09. April 2021
Last summer I started thinking about making a short movie. The idea was vague - the only thing in my head was a drive to express myself in the form of a movie. Simple. I realised that in some way in my concept album, "Pax Victoria", I had perhaps desired this kind of expression too, as it was a story with characters, music and a distinct mood. But for "Pax Victoria" I didn't have the bigger picture clear to me at the beginning. I started it with only immature ideas (more than anything musical...
07. March 2021
With every decision we make, we are pushing something forward in the world, small or large. I'm talking about the idea of carrying a torch in relation to music in this post but you could apply the metaphor to any aspect of your life - what you eat, what you wear, what kinds of jokes you make, etc. I am starting to understand that my need to write music is the carrying of a torch. The torch is a burning flame combining everything I love - the dreamy, dark chord world of Janacek and Schumann, the...
22. January 2021
Excerpted from: "Human Trafficking in the United States From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia “Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery, with illegal smuggling and trading of people (including minors), for forced labor or sexual exploitation. ... California: A significant leak in 2020 gave authorities the opportunity to shut down a fairly large limb of the trafficking operation located between Tecate and Campo, when a sketched map was left anonymously by a woman at a gas station in...
08. January 2021
5am: Thursday - Victoria When I came to, there was a stench and my shirt was soaked in sweat - fear filled the car, the salt from my tears drained into the gag cutting across my face. Memories of the past couple of hours slowly started to return. I had followed Alex out to the desert but for the first time he noticed. I hadn't trailed far enough behind - I wasn't careful enough and he caught me. But he didn't just "catch" me - he tied me up and gagged me - roughly, in a fury. He yelled at me....
11. November 2020
7am: Friday Bus 262 slithers across wet, curved roads. Lining the road outside its window, the shuddering Eucalyptus trees gulp the rain thirstily. The grey, shrouded sky offers no promise of change on this Friday morning at 7am. The bus is crowded, wet, and stuffy, filled with out-of-sorts people annoyed with the rain. Spilled coffee leaks down the centre aisle. Slowly, the winding roads are replaced by straight thoroughfares, and the trees exchanged for houses, then large buildings. Finally...
17. October 2020
7am: Tuesday Bus 262 slithers along hot curved roads. The Eucalyptus trees are fragrant and the blue skies are tainted with white smog on this Tuesday summer morning. Only 7am and the temperature suggests a bathing suit and a long day at the beach. Inside the bus it's packed, but at least air-conditioned. The business men and women wear their summer outfits, hardly different from their winter outfits, as they head to their air-conditioned offices. A tired baby howls. Its attentive mother tries...
12. September 2020
7am: Friday Bus 262 slithers curved roads, determinately making its way to the city. The roads are lined with Eucalyptus trees on both sides, birds are chirping. There are blue skies, the sun is just coming up and the temperature calls for a light jacket at 7am on this Friday. If you would zoom in on the woods, you would see countless dog-walkers and joggers enjoying a morning outing. You would see wild bunnies and maybe even a fox or two. Inside the bus it's full but only 3 people have to...
03. September 2020
I wrote a blog post. Then I wrote another one. They bored me to tears. Then I wrote the opening to a third blog post. Same. Meanwhile my imagination was brewing about Victoria, the protagonist of my album story. Ever since I conceptualised this project I have been excited to write about Victoria's passions and struggles. I feel her when I write the music and when I sing the songs. I feel her so close that it's been hard to get perspective to write a story. But... Finally it started flowing - an...
24. July 2020
For the past 6 months an album has been coming together and it has developed from a handful of demos into a full-fledged concept album, promising innovative trailers and experimental songs. The album is divided into five "stages" as the protagonist, Victoria, moves through different experiences. The stages are, in order, "Contentment", "Love", "Love disappears", "Revolution" and "Imprisonment". Talented crime fiction, noir and freelance writers such as Paul D. Brazill, Jim Shaffer, Mark...
14. July 2020
I have said before that I think we are always going through phases and, being in the midst of a big project (my album), I started thinking about how very different it is to work on a big project versus a small one. In all reality a big project is a compilation of smaller ones - a book is made up of chapters, a computer program is made up of different parts and an album is made up of songs. But the fact that these smaller parts intimately relate and rely on one another to achieve coherence and...

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