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The Ghost Within: The Tale of Turmoil
TheGhostWithin
Cover art by Pierre Kenal Louis
(http://kenalsworld.com)
Original image created by Robert Carter

Name(s):

The Ghost Within: The Tale of Turmoil
The Ghost Within: The Tale of Turmoil (EP Edition)

Type:

Studio album / concept album

Recorded:

2009-2013

Released:

September 24th, 2013 (full album)
December 9th, 2013 (EP Edition)

Genre:

Main:
EBM, Futurepop, Electronic,
Sub:
Orchestral, Dubstep, Glitch, Ambient, Acoustic, breakbeat, Industrial, Experimental

Length:

44:50 (original)
00:00 (EP reissue)

Label:

Independent (2013)
Arctic Mode (2013) (reissue)

Producer:

Nicholas Pavoni

Preceded by:

Sight & Sound (2009)

The Ghost Within: The Tale of Turmoil is the second studio album by N Pa. A concept album[1], it was released independently[2] on September 24th, 2013[3] along with his fifth EP Unorthodox.[4] The album was reissued on December 9th, 2013, on Arctic Mode as an Extended Play.[5]

In May 2013, the albums tracklist was officially confirmed on Tumblr along with background on the albums premise and inception.[6]

The album is the second installment, and first album to be released in The Ghost Within Trilogy[7][8] which includes Tomorrow Comes Today (TBA)[9] and The Ghost Within: Melinda's Madness (The Downfall) (TBA).[10]

Background

The album is about our main character Turmoil - which is a play-on-words. The story of the album is not about the death of the main character, but it is about the fight and uncertainty that is in all of us when we’re trying to move on when something tragic happens such as the loss of a loved one for example. The story goes in and out of the realms of the Reality and Lucid Dreams/nightmares that Turmoil experiences. The antagonists of the album are The Ghost Within (and his minions), and Melinda (who is unnamed throughout the album), Turmoil's lost love.

The album is narrated by Michael Leonard (who also goes by Rain-King and Floatstoneheart). Leonard was featured on the tracks Kinetic and Longest Night from his debut album, Sight & Sound and will be a featured on Tomorrow Comes Today.

Singles

Memories was the first single released from the album. It was released on September 7th, 2010 by Stereo FX on iTunes. It features remixes by Neon Night Club and Giulio Maddaloni.

Release Me was the second single from the album. It was released on April 16th, 2012 on Release Me: The Remixes EP as a free download in conjunction with Stereo FX.[11] It contains remixes by HyJax, Giulio Maddaloni, Leonidas, Halo In Reverse, and Roxmaker.

Sea of Darkness[12] was the third and final single from the album. It was released on N Pa's soundcloud, but it was subsequently taken down prior to the albums release. It was remixed by Gabrielle Ag.[13]

Concept

Description of the albums concept was revealed on N Pa's Tumblr along with summaries of the singles released.

"Devastated by the love of his life leaving him, Turmoil, finds himself drowning in a cesspool of depression and wanting out of his emotional roller coaster ride. The ghost within haunts his thoughts as he feels his grips on sanity slipping away. The listener gets taken on his journey through madness and back again. Join Turmoil in his process musically, and evolve as he does, and as the music progresses, so will he."
- written by Josh Wright

Animated Album Cover

On November 14, 2013, it was revealed that Swedish graphic designer Alexander Stubbe will be creating an animated album cover based on the album's cover art.[14]

On March 18, 2014, the animated album cover for The Ghost Within: The Tale of Turmoil was released on Alexander Stubbe's Youtube account.[15]

Reception

A review of the album by COMA Music Magazine was posted on their website on December 6, 2013 giving the album a positive review stating: "Overall, this album has a Trance feel to it, with elements of Dubstep. The vocals in all of the tracks fit quite well, as they feel ethereal, sort of floating through, laid gently over the music. The music definitely captures the dreamy essence that Pavoni was going for, with the tracks possessing a haunted, dream-like quality. This album was clearly not a rushed effort, as it is apparent that a great deal of thought and planning went into this endeavor. (To me, this album sounds like gold colored rays with streaks of emerald green and magenta interlaced within the rays). If you’re a fan of Trance/Electronica you would enjoy this album. If you’ve suffered the same level of loss portrayed in this project, you can definitely relate."[16][17]

Track Listing

  1. Prologue (The Beginning) 1:32
  2. Turmoil featuring Xenoc 3:41
  3. Memories featuring Meital Cohen of Knob and NPC 7:00
  4. Blistered featuring Chris Volz of Flaw 5:50
  5. Sea of Darkness featuring Richard Bush of The Peace Creeps, Bobby Jasso, Taylor Barefoot, and Bionik 6:10
  6. Interlude (The Battle) featuring David Wong, The Electronic Violinist 0:50
  7. On The Inside featuring Frank Pino, Jr. of Waltham 7:20
  8. Release Me featuring Pete Murray of Lo-Pro, Space Camp Stowaways, and DJ Darkside 6:58
  9. Not Today featuring FloatstoneHeart, Esper Fiction, and Kate Wild 5:26

