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Welcome! I’m Christoph-David and I write weird stories and compose complex heavy metal concept albums. Most of my creative free time is spent on Xenogramm, a Science Fantasy universe set over the next seven thousand years, exploring ideas of immortality, transhumanism and speculative biology, as well as everything I’m currently interested in. Compared to other writers and musicians, I try to differentiate myself by biting off way more than I can chew! The vast universe of Xenogramm has been a work in progress ever since the first Lord of the Rings movie came out in 2001, when I was thirteen years old, and completing it will probably take me until I’m forty five!
One of the reasons for that is owed to the scope of the project, however the diversity of my interests is also to blame. From a young age on, I was heavily invested in dinosaurs, space and (natural) history. Also at a young age, my mother taught me how to use a computer, and I became obsessed with games, gaming culture and, at a later point in my life, game studies and, most recently, the studies of gaming culture (I’m anticipating to write my master thesis about it coming summer 2021). I learned to play guitar and bass at the age of thirteen, and even though I never really mastered any of the two instruments, I will never grow out of loving the sound and feel of playing.
When I came into my twenties, I stumbled upon the field of social work and began providing care for people with disabilities for about six years until I started working in youth care. While studying and working, I learned how to use Blender, starting to design my own album covers and even making a custom building for a city builder on Steam, which eventually to my attempt at designing PS1-style minigame, or rather playable music video, in 2020 (coming out later this year, hopefully). In the meantime, I wrote about games on a German videogame blog for about two years.
However, not all is well. During my twenties, depressive thoughts and feelings started to manifest. Between juggling a job, my studies, my creative ambitions, a relationship and my hobbies, I didn’t realize what I was doing to myself. It was only later that I found out that my depression had probably started way earlier. When I was a teen, I started to overeat on snacks, something that didn’t cause me much trouble then because I was doing sports regularly, but had become a nasty habit when I came into my twenties. Luckily, I found help in the latter half of my twenties, and since then, I have been healing. Although it’s still hard for me to abstain from bowls full of snacks and especially YouTube, my latest obsession since, I don’t know, 2012 or whatever, my life has improved significantly over the last two years.
So why am I telling you all of this? For a simple reason. I believe in the relation between art and artist. Therefore it could be of interest for you to know these things about me to view my art in context with the rough impression of the personality that I’m showing you here. Speaking of my art – you can listen to my albums and, if you know your German, read my stories by clicking the Portfolio buttons. In addition, you can find a bunch of links to my various social media accounts to connect with me. If you want to work with me – against all warnings – you can contact me via aforementioned social media accounts or write me an E-Mail to cdvolbers[at]gmx.net. Lastly, if you like what you see and/or hear and like to support me financially, you can visit my Patreon.
In any case, I’m looking forward to hear from you. Have fun looking around!