now for a double CD release, so I'm considering releasing this in two parts.
Part 1 - To Sleep...
Part 2 - ...perchance to dream

This digital download wont change - it will still be one purchase and one download, with all the promises of updates as detailed in the last note. As a physical product, it will be split into two CDs with the option to purchase both together as a single package. The end product will likely exceed 80 minutes at this point so 2 CDs of ~40 minutes each will look very much like a classic double album of the past. This helps me to write what I want without the restriction of the physical medium limitation - and you as the patron can decide to buy one, the other or both. Digital downloads will still have the entire project.

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releases October 5, 2020

Robert Svilpa - guitars and other stringed instruments, keyboards, bass guitar, vocals, drums on Track 2

Featured guest musicians:
Thomas Lang - drums/percussion on Tracks 1, 4 & 7
Andy Edwards - drums & percussion on Tracks 6, 10 & 12
John Jowitt - bass guitar on Tracks 6, 10 & 12
Jimmy Keegan - drums & percussion on Tracks 3 & 9
Jeffrey McCormack - drums & percussion on Track 8 & 11
Marc Miller - bass guitars, Chapman Stick

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Robert Svilpa Danville, California

Robert Svilpa is an independent Progressive Rock multi-instrumental artist, vocalist & musician with four full releases available on Spotify, Amazon Music, YT Music, iTunes, Pandora & many other networks.

Robert Svilpa - guitars, keyboards, bass & vocals

with:
Andy Edwards, Jimmy Keegan, John Jowitt, Thomas Lang, Brian Timpe,
Ryo Okumoto,
Sean Fairchild,
Albert Nerenberg,
Thomas Svilpa,
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