YADi Blogs for Twenty8TwelveFebruary 15 2013, 15:05
William Klein exhibition:
William Klein, born in 1928, was photographing in a time when people were less aware of the camera. As a result he was able to get so close to his subjects without some of them even realising. That’s how he manages to capture such amazing expressions and emotions in his subjects. I love how he describes the picture as not being a picture at all until someone walks into the frame at just the right time. It’s a bit like song writing; you don’t know what’s missing until it happens instinctively. This was by far my favourite exhibition of 2012 and it was made even more heart warming by hearing from the artist himself in a short film at the end. With such an eye for photography and fashion I can’t help but wish artists like him could be around to document the world forever.
Recording my debut album:
I've spent the last couple of weeks in the studio working on my debut album, which is due for release this summer. I'm working with Johan Hugo from 'The Very Best' as well as my long time collaborators Chris Hutchings and Ariel Rechtshaid. It's been really interesting and sometimes challenging reworking songs that you've heard many times but I have entered a new phase of creativity with Johan and we've been experimenting with some unusual sounds and samples inspired by music that we love from around the world. His studio is full of crazy African treasures and we light loads of candles and drink sugary Swedish drinks. It's like a Scandinavian grotto in the jungle.
Rehearsals for NYC:
I'm of to NYC to play two shows next week so this week has been taken up with pre production and rehearsals. I have just leaked a new song from my album called 'Unbreakable' so we were learning that for the first time - it's so exciting bringing a new song to life! If you're in NYC next week come and see us at 'Santos Party House' on 7th February and Brooklyn Bowl on 9th February. I'll be playing a show in London on my return on 19th February at The Social in London to celebrate the release of my first single 'The Blow'. Hope to see you there...
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The Royal Albert HallNovember 16 2012, 15:07
Elgar, Verdi, Rachmaninov to Frank Sinatra and Jay-Z, Churchill, Mohammed Ali to the Queen have graced the vast black stage of the Royal Albert Hall.
It's overwhelmingly round and ornately grandiose. It's heavy crimson curtains line the entrances. Everywhere you turn there's gold leaf cornicing. People line the hall ways in their best attire. The smell of perfume fills the air. I'm giddy with excitement for tonight I get to stand on that stage and sing my butchered little heart out to four thousand people. I get to strum my guitar and perform songs I made up at 4am sitting on my bed in Dublin city. A dot in a city full of other dots. Tonight I get to shine bright. I'm not sure how this has happened but I'm grabbing the opportunity with both hands.. and feet!
Backstage there's a buzz in the air, I'm not nervous but I have butterflies. My band and I are drinking herbal concoctions to sooth the throat. We don our favorite clothes, apply and reapply make up. I pace the floor as the stage manager announces five minutes to stage time. I pace the floor a little more, stop to look at a framed picture of The Beatles performing here, I grab my guitar as the lights go down. Someone whispers 'it's your turn'.
DJ PocketknifeMarch 30 2012, 14:00
Hello, this is Skooby from WAAVES Studio and Wilde Calm Records. When Twenty8Twelve approached me to work on the music for their Autumn/Winter collection I got really excited for the collaboration. I appreciate when fashion brands have the vision to want original music for their campaigns. This allows the collection to have a very specific mood that I think benefits its overall sensibility.
Using the inspiration behind a collection (cinematic, historical, musical, artistic, etc.) is a nice challenge for me as a composer/sound designer. I take these same references and use them to generate musical ideas. Of course, factoring in what the collection looks like adds another consideration as well. I've always been interested in form, texture and material since my art school days, so working on a fashion campaign keeps both my eyes and ears wide open.
The collection for Twenty8Twelve had strong references to the youth subcultures of 60s London, but the music that I ended up composing didn't rest on the hallmark sounds of that era. Instead, I focused on one's shift to an internal darker mood when the days get shorter and colder as autumn sets in. I ended up using a lot of synths since as an instrument they are inherently "internal" versus being acoustic and "external." I normally don't record my own voice since I can't sing at all, but the breathy scatting I did added a natural physical element to the piece. It almost sounds like seeing your breath on a cold night. I was very happy with how the Fashion Week film came out and I thought the visuals paired nicely with the music that I created.
Now that Fashion Month is over, my studio is beginning work on some new film projects. We were extremely excited that our last film project, the documentary "Bill Cunningham New York," was so well received by a general audience beyond the fashion community. Our current film score involves a documentary about the Catskill Mountain region outside of New York City and how people interact with the natural surroundings there. The film follows everyone from seasoned hikers, cliff jumpers, and forest rangers to hippie DIY farmers. It's a great mix of people who all have various relationships with nature. I think the film is scheduled to be released later this year.
When not in the woods recording waterfalls, I run a boutique label called Wilde Calm Records. I started the label last year as a way to put out releases of my own and of others whose music fits into the Wilde Calm ethos. The next release will be a project of mine under my new Boonlorm moniker called "String Figures." It's a ten track album of house music created solely with prepared piano and raw drum programming with references to early Chicago house and 20th century avant-garde music. The album was started about three years ago, but I got busy with projects for WAAVES Studio, so I just now have had time to mix down everything properly. I'm very excited about this album and it's a great time to release it since this year is the centennial for John Cage. "String Figures" definitely clatters, buzzes and jacks all at the same time.
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