Some 8 years after the last time I amalgamated my music with Tom Kelly’s poetry I’m working on this new project. This time the “band” has a new member in photographer Peter Dixon and the project will work towards gallery multi media exhibitions. We have some interest for venues. The picture to the right is one of Peter’s that I’ve heavily cropped to place here. You can see more HERE
I had just returned from Jarrow where I had commissioned the building of a new powerful audio computer. (They used to build ships in Jarrow) I asked Tom if he perhaps had a new poetry collection that could get the WMDJ treatment and he had. I wanted to see if the how this would work out now that technology had moved on. In many ways it was now too easy to make soundscapes, and the creaky old equipment I used on Urban Grit was now retired ( example )
Over the years I have recorded many voices in oral remeniscence sessions, many of them relatives of mine. I started to add these to the work to supplement Toms poetry readings and it really worked and so the project was named Voices.
TECHNICAL NOTES I’m working with Cubase SL and Propellerheads Reason and now that my Akai sampler is retired I am using soft sampling mostly in Reason. Tom and I collaborate via email and I set up a scenario whereby Peter can email his pictures to Flickr which then get drawn into the WMDJ website.