Friends, I hope this update finds you well!
Where am I, where are we? Well, in all honesty, I’m on a summer vacation on the croatian seaside. It’s really lovely out here – a lot of sun, lots of swimming in the (very warm and clear) sea, staying in the house very close to the beach but still near the tiny forest with many birds – kinda overwhelmingly idilic. And … I have brought work with me. That’s not a very smart move, but I really wanted to finish the Albatross project – the EP and the video. And it goes hand in hand with a really strong desire of mine to pick up on speed via patronage using Patreon. Thus, my days are a mixture of swimming time with our dog in the mornings and evenings – when the sun is not scorchingly hot, then cooking tasty veggies, sometimes mussels and fish for friends and family, and sifting through video material, corresponding via email with my little helpers like an illustrator from Pittsburg, a designer from Zagreb and a mastering engineer from Ljubljana, and, uh, writing Patreon updates. :)
So, developments since last week:
Masters are done! Igor (good friend and awesome sound engineer and producer also known as BeatMyth) has uploaded finished mastered tracks and they sound great! At least on my poor old hi-fi here and a phone sound-box. I will be uploading them to Bandcamp tonight and he will prepare the CD-master which will go in duplication into a small run of about 50 CDRs.
I’m also at the end of (remote) creative process with the illustrator who is working on cover art. Our Kamizdat designer Tina Ivezić is ready (also in her summer [working] residency on the, yes, you guessed it, Croatian seaside!) to transform the illustration into finished design for the webcover and CD packaging.
I think the packaging if the CDR will be something special. It’s basicaly a simple wrap of the CD into a piece of a harder paper, but it’s done in a slightly more clever and rarely-seen way. Just wait for it.
And then the video, oh, the video! I’m so slow with getting it done, but it’s getting there. It’s getting there! I’m now on the crossroads to decide to edit it onto a faster, uptempo, longer and repetitive track (that was the idea until now), or on top of a shorter, but emotional and more dynamic one (seems like a better idea now). And this has to be finished very soon. It will be finished soon! Keep fingers crossed for me. :) You can see a short excerpt with very raw editing here above!
Until next week, which will be final update before the release and quite surely packed with some early access goodies!
Thank you for your support, friends & patrons!
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Midst a lot of very urgent work, what does the serial procrastinator do? Creates something that is not THAT urgent to do. A videožurnal (video journal) episode, and posts it to his Patreon page!
I’ve read Amanda Palmer’s book The Art of Asking. You know she’s the most successful music artist on Patreon? Her book is a lot about her life, where’s she’s coming from and it becomes pretty clear how she ended up where she did. I have notes & quotes from reading it. And it is quite inspirational and up-to-date with exactly what’s happening now – you know: twitter, crowdfunding, kickstarter, patreon, relationship-based “economy/marketing” aka your fans are your friends etc. In this context I will reflect on this year by the end of the month too.
The end of november didn’t bring another music video/release, although I was planning it. I had a concept, I had a loose synopsis for the video, I had ideas for remixes/edits, but didn’t have anough time or stamina to push it through in time. I’m learning to accept the tempo I’m working in. And I’m happy for any cheers on this path, honestly!
Along with the plan of finding a way to conitiuously offer an insight to my studio & work, here comes another timelapse video-journal, backed-up with an older track from an album released in 2004 (Z. Spavatsky: d0).
Please enjoy. It’s a december gift to you, my friends.
Last week or two were pretty intense work-wise. But most of things went through pretty smoothly, so I’m quite happy about it. A sense of achievement is somewhere around here…, present. And that’s good. Despite the cold.
For a while now I’ve been trying different things to find a way to update my patrons on the inner workings of what I create. You know, the “frequent studio updates”. When I quietly started Patreon campaign at the beginning of the year I had many ideas how to do these updates, and I shot and edited various videos, but mostly disliked them as somewhat inauthentic. ( Yes, we can discuss authenticity online, narcissism and all youtube-culture problems! :) )
However, today I’m happy to share with my patrons an issue of so called ‘work-journal’, mostly timelapse material edited with music and annotations. I stand behind it, it feels right. It feels honest. I hope it gives you a bit of a (week-long) view of my studio and different work environments I’m creating in: a club, a theatre hall, a studio.
The writing below used to be a synopsis for a some kind of vlog progress report about how the Turns Me On video was made. To be honest, I recorded the talk but didn’t like it, but since it actually detailed in a brief way the process I converted it into a blog post.
The idea of this post is to give a peek at the behind the scenes ideas and mechanics that lead to the way the Turns Me On video turned out.
At the initial brainstorming the basic problem in that early stage seemed to be this question: does a video for a track about sexual excitement really needs hypersexualized images of women in any way? I really wanted to turn this stereotype on its head somehow and first had the idea to go to clothes shops with a friend, a young male actor, and take skirts, high heels, sexy tights and other women’s clothes, go to changing rooms and have another friend shoot him trying things on. But I was already getting late with finishing the main track, not to mention I wanted to make remixes and so on. So the video was on hold all this time as I was working on music and I felt I need a more flexible plan. And, you know, the need for flexibilty usually translates into kinda do-it-yourself quick guerilla work. At least with me.
This a patreon-only post. It’s a preview of a music release that will be out next week (monday, 29. February) and will include a video for album version of Recursion track and an EP including three tracks: apart from album version also a ‘Slopstick remix’ and ‘Extended Club Dub’. Please do not share this work yet, it need some finishing touches. Everything will be free to download share at the end.
This is a work in progress but close to very final. The following two audio tracks need some touches in mix and mastering.
Video needs some corrections in titles (thank you my patrons!) and few of the transitions and shots corrected, but this is mainly it.