Author: Thanasis Lightbridge

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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Sea Of Tranquility – “Hyperspeed” Review

Having already released two albums under the project name Dol Ammad and two under Dol Theeta, Greek composer Thanasis Lightbridge returns to the former to unleash the first of what would appear to be a multi-release barrage of “Electronic-Art-Metal”. Titled Cosmic Gods: Episode I – Hyperspeed, this album is the first in an ongoing series of Cosmic Gods releases – at least one of which will introduce a third “Dol” to the project family. If you haven’t heard either Dol Theeta, or Dol Ammad before, the general idea is to combine metal with such disparate musical elements as electronica,...

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Dol Ammad “Hyperspeed” release party photos

The Dol Ammad “Hyperspeed” release party that took place last friday at Thessaloniki’s Nephilim metal store was a total success! Lots of friends showed up and honored us with their positive feelings towards our music: It was great to catch up with friends old and new and to share a cool beer at the streets of Thessaloniki centre. I was really touched with some friends who travelled all the way from Larissa just for the party! Thank you Harry, Maria, Thanasis and Dimitra! Keep the following photo in mind… you might need it for the next “Dol” project (hint...

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Dol Ammad Line-up 2012

Here is the most recent Dol Ammad line-up for the album “Cosmic Gods: Episode I – Hyperspeed”: Myself doing synthesizer and drum duties with eyes on fire: Trusted guitarist and bassist Dim: And the Choir comprising of the Sopranos Anila Teli, Kortessa Tsifodimou and Melina Paschalidou and the Altos Dimitra Athanasatou, Sophia Patsi and Athanasia Thomopoulou: and finally the Tenors Themis Mpasdekis, Alex Barbas, Asterios Tsetsilas and the Basses Thanasis Pavlou, Greg Perialas and Kyriakos...

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Dol Ammad – Magus Invicta (music video)

So here is the third music video from the new Dol Ammad album “Cosmic Gods: Episode I – Hyperspeed”. I did bend my promise for a new video every 2 weeks a little bit but I had lots of work preparing your pre-orders and packaging the last few days. The next videos will come sooner I hope 😛 So I hope you’ll enjoy “Magus Invicta”, it’s probably the fastest song in the new album and it has a great concept of a journey into the core of the Sun to find this invisible magician! I will explain more of...

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Wanna see my stamp collection?

Would you like to come upstairs and see my stamp collection?? 😛 Nope, I am not trying to get you to bed…just wanted to give you an inside look at the packaging mayhem that is taking place at our studio the last few days since “Hyperspeed” was released: Our precious CDs and LPs are carefully being placed into cosy boxes for you to arrive safely and in pristine condition: Cosmic bundles and boxes are stacked by the door ready to be shipped to your destinations: And here is Batman carefully checking that the right size T-Shirts are put in...

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The Lightbridge Spacecast 02 – Hyperspeed art & Pre-Orders!

Wow what a rush I had the last days…tons of work but all is good now! Ladies and gentlemen, here is my newest Spacecast where I present you the final artwork for the new Dol Ammad album. As you’ve seen in the video, the album is now in the pressing plant and we have started accepting pre-orders in our web-shop. The official release date for Hyperspeed is set for the 28th of March 2012. By pre-ordering you will be the first to get the album as soon as it is released from the factory. All pre-orders will receive exclusive...

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Pop Corny – writing music and sfx for an awesome iphone game

I recently had the privilege to work on my first music for a video game. It was a life-long dream to some day work in the field of games which I enjoy so much. Harry Kalogirou and his nLogn development team trusted me with the task of composing music and designing sound effects for his new game “Pop Corny”. The game is a highly addictive little game that involves a cute monster (mr Corny) that devours pop corn endlessly! I started working on the music and it was a breath of fresh air to take a break from my...

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Hyperspeed complete, break open the champagne!

After a year of hard work and amazing moments, I am relieved to announce that the new Dol Ammad album is complete. My good friend and co-producer Argy Stream once again gave the final touch to the production of the album and after the mix we have recently officially mastered the album both for CD and for a Vinyl release. That’s right Batman, you can break open the champagne now! Argy has been involved in my music projects for more than 10 years and we have developed special communication patterns and language regarding mixing and mastering my strange hybrid...

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So yes, there was another book!

So since most of you have watched my first spacecast, you noticed that there was another, a “Yellow” choir book that we printed and recorded together with the “Red” book that I had revealed back in August. (I am sneaky little bastard). The concept of Cosmic Gods will be divided into these 2 (probably?!) books and into 2 separate albums entitled “Hyperspeed // Cosmic Gods – Episode 1” and “??!???!?!?! // Cosmics Gods – Episode 2”. I’ve over-used the word “Parts” in the past…. Part 1 , Part 2, Part …. so I chose the word “Episode”. Anything that...

