A state of nervous anxiety.
I saw your video on Instagram. Wonderful news. And your studio is great too..
I'm wonder how you are dealing with "normal life things" like houseworks, cooking, birthdays, cut the grass, social life..etc .. You are in the studio all day, or you work in the night?
My best wishes of happiness and inspiration
P.S. No matter how long it takes ... I will be waiting to buy your album.
I pretty much exclusively work at night. I tend to start at about 10pm and work until 6:45am when my wife Zoe’s alarm clock goes off. I take her a cup of tea and get into the warm bed.
When I’m working I’m obsessed and good for not much else. Zoe keeps it all together and she does it with astonishing grace and efficiency. She looks after me, our daughter Daisy, three dogs, a cat, four fish, the house AND she does all our mail order sales, all of the accounts, the garden, three yoga sessions a week, etc, etc.
I have to constantly remind myself to wash the dishes or vacuum the hall or clean the bathroom whenever I notice it needs doing but she definitely carries me. She’s amazing and I really don’t deserve her.
A rehearsal room near me has a life-sized furry Toothless in its lobby. I want it so bad but they won’t sell it to me. No idea where I’d put it either.
This morning: Really good coffee, avocado and hummus on toast, hot shower. It was intense.
If you mean, like, acid and shit, that would have been more than twenty years ago. It was amazing and it left me in no doubt that the doors were now fully open and I could stop trying to pick the lock.
Yeah I know, I was just in the process of trying to contact him when I found out. I was going to ask him to play some piano on my next record. Bummer.
I included him in the sleeve notes on the vinyl edition of Blumenkraft and I’ve included some samples of him in the tune I’m working on, by way of a tribute.
It’s my ‘desert island’ synth.
The System 8 itself is a well-featured digital synth with very well laid-out analogue-style controls.
But it’s also a Jupiter 8, a Juno 106, a JX3P, a System 100, a ProMars, an SH101 and a vocoder, with an arpeggiator, a sequencer and a built in midi/audio interface. For the money it’s incredible.
I’ve owned a 106 and a JX3P and I can tell you the emulations are spot-on. Search for Gordon Reid’s review for Sound On Sound magazine - he did a direct comparison with his own Jupiter 8 and confirmed they were virtually indistinguishable.
It’s not cheap but I doubt there’s a better polysynth for the money. I have a lot of analogue synths and it holds its own against all of them. Never thought I’d be able to afford a Jupiter 8.
I use Resolume Avenue 6. It’s genius.
I have five songs written and waiting to be mixed and about 14 ideas which are still at the rough-sketch phase.
No idea how long it’s going to take to finish it off but I’ve promised myself this time I won’t rush myself with an arbitrary deadline.
This one is ready when it’s ready.