Author: Thanasis Lightbridge

Farewell to Bernard Parmegiani

One of the greatest pioneers of electronic music passed away today at the age of 86. Bernard Parmegiani was one of the first explorers of experimental and avant-garde electronic music. His notorious tape-splicing techniques back when music technology was only science fiction paved the way to the development of samplers and sample-based music. Alongside composers Luc Ferrari and Iannis Xenakis, Bernard Parmegiani taught us that sound is music. Sound is...

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Paranormal poke-ctivity

I got poked by a spirit today morning…Yes, you’ve heard me say lots of wacky things but I swear that this is 100% true and did indeed happen while I had my full conscience. We were snoozing as usual with Batman in the morning, he was wide awake since it was his breakfast time and he was making his usual squeaky lovely noises. I was also awake, just enjoying the morning under the duvet and would get up in a minute, WHEN SUDDENLY……!!! I got poked four (yes 4) times on my back by an invisible finger!!! The feeling...

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A horse in the fog

“Me and my horse Spirit decided to rest for a while. The fog kept making our climb towards the village harder. At the same time the world seemed different, a strange beauty was added to our surroundings with nature’s mysterious veil. We continued to ascend the mountain…” No I am not writing a novel, I just went for a refreshing trip to the Greek mountains where I was entranced by this beautiful fog. Now bear with me if you are from the United Kingdom or other Northern climates but it is something that I miss in my everyday life...

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Dol Kruug and my demons revealed!

It’s time! Check out this very special new Spacecast where I reveal the “demons” behind my music and my extreme third project Dol Kruug while I share some samples from the upcoming new album. I hope you enjoy it, let me know what you think and see you soon with more details on the title, tracklist and artwork of the new project. Space...

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Facebook pages for each Dol project

It has been some time now that I have received requests from friends and personally realized that my projects are un-discoverable in (the necessary evil that is) Facebook. This is why I have just finished creating a separate Facebook page for each one. Here is the Dol Ammad page and here is the Dol Theeta page. *Update 08/03/16* And here is the Dol Kruug page My personal Lightbridge page will of course remain as the central hub of my operations and you can also find me in my non-page facebook profile. Getting all these pages and virtual-fingers out of...

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A weekend in Lefkada

After spending another month locked in the studio for the new Dol project I recently decided to take a quick break and visit the beautiful Ionian island Lefkada. I needed fresh air to clear my mind from the massive brutality of the project and it was also a great chance to meet my good friend Nikos who is living there. I had the time to practice my photography skills and also attempt my first Paragliding flight which was the experience of a lifetime! I had a great time and wish to visit Lefkada and the rest of the Ionian...

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Fan mashup Dol Ammad with X-Bomber

It’s so nice to see our friends geeking out with our music! Check out this cool mashup between Dol Ammad’s music and the cult sci-fi marionette TV show “X-Bomber”(also known as “Star Fleet”). Thank you to Jul But for putting this together. As a side-note if anyone else wants to use our music in a (non-commercial-please) fan video you have my full permission and support! Just try to have some space elements inside. And maybe some cats? Oh, and boobs!! No wait, that would make YouTube angry… Hmmm let’s just stick with the space themes then...

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FURminator and my black persian cat Batman

A friend suggested it (cheers Tony) and I thought it would be a good idea to share my secret weapon when it comes to grooming Batman and maintaining his status as the most beautiful cat in the Universe. It’s called “The FURminator” and it is the best grooming tool out there. If you own a long haired cat you should really check it out, it will make your life (and house) easier and cleaner. Here is an affiliate link to get The FURminator from...

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Dol Ammad – Omniversal God

WOT?! You didn’t see that coming, did you? Well loyal blog readers did read my announcement on Monday and since loyalty should be rewarded here is free bonus track to all my Newsletter subscribed friends. “Omniversal God” is derived from an outtake from the “Hyperspeed” sessions and I was keeping it hidden in my drawers for some time. I’d like to thank artist David Winnen who kindly offered his artwork for the cover of the track and also the video I’ve put together. I hope you enjoy it, see you later for...

