'a kind of light-headed feeling'

Controlled chaos

Boards of Canada are one of those bands that have changed the way I listen to and appreciate music; they have this capability to make incredibly cerebral soundscapes that encourage a calm meditative state of mind in the listener, whilst simultaneously utilising a diverse range of instrumentation and production techniques that gel so well together, and progress so naturally and effortlessly, that it feels like every listening experience is a short trip into another world where a divine being is showing you the cosmic order of things…

This interview (extract) I found not too long ago echos some of my own approaches I take to music production and might be an interesting read to you, especially if you’re a lo-fi enthusiast. 😉

“There are ghostly organs and distant tablas, warnings of volcanic explosions, an ecstatic vocal about “1969 in the sunshine” and an overall feeling that this heady, saturated music is how My Bloody Valentine might’ve sounded had they released anything after 1991’s ‘Loveless’. Honestly, it’s that good. “We take that as a real compliment,” accepts Sandison. “We love the sound of music that seems to be barely under control. We love music that’s out of tune in a beautiful way, or dissonant, or damaged. We tried to make the record work as a giddy, swirling soundtrack. It’s okay to be imperfect – in fact the imperfections are where the magic is. To us, perfect music sounds sterile and dead. The tunes we write are imperfect, the sounds are imperfect, even the artwork. I can’t listen to perfect music, it bores me. We actually put a lot of effort into making things rough and difficult and noisy, even more so on this than on the last album. I think most bands get more polished and over-produced as they go along. But one of the ideas with ‘Geogaddi’ was to go the opposite way, to get it to sound as though it was recorded before the last one.””


World music

…is greater than your favourite genre

…don’t give up searching amigos!

Beginner’s mind

In Zen philosophy, they speak of something called ‘Beginner’s Mind’. It is where we attempt to go back to the beginning of something; a state of ‘focused openness’ where our preconceptions, and everything we think we already know about something, are temporarily set aside. It is often used when we feel we have reached a plateau of thought or come up against a brick wall and need to look at something anew. It is to become (for a while) timeless in our thinking, to unburden ourselves of our fixedness, our presumptions, even our prejudices, in the hope of finding fresh perspective or insight.

Alexander, S. and Alexander, K. 2007

Words are not facts, and still less are they the primordial Fact. If we take them too seriously, we shall lose our way in a forest of entangling briars. But if, on the contrary, we don’t take them seriously enough, we shall remain unaware that there is a way to lose or a goal to be reached. If the Enlightened did not preach, there would be no deliverance for anyone. But because human minds and human languages are what they are, this necessary and indispensable preaching is beset with dangers…

Huxley, A. 1945

Calling someone or something crazy/insane is a dismissive derogatory term, what can be learned from an extreme event that’s happened if we’re unwilling to asses it in a fair and empathetic manner? I truly believe one of life’s biggest rewards is understanding!