First Transmission

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released May 1, 2012

© ℗ 2012 C. Rose
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All songs written and performed by Christopher M. Rose
Additional vocals on “She is Beautiful” by Tim Fisk
Mastered by Brian Hazard at Resonance Mastering

Special Thanks To: Terri Haven, Tim Fisk, Angela DiTerlizzi, Elizabeth Wilson, Michael Kusek, and the G7.

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Maxwell's Complex Амхърст, Massachusetts

Electronic music progenerated from early 1980’s synth-pop examining the complexity of human communication; how we relate, connect, and manage the inevitable failures inherent in all fragile machinery.

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Track Name: First Transmission
“First Transmission”
© 2010 C. Rose

we
who kneel at the edge of nowhere
opposite sides
the same great divide

pray
soon we will spark the contact
a future is near
waiting to hear what we've made
____________________

switch
one frequency for another
look to the sky
await the reply

sound
closing the space between us
i'm holding you tight
we're crossing the ocean tonight.
______________________

transmission
first transmission
it moves across the sea and air
it finds you there

transmision
first transmission
it's crossing over earth and sea
to you from me
_______________________

we
finally break the silence
something is there
a-wing is the prayer
________________________

transmission
first transmission
it moves across the sea and air
it finds you there


transmision
first transmission
it's crossing over earth and sea
to you from me
_________________________

once we were lost now we are found
[freed by sound]
________________________

transmission
first transmission
it moves across the sea and air
it finds you there

transmision
first transmission
it's crossing over earth and sea
to you from me (beautiful machine)
Track Name: Messages, Pt. 1
“Messages”
© 2010 C. Rose

is it a language that you speak
or do you just pretend?
for I don't always understand
the messages you send.
_____

i can always hear your words
but I don't know what you say
it is alien to me.
will I crack the code today?

i am starting to believe
the solution has to lie
in a knowledge unreceived
or just locked inside my mind.
_____

is it a language that you speak
or do you just pretend?
for I don't always understand
the messages you send.
_____

this behavior that you seek
is remaining undefined
as I lose the will to speak.
is the problem yours or mine?

how can I decipher these
messages you send to me?
when you seem to change the code
the passage, and the frequency.
without telling me…
_____

while I think I know the plan
and I've memorized the rules
i cannot apologize
for a cypher built by fools.
Track Name: Looking Glass
“Looking Glass”
© 2010 C. Rose

you’ve been walking through fields of gray alone
wondering where the air has gone.
it has been at least one hundred years
that you have lived inside the fear
lost and suffocating.

seems like another life ago
that you tripped and fell down the rabbit hole.
battling demons from your past
now you found your way back to the looking glass.
step through, and everything is waiting.

you have looked into the dragon’s eye
through with finding places you can hide.
we’ve been sending messages inside.
telegraph your morse code in reply
and i feel the wires shaking.

you can live outside the fear.
believe.
But I can’t be the first one here
to breathe.
a heart can beat inside of there.
you must only taste the air
to mend a soul in disrepair and need.

seems like another life ago (i can hear you)
that you were tripped and fell down the rabbit hole
(i have seen you) conquering demons from your past
(and i know you) finally found your way back to the looking glass.
step through, and everything is changing.
Track Name: Birmingham
“Birmingham”
© 2010 C. Rose


on the road to Birmingham you held my hand
telling me that we were more than friends
questioning the truth about my innocence
the night was black and cold but you were warm.

something in the darkness of that lonesome car
a kiss I think we finally understood
a dream I thought that I had learned to live without
but that was long ago, so long ago.
_____

pray these roads never take us home
for the stars to burn until we’re far away from all we know
may this night never break for dawn
we have come too far to surrender our tomorrow.
_____

all the way to Birmingham you held my hand
telling me that we were more than friends
testing every truth about our innocence
the night was black and cold but you were warm.
_____

pray these roads never take us home
for the stars to burn until we’re far away from all we known
may this night never break for dawn
we have come too far to surrender our tomorrow.
_____

near Birmingham you held my hand and turned away
the car was fast, the alcohol was slow
and the words intoxicated finally came
without the insecurity of shame.
_____

pray these roads never take us home
for the stars to burn until we’re far away from all we know
may this night never break for dawn
we have come too far to surrender our tomorrow
we have come too far
Track Name: She is Beautiful (featuring Tim Fisk)
"She is Beautiful"
© 2010 C. Rose

on this evening
there is cause to celebrate
as the body joins the soul

nothing's broken
no one here needs to be saved
a funeral without mourning
without pain

burning pieces
another life, another name
another spark to rise and feed the flame
__________________

she is beautiful tonight
___________________

such a plain and ordinary boy
you could have made
suffocating who you are

touch the mirror
trace the lines perfect the shades
infinitely nearer now to god

burning pieces
another life, another name
here in ashes ever lies the shame
__________________