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Drums complete for “Hyperspeed”

Crash, boom, bang! The drums for “Hyperspeed” are recorded and edited! But who is the drummer I hear you cry? It is no other than his majesty mr Lightbridge himself! Hey, that’s me! Yep, just as in Dol Theeta, I decided to perform the drums for Dol Ammad as well. I enjoy drumming as much as I enjoy synthesizers and sound design and it was a great pleasure to lay my own hits and kicks on the epic new material for the upcoming Dol Ammad album. There were some very tricky and “hyper-speed” parts (damn… who wrote this stuff?)...

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Guitars and Bass completed for “Hyperspeed”

My music-brother Dim and I finished a series of colossal Guitars AND Bass recordings for “Hyperspeed”. Yes, just as in Dol Theeta, Dim together with his guitar riffs and licks performed the low-frequency rumbles of the bass guitar. Of course the perfect eyes and ears of Batman were there to check the performance. But Dim as always was a monster in time-keeping and dexterity and didn’t have any problem having the little furry demon by his side. I am so glad with the result, the songs have gained their heavy overcoat and their sub harmonic rumbles and are reaching...

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Batman wants vinyl for Dol Ammad

I tried to talk him out of it but no! He is so stubborn. He wants me to release the new Dol Ammad album “Hyperspeed” into vinyl! Here he is giving me the “I-want-vinyl-daddy” look. And here he is performing his famous growls, trying to sing along a black metal LP that is spinning: OK OK, make the growls STOP!! I’ll release Dol Ammad into vinyl Batman, you...

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You can never have enough synths!

It’s my favorite time of the year! No, it’s not X-mas, it’s Synth-mas 😛 The time has come to finally record the synthesizers for the upcoming Dol Ammad album “Hyperspeed”. My beautiful babies were ready to be immortalized for the new Dol Ammad opus and I was so happy to fine-tune the sounds I designed the last year for “Hyperspeed”. Analog sweetness and digital harshness blended together with bleeps, sweeps and arpeggios to create the perfect cosmic environment for the space journey that lies ahead. The songs are taking their full shape and form and I can’t wait to...

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New Dol Ammad Logo & “Hyperspeed” Tracklist

I have been secretly working on a new Dol Ammad logo the last months and I am happy to unveil the results here. Subscribers to our Newsletter will get the chance to download high resolution wallpapers of the logo at 1920 x 1200 or 2560 x 1440 pixels! I wanted to give the Dol Ammad logo a more “spacey” and “epic” feel and this is why I designed it with a textured 3D feel and a small sense of perspective. Do you like it? Let me know your opinions! I feel it will suit perfect the more “bombastic” and...

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Dol Ammad choir recordings complete!

The recordings of the choir for the Dol Ammad “Hyperspeed” album are complete! Sophia, Athanasia and Dimitra layered the final alto vocals for the production: and then Kyriakos, Greg and Thanassis nailed the final picture with their deep bass tones: Stay in touch for great news coming up through our...

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Dol Ammad choir recordings – Tenor Day 2

Asterios, Themis and Alexandros arrived again for their final session of the Tenor “Hyperspeed” recordings in my studio. The boys were in perfect shape and nailed some very challenging phrases. You can see here the co-operative nature of the recordings as Alexandros dives to rescue fellow tenor Themis from over-heating after a long and demanding phrase: Meanwhile, outside I was cool with my frappe coffee enjoying the smoothness of the recording...

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Dol Ammad choir recordings – Soprano Day 2

Work is endless here in the Dol Ammad headquarters with the amazing Sopranos arriving again for more EPIC high frequency notes and feelings! When the girls arrived we started with a short briefing where I cleared out some alien-like lyrics and notes I wrote. Kortessa, Melina and Anila gave their best and performed phenomenal melodies that ranged from sweet fairy-tale like lullabies to haunted screams from hell! In fact some phrases were so haunting that I pissed my pants outside in my control...

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Listen to Dol Ammad – Hyperspeed choir samples

Our loyal friends who follow my Lightbridge Newsletter will now have the chance to listen to 3 samples from the choir recordings of the upcoming Dol Ammad album “Hyperspeed”. If you are not one of them, don’t miss this chance and subscribe to the Newsletter in the right column of our website. (You’ll also get 2 free mp3s as a gift) The samples are from the songs “Supernova”, “Xenocide” and “Stargate Pyramid” In the “Stargate Pyramid” sample you can hear a women-only phrase, in “Xenocide” a men-only and in “Supernova” you can hear the full blown tutti choir in...

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Dol Ammad choir recordings – Bass day 1

And finally the BIG GUNS arrived at the studio the other day and nailed the bass frequencies of the Dol Ammad choir puzzle for “Hyperspeed”. Joining old friend Kyriakos Chouvardas were great new friends Greg Pyrialas and Thanassis Pavlou. The result? Deep, sub-woofer-trembling, hell-freezing bass madness that as you can see I enjoyed a lot in my control room: The first wave of choir recordings is complete and I am amazed by the result! Awesome, epic, bombastic choirs to fill my music for “Hyperspeed”.  Don’t forget to subscribe to my Newsletter since I will send exclusive audio samples from...