Samples

  • Track 2 contains samples and elements from "Turmoil" by Xenoc [18]
  • Track 3 contains elements of "A Life in Memory", a Science Channel documentary[19][20]
  • Track 5 contains samples from "Karma (Comin' In For The Kill)" by Bobby Jasso and Frank Gryner[21]
  • Track 7 contains samples from "Ilyena" by The Mars Volta

EP Edition

On November 13, 2013, FeelRec[22][23], a London based Independent Record label announced on their Twitter that their Sub-label Arctic Mode[24][25] wll be re-issuing the album as an EP[26]. The album was released on December 9, 2013 on iTunes[27], Spotify[28], AmazonMP3[29], Google Play[30], and more. It features 5 tracks from the albums initial release.

Personnel

All tracks produced by Nicholas Pavoni except where noted.
Writers:

  • Aaron Zafran on Track 2
  • Meital Patash-Cohen and Dvir André Tzanua on Track 3
  • Christopher Volz on Track 4
  • Frank Pino, Jr. on Track 7
  • Pete Murray and Luke Jackson on Track 8
  • Michael Leonard and Joshua Spradlin on Track 9
  • Nicholas Pavoni on Tracks 1, 5, and 6

Musicians:

  • Taylor Barefoot - Electric Guitar on Track 5
  • David Wong - Electric Violin on Track 6
  • Jeremy Berghorst - Acoustic/Electric Guitar on Track 8

Co-Production:

  • Aaron Zafran on Track 2
  • Jarad Moloney on Track 3
  • Stefon Taylor on Track 5
  • Mark Liebrand and Jeremy Berghorst on Track 8
  • Joshua Spradlin on Track 9

Mixing/Mastering:

  • Mixing done by Nicholas Pavoni
  • Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, and 9 mastered by Alex Fooks[31]
  • Tracks 5 and 7 mastered by Joshua Steffen
  • Track 3 mastered by Niv Cohen[32]

References

  1. http://abuekev18.blogspot.com/2011/03/n-pas-ghost-within-tale-of-turmoil.html
  2. https://twitter.com/NPaMusic/status/358734274477826048
  3. http://npamusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-ghost-within-the-tale-of-turmoil
  4. https://twitter.com/NPaMusic/status/379710248967491585
  5. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=238308072997976&id=238262229669227
  6. http://npamusic.tumblr.com/post/49902302420/the-ghost-within-the-tale-of-turmoil
  7. https://www.facebook.com/NPaMusic/posts/107300206062682
  8. https://www.facebook.com/NPaMusic/posts/269081069831263
  9. https://www.facebook.com/TheGhostWithin
  10. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ghost-Within-Melindas-Madness-The-Downfall/225485990879218
  11. https://twitter.com/stereofx/status/196657125508919299
  12. http://npamusic.tumblr.com/post/32571691639/sea-of-darkness-single-2013
  13. https://soundcloud.com/npamusic/sea-of-darkness-dj-gabster-radio-edit
  14. https://twitter.com/NPaMusic/status/400878670559989760/photo/1
  15. N Pa - The Ghost Within: The Tale of Turmoil animated album cover by Alexander Stubbe
  16. https://twitter.com/COMAMusicMag/status/409004401555030016
  17. http://coma-online.com/?p=27678
  18. http://www.last.fm/music/Xenoc/_/Turmoil
  19. http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=105x8174557
  20. http://www.novamov.com/video/j2rk05archem9
  21. http://npamusic.tumblr.com/post/33395062831/sea-of-darkness-preview
  22. https://twitter.com/FeelRecOfficial/status/405712676300787712
  23. https://twitter.com/FeelRecOfficial/status/405786428828680192
  24. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=238308072997976&id=238262229669227
  25. https://twitter.com/NPaMusic/status/408361064133189632
  26. https://twitter.com/NPaMusic/status/408359839186710528
  27. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/ghost-within-tale-turmoil/id774791007
  28. https://play.spotify.com/album/2TSAOFUK7ZGvziIOtALrtF
  29. http://www.amazon.com/The-Ghost-Within-Tale-Turmoil/dp/B00H4E2VZ2/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Ghost+Within%3A+The+Tale+of+Turmoil
  30. https://play.google.com/store/music/album/N_Pa_The_Ghost_Within_The_Tale_of_Turmoil?id=Bhmyp4iat26shjo7ddjud64p7su
  31. https://twitter.com/NPaMusic/status/377617408430571520
  32. https://twitter.com/NPaMusic/status/377617408430571520
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