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The Velvet Machine

Catalog Number N/A
Release Date May 15, 2020
Publish Format Commercial
Release Price 7.00 USD
Media Format Digital
Classification Vocal, Original Work
OrganizationsNeal Acree


Composer / Neal Acree
Arranger / Penka Kouneva, Nolan Markey
Performer / Neal Acree, Maiya Sykes, Úyanga Bold, Mike Lang, Mark Robertson, Songa Lee, Cheryl Kim, Alyssa Park, Rebecca Chung, Yelena Yegoryan, Katie Sloan, Armen Anassian, Andrew Duckles, Luke Maurer, Lynn Richburg, David Low, Julie Jung, Vanessa Freebairn-Smith, Jenni Olson, Sandy Hughes, Gina Luciani, The Budapest Scoring Orchestra
Recording Engineer / Jorge Velasco
Recording Studio / Tom Tom Studios
Mixing Engineer / Neal Acree, Michael Tuller
Mastering Engineer / Mark Theriault
Programmer / Austin Gruhn
Conductor / Neal Acree
Recording Studio / East West Studios


Disc 1 Original Work

01 The Velvet Machine 4:08
02 Midnight Ride 4:45
03 The Muse (feat. Maiya Sykes) 5:34
04 Chrysalis 6:28
05 Waves 3:36
06 Rise 3:04
07 Shine 4:00
08 Dust 5:36
09 The Persistence of Time 5:18
10 Alive (feat. Maiya Sykes) 5:59
11 Empty 4:16
12 Awoken 3:34
13 One World (feat. Uyanga Bold) 5:00
Disc length 61:18



"After over two decades of making music for film, television and video games, THE VELVET MACHINE marks BAFTA nominated composer Neal Acree’s debut as a recording artist. Fourteen years in the making, the album is an unexpected return to Acree’s experimental electronic roots and the realization of a long forgotten dream. Ranging in influences from Tangerine Dream to Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode and Pink Floyd, THE VELVET MACHINE is a collection of synth-driven anthems and cinematic soundscapes with an orchestral touch."

Written, produced and performed by Neal Acree

Mixed by Neal Acree except:
The Velvet Machine and One World mixed by Michael Tuller
Mastered by Mark Theriault at Le Lab Mastering

Vocals on The Muse and Alive: Maiya Sykes
Vocals on One World: Úyanga Bold
Piano on The Muse and Alive: Mike Lang

The Muse, Chrysalis and One World recorded at East West Studios, Los Angeles
Orchestra Contractor: Mark Robertson
Conducted by Neal Acree
Violin: Mark Robertson, Songa Lee, Cheryl Kim, Alyssa Park, Rebecca Chung, Yelena Yegoryan, Katie Sloan and Armen Anassian
Viola: Andrew Duckles, Luke Maurer and Lynn Richburg
Cello: David Low, Julie Jung and Vanessa Freebairn-Smith
Flute: Jenni Olson, Sandy Hughes and Gina Luciani

Awoken recorded at Tom Tom Studios, Budapest
Awoken Performed by: The Budapest Scoring Orchestra

Engineering on The Muse, Chrysalis and One World: Jorge Velasco
Orchestration on The Muse and One World: Penka Kouneva
Orchestration on Chrysalis and Awoken: Nolan Markey
Music Preparation: Nolan Markey
Additional programming on The Muse: Austin Gruhn

Album Artwork: Neal Acree
Documentary footage: Landon Donoho
Still Photography: Margarita Kravets


To Margarita Kravets for being The Muse. This album is for her.

To Mila, Aria, Brandon, Joellyn and David Acree, Heather Jackson, Suzanne Swedo, Igor and Laura Kravets, Nolan Markey, Michael Tuller, Caroline Hernandez, Derek Duke, Fei Yu, Jorge Velasco, John Schneider, Mike Watts, Penka Kouneva, George Gallegos, Kristin Speller, Randy Gerston and Fortress Talent Management, Landon Donoho, Alexander Kiryakov, Sam Riegel, Travis Willingham and all the creative visionaries i have had the honor of working with over the years.

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