Announcement: Something New This Way Comes…

I am seriously excited.

I can *finally* tell you what I have been up to for the last few months and let you in on some of the stuff that I’ve had to hold inside for way too long.

Would you like to know a secret?

WoodSketch

I am always making music.  In a bunch of different ways.  And on a bunch of different timescales.

There are pieces that take a long time to develop.  Like, years.  Pieces that I am called back to again and again.  Pieces that seem to evolve on a glacial timescale known only to themselves.

Think I’m exaggerating?  Some pieces that I’m working on, are literally, decades old.

On the other end of the spectrum is the music I make when I play live.  Totally immediate, made in the moment, for the moment and never captured.  The most beautiful picture I can paint, painted night after night, with ever-disappearing ink…

And, nestling somewhere inbetween the two, are the standalone pieces that I create and finish in the studio, as part of my daily practice.

I call these pieces: ‘Sketches‘.

‘Sketches’ are pieces that I work on one at a time, from start thru to finish.  They form the bulk of what I do day-to-day.  I am in the studio for roughly 6 hours a day, 6 days a week; so these pieces are much more than just music to me.  They are my life.  My time, my focus, my breath and my beating heart all poured onto a whirring hard drive and sculpted lovingly into little sonic testaments to the passing of time.  I am not totally sure when I started making them.  What I am sure of is: the music I make in this way is some of the most penetrating, some of the most present, and some of the truest music I have ever made.

I want you to be able to hear it.

So I am going to start releasing them. 😉

#SoonSoonSoon  #Sketches  #StayTuned  #NuMusic

– J


My name is James Radcliffe and I am a 100% audience supported independent artist.  If you like what I do (and can afford it) then please consider buying some of my music.  Each purchase really makes a big difference to me and 10% of every sale goes to a charity which: houses, feeds, clothes, and educates orphaned children in Nepal.

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82 Replies to “Announcement: Something New This Way Comes…”

  1. I understand your sentiment. It’s what I face every day. So much ideas, not enough time to get them all down, I know I got bunch of stuff that’s still unfinished from almost ten years ago! God knows I need to get back to them. 😉

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    1. You are very welcome. WP should be VERY active this week. 😉
      Actually have live stuff coming up along with some other opportunities – will blog about them when they are solid.
      I don’t actually know if I could stop playing live music…
      Thanks for stopping by, hope you are well,
      – J

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  2. The threads here are an art themselves, much like a never-ending melody waiting to be finalized! ;). I honor and admire your ambiguous and secretive ways brother James. I feel its what makes your music so powerful. Speaking for me, myself, and I, as a dancer, I feel it transports me! I love the idea of releasing and feeling the flow of all that artistic breath just fire out. As a dancer, I feel my best work are in the moment, no scheduling no thinking, just doing and hopefully capturing it for my eyes later. Looking forward to connect again and hear the divine sounds James! 🙂

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    1. Beautiful, Powerful Ynav the Dancer! 😉
      It is really good to hear from you, how have you been?
      Are my ways really that secretive? I am not sure. Do they seem that way from the outside?
      I know exactly what you mean about the moment. EXACTLY. 😉
      I am just finishing up a blog containing the brand-new cover image for my NEW PIECE OF MUSIC that I am RELEASING REALLY SOON. 😉
      How exciting is that? We should totally connect and chat it up after I do that. What do you reckon?
      Big love to you, swift and fluid dancer girl.
      – J x

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      1. I have been splendid and transforming. 🙂
        Oooooo can’t wait for the image….
        I am not bothered by the mysterious, I live in there most of the time, lol.
        I love that word, reckon. 🙂 Not heard it in a while. You let me know when your precious time makes room for this fluid dancer. 😉
        Elephants hug and big love to you too!

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  3. Mr. Radcliffe –

    You *DO* an awful amount of teasing and tantilizing don’t you?

    While I appreciate the trying to draw in your audience with the tidbits of these life’s work sketches, at the same time I find myself in quite a bit of a quandary on why it’s taken you so long to come to this conclusion?

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      1. In order: c) all of the above (e.g. WordPress & Twitter), and

        🙂 but but but… We have a saying here in the Tundras of New England. Well, we have several of them actually. About flirts being all talk little action, and put your money where your mouth is, and on and on.. But I’ll not use any of them. Instead I’ll do what I’m known for. Asking a simple question:

        If not now, when?

