Architecture of the End of Time
This first track goes right back to 1990. It was composed and originally rendered in Noise Tracker, running on an Amiga A600. A few years later I expanded it and re-rendered it in Scream Tracker on a PC and finally this version using ModPlug Tracker several years after that using recoded 32-bit samples cadged from the original files.
Most of the samples were either recorded from one of my synths or built by hand in a noise generator and stepped into Noise Tracker using the Amiga keyboard as I didnt have MIDI, but the later version was completely input from a synthesiser.
Deus Et Machina
A much later painting, around 2004. A machine, built in the image of its creator meets God at the edge of the Universe. The painting asks by juxtaposition, then who or what created our creator? I worry about these things, but I am not a religious man. If anything I lean towards Holism and accept that there are many faiths, despite using western iconography to illustrate it. I will not be drawn into an argument over this ;-)
Opus In Chrome
Written and recorded while on holiday, I think 2006. I took a guitar and a keyboard up to the Norfolk Broads and rented a cabin cruiser for a week. I did a bit of sketching, played my guitar in the historic market in the old city of Norwich and wrote this sat on the back of the boat one glorious morning while the sun reflected off the water and the dew and made everything sparkle. When I got home I performed it live on a full-size keyboard and recorded it.
Painted in 1992, Axis City is a moment in time. Unaware of the speed we travel through the universe, we live in a self-contained environment of our own design.
One Summer's Eve
Composed and recorded in 2014, Summer's Eve is a gathering of friends at a BBQ. Wine flows, good food is eaten and laughter joins the sparks from the fire as the midsummer sun sets.
Painted 1993 on an Amiga 1200 using Deluxe Paint after a visit to the ancient place. Back then you could get among the stones, and feel the wind playing the living rock like an instrument under your palm. I sat and closed my eyes and imagined how many other souls had done this over the thousands of years to mark the Solstice.
An original poem that sprang to life, written for a woman I liked. She liked it, added a chorus and we worked on music for it together. We managed to get an interview and a couple of tracks played on local radio, but my obligations to my daughter meant it was never to be. Lindsie is a multi-talented musician and is now a mum and a teacher. We're good friends, I have her permission to reproduce her work.
A recurring dream throughout my early adult life, a woman dances for me and kisses me, then dances slowly away and vanishes. I've been looking for her ever since because this enchantress appears in other dreams and work.
The full version of Dragonkind, explaining what that is. The Verve had a go with Lucky Man, another of my favourites.
I spent today melting my processor making a heart from mathematics. For Lindsie, happy Valentines Day. We should have jumped out of that airplane after all :-)
There are another 12 tracks and paintings I have yet to arrange. I will post these when I have a minute to make a video and upload it, being as HaD isnt really meant for this ;-)