Hyperbody

by Aaken / Tôn Thât An

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about

Between his large scale projects - mostly for contemporary dance, Aaken likes to encapsulate moments of his life in the shape of songs.
The songs from this album were mostly written between 2008 and 2010, with the exception of 'Neptunia' which was penned in 2004, when he was living in Vienna.

"I called that album 'Hyperbody' because I feel like a hybrid culturally, and this translates in the way I create my music.
Some of these songs were simply written on the piano or during a recording session, then arranged and completed later. Others originated from instrumental parts from other pieces that were not used for a project. So, like a doctor Frankenstein, I brought them back to life by reconstructing new music from existing string or rhythm parts and patching them together with a new melodic line and, of course, the lyrics."

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released May 25, 2010

Musicians:
Aaken: Vocals, piano, harpsichord, rhode, synths, electronics, bass, string arrangements, percussion, beatboxing, drums and programming
Koji Yoda: Violin
Alex Cheung: Violin, string arrangement on 3
Stephen Houser: Cello
Christophe Boissière: Cello
Allen Yeh: Erhu
Wendy Wan, Alice Lin: Violins
Julia Chen: Viola
Pei-Yian Wei: Cello
Khánh Tưởng: Bamboo flute on 6
Pascal Vaucel: Guitar
Lucien Zerrad: Guitar on 11
Kraig McCreary: Guitar
Bob Lizik: Bass
Himan Nath: Tablas
Larry Beers: Drums
Josh Gary: Drums
ChingYao Chen: Backing vocals on 3
Satoshi Nakagawa: Spoken vocals on 10
Tâm Qùy: Spoken vocals
Isabelle Thomas: Soprano & backing vocals on 11
Jan Dark: Guitar & backing vocals
Ray Shih-Hsien Tung: Beatboxing, backing vocals on 1

Written, produced and arranged by Aaken except: 2, 7, 8 written by Aaken & Bibbe Hansen | 6 written by Aaken & Devon Ingram | 12 written by Aaken & Karen Isgrig

Engineered and recorded by Micky Yang (ArchiMusic, Taipei), Jon Smith (The Retro Room, Chicago) and Aaken (Flying Home Studio, Paris, Vienna, Tokyo & Taipei)
Strings on 3 & 10 recorded in Toronto by Alex Cheung
Mixed by Aaken
Photography: Mathieu Thoisy | Artwork: Aaken

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Aaken / Tôn Thât An 台北市, Taiwan

Aaken is the stage name of Tôn-Thât An, a French born Vietnamese singer, composer, songwriter and pianist.

He blends his love for classical music, an indie pop/rock sensitivity, electronic sounds and beats to his Asian roots and a cinematic approach to music.

His field of action spans music for contemporary dance, theatre plays, film score, and many, many songs
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Track Name: Who We Be
Who we be
When we are
We will be
Who we are

Who we be
They don’t tell us
From the blur
They don’t tell us
On the radio
Always the same words
From the dazing light
Of timelessness

What we’ll be
They won’t tell us
We walk
In unconsciousness
No time for it
We say the same lines
If we’re all here
We all hear

Hear the morning rise
(Wake up to yourself)
Hear the morning rise
(Wake up to yourself)
I want to feel the sunshine
Of a glorious morning
(Hear the morning rise
Wake up to yourself)

Who we be
When we are
We will be
Who we are

What we are
Sick of the same words
Voices shutting
Chasing nothing
Not time for it
We get the same line
Talk to them
Voices sweeping

When we are
They don’t tell us
Tell the truth
No time to lie
Too many words
To fix the ending
If we’re all here
We all hear


Hear the morning rise
(Wake up to yourself)
Hear the morning rise
(Wake up to yourself)
I want to feel the sunshine
Of a glorious morning
(Hear the morning rise
Wake up to yourself)


Who we be
Who we be

We walk in line
Silent as dead men
Cannot pretend
Indifference
Was there any joy
In this dissolving pleasure
The sinning Devil
Laughs in my eye
I know one thing
We’re consumed with life
We free our instinct
To bare our conscience
No more muted senses
If we’re all here

Hear the morning rise
(Wake up to yourself)
Hear the morning rise
(Wake up to yourself)
I want to feel the sunshine
Of a glorious morning
(Hear the morning rise
Wake up to yourself)

Who we be
When we are
We will be
Who we are


Words by Aaken, 2009
Track Name: Don't be koi
I got this rampant occupation
When there is nothing I come to expect
Be my mirror and then multiply
I roam the streets for this sensual elation

Come on in
Don’t be koi
Temptation waits
I’ll never try to resist

Is there a reason, I can’t explain
I like this sweet wind in my mind
May change my thinking, may change my life
But there is love slipping from my lips

Come on in
Don’t be koi
Temptation waits
I’ll never try to resist

Slow, slow, burn, burn
I must have you, you, you and you
Slow, slow, burn, burn
I let you do what you want to do
Slow, slow, burn, burn
I’m searching for you in you, you and you

Sense my battle of manoeuvering skin
Nameless hands, nameless shadows
Can you hear what your body says?
Now if you go I go with you

Come on in
Don’t be koi
Temptation waits
I’ll never try to resist

Slow, slow, burn, burn
Slow, slow, burn, burn
Why should I try to resist?