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          1. soon… like the soon of On Gratitude and Death Part 2?

            Oh, I would love to pick your brain on this… Between what I’ve observed and what you say… Unfortunately, I fear asking them in public might cause a stir given the bluntness of my writing style. So it’s either wait… soon… Or DMs on Twitter. Given your penchant… I should resign to wait eh?

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                  1. I think my family had different words for me when I tried to use that… Scattered… Ungrounded… Absent-Minded… Delusionally in your own world… Ah, the list does go on. 😀

                    I thought I saw you saying something about music on Twitter, but alas it would seem that you only re-re-relinked this article. Apparently I need to take all this Charlie-Tango going on as par for the Radcliffe course, eh?

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                    1. You are funny. 😉
                      A lot of the people who buy my music live in different time zones, so I try and tweet and post stuff at intervals so everyone can see it. But keep your eyes peeled. I have just finalled the cover image for my new sketch, and will be posting it in a few days time. In the coming week or two, there will be Many Postings.
                      Hope you are well,
                      – J

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  4. hey, I like the idea of music disappearing after being made, no sound, like an audible painting that is HERE and then GONE. What I always like about sound is that if I hit a bad note and no one records it, POOF! With drawing and painting, if I make it to LARGE, the piece will not go away unless I DESTROY it or if it is in a sketchbook, I can close the book and put it on the shelf
    (tho I usually will rip those up as well). Of course I can rework and rework a piece until I can live with it. I am relearning that making mistakes or happy accidents with Art is acceptable, as in making a really rich BLACK in the WRONG place, it is ok, do not judge it, stay loose, keep working…I am not sure if this makes sense to you..It is just my experience..thank

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    1. This makes total sense to me – I know exactly what you mean. 😉
      I really like the idea of just making music in the moment too. Just for it’s own sake. I think that this feeling is behind a lot of what I do, even my recorded pieces are made in this type of spirit.
      Thanks for the insight into your process, it’s really fascinating to me.
      Glad you stopped by, have a good one,
      – J

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  5. I have the same situation only nothing is near finished. but I have to admit,80% of the pieces didn’t get finished because of my laziness / procrastination, Not because they needed the work. I would love to get pointers on how u got things together, and how u kept thing aligned throughout the years? Maybe I could get out of my runt.

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    1. I find that just doing the work everyday regardless of how I feel is the main thing that works for me. As a minimum, I usual work on music / creative stuff from about 7 in the morning until 12:00 midday at least 6 days a week. If I am coming to the end of a project, then I’ll usually go until I sleep.
      I think the fact that I do it for a living helps too. There are very little distractions for me, and if I don’t finish work, I don’t get to eat – which is good motivation! 😉
      Hope those 2 things help. If you need anything else, or have any other curiousity, feel free to hit me up, and I’ll do my best to help you out.
      Have a great day,
      – J

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  6. Reblogged this and commented:
    Good day, friends!

    Today I’d like to share a post from a fellow blogger and artist, James Radcliffe. In his post he captured in words the creative frustration that smothered me over the weekend. I took some photos at breakfast on Sunday morning that I thought would be stellar, but…the light was diffused by clouds making the lion’s head fountain in the wall look fantastically flat and my little point and shoot decided to focus on the specs of dust gathered on my husband’s sunglasses instead of the cool scene reflected in them. I love that camera but some days it is kind of a jerk. Words have also been swirling around in my head but nothing will make sense of itself on paper. But James figured something out regarding this frustration. Please read on and maybe take a little stroll around his blog. Have a wonderful day!

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      1. My problem whenever I sit down to write the lyrics is walking that fine line between being direct and being cliche. I don’t imagine I can just write a poem, because that would seem too obscure in a song, but then I always end up with trite lyrics that I inevitably scrap. How do you avoid this?

