Reveal #3: Video Blog!

‘Invocation’ will be released in 2 days time.

Before it drops into the world, I want to give you a little peek behind the curtain.  I want to give you the opportunity to learn a little about how the track came to be, how it was recorded, and how I construct my music in the studio.

So I made my first video blog. ;-)

And just before we get to it, I want to say another huge: ‘Thankyou‘.

This time to absolutely everyone who listened and got in touch to tell me what they thought of the fragment of ‘Invocation’ that I posted in the last blog.

There were some incredibly beautiful and evocative interpretations, massive amounts of positive feedback, and at least one offer to choreograph something to the finished piece…

So now, without further ado I’d like to present to you: a video of me in the studio.  (And, if you watch thru to the very end there is a brand new fragment of ‘Invocation’…)

‘Invocation’ is out on Fri 21 of Nov and it will be available for download from all the usual places.  And if you are one of the hardcore people who have been following along with me, I want to offer you something extra special as a Thankyou for all your support.

If you download the track from: jamesradcliffemusic.com in the FIRST WEEK of release, I am going to give you: my entire first album (worth £5) as a bonus.  ABSOLUTELY FREE.  ;-)

(Note: this is only if you get it from: jamesradcliffemusic.com and only if you get it in the first week. OK?)

What did you think of the video?  Let me know what you liked about it / anything you’d like to see in future – if enough people like it I’ll maybe do more.  You can tweet @JamesRadcliffe, email me thru the ‘Contact‘ page, or hit me up in the comments.

2 days, people.  And then: Release.

Glorious, Glorious, Release. ;-)


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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50 Replies to “Reveal #3: Video Blog!”

  1. Hello… I was around… And see this one and I was wondering…….. ……… Why the light of the video change…? That mades the color change… Jummmm…. :-P
    Why you are so cute???? You are so serious…
    I love the passion I see in you every time you listen to your music, makes me, in some way live your process of creation.
    An idea for another video blog…. Jummmmm….
    Let me think……
    …… Ahhhhh, I know!!!!
    THE HAKA!!!!! :-P
    And if you made it naked could be a plus!
    Muak!
    Handsome James! ;-)

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  2. Wow. Gorgeous clip – thank you so much for explaining your creative process to us! I am off to buy the track as soon as I’ve finished typing this. :)

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    1. Thankyou for your kind words.
      It is a gradual process, but I actually love all the parts of it – even down to sculpting the individual sounds. It’s one of the reasons that I do all of the stages (writing, recording, mixing, mastering etc), it’s really satisfying.
      Thankyou for taking the time to write. Let me know what you think of the finished piece.
      And have a great day,
      – J

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  3. Hi there videostar, it was really great to see you and hear you speak about what you do…it was a funny feeling as we´ve already “spoken” quite often and now suddenly there is the “life” James moving-speaking-smiling…it felt almost like skyping ;-) I am sure the final pieces will sound mesmerizing – the Cello sure has a lovely sensual and special kind of haunting “voice”, it´s great that you got hold of your new love…I hope you´ll keep her :-)

    Have a nice evening & talk to you soon hopefully
    Cristine

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    1. I totally plan on keeping her. ‘This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship…’ ;-)
      I know what you mean about seeing someone for the first time. Your turn now. ;-)
      Let’s definitely talk soon. Please send me your thoughts after you hear the whole piece, I would love to hear what you thought of it.
      Till then, be well and take care,
      – J

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  4. You sir, are awfully quiet… The video & audio quality was fine… it’s just that I never expected you to be so… soft spoken.

    You production teaser sounds very similar to some of the work I’ve heard from Tan Dun. Not so much punk (as you hinted to me in our exchanges) that I grew up with or have occasionally heard since my foray into electronica in the early 90s.

    Still though, it’s entertaining. Catch you around as always…

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    1. I am sometimes soft spoken. And sometimes… not. ;-)
      The word ‘Punk’ to me just means: ‘Freedom’. Doing what you feel with a healthy dash of not giving a fuck. Same way that Jaco Pastorius used it – but not: ‘God Save The Queen’ on cello. ;-)
      Ditto.
      – J

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      1. OOOOH….. we’re redefining words and ignoring genres now, I see! So my posting that quote from Ben Shahn was on the mark…

        All right… I’ll bite. What does it take for you to be more… forceful and perhaps loud? Well besides singing. That’s a gimme when one has an audience.

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          1. This coming from the man that also hated labeling his own music and was part of Grunge and “Alternative Rock” (now called “New Rock”). But that’s all right, “you be you, while I’ll be me…”

            And amusingly, I get you in private and you give me counter-questions that define precision and yet in public? I feel like I’m trying nail fog to wall… You don’t want to scare your followers with that sort of directness? Just say the word and I’ll simply keep mum… \o/

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    1. Thankyou so much. ;-)
      You know, it really does. I am counting down the hours till I get to press ‘send’ and then chat to people about it.
      Let me know what you think when you hear it,
      See you soon,
      – J

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  5. Dearest J,

    You know that weird thing that happens when you read a really kick ass book with deep, wild characters and your creative mind sort of fills in the empty open-ended bits so you create this image in your heart of the characters and you just feel so much tenderness for them, right? And then they make a movie based on the book? And then against all your better judgement you go and watch said movie and you think, nononononoooo that is not what Character looks, sounds, feels like?

    So none of that happened when I watched your video. I’ve been one of those hardcores you mention for a good while now and the way you write, the way you engage, the way you create and the million ways you share have been beautiful since my first read, varied yet unchanging. To dive in and watch you talk about your beloved work only deepens the smoothly authentic (quick! another word for authentic? so over-used, forgive me, man) experience. You love your thing so and it embodies you as you embody it. Each new thing you do radiates the Love.

    Thank you for schooling us, sir James, not just about your intriguing musical process but about Art, the Truth & Beauty of Art. So many are starved for what you are able to so elegantly give so might I just say, truly, truly, thank you for the fill.

    You keep rocking steady, angel. ;)

    #GrittyTeeth
    #IKnowIKnow

    Monster love and warmest light,

    Allison x

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    1. This has to be my favourite comment so far. ;-)
      You are truly beautiful, Allison, and I thank you for it. And also for the tender kindness, and genuine heartfelt positivity of your words.
      It really means a lot to me that you liked the video. ‘Authentic’ is possibly the greatest description you could have offered.
      You are awesome, and we will dance soon enough, ;-)
      – J x

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