Resonance (88khz​/​24bit version)

by VNV Nation (and the Babelsberg Film Orchestra)

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Resonance marks the most prestigious moment so far in VNV Nation’s career. Years in the planning, the album features many of the best known VNV Nation songs, performed purely with Orchestra and Voice. No other studio instruments were used as the goal was for the release to be as authentic as possible.

Only the best studios were used for the recording, mixing and mastering. The results speak for themselves and can only be described as majestic. This is a soundtrack to a film that has yet to be made.

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released May 15, 2015

Detailed information about the recordings, arrangements and musicians can be found in the digital booklet available with the full album here on Bandcamp.

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VNV Nation Hamburg, Germany

VNV Nation are an Irish/English Alternative-Electronic project

The latest album "Resonance" sees some of VNV Nation's best known songs scored for Orchestra and Voice, and was recorded with the world renowned Babelsberg Film Orchestra ... more

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Track Name: Nova (Maestoso)
NOVA

I long to feel my heart burned open wide,
till nothing else remains
except the fires from which I came.
Like parted souls, divided for an age,
awe and wonder I'd embrace, and the world anew again.
But now, this picture from me fades.
From still's cold hand there's no reprieve.
So light the fire in me.

Shine! Shine your light on me.
Illuminate me. Make me complete.
Lay me down and wash this world from me.
Open the skies and burn it all away.
Because I've been waiting.
All my life just waiting, for you to shine.
Shine your light on me.

I dreamt the world with my eyes open
but time moved on and then; new worlds begin again.
Oh my heart in this universe so vast.
No moment was made to last.
So light the fire in me.

Shine! Shine your light on me.
Illuminate me. Make me complete.
Please shine! Shine your light on me.
No hesitation. Make me complete.
Lay me down and wash this world from me.
Open the skies and burn it all away.
Because I've been waiting
All my life just waiting, for you to shine
Shine your light on me

(the original version appears on the album "Automatic")
Track Name: Legion (Vivace con affetto)
LEGION

Enveloped in a sentiment,
a sound that rushes over me.
Engage an impulse to pretend
I have a faith as pure.

Not forgetting what it means to dream.
Indulging everything.
Entertaining thoughts that I've the strength
of those I yearn to be.

Cheers and tribute greet the saviours.
Reckless thoughts survive.
Anachronistic and impulsive.

And what will happen?
Will I dream?
I am too scared to close my eyes.
For a second please hold me.

None can change in me these things that I believe.
But I don't know what happens now.
I am too scared to close my eyes.

(the original version appears on the album "Empires")
Track Name: Solitary (Allegro con spirito)
Set me aflame and cast me free. Away, you wretched world of tethers.
Through the endless night and day I have never wanted more.
Always thought that I would stand before the faceless name of justice.
Like some law unto myself, like a child of God again.

And if rain brings winds of change let it rain on us forever.
I have no doubt from what I've seen that I have never wanted more.
With this line I'll mark the past as a symbol of beginning.
I have no doubt from what I've seen that I have never wanted more.

In this picture stands a man, far away, alone and distant.
Like a solitary field in some nameless foreign land.
All around the points of light start to dim and cease transmitting.
Shadows fell on futile games and then there was nothing more.

Through the screams of falling steel. By the light of flares and wisdom.
All the doubts I could not face. All this time I wanted more.
With a line I'll mark the past as a symbol of beginning.
To the gods whose names we've lost and the names who gave in vain.

Sever the line to the guilty past, to the ones who brought us nothing
Spoke of futures brave and proud and brought only hate and war.
Lined the roads with hollow praise. Marked the land with paper statues.
Shadows fell on their futile ways and then there was nothing more.
(the original version appears on the album "Praise the Fallen")
Track Name: Further (Andante appassionato)
At the end of days, at the end of time.
When the Sun burns out, will any of this matter.
Who will be there to remember who we were?
Who will be there to know that any of this had meaning for us?

And in retrospect I'll say we've done no wrong.
Who are we to judge what is right and what has purpose for us?
With designs upon ourselves to do no wrong.
Running wild unaware of what might come of us.

The Sun was born, so it shall die,
so only shadows comfort me.
I know in darkness I will find you giving up inside like me.
Each day shall end as it begins
and though you're far away from me
I know in darkness I will find you giving up inside like me

Without a thought, I will see everything eternal,
forget that once we were just dust from heavens far.
As we were forged we shall return, perhaps some day.
I will remember you and wonder who we were.

(the original version appears on the EP "Burning Empires")
Track Name: Perpetual (Allegro espressivo)
Find it in you, raise your eyes, look beyond the place you stand,
towards the furthest reaches and to the smallest of things.
The sound you're hearing is the symphony of what we are.
Revelation will not come with heart and mind closed and divided.

No need of Sun to light the way.
Across the ages, we have reigned as we endured.
Through the storm fronts we will ever surely pass.
To stand as neverending light.

Throw away the mantle.
Awake from your uncertain hesitation.
No way to describe or equate the feeling.
No end to what is at your command.
A million thoughts run through you.
Concentric circles, ever greater.
But you have always known that this is not all that there is.
To your questions there'll be answers.

Let there be, let there always be neverending light.
Let there be, let there always be neverending light.

