OK, I get it, I’ve been a bit of a slacker with my website, however I just did a quick and dirty calculation which puts me at about 72 things recorded over the last 12 months which, well, kinda excuses me, somewhat. What with all my girls, real life, windows fucking 8 and bills to pay, dogs, ebay excesses and an uncontrollable beard situation, I would consider myself forgiven for momentarily forgetting about the interweb. All things considered, and with my well known, but perhaps slightly over documented, problems with the local telecoms people (FYI in my book it’s not offensive to suggest demolishing a church if it it between my so called 4G telephone and it’s corresponding so called 4G cellphone tower….) communication has been more of an exciting privilege than a taken for granted right. My internet connectivity, in my humble domain, exists solely on a Tuesday, beneath the chestnut tree or on Friday mornings (sauf les jours feries), standing on one leg by the front gate, while pointing my phone towards La Poste wile humming La Marseillaise, and make no mistake, you have to hum with conviction. This is my way of telling those of you who I know and love, use the land line (it works, I personally oversaw the two baked-bean cans being strung together by a France Telecom engineer), oh, and send postcards.
So, here I am, profiting from a slight lull in work (I’ve been thinking it was Friday all day but I was cheerily informed by my youngest that it was in fact Thursday, which, well initially fucked me off, as I figured I had to endure one more weekday, but then gave me a sense of triumph as I realised that I just won a day to catch up with undone things in my so-called life, like catching up with the internet and the world outside, the world, past the mailbox just beyond the range of my slippers.
However, sadly it’s really Friday tomorrow, so back to work…
Mais quand même… I compiled a little list, of what I’ve been getting up to. The album Another Flower with Harold Budd , the Flares EP for Boreal Wood, my song-writing with adorable genius of Jay-Jay Johanson, the album Universal Road with Mark Gardener, which should have been out already but for my inability to get it together combined with his recent foray into fatherhood, a life event, btw, which puts silly fucking records into perspective.
The White Bird in a Blizzard, original soundtrack album has kept me busy as have doing lots of artwork and mastering for the re-released CD digipak editions of After The Night Falls and Before The Day Breaks albums with Harold Budd, as well as a gate-fold sleeve, double vinyl album version of the two aforementioned albums. Likewise vinyl editions of my Fortune album, as well as the Bordeaux album with Harold Budd have become available at Darla Records.
A very cold and windy January found me producing the next, as yet untitled, Heligoland EP, the next in a series of their location recordings, recorded in a lighthouse in Normandy which we soon followed by Dave & Sandra’s summer wedding, but, and you know what I am about to say, that life events like this put silly fucking records into perspective.
This week I started on a score for Surface Waves by Seattle cinematographer Reed O’Beirne. Oh, my goodness, I am excited about that.
I went, with my girls, to see White Bird in A Blizzard at the Festival du Cinéma Américain de Deauville, with the director Gregg Araki, and the public première of White Bird at the MK2 Bibliothèque in Paris. I got to wear my suit for all three occasions and looked rather dapper.
Most people took picture of my girls.
Apart from that all seems well.
During this week, my friend Anton has been trying to take a nice picture of me but now he has left, it’s Friday again for the second time this week.
Of course you could be all modern, try to identify with the generation of people that are slowly bringing you around to feeling OK to treat movies and music as ephemeral, with little longevity, encouraging you to stream, download or just simply, use, but in the US you have a chance to see a wonderfully crafted indie film with sound production values, a significant cast, masterful directorship and, um, a rather lovely soundtrack on the big screen in a theater near you, for at least you lucky inhabitants of a country where salty popcorn isn’t illegal.
So go, don’t be fucking complacent, open your mind, enjoy the story, the filmcraft, support indie cinema, thank yourself daily that, really, people are not bombing you and fucking up your shit, and you don’t have to forage for food, and perhaps, you could even buy the album, as foraging is getting a little tiring at my age.
But seriously, it’s a lovely melange, indie cinema, uncompromising directorship, inspiring actors …. great movie. I’m very proud to be involved, thanks Gregg…
Opening in the US
Minneapolis, MN: Lagoon Cinema
Ottawa, ON: The Mayfair
Seattle, WA: Varsity Theatre
West Los Angeles, CA: Nuart Theatre
Atlanta, GA: Midtown Art Cinemas 8
Berkeley, CA: Shattuck Cinemas 10
Cambridge, MA: Kendall Square Cinema 9
Corona, CA: Dos Lagos Stadium 15
Denver, CO: Mayan Theatre
Pasadena, CA: Playhouse 7 Cinemas
North Hollywood, CA: Laemmle NoHo 7
Palm Desert, CA: Cinemas Palme D’Or 7
Philadelphia, PA: Ritz at the Bourse
Portland, OR: Living Room 6
San Diego, CA: Ken Cinema
San Francisco, CA: Embarcadero Center Cinema 5
San Jose, CA: Camera 3
Vancouver, WA: Kiggins
Columbus, OH: Gateway Film Center 8
Saskatoon, SK: The Roxy
Gainesville, FL: Hippodrome
Telluride, CO: Michael D. Palm Theatre
The album that I’m recording with Mark Gardener seems to be going rather well. 10 songs so far. Just waiting for mark to get free from his busy schedule to come over and finish it.
