i spent last week at metal in liverpool, taking part in a lab with with eight other artists. it was an intense and brilliant week. wonderful people and a wonderful city.
one of the highlights was spending some time playing in the old accumulator tower at metal. this is a dream space for me with all it’s reverb and atmosphere. made all the more crazy by the fact that the metal building is part of edge hill station, the world’s oldest passenger railway station still in use.
these songs were written and recorded in that tower on wednesday 27th and thursday 28th november 2013. i fell in love with making noise again in the cold and in the dark, trains flying past me and artists working in the next room. i had a fucking fabulous time and i remembered what music gives me, and for that i will be eternally grateful…
"One way to avoid killing your heart is to decide that you will spend your whole life growing up. I am not saying you should aspire to the maturity level of the characters in Hot Tub Time Machine; I am suggesting we resist a life that looks, in line-graph form, like it goes up and up and up and then it stops, and then it levels out, and then it stays on that flat plane until death. I hope to live a life that goes up and up and up until the end, with the inevitable dip here and there. I hope to continue to learn and change."
"the biggest problem i had with the tent was… the illicit sex thing… people ringing me up and saying, ‘why’ve you put my name on your tent? …you shouldn’t have done that.’ and i said, ‘well, you shouldn’t have fucked me then, should you?’"
(pre-tory) tracey emin on the south bank show, 2001
"When the ease and readiness of electronic instruments and computers take over creativity, that’s when you get that empty, repetitive, and mechanical sound. There are certain frequencies that you have to isolate to tweak the nerve endings in people’s bodies."