Sunrise, FL (January 4, 2012)—With a little help from Dave Kerzner, CEO and founder of Sonic Reality, Rik Emmett of Canadian rock power trio Triumph recently sang and played guitar on a cover of a Rush song.
Kerzner put together a music project called Sonic Elements, where various singers and musicians of progressive rock perform and record along with sampled musical elements from the music software Sonic Reality creates for musicians. Emmett performed as a guest artist on Rush song, “Red Barchetta,” which features drums performed by legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart via Sonic Reality’s “Neil Peart Drums” software sample library.
“At Sonic Reality, we record (‘sample’) the sounds of musical instruments and drum grooves so that musicians can use these deluxe sound elements in their own music on the computer or mobile devices,” says Kerzner. “I created the Sonic Elements music project to not only show what these inspiring Sonic Reality sounds are like in musical context but to also explore giving songs an alternate reality with different fantasy combinations of musicians and authentic sounds.”
According to Emmett, “It was such a great day in the studio, jamming out to Neil’s incredible tracks, getting to play virtual ‘basement band’ and laying down my versions of Geddy and Alex’s parts. I felt like I had been transported back to 1980 for an afternoon. ‘Red Barchetta’ is one of my absolute favorite Rush songs—like an exciting, Ray Bradbury-esque short story, told by a progressive rock band—so to get a crack at it, with the actual drum takes that Neil performed, was an ‘artistic’ challenge, almost like accepting a dare.”
Says Emmett, “This is like Rock Band for the seriously, deeply committed.” “Red Barchetta,” part of a larger Sonic Elements song collection of guest artists performing with “Neil Peart Drums” by Sonic Reality, is coming in Q1, 2012.
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