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Dol Ammad choir recordings – Alto day 1

The sweet mellow frequencies of the mid range spectrum are being filled with the beautiful voices of the Dol Ammad altos! Together with Sophia Patsi it was an honor to work with my new recruits Dimitra Athanasatou and Athanasia Thomopoulou. I put on my favorite sound-production-blue hat and over-looked the stunning performance of the girls: The first alto day is over, the result brings smiles to everyone’s faces! Thank...

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Dol Ammad choir recordings – Tenor day 1

My good old friends Themis Mpasdekis and Alexandros Barbas arrived in the studio to take their Tenor voice positions in the Dol Ammad space-football team and I am happy to introduce our new addition Asterios Tsetsilas, an amazing guy and tenor voice! The boys performed flawlessly and added the second piece in the puzzle that is the Dol Ammad “Hyperspeed” production. Adding the first layer of male vocals was such a joy over the perfect soprano tracks! It is starting to take shape… Well the truth was that it was torture…lots of tears and blood were shed… it’s a...

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Dol Ammad choir recordings – Soprano day 1

It has begun….! I recently recruited old and new Dol Ammad members for the choir recordings and we have begun with the high pitched frequencies of the Sopranos. The Sopranos for “Hyperspeed” are Kortessa, Anila Tershana Teli and Melina Paschalidou. It was so refreshing to record choir vocals for Dol Ammad once again. Hearing your music and lyrics come to life is a magic feeling… The girls were amazing, their voices blended perfectly with each other and I was ecstatic with the result. Here I am posing proudly in my control room: By the end of the day we...

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“Hyperspeed” update: “Titan Warriors” and “Xenocide” – Lyrics

The almighty warriors from Titan emerge to annihilate all enemy races that don’t obey and stand in their way of universal domination. Two of the most brutal songs in the upcoming Dol Ammad “Hyperspeed” album! I think you will all be pleasantly surprised and yes, I will upload “audio” material soon 😛 Titan Warriors Titan warriors Here we come in storms Titan power Madness sowing Firestorm axis Doomsday forging Gods of power They conquer all Faster than light We fly out of sight Savage attack They fall one by one Xenocide Planet crushing Terraforming Firestorm axis Doomsday forging Titan...

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“Hyperspeed” update: “Supernova” – Lyrics

A majestic supernova lights up the infinite galactic horizon…Aaaah, the beauty of stellar explosions…the warmth of radiation blasts… Supernova Massive star – White dwarf Black hole – The Supernova Light interstellar Outshines the galaxy Shockwave immortal Galactic progeny Chaotic fusion Collapsing gravity Brightness dilating Into infinity Nuclear fusion Gas and dust Mass explosion Core expelled...

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The Dol Ammad choir book is printed

After a week of working 12 hours a day, the choir book with the notation for the Dol Ammad recordings is complete, printed and binded! The book contains all the choir phrases for the “Hyperspeed” album and it is split into the 4 choral voices: Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass. Oh and if you use Harkal’s hollywood-grade-image-scaling-algorithm to figure out the melodies from the little pics above – remember, Notation-reading-from-small-pics is killing the music...

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“Hyperspeed” update: “The Seeds Of Life” – Lyrics

In this very melodic song we will witness how life first appeared on earth. Icy comets carrying life blast through the atmosphere and enter the seas where life is first spawned… The Seeds Of Life Microbes and complex organisms Where we came from Water and all the elements Where we came from These are the seeds of life Comets of cosmic ice These are the seeds of life...

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“Hyperspeed” update: “Omniversal God” – Lyrics

Strange messages appear from previously unknown sources… Secret portals that communicate with what some space tribes believe to be a universal deity… Message (Omniversal God) Omniversal God Message from beyond Gates of Astrozones Shapeless frozen worlds Secret portals Staring into the Eyes of Cosmos Wormhole Shapechanger Open the gates Unleash Cosmic dimensions Of the omniversal...

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Hyperspeed update: Choral arrangements have begun!

I am excited to announce that we have started the choral arrangements for the “Hyperspeed” album! Now that all the lyrics are complete, I have started printing notations for the choir recordings. However since I don’t have a clue about music theory, I invited Kortessa to the rescue. She develops my ideas into the correct ranges for the four voices of the choir and she helps me print those strange dots and lines (I think they are called “notes”?). I’ll keep you updated with our progress and of course I’ll post the remaining lyrics of the album and its...

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Hyperspeed update: “Magus Invicta” plus 2 more songs’ lyrics

Here are 3 very special songs from the upcoming Dol Ammad album. “Magus Invicta”, “Noctis Labyrinthus” and “Golden Phantasma”. They are the first songs I composed for the new album and in a way carry the general “feel” of the whole album. The songs are connected and the story is about an immortal magician who dives in the molten core of the sun to retrieve sands that fuel lightspeed space travels! OH YEAH! SCI-FI OVERKILL BABY 😛 Magus Invicta Lightspeed eternal Magus invicta Follow the path to utopia Stellar volcano Magus invicta Battle to gather The sands of the...

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