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Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2007

Time to write a little about music. I should, and often mean to, but more often than not start to ramble on about some small calamity or other. I’ve started a new production, a very interesting band from Australia called Heligoland who are currently based in Paris have asked me to produce their next album, so I’ve been in Paris recording some of the backing tracks with them and I’m really very excited about this project, the working dynamic is very pleasant, focused and the tunes have already gotten themselves under my skin. It’s nice to be working with others again, something that only now I realize that I miss. So, it’s early days for this album but I have a feeling it’s going to be very special.
As I write this I’m flying over North Dakota on my way to Seattle where I’ve been invited to play at the dB festival, and, while I’m sorely tempted to do another travel disaster story, I’ll spare you.
Suffice to say I just spent the night a couple of thousand miles from my intended destination, have no idea where my luggage is at but am on rather intimate terms with every possible security/immigration agency that the US have to offer. I now know what SSSS means which appears on every boarding card that I’ve been issued in the last five years. It means, we’re going to fuck you up so that you miss your connecting flight. I swear to god that everyone with a uniform in the airport at Philadelphia had it in for me. They look at my boarding card, see that little string of s’s and SWAT teams drop down through the ceiling on ropes and drag me away. I think even the Dunkin’ Donuts coffee lady thought she had the right to fuck with me as well because she had a uniform. I think she saw the SSSS on my boarding card, which was sticking out of my pocket, before short changing me $20.
OK, enough of that, I’ll get back to the stuff about music. As I was saying, I’m going to perform at the dB festival, and it promises to be a special one as I’m going to be performing both on my own and with Mr Harold Budd who will also be performing. That’s good news. It’ll be nice to see him as I haven’t seen him since before the summer. Curiously, the last time that we performed together was in Seattle, last year during the film festival. Well, those folks in Seattle sure have taste because we’ve never been invited to play together anywhere else. It would be nice to play more often with Harold as it really is quite special when we play together. It’s also scary as hell as he has the habit of using those black keys on the piano from time to time, which confuse and confound me no end. So, although we’ve made some records together I shouldn’t imagine that we’ll be playing any of that stuff. In fact I haven’t the faintest idea what we will play, which is one of the things that is appealing about doing a show like this.

After that, well, I’m due to spend a little time in Lima, not playing this time, but spending some time in the studio producing a band called Resplendor. I really enjoy the energy of this band, who have performed with me twice recently, and they have now invited me down to Peru to do some recording with them. It’s been a while since I’ve produced bands and it is nice to be doing this as I get the chance to practice some of the other disciplines involved in making music. I’ve learned that being a producer is very different to being an artist, to start with I have to make them happy with their record. I think in my dim and distant past, the formative years of me producing people, I put in too much of me and not enough of the artist. Younger men have larger egos, I guess. I don’t feel the same way now, as far as producing is concerned anyway. So it’ll be interesting to see what comes out as I have no idea what the energy will be like in the studio. That’s exciting.
Oh, and the food is really good down there
More travel nightmare stories soon, he says with some degree of certainty.

6 Responses to “Same old…”

  1. Balastrea

    Saw your show last night in Seattle. Just wanted to say thank you for a phenomenal performance!

  2. Mike Donovan

    Hi Robin

    Caught your gig last night at The Temple with Mr. Harold Budd and must say all the soothing sounds you made were truly appreciated. Very satisfying show indeed, in spite of the brutal lighting and computer glitch …

    Hope to see you again – if not Seattle try coming up to Vancouver BC – might have a rainy day but s/b no travel nightmare !



  3. R

    SSSS? – this sounds bad…
    ..i mean, Adolf’s dudes had only SS. Dick and Bush (excuse my foul language!) take all the national-socialism ideas (and practices) even further, they made it all double: SSSS…

    It appears they have built prison camps there ready to accomodate a few million people (yeah, i know, sounds insane but it’s mainstream) and will have them work there as slaves to private companies..

    Well, i better stop here before they get you in one of their nazi blacklists and lock you in some camp to do slave labour in the form of playing music everynight to the democracy dissidents.

    good luck and light journey!


  4. Bernie Thomas

    I am listening to A Minute, A Day No More, still beautiful after a couple thousands listens here on my computer at home

  5. mark

    Hi Robin…very interested in how things are going with Helgioland, and whether they’re getting the full sonic deal, as such from vous, or how far into things do you delve when you produce? It interests me, ’tis all. I mean, do you dive in with the Jaguar and such?
    All the best,
    Mark – Sydney Orstralia

  6. Jason Taylor

    Hello Mr. Guthrie from an old voice from the past – long time no speak, see you’re playing the Embra fest – i may come and heckle (in as much as i should get my arse in gear and leave the house more often).


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