Notes from the Studio

After a pretty rough (for London) winter, also still in lockdown, an unexpected few days of warm temperatures and clear skies allowed the family out into the back to do some spring cleanup in our shirtsleeves. The house, being an English 1930s vintage, comes with narrow corridors and stairways, in reality no passage allows 2 people to pass, so with 4 in the house it becomes a kind of shipboard dance especially when all four of us are up and about. Getting outside has relieved that somewhat. 

The underlying theme I played in Ephemera 163 was actually a precursor to the one I’m playing tonight in Ephemera 164, they share a lot of thoughts (from 10 years ago when I first composed them) but tonight’s went on to become its own proper piece, which was first the celebration of the Spring Equinox 2011, then the whole theme was put onto my Eigenharp for my first performance in Asheville, NC, now 10 years ago (tempus fugit as they say). The overall theme, moved back to Digital Performer and embellished somewhat, seemed to be a nice acknowledgement of the hint of the end of winter, and the change in season (with 3 weeks to Spring). Well, March comes in like a lion, it is also said, but in the meantime, think of better times ahead. 

As is typical of these performances, most of the studio is in use. Each vignette takes a varying number of voices and sound images. Even if the track is pre-recorded, as a large part of the sequencing is done prior to the performance hour, it’s still recorded by me, played and mixed in on the hoof, during the performances. These shows don’t have a plan, really, other than to do it, but to use the pallette to explore all of these interconnected riffs, sequences, parts, voices and sound clips and to bring them together as a story, is the general idea. 

 If you want to see me playing in RL, I will be broadcasting this show on, and playing virtually in the RadioSpiral HQ in SL and of course audio via RadioSpiral’s live stream. for the video feed, each broadcast continues to be an improvement, hopefully this one will be as well. If you just want to listen in the background, that’s ok too.


2 Hours of Live, unedited improvisation and performance

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