So I’ve started a new, hopefully on-going project: Instagrambient! Inspired by a Disquiet project called Instagr/am/bient: 25 Sonic Postcards – in which the participants created short ambient pieces to go along with various Instagram photos – I’m attempting to create quick musical and video pieces of an ambient or experimental nature within Instagram’s 15-second video framework, and then post them to my Instagram account.
The idea at present is to use only iOS devices and apps for the pieces, which at this time limits me to NanoStudio & Garageband for music, and iMovie, AvFX and Instagram on my iPhone. I’d love to get an iPad and play with other apps too, so hopefully that’ll be a development.
I’ve considered setting time constraints here for putting each piece together – probably no more than an hour from start to finish (which includes recording & editing both music and images), but since I’m just starting we’ll have to see how that goes and what adjustments I’ll make to everything.
Several months ago I rediscovered the benefits of falling asleep to soothing music. It had been a while since I’d done that, but a period of restless nights had prompted me to explore avenues that might offer help. Naturally everyone’s tastes and needs are different, but I found that what worked best for me was music that didn’t have much in the way of melody, and in fact maintained a prominent drone throughout. I’d experimented with different artists in the broad new age and ambient genres, and many in the field of binaural beats and isochronic tones, and enjoyed not only much of the music but also reading about the philosophies and sciences behind the creation of the pieces. (more…)
I’ve been participating on and off in this thing called Disquiet Junto, where a weekly sonic assignment is given and the members of the group set out to make an appropriate recording. It’s fun, enlightening, and educational. Anyone can join, so if you feel a hankering, please feel free to.
Above is a SoundCloud player of all the projects I’ve done so far. Will be interested to see if it automatically updates as new ones are added. But anyway, have a listen if you like and, as is usually the case, the tunes are free to download! Each track is supposed to follow particular guidelines, so if you’re curious about the story/reason for any given track, you can click the View Track text in the playlist to learn more.
This one is a much darker exploration of…well, most everything relating to arts & spirituality (among other things). It’s a horror tale with a heavily philosophical bent, a labyrinth of questions & quotes snatching inspiration from the great artists of the past and near-present. It puts me in mind of H.P. Lovecraft and Georges Bataille, neither of whom I’ve read extensively, just enough to feel a certain kinship of intent. Here’s the trailer. Check out the book…if you dare, mwa ha ha!
Dave Coverly has illustrated a new children’s book entitled The Very Inappropriate Word. It was written by Jim Tobin, and concerns a young word-lover named Michael who discovers a word he’s never heard one day at school. Unfortunately, it’s not a very appropriate word. His adventure with the word reaches a beautiful ending when he’s introduced to the Library and its boundless bounty of words, many of them easy substitutes for that inappropriate one. It’s a great book for youngsters!
I was very honored to supply the music and narration for Dave’s illustrations and Andy Collins‘ remarkable animation in the book trailer below. I hope you’ll enjoy it! And certainly, if you know any writers looking for custom music for their book trailers, please send them my way…I love doing this sort of thing!