Grab your copy of Cynicism Management - the novel in Aventura eBookstore, on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, etc. For the links to all the (freely downloadable) music that goes with the novel check this blog post.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

First draft of "Pendulum Pet" complete

I'm overjoyed to report that yesterday I finally wrote "THE END" at the very bottom of the first draft of "Pendulum Pet", my second novel (after my debut, entitled Cynicism Management). I concluded the novel with a short epilogue after a surprising writing spree which happened to me (of its own volition, it seemed) on Tuesday, when I managed to sit outside all they long, typing away until I had the entire 6000 words that now make up the very finale of the novel.

On the balcony, where I kept freezing my posterior off in this quasi-spring in Berlin, having my way with my wife's satanic laptop, I enjoyed the company of an inflated yellow bastard named Hans, our neighbour's currently still nameless donkey, and some figurine that the neighbour had found in a Müllhaufen somewhere (which would be a German word for "a pile of garbage", and I find it - the word, I mean - particularly funny for some reason). As a reward for coming up with 5000 - 6000 words in a single writing session I got a nasty whiplash in my right shoulder.

Once again music will be composed for the novel as well. In fact that's already been done, but we have yet to finish recording the vocals and then go through all the post-production torture. The same goes for the novel: I have to re-read it now and polish it a bit before sending it to a few pals who have volunteered as "alpha testers". Should anyone else wish to receive the pre-publication manuscript and provide feedback (either the upcoming first revision or the second revision, which should be ready sometime in the autumn, probably), feel free to drop me a note.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Aperçus by Ray Kosmick released

Aperçus, a full-length instrumental soundtrack album by Borut Praper, a.k.a. Ray Kosmick, has just been released. Most of the tracks on this album were written for the Survarium Music Contest, opened by Vostok Games, which called on the game community to produce music for the massive multiplayer shooter Survarium. The competition was in two categories: covers of the game's main theme, composed by Vladimir Savin - Dargalon (first prize); and new original tracks for the game (multiple second prizes). The winners were selected by the developer and will be included in the game soundtrack.

Ray Kosmick's original track "Nightfall 2" received one of the second prizes; while his cover of the Survarium Main Theme received the first prize and was the main winner of the competition.

All tracks on Aperçus written, arranged and recorded by Borut Praper (a.k.a. Ray Kosmick), except for Red River (an "online" collaboration between Borut Praper and the Slovak composer/producer Alex Turčáni - Alyctro and another entry for the Survarium Music Contest) and Survarium Main Theme (original theme composed by Vladimir Savin - Dargalon). The album also includes a few recent works (Fractures, Backyard Barry and Fractures Rend) which have not taken part in the aforementioned competition. All of the noise (except for Red River) made by Ray Kosmick, be it organic, synthetic, electric, acoustic, or any combination thereof. Produced, mixed and mastered by Ray Kosmick in S.U.R. Studio, Berlin, in 2014 & 2015. The cover artwork is a screenshot from the film Nosferatu by F.W. Murnau (1922).


Borut Praper - music, arrangement, production, mix, mastering; drums, keyboards, bass, guitar, percussion, programming

Survarium Main Theme:
composed by Vladimir Savin - Dargalon

Red River:
Alex Turčáni (Alyctro): original idea, music, production; guitar, bass
Borut Praper (Ray Kosmick): arrangement, production, mix, mastering; drums, keyboards, additional music, bass & guitar

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Final tracks for the Aperçus album

Here are the final two tracks for the Aperçus album by Ray Kosmick (to be released later this month). Actually it's one track, but Fractures Rend is a slightly reworked excerpt of a longer composition, entitled Fractures. This was done because the shorter "cut" wraps up this rather diverse (loose?) collection of tracks nicely, while the complete Fractures will serve as the opening track.


Monday, 9 February 2015

New Ray Kosmick track

Here's a new Ray Kosmick track, entitled Backyard Barry. I've decided to record a couple more and release them, together with all of my original contributions for the Survarium Music Contest, on a digital album entitled Aperçus I (just stumbled upon the fancy French-origin word recently, so I might as well make use of it :))

Friday, 23 January 2015

Caveman released!

Yesterday "Caveman" released a self-titled extended EP, making it available as a free download on Bandcamp, Jamendo, and SoundCloud.

"Caveman", based in Berlin, is a collaboration between the German singer-songwriter Carlos Kolmer, Slovenian producer and multi-instrumentalist Borut Praper, and Slovenian singer Monika Fritz. The project began soon after Monika and Borut moved to Berlin and ended up being Carlos's neighbours by pure coincidence. The first result of the work, carried out in 2013 and 2014, is the six-track extended EP, entitled simply "Caveman".

CARLOS KOLMER: music, lyrics, arrangement, acoustic and electric guitar, keyboards, lead vocals, co-production
MONIKA FRITZ: backing vocals
BORUT PRAPER: co-arrangement, drums, percussion, bass, keyboards, additional electric guitar, EBow guitar, production, mix, mastering

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Won the Survarium Music Contest

Great news - at least for me, ha! By some miracle I actually won the Survarium Music Contest, which I've entered recently by submitting several tracks under my "Ray Kosmick" moniker.

The Survarium Music Contest was opened by Vostok Games, calling on the game community to produce music for the upcoming massive multiplayer shooter Survarium (which is currently in beta and already looks and plays great, by the way, you should check it out). The competition was in two categories: covers of the game's main theme, composed by Dargalon (first prize); and new original tracks for the game (multiple second prizes). The winners were selected by the developer and will be included in the game soundtrack.

After a few months and 9 entries (one of them a collaboration with the Slovak producer and composer Alyctro), I managed to win the first prize for my cover of the main theme (a nice pair of Sennheiser HD 380 Pro headphones which actually came in the nick of time, because I actually need them :D)... AND one of the second prizes, as one of my original contributions (Nightfall 2) is going to be included into the game soundtrack as well, so I'm also getting a load of in-game currency and a special decal! Too bad I can't shoot for shit and everybody manages to kill me on sight :)

So, without further ado, here are the winning tracks:

And a playlist of all the entries:

So now I'm off to be shot in the game's beta a few more times...

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Coenurus - drum sessions done

Phew, finally finished recording & editing drums for the upcoming Coenurus album - about a dozen tracks, many of them very intricate and more than a little "peculiar" :)

Well, just in time for 2015, too! Now Rich - who's actually "Coenurus", I'm just contributing the drums - will take over (record everything else and mix the monstrosity). Well, it's been quite a psychedelic ride!

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Survarium - final track

The following track is my final contribution to the Survarium Music Contest. It is the result of an interesting collaboration with a Slovak composer and producer Alyctro.

Alex Turčáni (Alyctro): original idea, music, production, graphics; guitar, bass
Borut Praper (Ray Kosmick): arrangement, production, mix, mastering; drums, keyboards, additional music, bass & guitar

Friday, 14 November 2014

Survarium - another couple of tracks

After the last two somewhat sentimental miniatures, here's another couple of less catchy tunes for the Survarium Music Contest. I think this is it from me for on this occasion... Well, apart from a promising collaboration we're still working on with Alyctro, which should be finished next week. Just in time, actually, as the contest ends on 28 November.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Survarium - two more

Here are two more contributions for the Survarium Music Contest - a relatively cheesy semi-orchestral piece and a saccharine orchestral miniature this time...