As you may already know, I have gone a little crazy during the pandemic and started buying small analogue electronic instruments, effects, and other gadgets. I also used them to make two albums, “Lockdown Spaces” and “Claustrophobic Universe”. I hope I will manage to make a third one with them as well, it’s already been planned for the end of this year.
Why am I telling you about it? Not necessarily because I want an excuse to take a photo *with* or maybe simply *of* my toys. Neither do I want to write about how much I love electronic music, because I’m sure you got a pretty good idea about it from the first Riverside “bonus tracks” or “Eye of the Soundscape”. Most importantly, it’s all about being inspired to create. Inspired not only by new sounds or events, but also by… shapes.
Objects, utensils, instruments enclosed in an untamed, strange, amusing form. The fact that the instruments are not standard, gave me the opportunity to create non-standard music. Somewhere in all of this, there is an analogy to the beginnings of Lunatic Soul, which also started from small instruments – a kalimba, a collection of sophisticated oriental percussion instruments, objects producing sounds in a truly non-obvious way.
Mind you, a non-standard approach might result not only in a refreshed formula, but also in the creation of a completely new project. The front door is safe. You can knock on it politely, turn the handle and say hello. Entering through the kitchen door, through the vent window or keyhole might be more difficult, but once you’re in, the feeling of satisfaction is that much more intense.
That’s why I have a lot of respect for the fact that the producers of analogue electronic devices seem to love miniatures. At least, owing to that, some artists at intermediate age can still enjoy playing with music, much like kids: full of delight, unaware of all the horrible things life has to offer, ignoring yawns, moans and giggles from outside of their sandpit. And that, I believe, in the world dominated by algorithms, diagrams, and statistics, is a very inspiring and desirable thing.
So have a good, inspiring day everyone!
P.S. There is an interesting book, which I have been recommending to everyone stuck in a rut. It’s called, “Whatever You Think, Think The Opposite”. My favourite fragment is the one with the picture showing the message “Don’t touch” written in braille.