The pace is picking up for the Anodize record and the project is in the studio on a daily basis now. Newly serviced synthesizers ARP 2600, Synthi AKS, Prophet 5 and Hartmann Neuron (among others) are all featuring in the production of the works for this forthcoming project.
An interesting side note is that it cost just as much in 2014 to refurbish the ARP 2600 as it did to purchase it (used) in 1978! But, it has been so worth it! The instrument sounds better now than it ever did – thanks to Phil! It took forever to get the instrument from him (and a hefty check) but it is now plugged-in and humming away. When I sent the Prophet out to L.A. for its refurb they immediately wanted to buy it – it is in exquisite condition as it has never been out of a recording studio. However, they were insufficiently persuasive.
As is the case generally with projects of this type, there is a mounting pile of tape and a developing heap of out-takes. These are making their way to ears (when they are “more” than “less” interesting), some of them going up at the Soundcloud page where they can be streamed and also downloaded.
A recent one that I am fond of (though it may not make the cut for the record) is Slow Rotation of Stars (a concept that has been on my mind a lot in terms of the slow precession of planets around the chart wheel – and how for the outer planets precession is often unbearably glacial). This track uses GRM’s very new Spaces VST plug-ins – highly recommended for spatializing audio and mix. If you want to know how I apply this approach to my own composing you can always just send me an email.
Those with studio experience know that a lot of goofing-off goes on during sessions and that this is often musical in nature and with the tape machine running. The recent track Little Wonders (Time Falls Away) is such an exploit.