I’m very excited to reveal that I have a piece appearing on the upcoming Toneburst release Tying Up Loose Ends. I’ll update with a release date when I have it!
The sailors make fast the loose ends to ensure the boat is shipshape.
“Tying Up Loose Ends” is a nautically themed project split into 2 segments. The first, titled “Noise Forecast“, is heavily inspired by BBC shipping forecasts, the rhythm of their delivery and the alien yet comprehensible language used within them. The compositional framework for this part of the project is a text-based score which was written in a way that aimed to allow each participant a unique translation. To further contrast the finished pieces, careful attention is made in approaching different artists with varying sonic palettes.
The score for this first installment of the project reads as follows:
The second project segment, titled “Flotsam, Jetsam, Lagan & Derelict“, is an exploration of how new life can be given to short pieces of sound that perhaps could get lost somewhere in a timeline. To achieve this, audio is salvaged from one person and recycled by another, although organised in such a way that ‘who is collaborating with who’ remains unknown. Artist and equipment information are intentionally removed as to hopefully have no influence over the finished works.
Guidelines for FJL&D are: “SALVAGE You have received some salvaged audio from another participant involved. Use these sounds as a starting point. RECYCLE Please use both files, although they don’t have to be used in their entirety. One shot or single cycle samples are fine. You are free to edit & treat these in any way you see fit. Chop, Sample, Granularize & Mangle. Unrecognisable is good. Additional instrumentation is allowed and encouraged. This is not a remix project. COLLABORATION Audio discovered amongst your posts has been shared with another participant to carry out the same process.”
Loose Ends #1 is focused around the fictional land, and surrounding coast, of “Culport”.
The tracklisting is as follows; NOISE FORECAST 1. Claude & Ola – Culport 2. Sw1n Hunter – FOAM_DRIFT(2vids) 3. Shane Latimer – Deluges: Clustered 4. Una Lee – 1 fib or no 5. BJC – Torrential Data v4_2 6. Scy1e – Racing the dawn 7. Mysterioso – Unapproved Beliefs 8. Vivienne Griffin – The Fake Haven 9. Hadi Bastani – nines am(o)ur ai
FLOTSAM, JETSAM, LAGAN & DERELICT 1. T.Jervell – Fanfare of Spring (Initials M.C.) 2. sweetearthflying – prismatic wounds 3. Sqrtsigil – nontitle 4. Morn Valley – Solar Transmission 5. Expanding Foam – saxa vord 6. Wimming Spools – flotsum & jetsum 7. Disxiple 113 – fiesta, forever 8. Subfusc – Batons With some sprinkles of sea sounds recorded by Matilde Meireles, Lisbon, 2020.
So here it is, the final installment. The closing chapter of a year-long work. This album is the fourth phase, the Autumn section, from August to October 2016.
I’m quite satisfied with this collection; I came up with some songs that are amongst the strongest I’ve written but there’re also some experimental tracks that may not be easy listening.
Of the four albums in this cycle, this one has perhaps the fewest unsuccessful pieces and includes the project’s finale song Trenton, New Jersey, of which I’m very proud. Guest vocals on that track from Martin Byrne.
Bonus tracks galore!!
The 2018 re-record, remix & remaster of The Grunderhunter!! Experimental soundworlds The Skittering and Handmade Arpeggio! And from WeeklyBeats2016, the Lovecraft inspired They Return to Claim What is Theirs and instrumental guitar piece Loaded Dice!
Well friends I’ve finished compiling all the details and here it is, the second part of my Year of Songs project. This album covers the period from the 31st of January until the 24th of April 2016. It has some successes, like Blind (Instrumental) and Quenelles, a Trio (this is possibly my favourite from the whole year), but also has the first couple of proper failures where I was reaching for something that I genuinely could not achieve at the time. Still – it was a learning experience!
I am 48 weeks deep in 52 week project in which I write, record and release a song each week for a year.
The realisation hit me just a couple of hours ago that I only have 4 more songs to create before I’ve completed the project.
Wow. I feel like I’ve only just started, like I’m barely half-way.
It’s been a while since I did much to publicise my work, but I’m here today to remedy that.
In the last nine weeks I’ve released nine more pieces of work, some of which I’ve pushed off into the world with those little shivers I only get when what I’ve created seems somehow more than the sum of its parts.
These are my current favourites:
And here is a playlist for the Great Song A Week For A Year Playlist so far:
My current project, a Song A Week For A Year number 24 – ‘That’s the Message’ on #SoundCloud
This piece started off inspired by Black Heart Procession, but then traveled through Gravenhurst and latter day Nick Cave.
Once again, it’s a bit dark. I started work on the lyrics before I’d completed all the instrumental parts and for once I had the time to come up with a text I’m happy with. The downside of this being that I ran out of time to work on the drum programming. Swings and roundabouts!
Becca Allen joined in on backing vocals and autoharp.
Here is the continuing playlist for the project so far: