01. New Beginnings (Excerpt)
The Black Codex
With a total length of approx. 7 hours, divided over 8 CD’s, The Black Codex is a huge musical project, consisting of 52 episodes. Based on a fantasy story, unfolding throughout these episodes, it features lots of different musical styles and guest musicians. A massive conceptual piece, written in 2014.
“The initial idea for The Black Codex was to have an online music series, with weekly episodes. Each week I would write and record a new song and send it to an mailing list of subscribers. Which I did. The project took off on January 1st, 2014 and ended on December 31, 2014. A huge undertaking, and a great challenge for me.
The Black Codex was based on a story I came up with, about a man in a wooden flying device, embarking on a mission to make a map of the world. The world in this case being a renaissance-like fantasy world, with lots of heroes and villains. Having this story as a red thread helped me immensely to come up with new music every week, and would often push me into unknown territory, as a composer.” – Christiaan Bruin
“..an in-cre-di-ble great musical talent.” -iopages.nl
“a big work by an interesting musician of our time” -babyblaue-seiten.de”
“The Black Codex is a true masterpiece that only deserves the highest possible rating of five stars.“ – backgroundmagazine.nl
“Christiaan Bruin has delivered a unique achievement.” – progwereld.org
All music and lyrics by Christiaan Bruin.
Christiaan Bruin – Vocals, keys, guitars, bass, drums, percussion
Ruben van Kruistum – Cello
Annelies Rijk – Violin
Laura ten Voorde – Violin
Federico Dalprà – Flute
Ken Kunita – Bass clarinet
Simon Dubbeld – Clarinet
Peter Bruin – Trumpet
Rik van Honk – Trumpet, bass trumpet and flugelhorn
Joey van Doesburg – Trombone
Sebas Honing – Electric guitar
Bas Immerzeel – Electric guitar
Tom Luchies – Electric guitar
Album cover art by Gregory Fromenteau. Additional drawings by Christiaan Bruin, Maartje Dekker and Yaroslav Gerzhedovich.
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