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Saturday, 3 April 2010

"Finchley Road" (and this time of year)

I have no idea why, but I seem to be at my musically most prolific in the springtime. Perhaps it's the greater proclivity of daylight, or just the amount of days off I have left at the end of the 'leave year', but I've been able to spend quite a lot of time in the studio of late, and made progress on a few of the projects on which I've been procrastinating.

Here, then, is a song called 'Finchley Road':

I wrote this song during a homeward commute on a dark, damp evening, and challenged myself to record it only using 'real-life' synthesizers, to give it an 'electro' sound. There's more information about the writing and recording process in the song story and technical details pages.
My next project is a contemporary theme and music bed for a podcast - my plan is to listen to a lot of current pop music(!) and make careful notes on the arrangements. In the darkness of the Earth Hour last Saturday, I made some notes for another song - whether I can read what I scrawled on the back of a 2009 'page-a-day' calendar is another matter entirely, however! I've been listening to some Flaming Lips recently, and I really like the unusual, slightly awkward arrangements of their songs. Something to aspire to, I suppose!

I'm fortunate to have much of the Easter Holidays off work - we have plenty of family activities to enjoy without having to go too far afield. Just last Sunday, Stockwood Discovery Centre had an intriguing event - students at Barnfield College have developed a 'virtual museum' using the Second Life network, putting a great deal of effort in to recreating some of Luton's landmarks, and an exhibition of their work. The 'Heart Angels' from our local radio station were also in attendance, and both Eleanor and Christopher were featured in photos of the day (see below). If the weather holds out, we'll have plenty more family fun!

P.S. I almost forgot... Christopher has been making music, too - I've been helping with some of the backing tracks, but his current collection of tunes can be found on his website: www.nxmee.com/music.html

Posted by james at April 3, 2010 12:50 PM

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