Reveal #2: SoundsMusic!! MusicSounds!!

WARNING:Β  Post contains: a small, lo-fi, fragment of ‘Invocation’.

It is literally the very first time this music will ever have been heard.

By anybody.

Like, Ever.

Are you Ready? πŸ˜‰

Before we get to the music tho, I feel that I would be majorly remiss if I did say a MASSIVE ‘Thankyou’ to everybody who read the first post and commented or tweeted about it.

The response was incredibly gratifying and there were MANY guesses as to the source of the original cover photograph:

COVER - MASTER

The most creative guesses BY FAR came from Ynav:

“Top left appears to be an image of a skeleton. In front of that image appears to be a human like male creature with wild hair. Top right an image of a big dog. Bottom left an image of a young lady.”

And Chris Ladbrook got very close with:

“…the lines are the strings from the cello?”

In the end, the absolute correct answer was given by Heather Zee on twitter:

It was indeed, a photo taken of the bridge of the cello that I used to record the piece.Β  Well done Heather Zee!Β  And big thanks to everybody else (the interaction went a long way to keeping me sane thru the mixing and mastering process.)

Speaking of the piece, are you ready for a little taste?

With the exceptions of one guitar line and one piano line, every single sound that you are hearing on this track was made by me with acoustic cello and voice, and has not been processed in any way.Β  There are zero samples, zero electronic instruments and zero ‘autotuning’.

‘Invocation’ is as real as it gets.

I have a deep and powerful love for real music that springs from the present moment.Β  Music that, as you listen to it, seems to slough the dross of life away, leaving something…lighter.Β  Music that goes beyond a collection of sounds and becomes a fully immersive experience.

That love, is where this piece came from.

In the next few days I am going to post some video of me in the studio.Β  This will be the first time I have played with video and video editing, so expect… something. πŸ˜‰

Until then, I’d love to hear your first impressions of ‘Invocation’.Β  What did you think of it?Β  What images did it call to mind?Β  Where did it take you?

As always, hit me up in the comments box below.

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– J


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28 Comments

  1. Er, wow!! That is so rich and immersive…I love the way that its full of breath, you’ve really made the instruments sing. This would make an incredible piece to choreograph to…#justsaying πŸ˜‰

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    1. Hey there, πŸ˜‰
      Thanks so much! That means a LOT to me.
      If you wanted to choreograph something to it, that would be amazing…#JustSayingToo… πŸ˜‰
      Hope you are well, and having a good night,
      – J

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      1. Wotcha! πŸ™‚
        You’re so welcome!
        Heheh, glad to know that you’d welcome my physical interpretation of it! Hmmmm, only 4 days to go till I get my grubby paws on the full piece πŸ˜‰

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      1. I am doing well indeed sir. I finally got around to picking up your album on Sunday, I figured it was only decent given I’ve been enjoying your blog for a good while now πŸ™‚ I don’t know what exactly it is that I was expecting, but what I got was very different, in a good way!!

        I don’t really do album reviews per se, but your music gave me words, in that way that words like to come to me, so here you go:

        Peaceful, yet haunting, tension builds then releases, enchanting the listener
        Freedom and peace ebb and flow from & through the music
        Lyrics are delivered almost subliminally
        As though not to interfere with, but enhance, the carefully woven auditory tapestry
        Delightfully delicate yet heavy in it’s intricate simplicity
        It is an amazingly balanced journey of musical peace

        Yes, I would say that peace is the over riding sense from it all. I’ll have you ready to play the next time I hit traffic on the way to work πŸ™‚

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        1. That is a fully incredible review. Thankyou very, very much.
          I really love hearing what different people take away from it, I find it fascinating.
          Hope you are having a great day, and thanks for taking the time to write this,
          – J

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  2. Oh God, James. I can’t even . . . where? Inward. And flung out across the entire solar system. And I must agree with your first commenter, Amanda, it conjures images of snake charmers, mystics and an ancient Eastern vibe.

    It’s an invitation and an offering at once. I dig.

    The blend of voice and music lies somewhere silkily threaded into the sliver of divine emptiness that pulls the heart to race and the breath to slow . . . perhaps one could pin it down precisely . . . if one could hear more . . . πŸ˜‰

    #Patience
    #IKnowIKnow

    She’s a beauty, angel, as are you. x

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  3. Wow. It’s beautiful! Takes me to Morocco! To the scalding desert and turbaned snake charmers. Reminds me of a book called ‘The Alchemist’ by Paolo Cohelo. Again, the desert, and mystics, and souls journeys. Love!!

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