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Vacations 2013 over

No! Please…I want some more…don’t drag me off the sea…I’m afraid time is up for my 2013 vacations and I have to leave the beautiful sea and nature and return to an ugly grey box in Thessaloniki. Thankfully the insides of the box hold my studio and personal world-bubble so it won’t be so bad once I’m there. So to make the transition back into the disgusting cities a little easier, I am preparing a nice goodie for all my friends out there. I have a Dol Ammad bonus track left out of the “Hyperspeed” sessions that I will...

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Huge progress on new “Dol” project

After the first week of my vacations I have to report that I am making huge progress on my upcoming new “Dol” project. The clear air and nature allow me to work more focused than ever and I am really happy with the results so far. However lately, I notice some strange alterations to my compositions…it seems that something is messing up with the volume and intensity of my most extreme parts. Maybe there is something wrong with my inspiration portal. I should check and fix...

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Vacation time in my Inspiration Portal

I decided to leave town for a couple of weeks. I was feeling exhausted lately and really needed to recharge my batteries. To get my creative juices flowing again, I transported myself with my Inspiration Portal into the Greek Countryside where I am planning my next music creations. I am planning tons of new stuff, my most important being the third “Dol” project which will be unveiled very soon. I wish you all have a great summer, take the time to leave the ugly cities and immerse into the beauty of nature. Stay Cosmic...

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Shop gets Currency Converter installed

After popular request, I’ve just installed a Currency Converter into the shop. Now it’s easier to translate our prices into other popular currencies.Yay! Check it out at the right sidebar of the shop. Please note that since I am located in Europe, the final transaction will be charged in Euros. But I think it is a useful tool for your reference. The conversion is taking place using data from the Open Exchange Rates so it is updated dynamically. I hope you like it,...

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Dol Theeta – “Keep Deep” EP released!

So here is “Keep Deep”! A cinematic song with hidden meanings and deep emotions. The Dol Theeta “Keep Deep” EP is released today and you can find it in our shop. Check out also the special T-Shirt we have prepared for the release. Please share the music, thank you for your support and I’d love to hear what you think about...

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Batman wants to “Sleep Deep”

Curled up next to my ever-pumping sub-woofer, Batman tries to catch some sleep in vain…Argy and I have taken over his peace and quiet with all that “Keep Deep” production going on. He is one pissed off cat right now… Poor Batman, if only you knew what madness awaits you AFTER the release of “Keep Deep” with my next Dol...

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“Keep Deep” is coming this Saturday

Only 5 days left for the release of “Keep Deep” and we are working full time here at the Lightbridge-Batman headquarters! Me and my sound partner Argy Stream are at the final mastering stage, tweaking the frequencies and balancing the dynamics of the 3 tracks. I am also in the process of color-correcting the music video for “Keep Deep” which will also appear together with the release of the EP this Saturday. “Keep Deep” is an epic 9-minute track and the video is shaping like a mini/short movie. Here are some stills from the video: Video Screenshot Stay tuned...

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The art of Werner Hornung

Today I’d like to talk a little bit about Werner Hornung, an internationally acclaimed artist and the man behind our Dol Theeta covers. I stumbled upon Werner’s work randomly through the internet, while I was searching for artists to portray the surreal and dreamy atmospheres of the debut Dol Theeta album “The Universe Expands”. I remember having my music on the speakers while browsing and was instantly shocked when I discovered Werner’s art. His work looks like a collage of reality, dreams and nightmares to my eyes. It induces endless thoughts with its tiny details that urge you to...

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Blade Runner soundtrack on vinyl

What a glorious day at the post office today! My pre-order of the Blade Runner soundtrack on vinyl arrived and I can’t hide my excitement. It is a limited edition re-release, the soundtrack was initially released on vinyl back on 1994 and after that got lost after tons of CD-only re-issues. This release from the label Audio Fidelity is a top quality gatefold and virgin 180gr red translucent vinyl. You can’t get any better than...

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Dol Ammad – Solarwinds (music video)

A massive solar storm is expected to hit the Earth and especially Greece today the 28th of May. Authorities in my country are supposedly under “code red” for potential health problems and disruptions in the communications infrastructures. I have just finished talking with the prime minister to whom I proposed this Dol Ammad – Danny Boyle cooperation (conceived and edited by …ahem…let’s call him…”VJ Spacecat”) to protect us from the upcoming massive sun threat. May the Cosmic Gods be with...

