Welcome to OOCEEYAAN!
This is an album about a journey, about an exploration, it’s about personal experiences in the past. It’s questioning, it’s loving.
I wrote these pieces of music when I travelled New Zealand and Australia back in 2010. It just came to me when I thought, I would just do some instrumental music. I arrived in Wellington, first thing to do: Get a guitar from a local shop! As a bass player, this was a big thing for me after my acoustic guitar had been stolen in Berlin a year before. So I got a new one. After going north west to Stratford the whole feeling of New Zealand inspired me to make music related to the places and feelings I was going for. As a natural thing, I did all in German language as a translation job to English would just change the whole feel of it too much. In my native language I can say the things I want to express without packing it into a common but still other language.
Before that journey I just did instrumental music, so this is my first collection of pieces with vocals and me singing.
For all of you English speaking music lovers, here is a description of the songs. As they are written in German, it might help you understand.
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1. Starting with „Weg“ which just means „Away“ or „Went Away“, it is a piece that came to me when I sat in the train to the airport Frankfurt / Main. It’s the feeling of having all your stuff and nothing more than you need for this big adventure. Even though you’re still around your home country, you can feel, what’s up next and dream about that totally new place you are about to discover.
2. Going on with „Schau Hin Und Her“. This is an absurd picture of the straining 12 hours flight from Germany to Hongkong. (Before going on to Wellington) There are two places in the song, the first one being the boring cabin you sit in, watching strange movies on your screen. The second place in the song is your view outside the window when you see the dark night and nothing more than stars and the moon.
3. Next one is „Riese“ - „Giant“! I wrote this at, or: On! Mt. Taranaki. I had a nice hike and sat down for a while to write this piece. This mountains’ shape sits in the countryside almost like a perfect circle and there’s no other mountains around. So this is a great view from wherever you spot Taranaki. The song shows the mountain as kind of a god for the old maori people that needs to be respected. As it is sitting in the area with no other mountain, it is the spot to look up. This song is all about honoring this old giant with the mighty powers he has in a religious way.
4. Going on with „43“. This is the name of a street there. It leads you through a something like „out-of-this-world-beauty“. No more words for this.
5. „Tal“ or „Valley“ is a piece about a village I stopped at for a night. It’s between hills and was a major place to be for farmers many years ago. Today around 30 people are living there and it seemed, they just got forgotten. I had some truly angst-experiences there and put that into a poetic yet frightening piece of music.
6. Coming up next with „Ozean Der Geschichten“. „Ocean of tales“ something like that. I met so many people and this song is about the stories each one of the people has. Going from one place to another, there was not much time to hang out for longer than a night. The picture is the ocean made of „a couple“ of water drops being the peoples’ stories. Come together, separate the next day, leaving impressions of peoples’ dreams and goals.
7. „Todd“ is the name of a man in Australia. I hopped over and met him. He is the daddy of two kids and did three world travels in his former life. I put it in a timescale thing with three different narrators in the three verses. Going from kid to teenager to a daddy itself. You get it.
8. „Waldläufer“, imagine Aragorn in Lord of the Rings. His folks are people living and hiding in the woods. The Lord of the Rings thing came up later to me because the songs story actually is more frightening. I walked in a big national reserve park when we (a friend too) got lost in the woods while it went dark. We were scared about never finding our way out of the woods. I managed to transform it into this dark piece.
9. Next is „1770“. Imagine Cpt. Cook arriving in Australia. What to do? Of course name the village you build after the year you discovered Australia. Musically and also lyrically it’s a sketch of the tranquilizing and peaceful place 1770 is.
10. „Wohnzimmer“ - „Living Room“ Arriving at a camping ground where everyone else seems to have brought all their stuff from home. TV, fridges, armchairs. At a camping ground. So I found my way of saying „hi!“ to these folks with that song.
11. „Inselparadies“ meaning something like „A paradise of islands“. This was around Whitsundays where I stayed on an island like Robinson Crusoe. I noticed something bothering me a little bit and needed a long walk to the highest hilltop of the island to find out what it was. The song is about the pictures, TV puts in your head when you are too young to understand, what advertising does to you. I struggled with the perfect picture of a southern pacific paradise when I found out, the real experience is much more vivid and different than shitty TV pictures suggest. It’s a hunting and somehow chaotic thing, just right to explore.
12. „Gehst heim“. Last one. Meaning „Home?“ in a way of enjoying or hating this thought. It leaves it open and just puts the moment down, when you realize - ok it’s over now, you go now. But how do you feel with a thousand emotions coming up at once? How do you feel at this point? It’s a catch of the moment, not so much conclusion in it.
I recorded the album with a friend of mine and we added stuff so it would fit my feeling of the ideas I got so far. To me it’s really an open door into new regions of myself. Sometimes what I found was more polished, sometimes it was rough. When I created it down under, I had the plan to record them and see, what it will be in the end. This album is really what I liked to go for as having my personal travel diary and it’s great to find so much of myself in it.
The credits: All music - Maik Antrack. It was recorded by Johannes Krause. Johannes and me where doing all the other sounds, noises and instruments. Susanne Peter did some backing vocals. Mixed by Johannes Krause, mastered by Jens Güttes. Finalized in 2012. Thanks my dear family. Thanks Pai