Artifact I

by Anything Box

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I Question God I stare outside the window In the street what do I see? The same old life I’ve lived all these years The same old life… And I stare at the people who have said I was a fool because I question all I’m after Yes I question all I know I question God I question life I question everything around me I question God It was after midnight When I snuck out of my house Didn’t make a sound… at all as I walked down that very same road I questioned all my life I questioned why I live I questioned why we’ve got to believe in a faith that treats us so hard I question life I question God I question life I question God [ Claude S. / BMI ]
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Pray 04:54
Pray I have seen a vision Moments lost in time No one seems to notice it but me I saw an ending to all that we know Only in the fragments of reality I will pray for you And you can pray for all of us I will pray for you And you can pray for all of us I will pray for all of mankind I have found a sanctuary Here inside my soul Even now it works the magic into me I have bowed my head to life As if it were to end Sadness is a constant need for happiness I will pray for you And you can pray for all of us I will pray for you And you can pray for all of us Who will save us if we don’t pray? Who will save us if we don’t pray for ourselves? I will pray for you And you can pray for all of us I will pray for you And you can pray for all of us I will pray for you And you can pray for all of us I will pray for you And you can pray for all of us I will pray Yes I will pray For all of us… [ Claude S. / BMI ]
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Soul On Fire 05:01
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Movement I & II It’s a brand new day in my lonely world I know you can hear me praying on my knees Moments lost in time when I talk to you Nothing else to do once I’ve talked you I am listening just to hear you say anything at all in your symbolic ways Reality is a dream in your loving heart If you should awaken I wonder what you’d find… Here I sit alone Wondering Does life have a purpose? And the world I know Is nothing more Than your dream And an illusion Your dream And my illusion Your dream and my illusion Yes it’s me again I’ve come to talk to you I know it was only yesterday But you see… I have questions on my mind again Something that I need to have from you You’ve been here as long I remember it patiently answering everything I’ve asked of you So if it’s possible could you tell me who I am I’ve traveled oh so long Could you tell me who I am Perhaps one day I’ll find that everything happens for a reason? And this thing called life Is nothing more… Than your dream And my illusion Your dream and my illusion Your dream… [ Claude S. / BMI ]
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Betty 04:02
Betty Here comes the paperboy With a glance at the trees Betty is watching him As he peddles away She picks it up and holds it tight She feels the emptiness Looks into the photograph That has made front page… She was the lonely child of a broken home Betty is not too brave She seldom goes outside She has a fear of the world That has passed her by She doesn’t know Where she must go She had a love affair many years ago It ended suddenly and she was left alone It broke her heart and soul when she called his name Now she hides herself with the grief and shame Why are you silent Her eyes seem to say Why did I fall in love At an early age? Betty is reading now all about the pain the suffering of children all across the world She wants to have a child someone she can hold a little girl who knows more than she dared Why are you silent Her eyes seem to say Why did I fall in love At an early age? [ Claude S. / BMI ]
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Hypocrites I wanted to show you that I really loved you so But you had to go and I’m not crying because I know you're smiling You were the best And still you shine deep inside shine inside Hypocrites We are hypocrites with faces full of promises and words full of lies The hypocrites came and the love was on their faces just to think they were here because of you… I wanted to tell you that I really loved you but you had to go away and I’m not crying Hypocrites We are hypocrites with faces full of promises and words full of lies The hypocrites came and the love was on their faces just to think they were here because of you… I wanted to show you that I really loved you and still you shine deep in time... Hypocrites We are hypocrites with faces full of promises and words full of lies [ Claude S. / Nelson Torres]
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Destinations 05:02
Destinations I sit on a bus on a clear day pondering the meaning of this ride The last I make will have me to another ride in my destination Even though I don’t to go I still end going to my unwanted goal Man’s only means of survival his daily job... Show yourself to me Perhaps one day we will all be freed Show yourself to me I’ll promise you One day I’d like to take a journey a continuous one one with no end in sight An infinite trip to nowhere? Even though I don’t to go I still end going to my unwanted goal Man’s means of survival his daily job… Show yourself to me maybe one day we will all be freed Show yourself to me I’ll promise you I’ll do anything I’ll sit on a bus on a clear day I’m pondering the meaning of the ride The last I’ll make will lead me to me to another ride in my destination Although I don’t to go I still end going to my unwanted goal Man’s only means of survival his daily job... Show yourself to me maybe one day we will all be freed Show yourself to me I’ll promise you I’ll do anything I’ll promise you… I’ll promise you… [ Claude S. / Nelson Torres]
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Intercession 03:47
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Susan’s Carnival There lived a grand old woman who thought the world was made to have fun in she said it was quite like a carnival It didn’t make sense All you see is what you believe She said, Why come out here to play Come here to play The neighborhood was full of stories and mystic happenings She often thought if she closed her eyes it would go away All you want is beneath your feet all you need is a life to live so happily And when she died? Some people cried some of them didn’t know her and now she laughs wearing a hat and sings some childhood song Susan’s carnival of love Susan’s carnival of love Would you take me there [ Claude S. / BMI]
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Paper Boats 04:39
Paper Boats A little boy stands alone watching as the tide comes rushing in and he smiles as his paper boat gently floats away And he sails… He waits for a friend to come and watch the voyage way out into sea after an hour had gone he walked away the ships were out of sight We’re out of sight… Paper boats washed on the shore in some land not too far away a little girl picks them up cradles them like crying babies Is this what it’s all about? Is this what it’s all about? Paper boats washed on the shore in some land not too far away a little girl picks them up cradles them like crying babies Paper boats washed on the shore Paper boats… [ Claude S. / BMI]
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This is real electronic music recorded in the 1980s. This is what the 80's really sounded like when you recorded at home, without the technology. This is not trying to sound retro. It is a product of time displacement,

I wanted these early works to be heard as what they are: Recordings made during my transition from one life I had, to the one where I became who I managed to be.

A curated view, not a mere mashup. So I chose the reel that had the most of a shared experience. So yes, there are songs missing. You will have them eventually, I promise.

But I would love to think that this is one album you could put on and travel with, and not be ‘in the mood’ to skip over my ‘Reverb Idea #12’. Unless it was meant to be of course.

The release comes with a little book and a video of how I used to "live mix" on my ESQ

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released July 11, 2020

Aired on Quaranstream 16. You can watch and listen to all of my Quaranstreams on youtube. Here... Let's make this easy: youtu.be/chPchUFX0x4

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Anything Box Long Beach, California

Whatever you think you know about 'synthpop' throw it out your window. Synthpop here is an art movement, a dadaist version. For people. Maybe someone like you. We like you. You're still reading this? OK. Be careful, time displacements have been known to occur in this construct. Are you still reading this? Good. You are worthy. ... more

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