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The Lightbridge Spacecast #06 – Dol Theeta “Keep Deep”

The new Spacecast is here and features a special guest! In this episode Kortessa and I chat a little bit about the upcoming new Dol Theeta EP “Keep Deep” and you can listen to small un-mastered samples from the EP in the background. We had tons of laughs during the making of this Spacecast and I’d like to thank Kortessa for letting me torture her with my Nerf-gun...

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Farewell to Ray Manzarek

What a sad day yesterday, hearing about the loss of the legendary Ray Manzarek… The multi-talented artist and keyboardist, most known as the founding member of the Doors, was a great influence and inspiration for me and tons of other musicians. In a period in rock music where guitarists were the ultimate heroes, Ray infused keyboards magically and gave the Doors their signature sound. photo credit: Alex Jilitsky via photopin cc Playing the Rhodes keyboard like a bass guitar, the Doors never had a live bassist as far as I recall. Who can forget the organ intro in “Light...

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Dol Theeta “Keep Deep” announced

The time has come to announce my upcoming new release! We are working on a new Dol Theeta EP entitled “Keep Deep” which will feature the following 3 new Dol Theeta songs: 1. Keep Deep 2. The Universe Expands (The Big Bang) 3. Flow My Tears The amazing artwork was done once again by the phenomenal Werner Hornung who was kind enough to honor us with his work. Thank you Werner from the heart! We are currently in the mixing process and the EP will be released in digital form this June. I am very glad to annouce that...

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This is why space missions are important

I just watched this on the news and was blown away. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield made a music video for David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”. Just watch…words can’t describe this. As my brother put it: “At last, this awesome song in its right environment!”. All I can say is thank you sir Hadfield, my deepest respects to you and your team of scientists behind all the amazing work you do up there. Can’t get any more epic than that as a...

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Batman assists the products photo shoot

For the release of the new e-shop I wanted to create new product shots for the Hyperspeed CD, LP and Bundles. Thankfully my little monster was there to help with the photo shoot: So thanks to my fur-ball assistant, the photos turned out fine as you can witness in the shop. Thanks for saving the day again...

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Spacecast #05 – New Website Lightbridge dot tv

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to my new re-designed and re-branded website http://lightbridge.tv. After 3 months of hard work I present you with my new virtual home for all my music, videos and e-shop. I have prepared a new Spacecast to explain everything regarding the new website. In order to celebrate the new website opening, I am offering a 20% sale on all the products in the shop. Use the coupon LBTV20 on the checkout to receive the discount. Thank you all for your support through the years, a new exciting chapter has begun, you...

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New Dol Theeta logo

Following the general re-design of my website and projects, I present you with the new Dol Theeta logo. I wanted something dreamier and more fairytale-like for Dol Theeta but retaining a certain edginess at the same time. The upcoming Dol Theeta EP will be the first to sport this new look. Do you like it? Let me know what you think,...

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Best Symphonic Metal Album – Dol Ammad nomination

I was recently informed that “Cosmic Gods: Episode I – Hyperspeed” has been nominated for Best Symphonic Metal Album on the Metal Storm Awards 2012 hosted by the the highly respected Metal Storm portal. It is a great honor to be nominated again this year, “Ocean Dynamics” was voted one of the Best Symphonic Metal albums back in 2006. Winners are chosen by the visitors and readers of Metal Storm and voting will be open all month, so head over to Metal Storm and support your favorite symphonic album 😛 Thank you!...

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The Dol Ammad X-mas -20% Sale!

We have started an X-mas sale only for our Newsletter subscribers. We offer -20% discount in all items in the shop up until the 31st of December. If you are a subscriber you’ve already received an email about this, if not subscribe to get your Coupon Code here: http://lightbridge.tv/newsletter/ Thank you and space...

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Flycraft complete

What exciting times the last months have been. Harry and I completed the release of Flycraft and the little game which started as a one-month contest marathon has become a success and we are determined to evolve it in many more ways in the future. The game is released exclusively for the BlackBerry Playbook (and very soon for the upcoming BB10 phone-revelation that RIM is preparing to unveil). It has been the #1 paid game in the BlackBerry AppWorld and has received more than 300 positive reviews. Check out the game’s trailer we have prepared: The game triggers your...