she is beautiful tonight
she is beautiful in shadows and in the light
she is beautiful tonight
Track Name: Absolute Zero
“Absolute Zero”
© 2010 C. Rose

stop talking stop moving
it's perfect just the way we are
this moment this instant
to think that we have come this far
______________

the logic should dictate
the quest for true stability
is fragile if not futile
we need only fear the entropy
________________

so can we just go to ground now
at absolute zero
freeze this moment in time
at absolute zero.
_______________

the science is faulty
it can't preserve the symmetry
in digital or analog
even with eidetic memory
__________________

can we go to ground
at absolute zero
freeze us both in time at absolute zero
_________________

stop talking stop moving
it's perfect just the way we are
how can i just absorb this
knowing every ending has a start
__________________

can we go to ground
at absolute zero
holding sight and sound
at absolute zero
freeze us both in time
at absolute zero
everything is fine
at absolute zero
Track Name: Houses
“Houses”
© 2010 C. Rose

the walk to your house from mine is quick
but it is very cold
and fingertips will sometimes break and bleed

the walk to your house from mine is brief
but it is tiring
the echoes of their words inside my head threaten to deafen me

at your door step I will wait for your room to light
inside your house my frozen ears will thaw and burn

the walk to your house from mine is quick
but it is very cold
and fingertips will sometimes break and bleed
once winter takes its hold

on your door step I will wait for your room to light
inside your house their wicked world will cease to turn
here in your home I will forget the apathy I fight
and in your room this frozen heart will thaw and burn

the walk from your house to mine is long
and full of suffering
and I can feel the deathly breeze of dawn tearing through
everything.

back at your door step I will wait for your room to light
inside your house their wicked world will cease to turn
here in your home I will forget the apathy I fight
and in your room this frozen heart will thaw and burn

now I am home.
Track Name: Lost Satellite
“Lost Satellite”
© 2010 C. Rose

so this is how
you stop the world from turning

even for an hour
anything to stop the hurting

in the absence of our words
does the prayer remain unheard
ever caught between the earth and sky

a lost satellite

so this is where
you find the safety from the
thoughts you cannot bear
where everything can disappear

in the absence of the light
everything will be alright
living here between the earth and sky

lost satellite
you will find a receiver
lost satellite
you know I'm a believer

so this is why
we've been receiving those transmissions out of time
the signal's faint, but it won't die

in the absence of the Word
will our prayer remain unheard
caught for now between the earth and sky

lost satellite
you will find a receiver
lost satellite

in the absence of the light
everything will be alright
living here between the earth and sky

lost satellite
you will find a receiver
lost satellite
you know I'm a believer
lost satellite...
Track Name: Messages, Pt. 2 - Telemetry
“Messages, Pt. 2-Telemetry”
© 2010 C. Rose

do you study me with telemetry?
because there’s no evidence
that you’re seeing me.
not really.

you may understand the physiology.
but can you see what truly lies inside of me?
________________

the contact has broken
though the words remain unspoken.
my persistence
your resistance
and a distance that is already starting to grow.
_________________

do you study me with telemetry?
because there’s no evidence
that you’re seeing me.
not really.
________________

in the program
interference
or maybe it’s an incoherence.
not a virus
or a cancer
and the answer may not even lie in the words.
_________________

do you study me with telemetry?
(is there a secret lost within the system?)
because there’s no evidence
that you’re seeing me.
(or is it one you choose to hide?)

you seem to feel safe inside of your machine
but I have found the sound it makes is deafening.
__________________

do you study me with telemetry?
because I feel this distance may be killing me.
it’s killing me.
Track Name: I Have Stopped
“I Have Stopped”
© 2010 C. Rose

i have stopped going through
those photographs i took of you
last time that you
were home

you were not the only one
who had a plan or a dream undone
but you have left this place
without a trace

no promise made to write to call
to never let the distance ever build a wall
this wide this strong so high
it obfuscates the sky

now i can see new york from here
but I can't feel you any nearer to me
to home
to the place
you always said you'd live
your life

i have stopped listening
for the telephone
that never rings
Track Name: Ghost in the Transmission
“Ghost in the Transmission”
© 2010 C. Rose

you said that you'd never want more than I had to give
was there a miscommunication
did we lose the will to live

we can't go back in time or re-write history
but you must know
a message never sent will never be received
_________

there was a weakness in the system
there was a ghost in the transmission
_________

we wondered what it was that we were building then
(and would it last)
what would I give if I could hear your voice again
__________

there was a weakness in the system
a ghost in the transmission
a failure in the circuit that we made

where was the fault in the connection
the fatal contradiction
the rent that caused the signal to degrade
__________

an image dispossessed will haunt a silent screen
the question asked, is this the story
or the story in between
__________

there was a weakness in the system
a ghost in the transmission
a failure in the circuit that we made

where was the fault in the connection
the fatal contradiction
the rent noise that caused the signal to decay
___________

this time I hope that you can hear me
i just want you near me
while the ghost in the transmission starts to fade.