180126 – recalculating

i wont lie.

in a bit of a creative fuzz.

what does that even mean?

i have two full albums of music finished and mixed.

when i listen to them i feel they are worthy chapters in the sound story i have been trying to tell.

i have music i am making that fulfills me.

but as of late, i have asked myself a difficult question.

why?

creating is one thing.

creating when you feel a sense of indefinable futility is another.

there are times where i look at the immense possibilities and potential and wish to wade in it.

there are others where i am frightened by the possibilities and potential of all of the unknowns.

but for weeks i have felt as though i am pushing against granite.

i feel like a mouse drowning in a bucket.

the weight that gives my soul substance is the same weight that makes me feel as though my feet were rooted in stone.

recalculating…

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170811 – exploding silver dreams

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with all of the projects i have on the go, i tend to hop around instrumentally quite a bit. some days it’s all keyboards, sometimes it’s a mix of keyboards and guitars. or guitar on its own. other times it’s bass. or bass synth. or bass synths with keyboards. and just to get complicated, let’s throw in baritone.

you get the picture.

the point is what am i chasing?

exploding silver dreams.

‘well,’ you say, ‘clearly the acid got to this fellow cause now he’s going on about exploding silver dreams.’

not so.

if i were looking for something as simple as putting all the notes in the right order, i could strap on my guitar and get out there and join a journey cover band.

(just kidding. i reaaaaallly hate journey. not as much as bon jovi, but they are a close second.)

but im not looking to do that.

i’m chasing something. something i cannot explain.

transcendent moments where sound transforms me.
transforms the spaces we occupy.
transforms minds.

and since i don’t know what to call it, i call it exploding silver dreams.

now, if you’ll excuse me, i have to get out my wire snippers and do some restringing on my 6 string electric oscillation machine.

(that’s a fancy way of saying ‘guitar’.)

170802 – 3 minute inventions 

https://youtu.be/BT5MoqdOdx0

starting today, i will be launching a series of videos titled ‘3 minute inventions’ on the scales of angels youtube page. 

the videos are based on a compositional process i use to spark my creativity, wherein, using a set of predetermined rules i create a composition within three minutes. 

as part of these videos, not only will i be exploring time and pitch, but i will also be using different instruments in my studio, highlighting the reasons i love them, experimenting and hopefully finding new sounds, and exploiting the things they do well, the things i didn’t know they could do, and even the things i don’t particularly like, but work depending on the context.

if you have a few minutes in your day, i hope you get a chance to check them out, take a look and let me know what you think.

stay tuned and warped.