(the original version appears on the album "Matter and Form")
Track Name: Illusion (Andante grazioso)
ILLUSION

I know it's hard to tell how mixed up you feel,
Hoping what you need is behind every door
Each time you get hurt, I don't want you to change
Because everyone has hopes. You’re human after all
The feeling, sometimes wishing you were someone else
feeling as though you never belong
This feeling is not sadness, this feeling is not joy
I truly understand so, please don't cry now

Being like you are, well this is something else
Who would comprehend?
Some that do lay claim that divine purpose blesses them
Well that's not what I believe and it doesn't matter anyway
A part of your soul ties you to the next world
or maybe to the last, but I'm still not sure
What I do know is to us the world is different, as we are to the world
I guess you would know that

Please, don't go. I want you to stay
I'm begging you, please
Please, don't leave here
I don’t want you to hate for all the hurt that you feel
The world is just illusion trying to change you
Please, don't go. I want you to stay
I'm begging you, please
Please, don't leave here
I don’t want you to change for all the hurt that you feel
This world is just illusion always trying to change you

(the original version appears on the album "Judgement")
Track Name: Nova (Largo)
NOVA

I long to feel my heart burned open wide,
till nothing else remains
except the fires from which I came.
Like parted souls, divided for an age,
awe and wonder I'd embrace, and the world anew again.
But now, this picture from me fades.
From still's cold hand there's no reprieve.
So light the fire in me.

Shine! Shine your light on me.
Illuminate me. Make me complete.
Lay me down and wash this world from me.
Open the skies and burn it all away.
Because I've been waiting.
All my life just waiting, for you to shine.
Shine your light on me.

I dreamt the world with my eyes open
but time moved on and then; new worlds begin again.
Oh my heart in this universe so vast.
No moment was made to last.
So light the fire in me.

Shine! Shine your light on me.
Illuminate me. Make me complete.
Please shine! Shine your light on me.
No hesitation. Make me complete.
Lay me down and wash this world from me.
Open the skies and burn it all away.
Because I've been waiting
All my life just waiting, for you to shine
Shine your light on me

(the original version appears on the album "Automatic")
Track Name: Sentinel (Moderato sostenuto)
Can we say that we are free?
Our hands are bound and voices silent.
I'm sure it's not a dream. I am awake, my eyes are open.
I can't accept and won't concede; in aftermath we find redemption.
The causes that are seized and disguised as revolution.
Quell the rage that deeply seethes; the extremes of these devotions.
Dismantle the Machine; the device of their creation.
I can't accept and won't concede that this is who we are.
The conflict that is seized and disguised as greater notions.

To the Songs that sing of glory and the brave
are we dreaming there are better days to come?
When will the banners and the victory parades
celebrate the Day a better world was won?
On the day, the Storm has just begun, I will still hope.
There are better days to come

In the face of what I say my words would turn to anger.
Malevolence in need cannot provide direction.
I won't accept this thought, that this is who we are
Positions never change. Losing all forward motion
Harbour that which deeply seethes; temper your devotion
Dismantle the machine; the device of your convictions

I can't accept and won't concede that this is who we are.
The causes that are seized and disguised as greater notions.

(the original version appears on the album "Of Faith, Power and Glory")
Track Name: Standing (Moderato declamando)
Eyes betray the soul and bear its thinking.
Beyond words they say so many things to me.
A stranger here, reborn it seems, awaking wonders deep in me.
If nothing's ventured nothing's gained, so I must seize the day.

It wasn't you, it wasn't me, it wasn't anyone.
It was a day so long awaited and a chance to be as me.
I let the wind run through my hands as I turned to walk away.
In distant days, I long to sense it all so clear.

And fighting time, so hard I pray that this moment lasts forever.
And will the world stay standing still, at least for me.
Through my eyes stare into me. I bear my heart for all to see.
With my face turned to the Sun, there ever standing still.
And fighting time, so much I ask; I will this moment last forever.
Though seasons change, and things come to pass, remain inside of me.
And fighting time, so hard I pray that this moment lasts forever.
and will the world stay standing still, at least for me.

I had no faith before that day in any vow or deed.
Days followed days and years were meaningless.
Despite the wisdom of defeat, I bore my heart for all to see the wonders I'd seen.

(the original version appears on the album "Empires")
Track Name: Resolution (Allegro con fuoco)
It's colder than before.
The seasons took all they had come for
Now winter dances here.
It seems so fitting, don't you think,
to dress the ground in white and grey.

It's so quiet I can hear my thoughts touching every second
that I spent waiting for you.
Circumstances afford me no second chance
to tell you how much I've missed you.

My Beloved, do you know, when the warm wind comes again
another year will start to pass.
And please don't ask me why I'm here
Something deeper brought me than a need to remember.

We were once young and blessed with wings.
No heights could keeps us from their reach
No sacred place we did not soar
Still, greater things burned within us.
I don't regret the choices that I've made
I know you feel the same

My Beloved, do you know
how many times I stared at clouds
thinking that I saw you there.
These are feelings that do not pass so easily
I can't forget what we claimed was ours

Moments lost though time remains.
I am so proud of what we were.
No pain remains, no feeling - eternity awaits.
Grant me wings that I might fly.
My restless soul is longing
No pain remains, no feeling - eternity awaits

(the original version appears on the album "Futureperfect")