What will the New Year bring?

Lakeridge alum Quinton Carlson and his band, Wundersound, intend to make a worldwide musical documentary to capture hopes, expectations of 2012
by:  Quinton Carlson, left, and Terry Nelson of the rock and Bach band Wundersound are creating a documentary on what people think life will be like in 2012. You can help them fund the project by pre-purchasing copies of the documentary at wundersound.com/2012.

The new year 2012 will begin in less than 10 days and people all over the world are wondering what it will bring. It's a leap year - that much is certain - but beyond that the speculations about 2012 range from the spiritual transformative to the apocalyptic.

Lakeridge alumni Quinton Carlson, a musician, music producer and recording engineer, plans to document area residents' views about the new year. He and Terry Nelson, who together make up the band Wundersound, intend to make 2012 memorable by creating a worldwide musical celebration. The band combines original modern rock and classical Bach organ with a dash of comedy to produce what they call a 'joyful down-to-earth party.' They plan to produce a feature-length documentary that will capture the thoughts of what people expect or hope will occur in 2012.

'We wanted to find out what is really going on,' said Carlson. 'We asked people 'What do you think of 2012?' and for the most part, people were positive and hopeful rather than expecting disaster.'

From what he heard during the interviews, he expects that spirituality will play a large part in our lives in 2012.

'In the past 20 years, the public's perception of mediation has gone from suspicious to being a mainstream activity. The meditation is upping the game for deeper feelings,' Carlson said.

You can see a teaser mock-up of Wundersound's proposed documentary at wundersound.com/2012. Included on the video are three tracks from their album: '2012,' 'Allabreve' and 'So Happy.'

Carlson is Wundersound's founder, singer and writer. He has devoted the last 22 years to learning every facet of pop music and its business, from composing to studio management to sound engineering to label operations. He studied fine arts in New York City at Columbia University and Parsons School of Design.

'I attended art school fully intending to take my art training into music,' he said. 'I wanted to develop my brain in terms of color and visual art first, pictorial thinking I felt was lacking in music schools. I happily discovered that people at art school were obsessed with music!'

He returned to Oregon and discovered the CDM Spiritual Teaching Center and saw right away that the benefits of meditation could easily translate into music and the idea of a meditation-based band was conceived.

Nelson, a classical organist, harpsichordist and keyboardist, has dedicated his life to the great works of J. S. Bach. At 16, he trained as a dance pianist with members of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and later with dancers from Britain's Royal Ballet and instructors from the Martha Graham School. He earned degrees in organ, piano and harpsichord from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the University of Oregon. He has served as accompanist to conductor Helmuth Rilling and to soprano Elaine Lublin of the Paris Opera and many more associations throughout his career. He currently serves as organist and pianist at the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene in Portland and volunteers at Portland's Laurelhurst Dance Center.

'My role in Wundersound, playing the keyboards, it's just a new awakening for me. It's another area of music I can go into and explore,' Nelson said.

Wundersound's 2012 project is the blossoming of the two talented artists together. Carlson said he composed the title song '2012' as an 'opening number' for a new era.

To make all this a reality, Wundersound is 'crowdfunding' to raise the needed funds. Working with the Internet business Kickstart, the band aims to raise $200,000 by Jan. 5 to finance the recording, filming and distribution of their 2012 album and film. Go to wundersound.com/2012 for complete details. Wundersound chose this route to raise funds because it would allow more people to participate at a lower dollar amount and could generate the amount of money needed quickly.

'It's like you are pre-paying for the documentary and album,' Carlson explained. 'We have an Internet site that allows every person on the planet direct communication, and we have an unprecedented spiritual awakening. People are dissolving barriers. Love is replacing fear.'

Although the band is using technology as its debut method of reaching its audience, Wundersound does plan to eventually move into traditional live performance as well.