The Storytelling Music – Then

THE JOHNNY RAW STUDIO HAS PRODUCED, COMPOSED FOR, INITIATED AND COOPERATED IN VARIOUS MUSIC PROJECTS.
HERE ARE JUST A FEW PAST PROJECTS. THE MUSIC IS AVAILABLE VIA BANDCAMP, ITUNES AND AMAZON.

SOUNDS OF SILENCE

Sounds of Silence is a series of minimal ambient soundtracks.
A distant sound. A reflection. A soundtrack that allows merging with our surrounding sounds of every-day life, resulting in an inspiring and soothing ambient athmosphere.
IS, AS and (soon to come) US showcase sounds that make us empathize with unknown territory and tempt us into exploring the subconscious. It feeds a state of being that gives us a glimpse into another daily life, which in turn seems to suit us remarkably well.
It makes us look for more while wanting less!

NEVADA DRIVE

Nevada Drive was an outfit founded by guitarist/producer Rene Ahoud & singer-songwriter Christine Oele who shared a passion for haunting melodies, electronic experimentation and cinematic soundscapes.
The band's lineup varied. Starting off as a four-piece band using pre-recorded material, the band evolved into an international six-piece band, with Croat drummer Sin Banoviç, the Swedish Henrik Holm on bass and the Dutchmen Rutger Reinders and Sander Donkers on keys and guitar.

FERNWEH

They released their first album Fernweh in 2004. It brought them radio and television shows, a Canadian indie release, a theatre tour and a performance on the famous Dutch Lowlands festival.

“Fernweh is about finding new ground, it is fuelled by our desire to escape our direct surroundings, to create something otherworldly”.
Listening to Nevada Drive’s album Fernweh, is like watching a David Lynch movie. At first you’re seduced by a smooth sleekness. Soft alluring vocals, easy grooves, images of elegant young things reclining on designer couches. Next moment you’re swept off to a vast desert where siren-like creatures tempt and entice you. Then a soothing voice whispers in your ear and brings you back home.

HIGH RESOLUTION BLEUS

High Resolution Blues, was released in April 2012. This time Nevada Drive started with acoustic instruments and experimented within the boundaries of conventional song structures. They let songs waver from small and intimate to big and orchestral, from traditional to modern and from folk to ambient. High Resolution Blues is a modern tale of struggle, failure, sorrow and redemption.”

Think spheres, think dreams, think movies. Imagine a dark club where the band is playing in the background of a scene. And then suddenly draws your attention, like Nick Cave does in “Der Himmel über Berlin”. A movie that could also suit the music of Nevada Drive” (www.musicfrom.nl)
“One of my favourite Dutch releases of the last couple of years.” (www.fileunder.nl)
“A mesmerizing soundcollage featuring dark folk, latenight jazz, intense rock, a little bit of shoegaze and everything in between.” (www.livexs.nl)
“A stunning combination of cinematic dreampop and heartwrenching melodies: warm, dark, soothing and hauntingly beautiful.”

AVENGING SPACE

The Legendary Avenging Space
Initially, the album bearing the same name as the band, Avenging Space, came out in 1999 with dDRecords. Here is a rerelease of the album by these old-school triphop rockers with an 80’s attitude.
As unforeseen as their comeback was the downfall of their record label shortly after the release, which resulted in far less exposure than their charm and quality called for, though the outfit did manage to pop its head up here and there in both Europe and America.
Has anyone heard of them since? Not sure if their battle is over yet, reclaiming lost space and their proclaimed love for this planet.
Listen to the triphop rock of Tyranny of the Weak, the eclectic dance track Dearest Enid and the haunting ghost-track Creep Walking.

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