Back from Italy

I’ve just got back from being in Italy for a week. It was wonderful. I haven’t been to Italy in quite a few years and I’ve never been to Rome or Sorrento before, so it was great to see new places.

I really enjoyed Rome and I did loads of tourist type stuff as you’d expect, but I really enjoyed just walking around the city and looking at it and it’s people. For late October the weather was great although there was a little rain at times it was was completely bearable.

I also visited Sorrento, and of course went to Pompeii and Vesuvius too. Great experiences both which I’d thoroughly recommend. I’ll be posting some more pictures and thoughts on my trip over the next few days I guess. For now I’ve got to get myself used to the UK weather again, which was a bit of a shock.

Better left alone

Over the last year I’ve been trying to get in touch with people I’ve lost contact with for a number of years, in fact, some people who I haven’t been in touch with for a lot longer.

It was interesting to find that tracking people down was surprisingly easy. With sites like twitter and facebook you can find people very easily indeed. That was the simple part. The hard part was meeting, or in some cases not meeting, them again.

On the whole old friends were really happy to hear from me. However, after that it was a different story, and one that I’m not sure I really understand at all.

Revisiting the past

Fostex 4-Track

Having spent a lot of time listening to my old material it has made me wonder whether I should re-work some of it. The sad thing is that much of the material was recorded using a fairly beaten up old X15 four track recorder and included multiple tape bounces which never adds much but noise.

I’m sure I could do a better job now, but is it healthy to go backwards like that?

I’m not sure at the moment. It all needs a bit more thought.

So many projects

And so many of them only half completed. Going through all my old tapes uncovered so many unfinished pieces. Projects started either on my own or with friends that never got off the ground.

Listening to some of them brought back good memories. Listening to others made me wonder what the hell I was thinking when I record them, and others still I had no recollection of whatsoever.

Whilst in many ways it is interesting to hear all this stuff, I’ve dumped probably in the region of 70% of the material I’ve made over the years and I’m still not sure about some of the stuff I’ve kept.

It has made me want to take a few of these old projects forward again, and perhaps that’s a good thing. Time will tell. Hopefully in a few years when I’m going through a similar process of review I won’t have the same experience. Who knows?