Author: Thanasis Lightbridge

They killed my favourite DAW! RIP Cakewalk…

Gibson recently acquired Cakewalk and just announced that they are pulling the plug. Cakewalk software was my first experience in sequencing and music production and for the last 30 years they have been innovating with what I felt was the best DAW in the Windows platform. The company was working on a Mac version which I was waiting for years. 🙁 Check out what MIDI Sequencing looked and sounded like back in the DOS era: And what Sonar’s last iteration looked like: I have used Cakewalk Pro Audio and Sonar on all early Dol Ammad and Dol Theeta albums...

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J. Demian in the new Dol Ammad adventures

J. Demian, the guit-artist formerly known as Dim, has arrived in the Lightbridge studio to lay some dirt on my brand new squeaky-clean music. This madman is responsible for the guitars in Dol Theeta and most Dol Ammad releases among tons of other projects and bands like Wardrum, Hail Spirit Noir and Blackdrawn. Apart from an amazing musician he is an excellent guitar repairer, bassist and a friend. It was an honour to work with him once...

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New Dol Ammad stuff in the works – The Sopranos are here!

The cogs are finally turning my friends. After a long slumber, we have started recording and producing new music. The sopranos arrived in the studio for a top-secret Dol Ammad mission we have been working for some time. Remember this? It was an honour and great pleasure to work with Anila, Christina and Kortessa for this. This is for a very exciting new endeavour that will take place in parallel with the production and release of the “Cosmic Gods : Episode II”. If you remember the choirs for Episode II have already been recorded. There was another book after...

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Batman loves his Cat Malt paste for hairball digestion

Batman loves eating his Trixie Cat Malt. I give him a spoonful once per week and it helps a lot with his digestion. I believe it is essential especially for long hair cats, helping a lot with hair balls and swallowed hair. If you have a cat and think about cat malt, check out the Trixie Cat Malt (and support Batman) through this affiliate link:...

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We Have Been Working On Something…

We have started working again. This begun some months ago. Me and Batman are waking up from our creative sleep. Kortessa is eager to reveal more, but I want to share the additional details as soon as they are 100% certified . This concerns both Dol Ammad and Dol Theeta. It’s not a full album, although this is also coming up. Stay in touch...

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Synthetic – “Here Lies The Truth” CD available

Synthetic is a great new metal band where I guest-performed the drums and keyboards. Their debut CD “Here Lies The Truth” is self-released by the band and is now also available in our Lightbridge Shop. Check the latest spacecast if you’ve missed it: Also here is a lyric video from the band for the song “Hollow” featuring Soilwork’s Dirk...

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Introducing Space Onion Musicworks

Me, Kortessa and Argy Stream have teamed up to form “Space Onion – Musicworks” a service for original music composition and sound design for video games and other media. Check out our shiny new webpage at: http://spaceonion.com/ Our first games have been the now legendary Pop Corny and Flycraft by mr Harry Kalogirou. If there are any aspiring game developers out there interested in our quirky epic music, we’d love to hear from...

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Dol Ammad and Grav game epic space mashup

I recently discovered an amazing new indie game from Bitmonster Games (thanx Logan :P) The game is called Grav and is a space action survival open world game that blew my mind! It would be a dream come true if I could ever get to compose music for such a beautiful and epic game. Until then, I took the liberty to put together a mashup music video using the official Grav trailers and gameplay footage with the music of Dol Ammad’s – Caravan Of Mars. Here are the videos and game players channels that I used: GRAV – Top...

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Drumming for Synthetic

I recently had the honor to be asked to play and record the drums for the debut album of a newly formed heavy metal band called “Synthetic”. Synthetic features members from the band Synesthesia and who live both in Greece and also in the UK. Synthetic fuse various metal genres, progressive, traditional, melodic and aggressive. They should satisfy any metal fan but especially fans of Nevermore, Fear Factory and Soilwork. Their album is currently being mixed by Ettore Rigotti (known from his work with Disarmonia Mundi) and will also feature a special guest drumming from the amazing Dirk Verbeuren....

