LICHTMOND cooperates for its second multimedia album „Universe of Light” with the music legend Alan Parsons. In the Planetarium Hamburg the awarded animation music project will be premiered in September 2012.
From there the unique 360° show will be distributed worldwide.
„Higher, faster, wider and everything in XXL – this exhausting life perspective often leads a lot of people exactly to the oppostite: The deep longing for slow movement.
The need for beautiful music, touching voices and sensualitiy is fulfilled by the second LICHTMOND animation music Blu-ray in 2D and 3D „Universe of Light“. The audience will be taken on a poetic trip through worlds of music and images – right into the story of the birth of the second sun and the evolution of life on „Earth 2“.
Overwhelming 5.1 and 7.1. surround sound enlarges the intense impressions and makes LICHTMOND a multimedia synthesis of the arts. Breathtaking images and beautiful songs
result in a unique „SENSEphony“.
LICHTMOND is, above all, sensual, the music touches the soul. People can immerse into landscapes consisting of sound, images and voices. They will be captured by beauty, poetry and purity. This kind of music claims devotion – the regularity of daily life will stop for a moment. The audience experiences an untouched world full of suns, stars and fantastic creatures – beautiful and charming like a painting!
This „SENSEphony“ begins with insightful love poems combined with catchy ambient pop music and culminates in the song „Precious Life“ which Alan Parsons wrote together with the brothers Giorgio and Martin Koppehele and their wives Suna and Gabi Koppehele. Alan even sang the lead vocals on this song.
Alan Parsons – his name is music history. He began as assitant engineer for the Beatles, participated in the legendary Pink Floyd album “The Dark Side of The Moon” as engineer and had worldwide success with The Alan Parsons Project. No wonder that with this special guest a producer dream came true for the brothers Koppehele.
Here the chance came to their aid:
Giorgio Koppehele was invited by ESO to the Chilenian Atacama desert. At the driest place on earth the observatories of ESO and ALMA were visited during this unique journey. Alan Parsons and the SubClones were also invited to this journey to the stars. Of course Giorgio took this chance and played a first layout of “Precious Life” to Alan at 5.000 meters. It didn’t last long to persuade Alan Parsons to work on this song with the Koppehele brothers. He even decided to sing the lead vocals and to play keyboards and the guitar. The result is impressive.
Alan Parsons about LICHTMOND:
“I think it’s possible that LICHTMOND could be the next Tangerine Dream or Kraftwerk. They have the potential. They got the right sound – they got incredible images!”
Another highlight is the cooperation with the Corsican vocal artists and brothers Alain and Jean François Bernadini who reached gold status and fill huge concert halls in France with their project I Muvrini. Together with Karen Kassulat and the Koppeheles I Muvrini wrote the song „Moments of Joy“ for LICHTMOND: A unique world ethno hymn about the little moments of joy in our lives.
LICHTMOND on the way to international success
LICHTMOND is a family project. The Koppehele brothers Martin and Giorgio composed and produced the soundscapes, Gabi Koppehele, Martin’s wife wrote the German love poems. Giorgio’s wife Suna composed the melodies and wrote the English lyrics. The creative basis of the Koppeheles are their recording studios. So the first LICHTMOND Blu-ray „Moonlight“ as worldwide first 3D animation music Blu-ray was not produced in Hollywood, but in Munich, Germany and Madrid, Spain.
The big success of the first LICHTMOND 3D Blu-ray, DVD and CD did not only arouse big interest of the specialist press – LICHTMOND was mentioned in the same breath as the blockbuster „Avatar“. No wonder that LICHTMOND 1 „Moonlight“ recieved all important awards like the international IMPALA Silver Award and gold for sales of more than 25.000 copies of Blu-rays and DVDs in Germany. Soon LICHTMOND will also reach platinum status. In September 2012 LICHTMOND will be released in the USA as a real 3D and surround sound reference product “Made in Germany”.
New 3D and surround sound technology
LICHTMOND 2 is the consequent development of the successful debut which appears in terms of movement and range of depth of the images and spatiality of the music. As „Universe of Light“ – like „Avatar“ – has been designed for 3D right from the start the producers took advantage of the principle of “Infinite Convergency”. Thus they created an incredible depth.
In addition to it the images were produced with 24 frames (pictures per second) which made the soft, fluent pictures possible right from the start. This allows the ultimate 3D experience in the dreamworlds. Alan Parsons and the SubClones sang 16 vocal tracks which were seperated in 7.1. and 5.1. surround sound in a breathtaking spatiality.
Again the 3D animations were produced by the Spanish Team of Diego M. Bonati and Javier Sáenz-Messía in the IMAGO-D studios near Madrid. Diego and Javier already created the fantastic animations for LICHTMOND 1 „Moonlight“. For this purpose Giorgio and Martin have written the storyboard together with their Spanish partners Diego and Javier and developed the ideas for the magic image worlds for the new album.
„Universe of Light“ – the 360° planetarium show in Hamburg
A new dimension of experience will be the spectacular 360° show of LICHTMOND in the
Planetarium Hamburg! Through extraordinary changes of perspective the Planetarium Hamburg as one of Europe’s most modern planetariums with about 350.000 visitors a year enlarges the imagination of the audience. Together with their guest artists Alan Parsons, Boy George as co-writer of „Save me“ and I Muvrini with „Moments of Joy“ the LICHTMOND project will find a home in the Planetarium Hamburg. Starting from here the distribution to the whole world with more than 3.200 projection planetariums will be organized.
Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz institute – TiME Lab
LICHTMOND and the Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-institute (HHI) started a cooperation in order to produce together videos in the highest resolution and the inherent music in the TiME Lab, developed by the Fraunhofer HHI. The HHI TiME Lab is a 180°-3D-panorama projection with a state-of-the-art audio system consisting of 128 loudspeakers around the viewing area.
ESO & ALMA Suites
On the bonus DVD of LICHTMOND 2 „Universe of Light“ there are breathtaking time lapse pictures of the two observatories (only on the special 3D edition). Especially for this Giorgio and Martin composed the „ESO & ALMA Suites“ in 5.1 surround sound – a fascinating visual and acoustic trip to our cosmic origins.
LICHTMOND are Martin (synthesizer, bass, esraj) and Giorgio (synthesizer & electronic) Koppehele and Gabi (vocals, lyrics) and Suna (vocals, percussion, melodies, lyrics) Koppehele, together with the artists Meera Fé (vocals, piano, esraj), Saskia Philipps (vocals), Thomas E. Killinger (narration of the poems, piano) and Karen Kassulat (vocals).
The german press about LICHTMOND in 2011
“The result is technically brilliant”, („Süddeutsche Zeitung“)
„This project is a synthesis of the arts“, (dpa)
“One of the best 3D Blu-ray discs of the world”, (movieman.de)
“Fascinating worlds of music: LICHTMOND is an audio-visual experience setting standards
in sound quality “, (Widescreen)
„A marvellous entertainment project“, (DVD magazine)
2011 Blu-ray and DVD gold
2011 International IMPALA SILVER AWARD
2011 Top 3 charts in the official German Music Video Charts
2011 Nominated for Video Champion 2011