Mars Lasar - The Eleventh Hour (1993) Style: Electronic/Hybrid
Dedicated to hope for a world in crisis. From the soaring "Universe in Time" and "Coroboree", to the Poignant "Hold On" and "Children of the World". Also the sensual title track "The Eleventh Hour". This is powerful music with a powerful message: there's still time for change... Listen Closely......"
A note from Mars:
After the release of my first record, "Olympus", I wanted to create something a little more inventive. The "Eleventh Hour" came about after many hours of research into technology based sound manipulation. I have a huge library of sounds I'd always wanted to use, but never seemed to have the right reason.
I mixed drum loops and sound effects (sound design) together and fused this with my songs. In one case (Cellular City) I needed some dialog from the telephone, so I called a friend and asked him to call me back and leave a message about the state of the air in town on my machine. I then took the answering machine tape and record it into my song (you can hear this at the end of Cellular City).
So then, how about 3D sound? Q-Sound brought one of their machines to my studio - in those days they were the size of a wardrobe (now it's a plug-in for your computer), and I programmed the 3d moves into the song. If you listen to "Cellular City", "Geronimo", and especially "City Jungle", you will hear the effect. Meanwhile, my very trustworthy Fairlight Computer was on its last legs and needed some help. "MAC to the rescue"! This is when I first started using the Apple Macintosh Computer. In tandem they worked well together but the new features on the Mac encouraged me to retire the Fairlight once and for all. I had had many great years with Fairlight, but now sequencing and sampling technology was well and truly in the mainstream and Fairlight was outdated.
"Amy's Lullaby" was created for my daughter 'Amy', and really depicts the miracle of life. I am now up to "Amy's Lullaby V". I write her a new lullaby on most of my records and someday will probably release an "Amy's Lullaby Collection".
The subject matter can get serious at times, so for an intermission I wrote "Live at the Eleventh Hour". This gives the listener a chance to come up for air.
The Eleventh Hour - downloads
The Eleventh Hour - Dedicated to hope for a world in crisis. From the soaring "Universe in Time" and "Coroboree", to the Poignant "Hold On" and "Children of the World". Also the sensual title track "The Eleventh Hour". This is powerful music with a powerful message: there's still time for change... Listen Closely......" (hi-res mp3 320 audio).
The Eleventh Hour
Plateau Of The Gods
Live At The Eleventh Hour
Children Of The World
Why Violate Every Law Of Nature
Universe In Time
Cellular City - The Eleventh Hour
Second solo work from accomplished Australian synth wiz is an ambitious instrumental journey that pushes the limits of the genre. Strings, an airy soprano, voiceovers, and other warm sounds compliment the album's technological underpinnings. Standout cuts include the title track, "Hold On," "Children Of The World," and the show-stopping closer "Universe in Time."
REAL MUSIC: An 'Eleventh Hour' Earth Day Video
Reviewed by Deborah Russel
LOS ANGELES - Earth Day International and the Sausalito, Calif.-based independent label Real music kicked off an environmental media blitz April 22 Edith the worldwide release of the Mars Lasar video "The Eleventh Hour." The clip is the title track to the Australian Keyboardist/composer's current album and is the first in a series of media projects developed by Earth Day International, a nonprofit organization sanctioned by the United Nations.
The release of "The Eleventh Hour" on Earth Day 1993 was timed to represent an urgent catalyst for environmental reform, says Gary Herbertson, executive director of Earth Day International. The musical collage juxtaposes panoramic views of the Earth's natural wonders with the devastation wrought by man's carelessness.
The Clip, which is the first official Earthly International video, was serviced to mainstream music video outlets April 22, and will be distributed to a network of some 3,000 community and environmental organizations worldwide throughout the year.
"Music Video is one of the most powerful ways we can communicate our message," says Herbertson. "At Earth Day International we confront the realities of the Earth, but we also present the beauty, the hope, and the potential for the Earth. And that's what this video says for us."
Lasar created the evocative, instrumental video with film maker Sam Nicholson. Peter Theodoss edited. Earth Day International and Real Music collaborated to adapt the video to open and close with environmental messages from the late anthropologist Margaret Mead: Maurice Strong, secretary general of the 1992 Earth Summit: the Union of Concerned scientists and Earth Day International's Herbertson. Stargate Films produced the video in association with Real Music. Editing and postproduction were provided by Kappa Video in Burbank CA. "The Eleventh Hour" is one of 16 social, political, and environmental "sound stories" about the world on Lasar's album. This particular track, says Lasar, "Seemed really relevant to Earth Day International and this is the perfect opportunity to see my work used in a positive way.