It’s been a while since I posted about my creative exploits. Over a year, in fact – and it’s been a very interesting time.
The most important update right now is that I am now releasing music under the name The Guelph* Basin. The most recent work I have been doing feels like a new path, and it seemed like the right time to forge a new creative identity going forward.
There will be one final Smudgeon release coming up in June. I will provide some updates on this and other releases in a post shortly.
Post-midnight, the hours drag like knives; the seconds scrape by like needles. Blinking lights on a console, a twitching eyelid, and a warning note on the edge of your hearing. Pastel green paint flakes. You make it to sunrise, blow the steam gently off a cup of thin tea, and stay awake long enough to remember: same routine tonight.
Live from a bunker, somewhere in 1971.
Sometimes, it happens so quickly. On the edge of sleep, a tiny loop caught in my mind. It didn’t end up anything like I planned in my head. However, I liked the results, and it is rare that I knock over two tracks I like in such quick succession.
There is a narrative here. I’ll let you know once it is more solid, concrete.
So recently, I found myself back in Audacity, making noises and figuring things out.
One of the things I discovered about myself is that being creative, putting noises together to create feelings, moods, responses – this helps me organise my thoughts better. A lot of clutter lives in my mind. Sometimes, putting sound down helps me to clear up, to clarify, and to get my own thoughts in order.
Who I am
Australian-born, Berlin-based. Artistic dilettante. Comfortably introverted. Music, movie and TV fan. Sometime gamer. Spent a lot of time in dark rooms at university.
Loves: my wife, my son, my cat, forests, silence.
Unloves: wankers, filter coffee, loudness.
What I’m listening to: https://www.last.fm/user/nineteenineteen
What I’m reading: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4331438-grimmandarin
I’ve been making music since 1998, since 2005 under the name Smudgeon. You can find links here:
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/smudgeon/1240441180
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/artist/Smudgeon?id=Aywhop3hvylbyx5cva7uktk6yei
Soundcloud (mostly sketches and incompletes): https://soundcloud.com/smudgeon