I've Been to Heaven
The release of St. Roman's album 'I've Been To Heaven' marks the debut of a new artist whose music and unconventional recording technique bring professional music production closer to home. 'I've Been To Heaven' is an event that adds a different flavor to alternative rock. St. Roman's music follows nobody's style but his own, and it has been described as 'different' and 'timeless'. The album features 9 original songs written, performed, and recorded by St. Roman over a period of 4 years. 'I've Been To Heaven' CD has an unusual technical origin, as it was recorded at St. Roman's desk at home, in a non-studio environment, using only a microphone, a guitar, an acoustic violin, and a synthesizer. In this one-man production, the vocals and instruments were recorded one at a time and assembled into songs using Roland's 16-track hard disc recorder VS-1680. No external effects, pre-amps, mixers, drum machines, sequencers or other devices were used in the recording process. An adventurer, a scientist, and a businessman, St. Roman has traveled the world before settling down in Boston, Massachusetts. Born in Poznan, Poland in 1954, he began his adventures in Philadelphia at age 20, followed by England, Finland, Germany, Sweden, and Canada. In each of those countries he worked any job that paid any amount of money. 'I often worked 20 hours a day, but it was not so bad. It was exciting.' - he smiles defiantly. He was a lab technician, barman, department store cleaner, janitor, salesman, street violinist, interpreter, teacher, shipyard worker, and a painter. As a grown-up man he pursued scientific career at McGill and Cornell Universities in the field of Molecular Biology. He has published two dozen papers in some of the most reputable journals in the US, Canada and Europe, co-edited a book, and patented some of his findings in the US. His business interests, though, have always remained strong. In 1988 he founded a company that exploded with growth, and 3 years later became St. Roman's mainstream activity. In 2002 his company was selected as 'No.1 Choice' in 'The Best Of' category of services, as voted by the public and a local Boston area newspaper. St. Roman's interests are in music, architecture, paintings, and sculpture. 'Music has always been the most important of them all' - he says. 'Music binds with reality so strongly in my life, that if I hear a particular theme that played 10 years ago, I often stop what I'm doing and stop what I'm saying, and move back in time. It's quite unbelievable. No pictures, no photographs, no words will send me to a different place or different time so realistically as the music will' - he says looking away. 'I consider music to be perhaps the most powerful medium to convey emotions between people.'