About the Songs
Each of the songs on the album has a story behind it, and we are glad to share those stories with you. Track 1 - Midnight Flame - (2:49) - This was composed over the summer of 2021 originally as a Classical piece in Bb major, but as we practiced the piece it became clear that this was a Dance song just waiting to be made. The song has three bass parts, two pads, and three synth parts. The shimmering chords in the second half draw the song to a smash finish. Track 2 - Hip Hop Labyrinth - (2:01) - Dr G does a lot of work for Indie directors. Nothing helps the feel of a film more than a killer soundtrack. In this case, the director was looking for a theme song for the film. He wanted “something like Hip Hop, but dramatic, you know?” Thus was born Hip Hop Labyrinth. This was also used in a popular TV show, which I cannot name based on contractual arrangements, but a lot of you found the song after the TV episodes. Thank you for your support. Track 3 - Oh My Bonnet - (4:12) - This song was one of the few that was conceived, composed, and mixed as a Dance song all along. It booms at a constant 130 BPM in a key of E-minor. Songbpm.com describes it as very danceable. We agree. Track 4 - Kelly Gothic Heart - (2:22) - Dr G has a lot of young listeners. In a conversation at a convention, one of the fans asked why Dr G did not compose any songs with a Gothic feel. This song is the answer to that question. The song has a solid 4x4 of 125 BPM in A-minor. Songbpm.com describes this track as high energy and very danceable. Track 5 - Unexpected - (5:02) - This is the title track for the album. Unexpected was created as an homage to late 90s EDM and in particular Goldfrap and Moby. The chords slowly shift while the kick holds a danceable, steady 127 BPM. Perhaps not unexpectedly, the track is considered high energy and very danceable. Track 6 - Imagined Fall - (5:35) - The reviews of the song describe it as “very happy, high energy, and very danceable.” This track was done entirely in D-major. It has a wonderful, catchy vibes melody at the beginning of the song, and something unexpected and wonderful shakes up the dance floor in the bridge and middle verse. Enjoy. This was a fun to compose and produce. Track 7 - Arms In, Feet Out - (2:14) - As Dr G went to publish this song, the distributor said that this was another band’s song. Dr G had to provide the original sheet music for the track along with snippets of the raw recordings. We were happy to be able to include this short, fun song. We hope you like it too. Track 8 - The Perfect Spork - (5:48) - Many of the songs that Dr G & the Range Shadows have produced over the years have been to support Rich’s long running gaming campaigns. One of the characters in a recent campaign had a goal to create the perfect spork. In homage to this character, Rich composed the Perfect Spork. Musicstax reports the song as being in A-minor, 90 BPM, with high energy, very danceable, and having a live performance quality to it. Check out the song and let us know your impressions. Track 9 - Virtual Rave in the Time of Plague - (2:14) - This track wrote itself at the height of the COVID scare. It is written in the key of A at 120 BPM and is a reflection of the EDM that was the late edge of Nu Wave in the mid-1990s with vocalizations, staccato guitar chops, and repeats and doubling. Enjoy our trip down memory lane. We think you will enjoy it. Track 10 - Claws of the Serpent Cult - (2:44) - This track has a slower beat, 95 BPM, and a coiling serpentine chordal structure that wends you slowly through this high energy, danceable song in E-minor. The track evokes images of night fires and frenetic dancing with heavy drums and chanting. It was a surprise hit in Europe and Turkey. Thank you to all the fans that supported us there. Track 11 - Midnight Winds (Sizzle Version) - (4:36) - This song was originally written for Dr G’s gaming group, and you can actually hear Dr G providing the Ocarina accompaniment here. It was a big hit with the gamers, and we know you will enjoy it too. Track 12 - Together as One - (2:57) - This is a fun track with two instruments supporting each other in the melody, a hirsute synth and a lovely upright piano (thank you Katherine for playing for us!). It comes in at 136 BPM in Gb-major. Enjoy! Track 13 - Waiting for Armin (Zhalindorian Dance Version) - (12:04) - This was actually the title track to our previous album, Free at Last, but it did not make it into the can before the album had to be released. It is a long-play track, coming in at over 12 minutes and 132 BPM. Reviews described it as high energy and very danceable. You will find it fun to dance to and a favorite DJ transition song between sets. Track 14 - October Rain - (4:18) - This track was originally composed in 2020 on a plane heading to Texas. It was a rainy day, and you can hear the rain and the wind in the song. There is a sense of purpose and drive with the constant drums and the the rondo form of the song. The key changes, unique chordal structure, and large number of supporting tracks mean that you will hear new things every time you listen to it. Enjoy! Track 15 - Halloween Trip Hop - (3:42) - The track, Hip Hop Labyrinth, was at the top of the set, at the end is Halloween Trip Hop. The album was released just before Halloween in 2021. It felt like this was a track just waiting for the right time to release, and this was it. It has a halloween flavor with minor keys, unusual accompaniment, and a unique rhythmic support. Enjoy!
