Thanks so much for taking the time to listen and comment… really appreciate it!
This song came through a curious journey. Unusually for me, it grew from a series of drawings that I did which grew into a song. Mine is a very intuitive process - I have a concept and then try to find the sounds to complete that concept. I can spend endless hours playing around with omnisphere, just for tiny sound bites but this song was quite quick.
I played some cello bits… funny, I was just remembering I’m sure it was an early writing from you on recordingreview where you described using isolated cello notes that you pieced together… hmmm, the details have faded but I do remember it inspired me to attempt my very limited celloing and I do really love the authenticity of that sound, rough as it often is, compared to the vst (which I often use as well, just to ‘soothe’ things).
So I started playing around with converting part of the piano to ‘choir boys’ and then added some of my own vox to that. I had quite a different sound in mind for this and the backwards retrovibe piano layered nicely with Alicia’s keys. but I couldn’t remember one of the sounds that really set the scene for me so have just looked it up - curiously it is called ‘My kite fell into the ocean’ in omnisphere.
So that is a classic emma-process, having some daft concept and stumbling across sounds that met that shape… it was the same with the field sounds I included - the cars-in-a-tunnel… I just liked them and thought that they fitted.
So this piece was essentially created as part of my art installation earlier this year. I thought some of you may be interested in seeing that so have popped it on youtube as follows:
The drawings were a nightmare to convert as I’d filmed them with no tripod using my cellphone and not in high definition… yep, it was a horror to try to use them but I did really like how they progressed so I persevered. The video has a ‘smoother’ audio mix, my installation was part of a mixed media exhibition and because I only had four individual songs on repeat I didn’t want it too strident or unsettling to listen to ad nauseum…
I now have a fixed dslr camera so have hopefully learned my lesson… well a lot of lessons actually. I seem to be spending all my spare time drawing and filming at the moment but it’s all terrific challenging fun.
So I’ll copy in those of you who have commented on/liked the thread and might be interested: @ColdRoomStudio @feaker @steban @miked @Lophophora @Chordwainer @skua @redworks @holster
Thanks so much to all of you for your wonderful support during my often strange creative journey…