Studio Sessions “Human Dissonance” & “My Hunters Lead the Way”

Thanks to many studio visits this week I had the insight that I want to work differently with my music. I want to focus more on the ideas, the composition process and performance. I have spent a long time polishing  my latest song “Rainforest Light”.  The idea and the creative process of composing the song didn’t take that long, but the mixing and mastering took ages. And mixing is not even my specialty, so the result is definitely not perfect. And what does it give me? Less time for the real thing (the creative process)? Less time/energy to experiment? I like the music to be of high quality, but that could also be a step to take in a later stage, or with people with more knowledge about mixing and mastering. My energy and artistic quality lies in the idea, the composition and performing of my music, mixing and mastering is needed a little bit, but should definitely not have the focus. It can be really frustrating and can kill the idea (at moments when I’m being so perfectionist that I listen to my music 10000 times and get sick of it!). So from now on I will be showing more of my composition and performing. These videos are a basic example of something like that (but a shame that you cannot see what’s happening, because I am right in front of the music devices I use). From now on I will record my music in a much more basic state, and even when the song isn’t completely finished, like this one. I will also play more with the location, performance possibilities and improvisation.

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Studio Visit Marc Bijl

Studio Visit Marc Bijl

Ik liet Human Dissonance live horen.

Hij vond het goed, maar het is nog steeds niet uit mijn studio. Wat doe ik ermee. Performance… Struggle. Ik vind het zelf niet leuk om iemand achter zijn/haar apparaatjes te zien optreden. En wil ik de spotlight staan?

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Studio Visit Jan Klug & Ruud Akse

Studio Visit Jan Klug & Ruud Akse

Ruud: “Heb je een demo?”

Ik zei dat ik meer m’n studio uit wil en optreden. Maar ik heb geen voorbeeld. Eerst op FMI kristalliseren wat mijn performance in gaat houden. Wie ben ik? Wat il ik laten zien? Of wat wil ik zeggen? Hou het bij. Schrijf op wat je uit probeert en trek conclusies. Bewijs van je proces, zodat Jan en Ruud iets hebben om feedback op te geven .Een goede manier is sessie reflectie. Na elke performance/jam (opnemen!) kritisch terug kijken en reflecteren waarom je iets deed. Voelde het goed? Ben ik het? Zo kun je jezelf snappen en evt. verbeteren. Dus op FMI dingen uitproberen, er zijn ook tussenvormen. Zoals avonden waar ook ruimte is voor experiment: Gym & Random Collision.

Andere dingen uitproberen, zoals visuals: prima, maar hou de ziel in de muziek. Het hoeft ook niet heel ingewikkeld te zijn als het maar niet allen als “versiering” gaat dienen.

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Random Thoughts

Random Thoughts

Idea: songwriting tool based on what I learned from Berklee Songwriting course on Coursera > but are all these tools not a way of distancing your art from youself?

Idea: spiritual / meditational walk > interactive music based on GPS. Just because it combines practices for me that I like. But what is my why? This idea makes me think that my why is all about the process. About enjoying and taking in the process. Maybe that could be the core of the walk. Go to places, explore the environment, and work in the environment 🙂 It’s so perfect in terms of way of working: nature, body movement, spirituality, music. Nice for spring project. But be careful that it’s not like those guys with the narrative walk.

Interactive Jellyfish @PHOTON ATTACK

Bouke Bommerson, Šarūnė Paulauskaitė and me (Kayleigh Beard) have created an interactive jellyfish during the two-day workshop “PHOTON ATTACK” of artist Niklas Roy.

You can touch its tentacles and the jellyfish will respond with its lights. Or. You will get electrocuted.

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