29.4.11

using stolen fire

As the myth goes creation itself, the very spark of life was stolen from the gods by man. We gained knowledge beyond our grasp and dissolved the hold of apparent higher powers over our exploits. 
But the question begs to be asked, 
how do we use this fire?

As human beings we have the innate gift of creation whether through the freight-train tenacity of invention, the nurture of offspring or the varying mediums of art.
In the later there are few times when the strangest of tides pull seemingly disparate individuals together and fuse them into an almighty force that impacts the medium upon which they land. 

22.4.11

a triptych of co-dependency

For some time I have been mulling over the nature of creative endeavours and in many ways this blog is the main output for my feelings toward and about creative industry and pastime.
I predominantly write on music but many of these ideals and theses can be applied across the gamut of creativity.
One of my main concerns is the creative’s contact with appreciation and fandom. The way in which the symbiotic relationship of output to consumption, and conversely the necessity for validation and on some occasions income can be affected on both sides.
How much power does a fanbase hold over and artist? And how far can an artist continue without the recognition and/or justification of their peers?

8.4.11

do musicians dream in electronic beeps?

A realisation came to me after posting my miniature musicians memoirs a few weeks ago and that is, that after a few years of making music almost solely by computer I have a distinct vocabulary that I realise is somewhat garbled to those who are not in the know on music production.
I have, in past blogs, used phrases such as "pinched the high end a bit" which means absolutely nothing to most of you. The image to the right is a pretty standard set-up for a professional computer musician, and even to me its a little daunting, to most it is a jumbled mess of computer geekery beyond comprehension.   
So this blog is dedicated to an explanation and glossary of sounds and effects used. A sort of, "how to blag a conversation about electronica and music production".

1.4.11

elusive signature in a sea of the free - part 1

It is impossible to deny that the face and even the very form of almost every consumable media has changed significantly in the past decade.
Ten years ago the tradition of singer songwriters and the vinyl age were drawing to a close following the deaths of John Lee Hooker, Joey Ramone and George Harrison
Thirty years since their last chart surfacing, the beatles released "1" a collection of all their no. 1 singles which sold better than any beatles record before or since.
In the wake of this decline the gears of the music industry ground slowly to a halt and the silence they left was filed with a kraftwerk-esque series of computerised blips, a stream of hidden information.


The digital age of music had begun!