Music has continued to be made whilst I took a short break from writing here. Now that I’ve hit upon the MO which I’m set upon exploring for the foreseeable future, talking about it seemed like an extravagance.
I also rediscovered a truth, that my methods, whilst occasionally interesting, are not important. Sure they shape the work and I have a degree of pride about the blood, sweat and tears that have lead to their development. However, they should only achieve interesting-ness once you’ve heard the end product and decided that you like it enough to want to know more. This, in my opinion represents a healthy relationship to music consumption; why imbue the music with any redeeming qualities associated with its production if it doesn’t appeal to you at all or you have even yet to hear it?
A fetishistic attitude to the means of production can function as an acid test of whether one has gained traction with the wider public. When journalists need to fill column inches, the ‘how’ of music production appears an easy source of copy; which artist wouldn’t want to wax lyrical over their unique / groundbreaking / somewhat-obscured-to-protect-IP ways of going about making music? The middle-class press love such stuff; this I remember from my parent’s having a Guardian subscription when I was a lad, at least they’d occasionally give away music and not just talk about how great it was.
I don’t know of anyone who is doing music the way I do at the moment. All tracks played in real time, using only pads and a pedal board as controllers of an array of hardware synths (with MIDIpal as the modifier between the pads and the synths). I’m not doing this to be different or more interesting. Setting my gear up like this allows me to play the synth using the only interface I can claim to have any skills with (drums), much in the same way as picking up an acoustic guitar and picking out the ideas that lead to a tune.
Through this page, I’m seeking to be as open as possible about what I’m doing – it helps me document how I got here and may give answers to questions that I hope my work raises (anything worthy raises questions, right?).
Here’s the music: