IN FLUX is an East-meets-West music album that merges the two oceans together in an unprecedented way, featuring the musicians of Evanescence, Mega Man, Ninja Gaiden, Silent Hill, Panzer Dragoon, Sworcery, Spelunky & more. The union of Japanese artists alongside their Western friends shine through the album, sidestepping the language gap and communicating entirely through the universal understanding of music.
IN FLUX features Tim McCord's first appearance after finishing work on Evanescence's 3rd album in 2011, working side by side with Mega Man's Manami Matsumae on an electrifying and rocking track. Manami goes on to contribute her skills on two more tracks, layering her piano over Stemage's sorrowful guitars and lending her catchy phrases to Chipzel's addictive chiptunes. Spelunky's Eirik Suhrke appears on two tracks, working with Ninja Gaiden's Keiji Yamagishi on the album's most bombastic and cheeky additions and bringing some fun to the mix. And maybe the album's most surprising track is (Sworcery's) Jim Guthrie's vocals-driven piece, in which (Silent Hill's) Akira Yamaoka reworked its mood and intensity in his own signature style, showcasing more of the fragility that Guthrie first painted.
The album features (Panzer Dragoon's) Saori Kobayashi first work with Brave Wave, beautifully illustrating her numerous compositional talents and unique technique, as well as (Dustforce's) Lifeformed with his unusual prose, and PolarBirds' first entry to Brave Wave's chip enthusiasts. Marius Masalar and Monomirror both return after their work on World 1-2, leading the album beautifully and unexpectedly.
IN FLUX is an album that celebrates the joyous and ever-changing nature of music, not constrained by genres or languages or styles—but celebrating the history and the culture that music is able to cultivate and nurture.
released 04 March 2014
Creative Director, Executive Producer: Mohammed Taher
Assistant Director, Mixing Engineer: Marco Guardia
Advisor: Manami Matsumae
Mastering Engineer: Dan Suter of echochamber.ch
Translator, Japan Representative: Alexander Aniel
Tracks 2, 3, 4, 7, 12 are mixed by Marco Guardia. All other tracks are mixed by their respective artists.
Photography: Fabien Oefner
Album logo: Monokrom Typefoundry
Special thanks to Akira Miyajima (miya-z), Lauren Lucas, 8-4, Yousef Al-Nafjan, Hanan Al-Alawi, and all the participating artists for helping create a stellar work of art. And you, the friends who keep on supporting the music we make and love. You are amazing.
Musicians in order of appearance:
» Marius Masalar (of Star Command) // @Mathazzar
» Monomirror (of Flutlicht) // @Monomirror
» Manami Matsumae (of Mega Man 1 & 10, Mighty No. 9)
» Tim McCord (of Evanescence) // @Tim_McCord
» Jim Guthrie (of Sworcery, Below) // @jampants
» Akira Yamaoka (of Silent Hill) // @AkiraYamaoka
» Keiji Yamagishi (of Ninja Gaiden) // @MoreYamasan
» Eirik Suhrke (of Spelunky, Ridiculous Fishing) // @strotchy
» Stemage (of Metroid Metal) // @Stemage
» PolarBirds // @PolarBirds
» Saori Kobayashi (of Panzer Dragoon Saga & Orta, Crimson Dragon)
» Lifeformed (of Dustforce) // @lifeformed
» Chipzel (of Super Hexagon) // @chipzel
Produced and published by Brave Wave Productions, Ltd.