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        1. This is a good question. I’m not sure if I have a short answer, but I’ll give it a go.
          Firstly, words come in a lot of different ways for me. Oftentimes, I’ll just be playing something and start singing, then I’ll realise I’m singing a phrase and write that down. Those are usually pretty solid.
          Othertimes, I’ll have a piece of poetry written, and I’ll just start focusing on it in my voice practice, letting the words kind of sing themselves, and being an active participant as the melody shapes itself from the meaning.
          Othertimes, something will come to me whole, or I’ll find something when I’m out walking.
          However, the one thing that is constant across all of the art I make is: the process is half knowing how to connect to the right place, half craft, and all just: sitting with whatever you are working on until it finishes itself. Which always takes longer, and is harder than you think it is going to be.
          In a nutshell, those are a handful of the ways I work. I hope they help, apologies if you find them obtuse or useless.
          The main thing is: always be doing the work. That is the whole answer. Just do the work and, eventually you will find your own way.
          Be well,
          -J

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          1. Thanks so much! It sounds very much like my process with fiction writing. I just can’t seem to get my foot in the door with lyrics. I do see what you mean with just suddenly singing some phrase. I do that sometimes and I think, “What the hell was that?” 🙂 Maybe I’m rationalizing this too much.

            Thanks for your thoughtful response! Good luck to you too and be well.

            Tina

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      1. Hi James,

        Yes. I am doing great. Recovering from illnss. Quite a bit of awakening in my life is also happening. N glad it made you happy. 🙂

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  7. Just wanted to say that this is such exciting news and that I CANNOT wait to listen 😀 You followed my blog a couple of weeks ago (Thank you tremendously for that!) and so I decided to check out yours… **Speechless obsession** Your music is so different in all of the most amazing and unique ways! Different as in it explores areas that most don’t even think about. Different as in it has silent meaning. Different as in it has composition and thought put into it. Different as in ‘Can I just have this be the soundtrack of my life?’ I love what you’re doing 🙂 It’s incredible. Hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Wow. Thankyou so much. This means absolute worlds to me. 😉
      I am so glad that you connect with it. And I cannot wait to share this new stuff with you.
      You made me very happy, hope you are having a great weekend,
      Speak soon,
      – J

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  8. Happy and excited for you, my friend ^
    Isn’t it a beautiful thing to be able to map out your life with sounds and melodies. Far better than mere words alone, no? 😉

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          1. I know, right 😉
            So, if I decide to, you might get the opportunity to see something musical from me. Oooooooo. Big moment. Please contain your excitement 😉
            x

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  9. Hey James, I’m back home after two months out and settling into the routine once more. Your project sounds awesome and i am looking forward to hearing the pieces as and when they come. Cheers mate, Tony

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    1. THanks so much Tony.
      Wow! That was a long trip indeed.
      Hope it was worthwhile and good for you, and that you’re enjoying settling back into the routine.
      Can’t wait to see what you think of them,
      Have a great weekend,
      – J

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  10. Reblogged this and commented:
    I like how sketches are as important as a longer, finished piece. Sketches are real, raw, & the true essence of the work. I’ll follow this with interest!

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  11. Dearest J,

    You had me at “secret” but you won me over completely with “little sonic testaments to the passing of my life.” What an incredible treasure it will be to hear what you’ve been so tenderly working on for so much time.

    Bravo to you, also, for keeping a secret like this tucked in so close. It takes a steeled and balanced artist to know just when a thing is ready to emerge from the dark.

    Something wickedly beautiful our way comes, there is no doubt in my mind (or soul or heart).

    And now I shall try my best to wait . . . patiently, patiently . . . . . 🙂 🙂

    Love and light, dear one, always, always,

    And big huge monster bear hugs,

    Allison xx

    #SoExcited
    #SooExcited

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    1. #MeToo I know exactly what you mean. 😉
      I can’t wait to show you – then of course to move onto the Next Thing, whatever that may be… 😉
      It has to be said, I am really bad at keeping secrets. Just fundamentally honest I guess.
      Love and light to you,
      speak soon beautiful Allison,
      And I hope you are enjoying the darker half of the year…
      – J x

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  12. It’s great to hear/see your process writing. I’m always fascinated by other creative individuals methods to make meaningful work. Its awesome to hear that it has produced work that you’re proud of, just about ready to be released – I’m looking forward to hearing it.
    Cheers

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      1. James – My pleasure, I enjoy always exploring and reading your presentation or composition. I am in good hopes we can exchange more and like pages for each other.

        Cheers;

        Miran

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  13. I can understand the feeling when you have so many ideas and trying to put them into together and make a piece of artwork it seen so hard and tough and when it click and all become a piece of artwork.

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