Harold Budd joined me here in France over the summer and we have an album in progress… We performed a special one-off concert together on Saturday 25th may 2013 at Palac Akropolis in Prague.
Summer has been pretty busy thank to the fact that I’ve been recording the score for the forthcoming Gregg Araki film, White Bird in a Blizzard.
The tracklist is
2. circus circus
5. like water in water
6. lavona’s life
7. forever never
8. perfume and youth
9. kings will be falling
10. and so to sleep, my little ones
It is available NOW here
These CD releases are available for purchase from the online shop.
Concluded recording of album Another Flower with Harold Budd for November 2014 release on Darla Records.
Produces Flares EP for new French band Boreal Wood to be released 2015.
Song-writing with Jay-Jay Johanson for 2015 Album.
Concluded mixing of album Universal Road with Mark Gardener for 2015 release.
Recorded original score album for Gregg Araki movie, White Bird in a Blizzard, released September 2014 on Lakeshore Records.
Composed music, with Harold Budd, for the Gregg Araki movie, White Bird in a Blizzard.
Recording score for Surface Waves by Seattle cinematographer Reed O’Beirne.
Re-released After The Night Falls and Before The Day Breaks, my 2007 albums with Harold Budd, as CD digipak editions on Darla Records.
Released very limited vinyl editions of my Fortune album, as well as Bordeaux, my 2011 album with Harold Budd recorded, not improbably, in Bordeaux, France.
Released a gate-fold sleeve, double vinyl album version of After The Night Falls and Before The Day Breaks, the aforementioned 2007 albums, recorded in San Francisco CA, with Harold Budd on Darla Records.
Produced the next, as yet untitled, Heligoland EP, the next in a series of their location recordings, recorded in a lighthouse in Normandy, France.
Performed live with Harold Budd in Prague.
Recorded album with Harold Budd for 2014 release.
Re-worked Manatsu (Ioshu Lullaby) for The Veldt.
Remixed Lama by Ummagma.
Remixed Quantum Entanglement by The Cutler.
Scoring soundtrack to the upcoming Gregg Araki movie, White Bird in a Blizzard.
Played guitar on Sarà di nuovo Estate by Piccoli Animali Senza Espressione.
Recording album with Mark Gardener.
Accompanied Mark Gardener on electric guitar in concert in Le Mans, France.
Songwriting in Tucson, AZ.
Performed in the UK on a 17 date tour as The Robin Guthrie Trio.
Remixed Shelley Harland – Somebody.
Released Fortune on Vinyl LP by Darla Records.
Performed in Tokyo as The Robin Guthrie Trio
Performed in Istanbul as The Robin Guthrie Trio
Guest Appearance on Sneakers by Paron’s Royal Organs
Performed special one off performance in Strasbourg on Dec 15th, Échos Flottants with Steve Wheeler.
Released Fortune on CD by Soleil Après Minuit.
Mastered anniversaries:reunions by broaddaylight for Saint Marie Records
Re-Released Bordeaux by Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd as a vinyl LP on Darla Records
Re-Released After The Night Falls and Before The Day Breaks by Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd as a double Vinyl LP set on Darla Records
Released The places We Go – Mark Gardener and Robin Guthrie
Remixed Grass by Cubenx
Mixed new Heligoland EP, Sainte Anne
Scored soundtrack to Last of Our Kind, short, but rather epic film by US director Reed O’Beirne.
Released Winter Garden, an album recorded in Tuscany with Eraldo Bernocchi and Harold Budd
Performed Galerie in in Tartu, Estonia
Performed in Gorlice, Poland at the Ambient Festival 2011.
Performed as a trio with Steve Wheeler & Antti Mäkinen in the USA & Canada while on tour with Brendan Perry.
Recorded live session at KEXP Seattle.
Finished mixing forthcoming album with Eraldo Bernocchi and Harold Budd.
Remixed Red Gtr. for Brooklyn’s The Cinema Twin.
Released my new album, Emeralds on Rocket Girl and Darla.
Recorded And We Enter The Night with Harold Budd for several Japanese Tsunami benefit projects.
Jonathan Caouette features my song Everlasting in his new documentary Walk Away Renee, recently selected at Cannes.
Recorded & mixed new Robin Guthrie album, Emeralds.
Released Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd album, Bordeaux.
Mastered Bethmale, a new EP by Heligoland.
Mastered Dead Letters, a new EP by Sealight.
Mixed Dead Letters EP for French band Sealight.
Remixed Black Window for Brooklyn’s The Cinema Twin.
Recording tracks with Mitsuo Tate for his forthcoming album.