Christmas is coming, so I thought I would prepare something special for this Holiday seasons. I’ve recently written a piece about Osmos and High Skies’s “Sounds of Earth” album for it. A day later Mat Jarvis I had short conversation with Mat by Twitter and we’ve agree for short Q&A session regarding Osmos and his projects, which I think would be complementary to my blog post.
So without further overdue, I hope you’ll enjoy it and Merry Christmas!
It started about 3 years ago. Eddy Boxerman contacted me about using some of my music for a game he was creating, It wasn’t even called Osmos, there was no Hemisphere Games, and the graphics were just circles on a plain background, but you could tell it had good gameplay. He didn’t even know if it would be released.
It’s a great game with great game-play and a unique look. EDDY had a vision and stuck to it, so that the music and graphics and game-play all work together.
To me it kind of fits in the Blade Runner period Vangelis, and the concept that runs through the music and booklet is the golden Record from NASA’s Voyager probe; ‘deep phased electronics’ sums up the sound.
I love old analogue synths and modulars, and the best time for them was perhaps the 70s. There were no rules, unlike today where if you use certain type of sound it’s classed as trance, another as acid etc, there are many well trodden paths. So I tried to keep the spirit of the raw experimentation without hopefully the alienation of a just having a bunch of weird noises.
It’s hard, really hard to sell music these days with all the piracy, and it’s even harder to be heard. So it will stop some revenue, but it also helps with being heard. I even offer a free copy on my site to anyone who helps spread the word, but some people have still chosen to support me by buying it even though they don’t have to, which I’m very grateful for.
I like Geeky things; Synthesizers, technology, gadgets, science, art, BBC4, so I guess so.
It’s a tough life but I get by.
It’s always different, but usually I have a vision of the finished music in my head and I try to create it. Sometimes you have to wrestle hard as the music wants to go down a different path. I have quite a simple setup, a computer, which I use as a digital tape recorder, and a few analogue synths.
Yes I know that happens all the time with me too.