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.

Rushmore

I watched this film after a long time the other night and was so impressed again by how good it is.

I’ve been a fan of Wes Anderson since I first saw The Royal Tenenbaums a few years ago, and apart from one film I like all his work.

Revisiting the past

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?

Sutton Environmental Fair

I thought I’d posted about this before, and whilst clearing a load of magazines and paperwork I came across the programme.

I went to the Environmental fair at the end of August. I hadn’t been to it in a while, but it was just as good as I remembered. The fair is a relatively small event, but it is a local event and has a real character to it, which it hasn’t lost at all.

There were 3 stages and some really interesting acts played, from the larger traditional band type format, to solo musicians and people doing some fairly experimental stuff for a local event.

I was so glad that I went to this fair, it always feels good to support local events and the stages were all powered by solar energy too. I don’t think many events can make that claim.

I’ll have to make sure it is in my diary again for 2011.


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Bro Ar Men at Beyond the Border

I saw this band at Beyond the Border in the summer, and I really enjoyed them a lot. The guy playing the Mbira was a real character and really funny. He was also a great Mbira player amongst other instruments he played.

I wish I’d got their CD now.


More about beyond the border

Here are a few more posts about the Beyond the Border festival if you’re interested.

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Old tech

This is what I’ve been using to retrieve my old songs from often crumbling cassettes. Sadly it too is somewhat past it’s best and I’m not sure how much longer it will last.

I’m considering getting an old cassette 8 track. Probably not immediately, but in a while I think.


Some more about old multitracks

If you’re interested in old multitrack stuff then here’s a few more posts on the subject.