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Building Cat Stairs For Batman

My furry monster Batman (under doctor’s orders) wanted a higher place to overlook all the music studio activities. This is why he demanded I build him an intricate system of cat stairs that would give him access to the highest buildings (libraries) and towers (cd shelves) of the Lightbridge Studio...

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Solar Eclipse 2015 in Thessaloniki

It’s this special time again when the moon comes to devour the sun! I read that it is the first eclipse to take place on the spring equinox since 1662. Here in Thessaloniki we only witnessed a small bite from the moon. Probably around 30% of the sun was covered. The day was very cold and cloudy, there were times where the sky looked like that sky-bomb scene from the finale of “Angels & Demons”. The Thessaloniki’s Group of Friends of Astronomy were kind enough to bring their telescopes and share them with the public downtown. When the clouds...

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Eternal Journey – Nebular

I was very happy when my good friend Alex Papatheodorou invited me to guest again in his latest Eternal Journey album. Alex creates very imaginative space journeys with his music which fuses prog metal with tons of other elements and I had the honor to add a few synth bleeps here and there. The new album is called “Nebular” and is available now through various digital distributors. Alex quotes me as a big influence for starting Eternal Journey and I feel very privileged by this. If you are a fan of big prog epics like Ayreon (and why not,...

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Star Tales 10 Years Anniversary

It’s been 10 years since the release of Star Tales. Can you believe it? Check out my latest Spacecast #10 with some unseen footage I discovered hidden in a dusty box in the attic. I surely don’t remember who this long-haired guy is and how he evolved into that glasses-collecting weirdo. “Star Tales” is a very colorful album, filled with sounds and ideas. “Star Tales” followed the 2 Dol Ammad demo CDs back in 2001 and 2002 who had the “Eclipse”, “Vortex 3003”, “The Hill of Hope” and the “Boxed Daylight” songs. Of course we re-recorded all those songs...

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This fruit knows the truth

I was casually browsing through the fruit and veggies section at a huge local super market warehouse (selling some not-so-local products) yesterday and I found this strange tiny little pineapple ordering me to do the most extraordinary thing: I prefer to buy more local products but I couldn’t resist the power of this simple...

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Dol Ammad – “Ocean Dynamics” 8 years later

I can’t believe it’s 8 years since the release of “Ocean Dynamics”…Seems like yesterday… I remember the album release back in the summer of 2006 while I was obliged to join the army, I was so pissed off that I almost missed the CDs arriving at my house. I had to organize everything through lousy internet cafes in small villages during my “army-breaks”. Mobile internet was out of the question price-wise back then and the phones were in the process of evolving from the snake-game era. I recently uploaded the full “Ocean Dynamics” album as videos in my YouTube...

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Black Cat Appreciation Day 2014

It’s time to appreciate the awesomeness of the black cat today! Cats of all color are awesome but this special day intends to raise awareness of the fact that age-old superstitions and age-old stupidity result in black cats being the last to be adopted in shelters and the first ones to be euthanized. Check the video to see what you are missing if you don’t own a black cat already. My life has changed so much for the better since I got Batman that I now can’t remember how it was without him being around. A black cat is...

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Dol Kruug “Watch Me” teaser

Here is a little teaser I put together for the extras included in the homemade Dol Kruug BD-R “Watch Me”. Apart from the 10 “Eat Me” video clips in HD quality, “Watch Me” includes 40 minute exclusive extras of the making of the album and visuals. “Watch Me” also includes a signed photo of me and Jorgen, a glow-in-the-dark button and maybe some cat bites or cat hair…Get it...

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World Oceans Day 2014

Since 2008 the 8th of June is officially celebrated as the World Oceans Day. A reminder of the wondrous magic of the seas but also of the big problems that threaten marine life and our planet every day. Living in such a sea based country as Greece, the sea has always been a great inspiration for me and my music. photo credit: jessleecuizon via photopin cc My second Dol Ammad album “Ocean Dynamics” was inspired by the powers and beauty of the oceans. Liquid desert calling me To the bottom of the sea Leave your world and you will...

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