Now that I have re-started my music and sound art practice I need a better portable recording set up to capture field recordings but I only have a budget of few hundred pounds...
My latest album Sketches by The Listening Station is now available on Bandcamp. The Listening Station is a response to landscape and environment, natural and man-made, the details and the distances, which generally results in melodic lo-fi ambient music - processed instruments and field recordings.
I've now got a couple of initial collections available on Bandcamp. The 10 track Autophon by Autophon and the 8 track Listening Station 1 by The Listening Station...
I seem to work best if I have a set focus for a while, a project. The latest tracks I'm producing for The Listening Station are simply entitled "Sketches". I'm mainly working with some new sounds and effects that I have for Ableton Live specifically the free Spitfire Audio Labs and BBC Symphony Orchestra Discover plugins and creating some soundtrack work.
I've always agonised over names for releasing music. Sometimes I just want to use my own name for everything and other times I want a different name for each project that has a different audience or feel. I think it's quite a common problem...
We've been under lockdown in the UK for 7 weeks now. During that time I've mainly been doing DIY! - making our house and small garden work better now that all the family are living here all the time. Two adults and two children in the same space all working from home requires more workspaces than we usually have.
Last October I wrote a post about not having a dedicated work/studio space in my house for a couple of years due to ongoing renovations and posted a picture of the place that would become my new little studio space.
Last month (November 2019) I challenged myself to upload a new track to SoundCloud every 2 days - I was looking to break out of the rut of perfectionism I had found myself in and inject some energy back into my music making - so how did I do?
I suffer from a common problem - not releasing work until I'm 100% happy with it which often leads to me overworking tracks and then never managing to finish them. So to combat this I've decided to start an audio sketchbook experiment. The idea is that I will put something up on SoundCloud on a very regular schedule - once every 2 days.
In the past I've often had a whole room or a decent area of a room just for working and to permanently leave my music equipment set up. For the last two years, I've had no dedicated space. Soon I will have a space again and I think I'll appreciate it a lot more this time!