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Forgotten Pathways

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you can find information about the music project Forgotten Pathways. You can read about its history, gather news, and acquire records, art prints or clothing. If you’re missing something, feel free to contact me.

It's Not Easy,

to define the musical genre of Forgotten Pathways. Some possible phrases could be Medieval Ambient, Dungeon Synth, Dark Ambient or Black Folk. If you’re curious, listen to some tracks here.

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history

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HISTORY

Forgotten Pathways was founded in 1997.

The recordings for the first demo tape „Shrouded In Mystery“ took about 6 months and were solely done on a single keyboard with one-shot samples and a song-arranging function. It was released with two different covers and on blank, handlabeled cassette tapes.

About 300 copies were sold and traded with mostly positive resonance in fanzines.

Then, the great slumber began.

I still composed music for Forgotten Pathways, but never released anything. You can see a bit more info on the Discography page.
In 2014, Forgotten Pathways finally arose from it’s decade-long sleep. Nearly a year of composing and recording lead to the first album „A Long Way Home“. You can read more about it on the Album page. Another large chunk of time was used to create the album artwork. Everything was done manually, by using the linocut technique. If you’re interested into these fine cuts, you can acquire these as artprints and posters, as well as handprinted T-Shirts and other accessories (soon).

Further releases are also planned, so stay tuned and visit once in a while!

discography

1997/98 – Shrouded In Mystery (Demo Tape)

The tracklist features 5 tracks, with one alternative version on the B-Side.

1.    Incoming
2.    Dyfed
3.    Wuduaelfen
4.    Darkend / In Caverns Deep (*diff. Vox on B-Side)
5.    Outro (Battle Of Bravellir)

These both releases are the only official versions of the tape, others are unlicensed/unpermitted  bootlegs.
The music was inspired by Medieval tales and Celto-Germanic sagas.

Released in 1997/98 on blank, handlabeled tape.
First cover was drawn by David, a friend of mine.

After a while, I changed the cover.

The photo on front shows the ruin of a castle situated near my hometown.

"Shrouded In Mystery" cover variations

1999 – Beowulf (Demo Tape, unfinished)

That was the working title of the demo tape I planned and started to work on around 1998/99.
It should have become a conceptual tape album, dealing with the Beowulf saga. I finished 2 ½ tracks, but lost focus and didn’t pick it up afterwards.
These tracks are planned as bonus tracks for a re-release, most likely for Shrouded In Mystery.
One of these tracks, „Heorot“, was released on FoxFires #1 compilation (Irrlichter Records).

2001/2002 – Kauderweisch (Demo CD, unreleased)

That CD album marked a turn in the musical style of Forgotten Pathways. The tracks are a mix of Medieval Ambient and fairy-tale themes with a Musique Concrete-style of composition. The result are dark, surreal and lengthy songs with a psychedelic edge.
The album was finished, but I postponed the release for several reasons, and after a while I found not all tracks release-worthy anymore. Some still are great in my opinion, and will possibly be released as an EP album.
Tracklist:
1.    Old Man’s Brew
2.    Pixies Of The Sun
3.    Shroomy FoxFires
4.    Foggy FireFoxes
5.    Persian Kitty
6.    The Goblin Tower Mine
7.    JazzKeller – A Deeper Shade Of AcidJazz

„Pixies Of The Sun“ was released on FoxFires #1 compilation (Irrlichter Records). Surprisingly, „Shroomy FoxFires“ once got airplay on a local radio station.

"Kauderweisch" CD cover

2004 – That Strange Music! (EP, unreleased)

"That Strange Music!" CD cover

This was another CD album that was ready to be released, but I also postponed it and then never released it. It was planned as a mini-album, showing a cross section of old and new tracks, partly of Kauderweisch as well as tracks that were no part of a certain album and emerged somewhere inbetween.
Will possibly be a future release, including these tracks as well as other previously unreleased tracks and B-Sides.

2015 – A Long Way Home (Album, CD, Tape and Digital Download)

"A Long Way Home"

This is the first full-length release of Forgotten Pathways. Written in 2014/2015, it was released in 2015 on CD, Tape and as Digital Download.

Musically, this album is partly a lot darker and more dynamic than Shrouded In Mystery. As before, the songs mostly consist of several parts, often rising in intensity over time. The arrangements are more elaborate and symphonic than before.
Thematically, A Long Way Home focusses on fairy tales.

At this moment, A Long Way Home is the only album available for purchase, so feel free to browse the Shop page or listen to excerpts of all tracks here. You’ll also find more info about that album there. The MC version features two bonus tracks for those that still cherish that trusty sound storage medium.

Planned releases

  • Shrouded In Mystery (Rerelease with bonus tracks from Beowulf, possibly as 2CD with re-arranged tracks)
  • Kauderweisch (selected tracks and bonus tracks)
  • A new album

the new album

Finally, this is the first full-fledged full-length release of Forgotten Pathways. Written in 2014/2015, it was released in 2015 on CD, Tape and as Digital Download. Vinyl would be great, too, and is a possible future option (if you know where to cut vinyl for medium or low cost, let me know…).
For me, it feels as if I needed all these years to hatch an album like this. I lost my track often over
the years, found back all in a while, then lost it again. Now, I feel like being home again.

Musically, this album is partly a lot darker and more dynamic than Shrouded In Mystery. As before, the songs mostly consist of several parts, often rising in intensity over time. The arrangements are more elaborate and symphonic than before.
Thematically, A Long Way Home focusses on fairy tales. These centuries-old stories draw heavily on a wide range of human emotions, often ending dark, bitter and being strongly symbolic. Most of the tracks are directly linked to a certain tale, while others are more general impressions of situations and events common to that genre of literature.

At this moment, A Long Way Home is the only album available for purchase, so feel free to browse the Shop page and listen to excerpts of all tracks. The MC version features 2 bonus tracks for those that still cherish that trusty sound storage medium.

"A Long Way Home"

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Forgotten Pathways is the music project of Cedric Hommel.

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Wilhelm-Kalle-Straße 21
65203 Wiesbaden, Germany