Hi all. It's been a little while since my last blog, so
apologies for that. Hang on, I'm pretty sure every blog I do begins
with an apology, so this is going to be the last one. Um, the last
apology, not blog.
I'm starting work on a new album, and have applied for a
grant to fund some travel to New Zealand, to help with ideas. While
this may sound a little pretentious, and let me assure you that I
don't need to go to distant places to compose, I wanted to see some
of the South Island scenery and visit some of the fjords, to get
some ideas going. (/wankcheck -failed) It's all part of feeling a
bit more like I can control my life a little, and to become more
serious about this deepspace thing. I've already written a stack of
music for the next album, but I'm getting so hideously picky that
out of about fifteen pieces that I've written, only about two or
three will go through to the album. Yes, I feel a bit sick as I
write that. Maybe I'm not picky....maybe the pieces are just crap.
I have a distinct feeling that I cannot express that happens
when I write ambient music, and I know when it's right, but I don't
quite understand how I got it there. A lot of times, it doesn't get
there. Don't get me wrong, I'm not some sort of intuit, who just
writes by feel- I write in a pretty technical way, but I have to
admit, that technique is only one of the ways to get there, and
there is a lot of mystery as to what makes something right, or
appropriate for inclusion on an album. I try not to stress about
it. I like it that I can go "no, that's the tenth piece that hasn't
worked..." and not tear my hair out.
The next album is going to be very aqueous....it will have a
feeling of lying down in a secluded valley in the middle of
nowhere, where there is a deserted lake. All you can hear is the
wind rushing through the trees and the sound of water. There is
no-one nearby. There is a sense that this is not your home, but a
home to creatures that you can't even see, but are acutely aware of
your presence. As the album goes on, the listener will descend
beneath the waves of the lake, down and down, and maybe some
interesting things will happen down there. How quiet can it get at
the bottom of a lake? I intend to write music about that. :)
Title suggestions are welcome.
It's been a bit of a wait regarding the new deepspace release
on Hypnos, but it should be out after Christmas. The album is next
up in the pipeline. I can't wait.
The Aurealis awards are coming up again- If you recall, I
wrote the music for the ceremony, and they've decided to use them
again in 2009. Hooray for again!
It's been a fairly relaxed Xmas holiday here so far. Lots of
lazing about, not having to work. Kids playing computer games. Me
sitting at the eepc, spending far too much time surfing and writing
stupid posts. Merry Xmas.