Words by Aaken, 2010
Track Name: Bear Me Safely Over
When I feel gone
Unable to stand
When I want to give in
I remind me of me
That I breathe
That I see
I remember even in sleep

When I feel weak
Too frightened to try
Too scared to look where I go
If there’s no sun in my head
No word I can say
I remind me of this

So you bear me safely over
Bear me safely over
You’ll bear me safely over
Safely over

When there’s no rest
With my strange and creeping doubts
When I play with myself
I’ll never run away
Let the world end so soon
I remind me of this

That you bear me safely over
Bear me safely over
Bear me safely over
Safely over


When it fades out again
And the sky’s turning green
When they’re up in the sky
And I’m falling
And I’m falling

When it fades out again
And the sky’s turning green
When they’re up in the sky
And I’m falling
And I’m falling
… and I’m falling
I’m falling…

When I feel gone
Unable to stand
When I want to give in
You’ll bear me safely over
Bear me safely over

Words by Aaken, 2008
Track Name: Battle of Wits
The dark embrace
In that mad dance
On the rooftop of regret
Your arms
Twenty thousand feet long
Wrap around all my souls
I see
All that went before
And could have been
What wasn’t will be
I wonder how
It was really

I’m waiting
On the edge
Of a new future
I’m waiting
On the edge
Of a new land

Melting dreams
Scream out your name
Unyielding and hard
Who’s to blame
For this ache of regret
And forgotten interruptions
You play
Unending,
Upended
Wending straight
From line to mind
And back again

I’m waiting
On the edge
Of a new future
I’m waiting
On the edge
Of a new land

You take the fall
Through time and space
You take the fall
Through time and space

Your image
Reflected
Rejected
Forgive me
Hear my confession
Pronounce me blessed

I’m waiting
On the edge
Of a new future
I’m waiting
On the edge
Of a new land

You take the fall
Through time and space
You take the fall
Through time and space

Words by Bibbe Hansen, 2010
Track Name: I Aim
I aim you
To believe in me
Has your iris
Cast a secret spell?
Unbeknownst to you
Truth is telling lies
As you give in to your restrain

See me through
See me through

I aim you
My breath has stopped just now
I sold a dream
That shot out from within
There is lust in my veins
Running free
Running through
But you give in to your restrain

Feel me through
Feel me through

I aim you
May you reign in love
I will wake you
As the dawn does
I’m your favourite stranger
When they play this song
So don’t give in to your restrain

See me through
See me through

I aim you
I can take you there
Where your fears are left behind
I aim you
I can taste your blood, it’s still alive
You’re so close in my eyes
I aim you
Fragments of potential
Sparkle in your eyes
I aim you
Close your eyes and go in
Imagine…
Imagine…

Words by Aaken, 2009
Track Name: The Blessing
The sun in my sight
Beholding a tapestry of light
This mystical scene
Unveiling before me
Like in a dream
I am falling with no hand to catch me
And here unseen
Is no end to the ending at all

Hands crossed over my heart
Over my heart

Moon in my wake
Seducing with every move she makes
The Devil’s remise
Who dances before me
Before my eyes
She is spinning
With no hand to stop her
Spiritualised
Cast the spell in the silence of you

Hands crossed over my heart
Over my heart

In heavenly hell
Friend of foe - Who can tell
Celestial smile
To shadow the sworn word
Drawn from the mouth
Of a man who rise up to smite me
My inside out
I entice him with my last breath

Hands crossed over my heart
Over my heart

Hands crossed over my heart
Over my heart

Words, by Devon Ingram, 2001
Track Name: Pop!
Oooh my head hurts
The way you cut the light
Welcomes me back
To this old nightmare
My heart’s sedated
My lips are dead
Loud ideas grow like weed
They tie my feet to the ground
I knew all the answers
Didn’t seem to make things better
Now everything goes…
Everything goes…
Am I getting off on it?
Am I getting off on it?
Gotta put a full stop

The cells in my brain go pop!
Disconnect me to my memory
The blood in my veins goes pop
Disconnect me to my memory

Oooh, you’re spreading out
Tes ‘ton amour toujours’
You wear your guilt
As a shroud and flirt
This situation
Je l’ai déjà vue!
The climb to you was easier
Than this broken bone descend
I guess we smiled too fast
We gave our love too fast
Now everything goes
Everything goes…
Am I getting off on it?
Am I getting off on it?
Gotta put a full stop

The cells in my brain go pop!
Disconnect me to my memory
The blood in my veins goes pop
Disconnect me to my memory
My mind’s recoiling
Do I feel right?
I make a clone of you
It’s not really good
My blood and my brain go pop
Disconnect me to my memory

Oooh my head hurts
My name escapes me
Your voice is calling
From this old nightmare
Am I getting off on it?
Am I getting off on it?


