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recording

Posted on Thursday, May 19th, 2005

well, here I am, in my little office, adjoining my studio. I’ve been in the studio all day, well enough of it to feel like I’m working, and therefore, somehow, worthy. Anyway. Point is. I have recovered from my major hard disk incident, in january, in no part due to the major tenacity excercise which was 19 crescent.. ’nuff said, I have a few things languishing on a hard drive that spins no more, but the major feeling, after today was… shit, I’ve a lot of work to do… And that, mes amis, is not a bad thing. I am literally finding things on my HD from a few months ago, which rock, but I have little recollection of writing. Anyway, the point is, if there is one… some good shit is a coming. I have a few definite VI songs, and some V.Cool instrumental pieces, which may have to become part of another instrumental album.. A thought I’m not unhappy about, but a) I have no-one to release it and b) I find it difficult to see myself in a purely instrumental role.
but you know what?, fuck it, I am taking pleaure in making music when I do. and that, mes amis, is something that cannot be bought. (not with the dollar the way it is…..ok, joke,…. what ever)

going to play with harold budd

Posted on Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

This weekend I’ll be in the UK taking part in an event celebrating the musical career of Harold Budd. I have been invited to play with many others including, Steve Cobby, Theo Travis, The Balanescu String Quartet, Bill Nelson, Jah Wobble, Steve Jansen and John Foxx. I understand Russell Mills is doing something visually but have no idea what.. And that is about as much as I know. I’m not sure how it will all work out, as I’ve no idea what to play or who I’m expected to play with. It’s somewhat vague, for sure but, well, with a day or two to rehearse, if we can’t come up with something wonderful we should’t be there…I’m rather nervous about how I will fit in to the whole thing, both from a musical point of view and a social one.. Now, have to go to the store to buy Mr Budd a couple of bottles of chateauneuf-du-pape…
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mysterious skin

Posted on Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

a lot of people have been talking about this. now, I will tell from my perspective. Just over a year ago Gregg Araki got in touch with me to participate in scoring the soundtrack to his film mysterious skin. So, after us talking about it, I agreed to score, along with Harold Budd, a long time associate (oh, and musical genius)… SO, after reading the book, by Scott Heim, I got the cue sheet and images and scored away, like a motherfucker, and the fruits of my work generally pleased me. Then I attempted to add some stuff to some of Harold’s pieces, which he had been recording in los angeles and that pleased me as well. I believed, at that point, we had a really strong score. After talking with gregg a few times he was able (and, trust me, few people have done this to me!!!) to extrapolate, even extend a few ideas… I complied, and, to his credit, the score is stronger for it.. Anyway, the score .. as such, was finished within a couple of weeks. The final cut, which is the one who usually has the producers nervous, for me has a few misplaced cues, but WTF, the movie is very cool and completely highlights the talents of gregg araki, brady corbett and joseph gordon-levitt amongst countless others.
Now, fast forward a few months and realise that a score album may be a desirable thing to have…so I have 20-30 cues between 5 and 90 seconds in duration – how to turn that into an album?
Well, wtf?, I did it by chosing the most important parts, musically, and gererally melding them into an soundtrack album, which I must say, i’m very proud of. At this moment, I know very little concerning the release, but I’m told, you can pre order it at…http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0009HLC0G/qid=1116374235/sr=8-3/ref=pd_csp_3/002-2010279-8323242?v=glance&s=music&n=507846#product-details

from scott heim’s web journal : mysterious skin

Posted on Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

I hope everyone reading this gets a chance to see the film! More release dates and cities will eventually be posted at www.mysteriousskinthemovie.com

music to die for

Posted on Tuesday, May 17th, 2005

I went to london for the day last week as I’d been asked to contribute something to Music To Die For, a forthcoming BBC Radio 4 series put together by author and fellow Scot, Ian Rankin. I first read Ian Rankin novels a few years ago, having alway’s had a thing about crime fiction, being a big fan of the genre, from Jim Thompson to James Elroy (something which rears it’s head from time to time in Violet Indiana songs). To find a writer who had written books about crime in the cities and towns in scotland that I grew up in and find that he’d written into one of his characters, a musical taste which included cocteau twins and, more recently, violet indiana, well, I just had to do it really. So we met up in a studio in London and spent a little while chatting away about the connection between crime writing and music, how authors use music and how musicians like myself use the crime genre to inspire. I hope something good came from the interview, I liked Mr Ian Rankin very much, he seemed, intellegent, unpretentious and a real enthusiast for both crime writing and goood music.