About the Songs
Each of the songs on the album has a story behind it, and we are glad to share those stories with you. Track 1 - Midnight Flame - (2:49) - This was composed over the summer of 2021 originally as a Classical piece in Bb major, but as we practiced the piece it became clear that this was a Dance song just waiting to be made. The song has three bass parts, two pads, and three synth parts. The shimmering chords in the second half draw the song to a smash finish. Track 2 - Hip Hop Labyrinth - (2:01) - Dr G does a lot of work for Indie directors. Nothing helps the feel of a film more than a killer soundtrack. In this case, the director was looking for a theme song for the film. He wanted “something like Hip Hop, but dramatic, you know?” Thus was born Hip Hop Labyrinth. This was also used in a popular TV show, which I cannot name based on contractual arrangements, but a lot of you found the song after the TV episodes. Thank you for your support. Track 3 - Oh My Bonnet - (4:12) - This song was one of the few that was conceived, composed, and mixed as a Dance song all along. It booms at a constant 130 BPM in a key of E-minor. Songbpm.com describes it as very danceable. We agree. Track 4 - Kelly Gothic Heart - (2:22) - Dr G has a lot of young listeners. In a conversation at a convention, one of the fans asked why Dr G did not compose any songs with a Gothic feel. This song is the answer to that question. The song has a solid 4x4 of 125 BPM in A-minor. Songbpm.com describes this track as high energy and very danceable. Track 5 - Unexpected - (5:02) - This is the title track for the album. Unexpected was created as an homage to late 90s EDM and in particular Goldfrap and Moby. The chords slowly shift while the kick holds a danceable, steady 127 BPM. Perhaps not unexpectedly, the track is considered high energy and very danceable. Track 6 - Imagined Fall - (5:35) - The reviews of the song describe it as “very happy, high energy, and very danceable.” This track was done entirely in D-major. It has a wonderful, catchy vibes melody at the beginning of the song, and something unexpected and wonderful shakes up the dance floor in the bridge and middle verse. Enjoy. This was a fun to compose and produce. Track 7 - Arms In, Feet Out - (2:14) - As Dr G went to publish this song, the distributor said that this was another band’s song. Dr G had to provide the original sheet music for the track along with snippets of the raw recordings. We were happy to be able to include this short, fun song. We hope you like it too. Track 8 - The Perfect Spork - (5:48) - Many of the songs that Dr G & the Range Shadows have produced over the years have been to support Rich’s long running gaming campaigns. One of the characters in a recent campaign had a goal to create the perfect spork. In homage to this character, Rich composed the Perfect Spork. Musicstax reports the song as being in A-minor, 90 BPM, with high energy, very danceable, and having a live performance quality to it. Check out the song and let us know your impressions. Track 9 - Virtual Rave in the Time of Plague - (2:14) - This track wrote itself at the height of the COVID scare. It is written in the key of A at 120 BPM and is a reflection of the EDM that was the late edge of Nu Wave in the mid-1990s with vocalizations, staccato guitar chops, and repeats and doubling. Enjoy our trip down memory lane. We think you will enjoy it. Track 10 - Claws of the Serpent Cult - (2:44) - This track has a slower beat, 95 BPM, and a coiling serpentine chordal structure that wends you slowly through this high energy, danceable song in E-minor. The track evokes images of night fires and frenetic dancing with heavy drums and chanting. It was a surprise hit in Europe and Turkey. Thank you to all the fans that supported us there. Track 11 - Midnight Winds (Sizzle Version) - (4:36) - This song was originally written for Dr G’s gaming group, and you can actually hear Dr G providing the Ocarina accompaniment here. It was a big hit with the gamers, and we know you will enjoy it too. Track 12 - Together as One - (2:57) - This is a fun track with two instruments supporting each other in the melody, a hirsute synth and a lovely upright piano (thank you Katherine for playing for us!). It comes in at 136 BPM in Gb- major. Enjoy! Track 13 - Waiting for Armin (Zhalindorian Dance Version) - (12:04) - This was actually the title track to our previous album, Free at Last, but it did not make it into the can before the album had to be released. It is a long-play track, coming in at over 12 minutes and 132 BPM. Reviews described it as high energy and very danceable. You will find it fun to dance to and a favorite DJ transition song between sets. Track 14 - October Rain - (4:18) - This track was originally composed in 2020 on a plane heading to Texas. It was a rainy day, and you can hear the rain and the wind in the song. There is a sense of purpose and drive with the constant drums and the the rondo form of the song. The key changes, unique chordal structure, and large number of supporting tracks mean that you will hear new things every time you listen to it. Enjoy! Track 15 - Halloween Trip Hop - (3:42) - The track, Hip Hop Labyrinth, was at the top of the set, at the end is Halloween Trip Hop. The album was released just before Halloween in 2021. It felt like this was a track just waiting for the right time to release, and this was it. It has a halloween flavor with minor keys, unusual accompaniment, and a unique rhythmic support. Enjoy!