9 October 2017

"You're going to reap just what you sow"

....when will I reap what I have sown though, Lou? It's been so long, so awfully long... But I'll wait some more.

15 August 2017

Giselle - Moss

On my desperate search for multitracks to practise with, I found this link-- a remix of a project with 54 tracks (trust me, it's a BEAST). It's called Moss, by an artist called Giselle.

...And I loved it. Admittedly, I did think (as I usually do in cases like this) -- 'OH MY GOD WHERE IS THIS GOING OH MY GOD IT'S AMAZING WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN' and then it didn't quite live up to my expectations (as usual) but there's still something frisson-inducing there. And it made me feel small. Always a good sign.

That picture is from the Soviet film adaptation of the Little Mermaid. The vocal on this reminded me of it....

6 August 2017

"Clarity first, magic later"

My motto for this month is 'clarity first, magic later.' It runs counter to my workflow, but it seems to be the logic of most sane people; for now, I'm going to go with it.

On the other hand, "magic later" is almost "metralgia" when rearranged, while "clarity first" is dangerously close to "scary flirt". What a strange realisation! Maybe it's not such a good idea after all...

29 July 2017

"And it's high time I found myself on the road"

After about 300 days of opening a DAW every single day, I honestly thought that not seeing one for 5 days would make me a happier person, but I don't really think it has. Instead, I can't wait to get back to it all.
Don't get me wrong -- taking time away is a godsend, especially in a beautiful place like East Sussex (which is where I currently am). I am still thinking that tomorrow when I leave the place I will be hit very hard by post-holiday blues. But I sort of can't go away any more (it seems) without experiencing a nagging feeling that I am missing something. It used to be the opposite -- how times have changed!

But one of the things I have been really happy about is that I've managed to do some reading that I don't usually do. This has included Derrida, an introduction to logic, and last but not least, something I am going to share because it's just too good to miss -- a PDF book for musicians about DIY electronics which breaks down basic electronics terms and then guides the reader through projects. Here is the link.

Oh, in case you're wondering where that quote is from, it's from that very lovely song Absent Friend by Bark Psychosis that I shared a few days back. It's been the soundtrack to this trip...

22 July 2017

Soul-crushing nostalgia and morning train drives

I remember finding this one perfect day last autumn and listening to it on repeat while on my morning commute into London. It perfectly matched what I saw: expanses of countryside, seagulls soaring over desolate industrial sites, small cottages waking up to a new day. And the organ-like sound which first comes in at around 0:58 made me think of the first rays of sunshine playing on the floor of a small empty village church.

I don't even know why, but I'm sure this could only have been written in Britain. Am I becoming a patriot? I think I am...

17 July 2017

Absent Friend

I don't even know what it is about this record that summons something for me... It's becoming the soundtrack to my summer.

So satisfied-- leave without a trace [...] That's the biggest joke of all.

Also, I've only just managed to listen to the other songs on the album, and they are almost all just as good in their own way... So great.

13 July 2017