‘One Snowflake’ is a spoken word poem to music, using a Fender Rhodes and an Indian drone instrument, the shruti box. The video is a collaboration with Nick Duffy which explores the nature of performance in short films. It started out as an experiment on a mobile phone a few years ago. I wanted to see how good the video quality was so I put on one of my favorite obscure 60s songs, Flowers by Ferris Wheel (impossible to find on vinyl), and danced away.
Just recently I found this bit of bogus footage and we decided to play with it. We filmed the sequence onto tape and put it back onto digital which altered the texture dramatically. We also extracted the music. It was interesting at this point because without without the blended synchronizaton of motion and music it became more documentary in style, a sort of memory from the past, rather than a dance. The mood changed to something more haunting and nostalgic without the music.
This disjunction between the dancer and the music creates a feeling of two places in time; past and present, and induces a feeling of memory and nostalgia as if looking back at the footage at a later time with reflective eyes and observing this lost fragment of happiness from the past.
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My album is now ready and my final job is to work out the order of the songs. This is the fun part and I have decided to use good old paper and pen and scissors to get me inspired, alongside the music itself. But the only danger is the temptation to record yet another song! Which I keep doing and I actually know now that you can’t write forever. You have to stop and pull it all together into a complete whole that has a start and finish and is accessible by someone who is new to your territory. It is a kind of curating or choreography – taking the listener through a sonic emotional journey through a spectrum of feelings and sounds. I hope to take my listener to places they know and places they don’t – into deep delving underwater spaces and then to light sunny playful ones and back again, all the while keeping their ears fascinated and fed with curiosities. So, back to work…
Here are a couple of the pages from the ‘liner notes’ of my single. I always loved the liner notes of albums, reading about the songs or who played what. The trouble with buying mp3s is you don’t get this part unless it is added as an extra. But I think it’s a great tradition and we need to keep it alive even if it is a digital pdf!
So excited to celebrate 200 Daylight Music events this Saturday at the Union Chapel and proud to have been a part of it – I think we performed at Daylight Music number 61!
I am honoured to be singing on Nick Duffy’s spectacular reworking of Carl Malcolm’s 1975 hit single ‘Fattie Bum Bum’. Nick employs his signature style of instrumentation on the track – banjos and djembes and a host of other instruments I can’t pronounce! You can hear the single on his Bandcamp page below which is released today:
Almost everything you might wish to know about Nick can be found in the following locations: