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Meanderings, Music

Chicken or Egg

There are many words that we can use to describe our selves and the things that motivate our actions. From another persons perspective these can sometimes be seen as qualities or flaws. In a more humanitarian and compassionate approach to the human condition I stumbled across describing us as unique eccentricities. I like that. Eccentric no longer means that-old-cat-woman. It’s all of us honing in oh-so-carefully on our own developing world view. Of course the truth is that some of these qualities are self defeating and not exactly ideal. That’s not to say that they don’t serve a purpose for a time, but with some examination, we could probably do better. On a creative front my trust issues have rarely revealed their effects directly*. Okay so these aren’t major, toe curling, fetal position trust issues, but enough to have been self examined and worth adjusting.

The dusting of the proverbial cobwebs initiated two major events which in turn led to the start of a new musical project. They may not be entirely major in everyone’s eyes, but enough to elicit a creative response none the less. Chicken or Egg is an idea that’s been floating around my brain for a couple of years. Why I couldn’t start it was because there were certain areas left unexamined but now, it feels okay and even great to cover some favorite tracks.

Enmore Audio was the second event which has been in the works as a private / commercial recording studio for almost three years. The first stage is complete and I’m faced with the possibility of working with new talent on  fairly regular basis. Amazing. The studio means that Circle can comfortably and in a timely fashion, take on new projects and make new music; the covers being the first off the rank.

So really just a diary update on things and how I’m feeling. Not as cynical as you may enjoy but hey, this is for me after all.

*Though I’m sure they do. Fuck, it’s probably the reason I can’t write a hit song. Either that or I’m just not a hit song kind of guy.

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Enmore Audio

I’d like to direct everyone’s attention to the new Enmore Audio blog. The goal is a self contained creative project environment without any specific commercial goals. It will be a project by project based workflow not specifically motivated by cash flow. By association and invitation to the recording studio. We’ll see says the guy who wants another 12 $5000 compressors… and yes it’s another australian studio so there you have it.

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Meanderings, Music

Consumed = :) / :(

Monday Records and the Happy gigs are the reason I have been completely and utterly consumed of late. No wit, no humor, no anecdotes or tales of lust, love, loss, et al … So Monday Records can become the subject at hand. Happy. Be there. While in my spare time I have been finding ways of developing the new blog design program, I had to shelve it for the time being. Sad I know.

I should add that this started as my main blog, my launch pad for all other creativity and ingenuity in the blog-o-sphere but necessity rules and it has become an ugly shell and I hate  my recent blogs and I’m tired plus my spelling really sucks when I’m not happy.

I enjoyed Juno recently. I felt cool when they mentioned McSweeney’s. That is all.

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Meanderings, Music

Water Sale – 25K Damage at Monday Records

I’m going to hazard a medical analogy. If a flooded house is like a heart attack you survive then rising damp is like a growth you don’t notice until it smells… What the hell am I talking about? Well folks, Monday Records stores it’s CD stock under my house. Opanoni Stamps & Coins, EGBDF, Circle Just Keep Swimming and the Xmas Omas digi-packs and it would seem that over the past few months, they’ve slowly but surely been accumulating moisture, one micro-milliliter at a time and growing very, very slowly. The damage? About 1200 full length CD’s with a retail value of around $25,000. No, they weren’t insured. As if it wasn’t hard enough running an indie label! [long exhale]…

I’ve heard the term fire sale a million times. Signs in windows, ads in the paper, flyers. At least once a month somewhere or other someone is having a fire sale. I always thought it just meant ‘super-urgent-we’re-going-broke’ sale. But no, it actually means ‘we’ve-just-had-a-fire-and-everything-is-shit-or-smells-or-both-so-come-buy-it-cheap’ sale. Wow! I’m so glad I finally worked that one out. Funny how there are all these little bits of info that for one reason or another you never quite learn. Your paths, your millions of decisions in the hundreds of days you’ve been alive have collectively avoided teaching you that one little thing. The meaning of a word, the capital city of a really important country, a person famous for something very important and then less obvious things like a certain author or book, an artist or musician and things like the fire sale. You can’t know it all, but you certainly do come across people from time to time who seem to know a hell of a lot. I have personally never met someone who explained the term fire sale or more importantly rising damp.

Enter my free water sale. For the next few weeks we’ll be putting piles of water logged CD’s out the front of 29 Liberty St Enmore for people to come along and rescue. I think the CD’s inside are okay but I can’t be sure. I can’t really bring myself to open them up. Swing past anytime.

The picture I included is of a pile of about 150 copies of Xmas Omas. They’ve melted into each other and become one large gluey digi-pack brick. I’m trying to eat it to absorb it’s energy and become a superhero.

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Anna Ballantine

We’re lucky enough to have found a new helper friend by way of one Anna Ballantine. If there’s one thing I hate more than paying taxes it’s booking gigs. I had this chat with a friend once about people who have it made and get tax returns when they do their tax returns. Yes that does make sense; read it twice. Actually, they’re not called tax returns at all. They’re called Tax Assessments! The language changed because most people who’s bosses are collecting taxes on their behalf actually get a ‘return’ come tax time. The new GST system meant that bosses could now sub contract instead of employing and although this was in effect turning a million working into micro businesses, so few of them actually saw it that way. What does any of this have to do with Monday Records’ newest recruit? Nothing, well except that she doesn’t get paid very much. We do things old school around here. So welcome Anna with warm and open arms. Anna loves new music, design and all things creative so we’re sure we’re giong to get on just fine!

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Circle's Uke Chord Chart
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Uke Chords

I’ve owned a Jim Williams Uke for about two years and can probably pull three chords off it. I love this thing. The look, feel and tone are all amazing. I decided last week that list item 42 – PRINT A UKE CHORD CHART – was well overdue. It’s now on my wall and all I’ve to do is sit and play… I do have a lot to say about the ukelele so please consider this post open.

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Yellow Sky

About four weeks ago I proposed a creative project between myself and two other Circle band members (Dan and Richard). The idea was to launch a digital three track micro EP around the concept of passing a track between us; several times if need be. The subtle and not so subtle limitations* would be the cornerstone to some very tasty results. That was the idea anyway. I’ve rarely worked with other people’s material and did not foresee being drawn in to the emotional landscape of the work in such a way. Being a producer or engineer of other people’s material is not so different from designing a postcard or catalogue for someone, something I did for many years at work… Yet somehow it feels different. I’m coming up with theories and notions and I’m not sure how real they are or how relevant they are. A song, is an idea. It’s looking for a home. A producer’s role to find it’s home. Bricks, pickets, garden, trees. In order to do that should one be void of all connections or completely immersed in the needs, wants and desires? I was accused recently of not giving the music the same treatment and opportunities I gave my business. I am often found accusing DPM staff of not being connected emotionally or intuitively enough to the work in the building. Enough said. Except that the track I’m working on is called Yellow Sky. It’s way off yet but she did finally reveal herself this evening. Those are the moments I wait for all my life.

*while Richard and I have DAWs, Dan has a glorious 4 track.

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