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Halfway there with FlyCraft

The last 2 weeks me and Harry were locked in our caves planning our upcoming new game “Flycraft”. He is lost behind infinite lines of code (it looks just like “the matrix”) and I spend my day and nights designing and refining the art parts of the game. It has been a crazy ride up to today and although we have made big progress, I can reveal that I am VERY stressed with the Ludum Dare Contest clock ticking like the doomsday clock above my head… Concerning the game itself, the idea is to make a fun crafting game...

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We are making a game!

Wot?! Oh yes, my dear friend Harry Kalogirou and I will work together on a new video game. In fact we are even taking part in the Ludum Dare October challenge so we only have 1 month to conceive and create it! Check out our announcement post at the Ludum Dare website. After a huge brainstorming session some days ago we chose a game code-named “Flycraft” among many ideas. We will reveal all the production steps as the game unfolds the following days, but for now I can reveal that as the title suggests the game will be a...

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Lightbridge Spacecast #04 – The Lightbridge Collection!

Long before I discovered my love for music and technology, I used to occupy my time as a graphic artist. It is a hobby I don’t want to give up and some months ago I had this great idea: I would devote my graphic skills into designing special T-Shirts for Dol Ammad, Dol Theeta and my music in general. Check out my newest Spacecast (No.4) for details. I named this special collection of T-Shirts “The Lightbridge Collection” and I partnered with the amazing Spreadshirt printing service to create 2 dedicated T-Shirt e-shops, one based in Europe and the other...

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Interview at Avant-Garde Metal – 2012

A new audio star is gleaming in the electro metal universe: recently DOL AMMAD have released their new full-length album “Cosmic Gods: Episode I – Hyperspeed”. Like hardly any other artist mastermind Thanasis Lightbridge is going consequently his own path: creating a new music style, being songwriter, producer, manager and record company all at the same time, he has been releasing numerous brilliant albums for more than a decade. Still his art is a secret treasure, hardly known to the mainstream. And while making no compromises and creating a world of its own, the songs have a huge hit...

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Avant-garde Metal – “Hyperspeed” Review

Majestic and martial the giant spaceship is landing. Turbo engines blow clouds of stardust. A threatening droning and wardrums shake the earth. And suddenly a furious tornado explodes into hyperspeed. Raging drums and pumping guitars ride the storms of fury. Electronic devices blubber in madness. And a majestic choir screams the arrival of “Magus Invicta”, the first song of DOL AMMAD’s new epos. The fast killer opener glides right into the mysterious echoing flutes of “Noctis Labyrinthus”. This solemn hymn streams like the nocturnal ships of Hades through the night. A brilliant instrumental part slowly transforms this song into...

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Interview at Magic Fire Music – 2012

Magic Fire Music : Hello Thanasis, how are you? I’m happy to talk to you again for this new interview. Thanasis : Hey Cedric! I am fine, I am currently under the air-condition trying to cool myself, it’s ridiculously hot in here, like 35 degrees! I am also happy to catch up with you again 🙂 Magic Fire Music : Before talking about the new album, I’m gonna ask you: how is Greece these days? Thanasis : Apart from extremely hot, Greece is a mess these days… Things have calmed down a bit after the recent second elections that...

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Rob Papen synthesizers endorse Thanasis Lightbridge

I am happy to announce that I was recently honored by an endorsement from Rob Papen and his amazing line of synthesizers, instruments and effects. Rob Papen is a phenomenal programmer, musician and sound designer and his instruments are truly inspirational to tons of musicians worldwide. Some of his most well known synthesizers are “Predator”, “Albino”, “Blue”, “SubBoomBass” and the recently released new beast “Blade”, a unique additive synthesis system that uses the very spacey and cosmic looking (and sounding) “Harmolator”. I am a huge fan and user of Rob Papen instuments, you can hear their distinctive sound in...

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Global Domination – “Hyperspeed” Review

There are bedroom projects and there are bedroom projects, I can tell you that. Even though the place where a musician, composer or artist works is never to define the quality of his work, metal-heads are sort of fed up with shitty releases by crappy pseudo-bands gathering in one of the creeps’ nest. Dol Ammad appears different, and I’m not saying it’s a fact this is a complete amateur project, on the contrary; I find it quite professional, yet it ain’t the kind of act you’ll see on the road plus ‘tis absolutely certain the use of technology on...

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