The ongoing and evolving discussions with regard to recording 'albums' in todays music marketplace.
If you scour a number of video and music editorials, you will at some point come across the sincere opinion that it's a waste of time…Read more
Campfire Songs will comprise a simpler and more acoustic set of 11-14 tracks in what I guess could be regarded as 'Prog Folk' (possibly). I'm still pushing to get the whole album finished and out before Christmas.
It's been an odd year and I suspect the oddity of it will continue into the next.
Eloi will be ramped up and slightly discordant, with an embedded dystopian theme. The odd scraps of songs and music are in a heap but taking shape.
The musical stag may be roaming amongst a dystopian wreckage but it's still looking feisty.
What have I learned so far?... That it's not a particularly good idea to work on two albums at the same time. I'm sure Campfire Songs has taken a hit because of this time-wise, but when the tap drips you have to put a cup under it.
All material - from writing and recording, to web creation, graphic design and video production - was created in a space measuring 4 x 4 metres, and situated 200 metres above sea level. It was also in a closed setting, 20 feet from ground level.
88 percent of the material was produced from a 64 degree North/East direction, across a largely 24 month period. 12 percent was not.
The Blue Nile, Split Enz, Hauschka, Yello, Holst, Isao Tomita, The Church, Radiohead, Gene, Fleetwood Mac, Japan, The Thompson Twins, Grizzly Bear, Mike Oldfield, The Stranglers, Focus, Alanis Morissette, Alice Cooper, Yes, Baby Bird, The Cure, Black Sabbath, KD Lang, Kent, Peter Gabriel, Big Country, The Finn brothers, Bjork, Roxy Music, The Fixx, Camel, South, David Bowie, Elvis Costello, The Eels, ELP, Cinematic Orchestra, Supertramp, Elbow, Fanfarlo, Toyah, Fleet Foxes, Sting, Tangerine Dream, The Icicle Works, Lemon Jelly, The Jam, Queen, Kate Bush, Chumbawamba, Midnight Oil, Squeeze, The Tubes, Hawkwind, Donovan, Golden Earring, Simon & Garfunkel, Manson, ELO, Cocteau Twins, Stevie Wonder, Howard Jones, Jellyfish, (early) Genesis, Julian Cope, John Barry, Jade Warrior, Scarlet Party, Portishead, Lord Huron, Talk Talk, Manfred Mann, Lars Danielsson, Steve Miller Band, (early) U2, Frank Zappa, Duran Duran, Billy Bragg, Matt Pond PA, Ultravox, Slade, The Who, New Order, Pink Floyd, Prefab Sprout, Thunderclap Newman, Jethro Tull, Glen Campbell, Red Snapper, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Sade, XTC, Sigur Ros, Silent Running, Stephen Duffy, Vangelis, The Mission, The Sundays, The Psychedelic Furs, The Ventures, This Mortal Coil, Osibisa, Mew, Thomas Dolby, Nicola Conte, FGTH, Utopia, Stravinsky, The Flaming Lips.
And inspired to write by...
Pretty much everything else.