Hello everyone, I think it's time I revealed what I've been working on this spring/summer. A few posts ago I told you about my music-making aspirations and gave you a link to my soundcloud page. Maybe you remember Air Supply? Well, I've been working on an ambient album, and would like to present to you:
Cupcaking by Bureau of Broken Sounds -- that's me!
Click the image to go to my bandcamp page, where you can listen to all you want, or buy the album for 5 euros or more. Or you can start the jamendo widget below to listen, and download from jamendo for free.
The album has been out for a while now, but I've been putting off writing about it, because it didn't feel quite right reviewing my own work here on my blog. I have decided to take a different approach, however, and instead of reviewing, I'll just present it and tell you something about it. I'll let you do the reviewing this time, so if you have anything to say, please let your voice be heard! A comment here or on soundcloud or a review on jamendo would be awesome to read. Or share it with your friends if you like it - it's free after all.
I started working on this album in April I think. Only I didn't know then that it was going to be a full album. I had recently bought a refill called Forest for my Reason music-making software, that contains beautiful nature field recordings and inspiring sounds. It felt so easy to just pick a patch and make a complete song structure in 10 minutes, so I decided I'd compose a track for each of the 25 patches. Well obviously I only got to ten until the allure of putting together an album got too strong, but I'm very happy with how fast I was able to pull this off. 45 minutes of finished material in about three months!
Because the inspiration came largely from nature sounds, I wanted to make music that would explore our connection/disconnection/re-connection to nature. An urban person, myself included, often forgets that every being on this planet is interconnected.. we ultimately all share the same fate, and everything we do sends ripples further than we can see. We wrap ourselves in bricks and metal to shut out nature, and panic if a single bee gets inside the walls. How would we survive, if it was on nature's terms? It's a bit scary that we are largely disconnected from the rhythm of Mother Earth, but I have hope that when pus comes to shove, we will be able to adjust and reconnect.
I better stop here before I get too philosophical. Oh, if you choose to buy the album from bandcamp, there are two bonus tracks included as a thanks for support! And to finish off with style, here's a music video I did for the closing track, which I hope you enjoy. The video and pics are from my hometown, basking in late summer's glory. Happy cupcaking to everyone!
Edit: One last thing: you can like my music project on facebook to keep up with my latest works and goings on! http://www.facebook.com/brknsounds