So, I am making a record.
In this first stage, I am making demo recordings of seed ideas. These may or may not grow into pieces. At the moment, the quality of the yield doesn’t matter to me as much as setting up the parameters for the process. I work for a certain amount of time every day, this is non-negotiable and vital. The discipline is how I draw the line in the sand between my regular life and my work.
I thought 12 pieces in a month would be a good target. In February I ended up with 19. Some of these were pieces that have been in my mind for a while, some are brand new. A good start.
Generally I have been starting with a seed idea, (which could be an image, a line of words, an emotion or just anything that speaks to me). Then I fetish that idea with time, focus and love until it grows into something and reaches some kind of rudimentary completion. Then I move on.
I am enjoying this stage of the process, mostly because there is no real standard of quality that needs to be attained. I like working fast and hard. These pieces are for me alone. Rough little sculptures; miniature mock ups of something bigger.
I work most days of the month. When I am writing, my hours tend to slip until I am operating upside down. I generally finish work around 4 in the morning. I work till I’m done, then relax, then sleep. Then I wake up at whatever time, take my run up, and get to the work again. It is a good rhythm for me.
I plan to keep on with this initial phase for another 2 months. After that we will see where the record takes me. There is a set a release date (see the ever-present countdown clock) and I have a rough idea of timescales, but at the moment I am just thinking in terms of doing the work each day.
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