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In its earliest form, the German project Verney 1826 can be dated back to the year 1991. Influenced from the beginning by classical music, the gothic tales of Mrs Shelley and the beauty of long forgotten times, Verney 1826 still follows its vision to create sad musical landscapes.
The project uses stylistic elements from baroque, film score, gothic ambient, folk noir or haunting dark wave, while the lyrics go reflective ways. First being considered an experiment, the musical skills of friends and comrades like Anna Aliena, The Victim’s Ball, Friends Of Alice Ivy, Protea or Schattenspiel have become a constant factor in the songwriting process.
Welcome to the bleak hours of the night: Quiet, dark, fragile. As the years go by, the longing never fades. The ghost of Lionel Verney is still seeking. To restore some of the most sublime moments of literature, arts and history, to maintain the strength of the individual, to wander beyond the endless shores of void.
Samples used under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus 1.0 license www.freesound.org. A complete list of samples (not all of them used) can be found here: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/26799356/samples.txt
Literature: Mary W. Shelley, Ann Radcliffe, Emily und Charlotte Brontë, Daphne Du Maurier, Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, William Shakespeare, Gustav Meyrink, H. G. Wells, Jane Austen, Ray Bradbury, George Orwell, Ernst Jünger, Hermann Hesse...
Music: Dead Can Dance, Fryderyk Chopin, Death in June, Johann Sebastian Bach, The Cure, The Sisters of Mercy, Current 93, Skinny Puppy, Christian Death, Les Joyaux De La Princesse, Das Ich, Sopor Aeternus, Tangerine Dream, Camerata Mediolanense, Kirlian Camera...
Movie/Theatre: Fritz Lang, Charles Chaplin, Oskar Werner, Kenneth Branagh, Karel Zeman, Chris Carter, Hayao Miyazaki...