P.S. - This song is about biology/biodiversity and nature’s design of the female form. Bjork wanted to compel the listener to recognize the extent to which biology seems to urge females to sacrifice themselves: "When she found your love / Her nature bowed her head / She surrendered" Bjork told Q magazine, "For me, nature isn’t only pretty or romantic. It is dramatic, creative, destructive, it has a lot of energy, and I tried to capture that in the songs." And on the name Biophilia for her album title: "It was pretty early on. I was reading a book by Oliver Sachs called Musicophilia and it really inspired me. That must have been two and a half years ago. Because I’m not really good in English, I said, ‘oh wow, [Biophilia] could be a title for the project,’ but ‘Bio’ thinking ‘Nature.’ Later somebody told me it means ‘love of life.’ I was more thinking ‘nature-like’ or ‘morphing into nature.’ My bad sense of English thought it was feeling up nature or something — Biofeelingup. When I read about it online some people were speculating about the name — I think they went to a dictionary and saw that it means "love of life" and – and I was like "Oops. OK, I can go with that." This is why I dig this woman and equally love this album.
Great god Gort and his metal codpiece of doom watched over my gear as it warmed up before I played.[/caption]
I was kinda fraught with concern about this gig as I haven’t played out in 6 years and my studio was only recently rebuilt. Â There was a lot of ground to cover and reworking of music to figure out. Â I considered bailing on it several times due to sheer frustration.
I’m so glad I didn’t! Â So now I should give a big shootout to Deftly Demolition for asking me to play. Â Thanks, D!
Deftly D sporting the old school Boston Not London t-shirt from back in the dizzle! Man, do I wish I still had mine![/caption]
The whole thing was a surprise and included several others paling including myself, DJ Darryl Hell, Journey To The Center Of The Colon and David Doktor. I was kinda amped for my set and began prepping for a couple of week before. Â So glad I did.
Yours truly putting the rock to the sock in my official performing helm.[/caption]
I had an amazing time playing. Â Most of the stuff has never seen the light of day outside of my iPod. Â It was nice to play it for fresh ears and get some feedback. Â I rolled out the Krsna lunchbox synth for the first time and the lord god Krsna didn’t fail in amazing people. Â Love that. Â Also brought out Black Sheep! Â Black Sheep! to the gig. Â Both provided nice ambient noise madness in between songs.
Great god Gort watches over me as I drop mad beats, lo-science and button pressing madness. Somewhere in there was some music, too.[/caption]
It was fantastic meeting new folks like Rob from Component Records, DJ Darryl Hell, Elizabeth from Pattern Behavior and Ed from Journey To The Center Of The Colon. Â I feel like you need to see a video of Ed aka JTTCOTC in action to get how massively awesome he is live. Â Amazing.
I’ll be posting more files from it soon on my Soundcloud page. Â For now here’s the first song of the set, my new theme song. Â Just in time for the end of 2013.
Some very great things also happened that night which I will be able to divulge soon once I am given permission.
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"It was all good noise and big faces."
The above is inscribed on the runout groove of a Cabaret Voltaire record (I think it’s “2x45”). Â It’s a good description of how I feel about making music and the joy of music in and of itself. Â It’s a social scene, it’s a way to connect, it’s raucous sometimes, jubilant at other and occasionally melancholy.
I’ve been making music since I was about 14. Â That year my grandfather passed away (he was a wonderful pianist, organist and accordionist) and we inherited his last keyboard, a Yamaha CE-25.
1984-5, Darien, CT: That’s me and the CE-25 on the right. Please pardon the hideous stoner sack I’m wearing. It was the 80’s. I was still finding myself.[/caption]
It had some great string sounds, those wonderful digital bells you hear in “Do They Know It’s Christmas” and a bunch of other sounds. Â But mostly it held wonder and meaning for me. Â It was a gateway into the sounds I was hearing on Gary Numan, Ultravox and Depeche Mode tapes. Â And it was imbued with my grandfather’s spirit from his time playing it.
I had a sensation of electric shock when I played it; the excitement of the sounds and what they could do in their entirely foreign way. Â I drove my parents crazy playing it and even took a year and a half of lessons before my teacher and I mutually decided that there was no point if I wasn’t practicing.
What I heard in music, what I felt, may not have been something I could learn from music theory. Â But I did learn it by playing, recording and getting more stuff slowly but surely. Â Over time I’ve built my gear and my chops though I’m not technically a great player. Â I’m definitely a one-finger Johnny.
But I kept playing even after many of my friends put their guitars away and sold them. I’ve never stopped. Â I ran my own record label for a bit in the early 00’s but I wasn’t that good in that business. Â I am firmly on the side of talent not management. Â So even after C-FOM folded and I shelved the idea of making a living by my music (the constant touring needed to make a living would have killed my marriage and made my relationship with my daughter virtually non-existent) I still made music and put it out on CD-R’s and on place like Soundcloud and even Bandcamp. Â Music is the beat of my heart, keeps me sane and lets me live.
So lo and behold when I played my friend Chris’s secret birthday bash a few weeks back I had no idea I’d get a record deal out of it.
The gig was at Rob’s house, this Rob being the founder of Component Recordings. Â I’d sent Rob a demo a while back out of curiosity. Â Rob liked it enough and my performance at the party to offer me an EP slotted for release early next year.
An EP? Â On one of my favorite labels? Â Something I’ve wanted for 30 years since I laid hands on that Yamaha keyboard?
Oh, hell yeah!
So that’s cool, huh?
Well the release date and track lineup is TBD but I can say it will have 4 songs and 2 remixes. Â One of those remixes will be by an artist I admire like I do Autechre, Scuba, or Richard H Kirk. Â When I can confirm that you’ll be the first to know.
For now I’ll be figuring out the what and where of it. Â After all with 30 years of unheard music folks have a right to hear the best 4, yes?