I’ve been away. I mean this in several senses of the word “away.” I’ve been traveling a lot in April. I’ve been away from making music for longer than that, even, as the day job has kind of taken precedence. And I’ve been away in that I stepped back from my gear as I think about how to reroute my studio. What I mean by this is alluded to in the previous post, but it’s more than that. When I get time to make music, I’ve more than likely been choosing to turn on the amp and play guitar. And also more than likely, I’ve not been bothering to record any of it. Partly because I’m a nice guy and I still pretty much suck at playing guitar, but also because going through and editing recordings and clips is super-boring. When I have the time to sit with the laptop and edit recordings, I’ve been instead choosing to read back issues of Tape-Op or, lately, about boats and ships (re: day job). So it’s just been the perfect storm of letting DRD sit stagnant.
An illustration of all of this creative schizophrenia could be these two videos. Used to be, my life playlist consisted only of music sort of like the first video, by Squarepusher.

But lately I’ve had music more like the second video on much more often. In fact, I’ve pretty much been listening to Califone exclusively for weeks.

So the studio repainting takes place this weekend and the rehookup next week. I hope this process facilitates the return to actually making sounds, recording them, and making them available here. Stay tuned.

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  1. Wow. I can really relate to this post. I’ve also “been away” from my studio, largely due to my day job for the last six weeks. (though I actually work at my computer in my studio)

    I also make music turning knobs, patching modules, playing synths and programming drums and I also play guitar (mostly accoustic because my studio budget has been eaten by modules instead of an electric guitar) and I love to sing.

    I think it sometimes seems strange to others that I might go between producing minimal techno one day to writing a mournful folk song the next but I’ve never felt the two were mutually exclusive. I see it simply as two equally important (and enjoyable) forms of expression on a continuum of being my self in the world, even if, and maybe especially so, it is just me spending time alone in my studio.

    Life is dynamic. There is beauty in infinite myriad forms. I feel so grateful to be a person who can appreciate (and participate) in the breadth and depth of expression, particularly through sound and music. I expect your music collection is as eclectic as mine. 😉

    Anyway, just wanted to say I really enjoy your blog. Cant wait to get the new Squarepusher album and loking forward to digging into Califone’s catalog as well.


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