Hawaii: Part II

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Hawaii: Part II
Studio Album
Released 2012
Length 45:27
Label n/a
Producer Ross Federman, Joe Hawley, Bora Karaca

Hawaii: Part II is an album by ミラクルミュージカル and was released independently on 12/12/12, at 12:12:12 A.M. Four members of Tally Hall appear on this album: Joe Hawley, Ross Federman, Rob Cantor, and Zubin Sedghi. Bora Karaca also appears. The album is categorised under "World" music on iTunes,[1] however the whole album shifts between genres, including pop, rap, and ballads.

Guest and supporting artists include Lindsey Alvarez, Ryan Brady, Joel J. Dahl, Madi Diaz, Allison Hanna, Gregory James Jenkins, Charlene Kaye, Stephanie Koenig, Andrew Kurtz, Shane Maux, Adrianne Nigg, Ashlee Renee, Stephan Wunderlich.

On May 19th, 2014, an album of demos, outtakes, and instrumentals of Hawaii: Part II was digitally released through bandcamp, entitled: Hawaii: Part II: Part ii.[2]

On December 31st, 2015, ミラクルミュージカル released Hawaii Partii, an album of instrumental 8-bit style chiptunes based on Hawaii: Part II[3]

On September 18th, 2018 a kickstarter was launched in an attempt to get the album pressed to vinyl. On October 18th, exactly a month later, the campaign reached its goal, as 456 backers pledged $16,544 of it's $7000 goal.[4][5]


In an interview with local access show 'band.', Joe talks about his love for musicals, and recalls:

"When our family went to Hawaii in the summer of 1997, I heard this music in my mind and I knew I had to make it at some point"[6]

He goes on to talk about how he didn't know what to call this musical project, or for it to be about himself.

Production And Recording[edit]

On 12th December 2017, 5 years after Hawaii: Part II was released, Ross Federman made a post on his facebook page talking about the album's conception and recording process:

"Today marks the five year anniversary of an album that I worked very hard on and am frankly quite proud of. Hawaii: Part II was the vision of Joe Hawley and the product of countless other musicians, singers, arrangers, and writers. Joe Hawley, Bora Karaca and I coordinated the recording, production, and mixing of this album which was no small feat. Having more than 30 artists, many recording parts on their own and submitting individual vocal or instrumental tracks, pushed our organizational skills to their limits. It is also noteworthy that I did not see Joe or Bora face-to-face throughout any of this process. My personal goal in this was to help create a record with “a life of its own.” I’ve always felt that some of the best albums never sound quite the same to you, even after countless listens. I feel as if the album is continuing to grow while it rests idly on the shelf (or your hard drive, or somewhere in the cloud) and that every listen through is a little window into its current time. Of course it’s the listener growing and changing, but I think it takes a certain kind of record to track along with its listener in this way. I set out to fill this album with as much emotion and vitality as I could from my humble remote mixing station. In the end, I feel that we did create an album with a life of its own and one that speaks for itself. Week after week, it continues to find new homes in the ears of eager discoverers, despite a total lack of promotion. It’s certainly not normal, and it’s probably like nothing you’ve ever heard, but it is still very much alive to this day. I can’t thank the rest of the Miracle Musical team, and Joe and Bora enough for the work that went into this. Happy fifth Birthday Hawaii: Part II."

- Ross Federman, Facebook [7]

When asked, on the 2018 Reddit AMA, about the process of collaborating with so many people remotely, Bora answered: "It was magical because it was my first time doing something like that. People who would happen to be in town in Los Angeles would just swing by, pop in, and put their little piece in. This is now the way I want to do things, personally!"
- Bora Karaca[8]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Writers Lead Singers Duration
1. "Introduction To The Snow" Hawley Hawley 1:41
2. "Isle Unto Thyself" Hawley Hawley 3:47
3. "Black Rainbows" Federman, Hawley Madi Diaz, Hawley 2:30
4. "White Ball" Hawley, Karaca, Sedghi Sedghi, Stephanie Koenig 3:35
5. "Murders" Hawley Hawley 3:43
6. "Space Station Level 7 (宇宙ステーションのレベル7)" Hawley, Karaca Karaca 3:23
7. "The Mind Electric" Hawley Hawley 6:13
8. "Labyrinth" Hawley, Shane Maux, Charlene Kaye Shane Maux, Charlene Kaye 2:33
9. "Time Machine" Cantor, Hawley Cantor, Hawley 4:12
10. "Stranded Lullaby" Hawley, Allison Hanna Hawley 3:43
11. "Dream Sweet In Sea Major" Hawley, Karaca, Allison Hanna Hawley 7:00

Bonus Track listing[edit]

# Title Writers Lead Singers Duration
0. "Variations On A Cloud" Cantor, Hawley Cantor, Hawley 3:10

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