Just the other day... Some new recordings
I've been too busy experiencing things in Nicaragua, New Zealand and now, Australia, to write much down, and I'm a lousy photographer. People have been after me to put up some photos (hi, mom!) of my trip, but what I have is almost universally blurry.
All the best pictures were only taken in my head. Words have been failing to come out for them, too.
I have been sampling the sounds of the world around, and sometimes it comes back out of me as music. I've found a piano almost everywhere I've stayed, some good, some marvellous... and despite the lack of practice some of my older pieces have taken on new life, I suppose focused somewhat more for the exposure to the forests, deserts and beaches I've been going through.
I've had a few days to sit and reflect and sort through the recordings and pull out some stuff. (I'll put links in on this blog entry as I mix them down and upload them)
On my Mom's piano back in florida I recorded a nice version of "Dolphinia" (ogg, mp3).
In a hotel in San Francisco I did an even better version - on this beautiful cherry red piano - happier - (ogg, mp3
), as well as a version of "Estonia"(mp3
,ogg) that channels Bach to the best of my ability... as well as (to my surprise - because I don't remember playing anything like it) a new piece tenatively called "Just the other day"... (mp3
). I have some tentative lyrics for it too, which perhaps I'll publish soon. I had no memory of making this recording at all
, but memories came flooding back - the Buddhist Christmas play, the smell of french fries....
I still have days and weeks of recordings left to go through. So, for now, after camping out with David Rowe
and working on Astfin
for a while in Adelaide, and then helping film a linux conference
in Melbourne, I came up to Rick and Mary's, who in addition to being Ardour hackers
, have a studio in Coogee. They do really intense, trippy stuff
as part of the cybergroup Deprogram
, as well, with a live drummer and all electronic instruments. And... best of all... They have a freshly tuned piano....
We visited the home (Stanwell Park
) of Lawrence Hargrave
, who would be an open source icon if more people had heard of him. (he's also on the 20 dollar bill here). He wrote:
"Workers must root out the idea that by keeping the results of their labors to themselves a fortune will be assured to them. Patent fees are so much wasted money. The flying machine of the future will not be born fully fledged and capable of a flight for 1000 miles or so. Like everything else it must be evolved gradually. The first difficulty is to get a thing that will fly at all. When this is made, a full description should be published as an aid to others. Excellence of design and workmanship will always defy competition."
Stanwell Park is gorgeous - next to the beach - the greenery and parrots - and I haven't taken a picture yet, except with my zoom h2.
Off for some more mixing...
Labels: australia, music