The cells in my brain go pop!
Disconnect me to my memory
The blood in my veins goes pop
Disconnect me to my memory
My mind’s recoiling
Do I feel right?
I make a clone of you
It’s not really good
My blood and my brain go pop
Disconnect me to my memory

Everything goes…
Everything goes…

Words by Aaken & Bibbe Hansen, 2009
Track Name: Pandemonium
Lowdown, lowdown
As cold as the moon
Elusive and still
She waits for the light
Seizing your breath
Singing so close to you
In countless dreams
Our limbs intertwined
We’re falling, falling
All the way to hell
In her remembered kiss
We wait for the sign
We go, we go
We come with the night
Our biggest weakness
Is our love for Her

And so we’ll be
We will be
We’ll be many again
Go for the gold
Idolize and adore
Tonight we’re beautiful
So watch me burn
For her love

We love, we love
We love everyone
Exploding delight
From fingertips and toes
So young, so lost
And so unfurled
Thrust into
Our lack of understanding
We’re gliding, gliding
We won’t remember
Just how it went
Or what it was about
No doubt it was
Funny and sad
Sad and true
Just like us
Just like you

So we will be
We will be
We’ll be many again
Go for the gold
Idolize and adore
Tonight we’re powerful
Just watch me burn
For her love

Burning up for her love
Burning up for her love
Be my fire

Words by Aaken and Bibbe Hansen, 2009
Track Name: Nothing Comes to Light
They say too much to please her
The sound that no one else can hear
A cold wave’s blowing through her
Nothing comes to light

She wants to sail to distant shores
Where nothing can alter her mind
Day come night and night come black
Nothing comes to light

Give her love coz
She can’t help it
Give her love coz
She can’t help it
Coz she can’t save herself

This altered state of ego
She tries to shell her mess
And find a spot of her own
Nothing comes to light

Waltzing thoughts, a murmur
Coming to the light

Give her love coz
She can’t help it
Give her love coz
She can’t help it
Coz she can’t save herself

A heart expects to find itself
In full control of nothing else
Lost hope but plenty of hope
Nothing comes to light

Give her love coz
She can’t help it
Give her love coz
She can’t help it
Coz she can’t save herself

Words, by Aaken 2009
Track Name: Running Wild
Running, running
Going side by side
All the words wash
And lay helpless
Chasing hearts and promises
My wayward self
Shivering at my feet
In countless dreams
I lose my place
In countless dreams
I’m moving so fast - away

I’m running wild
No more control
I’m running wild
I am this now
For a better fate
I am ablaze
Ashen and hot

I’m running wild
No more control
I’m running wild
I am this now
In this better place
I’m multitude
Out to this life

Ready, steady
Running all the way
I’ve thrown aside
My book of frailties
Frame by frame
Passing many bends
Give me leave awhile
I walk out this door
Much mouth music
Leading me astray
So I shut my ears
And fly outside

No history tomorrow
Life is now and calling
No history tomorrow
I smash it all behind
Among the throng of gamesters

I’m running wild
No more control
I’m running wild
I am this now
For a better fate
I am ablaze
Aflame and hot

I’m running wild
No more control
I’m running wild
I am this now
Leave this bitter place
I’m multitude
Out in this life

Words by Aaken 2009
Track Name: Son Shine
Stay awake
A life no one has ever known
Melts in memory
I read your eyes
You’re so silent behind your smile
Make it easy
Make it easy
We will keep the road
And make our way through days

Glad to see you shine
Every night
Every day we’ll walk together
Make the river sing
There is no wondering why

Come and go
The world is here for you to stay
Reach the earth today
Outside
You’ll mend your scars and grow your sun
As I watch you go
We will keep the road
And make our way through days

Glad to see you shine
Every night
Every day we’ll walk together
Make the river sing
There is no wondering why

The world
Is in need
Of you
(Angelheaded child)

We will both keep the road
And make our way through days

Glad to see you shine
Every night
Every day we’ll get together
Make the river sing
There is no wondering why

Words by Aaken, 2009
Track Name: Neptunia
I fell from a ship
Soaring on the blue
Pearls and starfish
Nets and hooks
Sliding sinking not thinking
Sliding sinking not thinking
Touch the bottom of the sea
This is where I like to be

In the storm
I’ll keep you warm
Dive with me
To the bottom of the sea

I wake up on the waves
I sing myself to him
Fingers loose
Undo my hair
Lost and feeling not knowing
Lost and feeling not knowing
Hold no compass but my heart
This is where I like to be

In the storm
I’ll keep you warm
Dive with me
To the bottom of the sea

I fell from a ship
Touched the bottom of the sea
This is where I like to be…

Words by Karen Isgrig, 2004

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