The world spins round on its axis, the annual cycles continue as they’ve done for countless years.. the days gradually become shorter, the nights start to draw in, like an all-enveloping cloak. Death and rebirth.
Anyway, enough of the poetic muse.
It’s been a great summer. I’ve done a lot in a comparatively short space of time, when I sit back and psychoanalyze, which I’m prone to doing.
If you’re a regular visitor to this site, you’ll know that I’m a bit slack in updating what goes on, but we moved house back in March to a beautiful place out in the country, which has been really beneficial on both the head, and the heart.
It took me a while to get my studio up and running, especially as I’d decided to integrate a multitrack recorder into the mix. As is usual, change, whilst in the short term is usually a disruptive experience, looking at things with the longer term in mind is usually a positive one. And, reviewing my audio scrapbook on various minidiscs the other day, I have to say that I’ve been unusually prolific over the summer months. Which can only be a good thing.
It’s probably something to do with my new surroundings and my headspace. Aside from a few ongoing health issues, which I intend to deal with over the course of the next six months, I’m in a very good place.
Another factor is the temperature of my new studio space. My old studio, based in what was essentially a soundproofed shed in our back garden, got so hot over the summer months that turning on the gear was pretty much a no-no, as it heated the space to almost sauna-like temperatures. Night time work was bearable, but looking back, it wasn’t practical, really. Having said all that, I did enjoy my time in my shed – dearly!
My new studio is based within the house, the floors are concrete, it’s gloriously cool, and, whilst the acoustics aren’t ideally suited to recording vocals [it’s not as ‘dry’ as the old shed], to hijack a well-known fast food chain’s slogan, I’m loving it.
Anyway, I guess you’re probably here to read about the music, rather than me waffling on about other stuff. Like I’ve already said, it’s been a fruitful few months and consequently I have a wealth of new material ready to go once it’s mastered.
The genuine success of the kickstarter campaign for my latest album, ‘Peace Odyssey’ has really buoyed my confidence to continue using the same model for future releases. Those of you who bought into the kickstarter will know that I’m planning some kind of retrospective release next, possibly on a vinyl-only basis as well as digital download before I release some of the new material I’ve amassed over the past two or three years since I released ‘Aural Architecture’ on Interchill.