Music Projects

 
 

As with many artistic endeavours, plans and structures are often the result of activity rather than the other way round. Hence, strategies and plans often transform themselves in the artistic process, and so it is rare that things are what they were originally intended to be. Indeed, sometimes there is just no plan at all. One starts, and sees what happens. Only later on things seem to take on a life of there own, and then moulded into some kind of shape and structure, until it becomes so kind of finished product: I work under musical guises; my own names for theatre, TV and Film; Cashmar, for music for relaxation and meditation; Lonely Traveller, for chillout beats.

My work for television and film, I would have to admit, I have very little idea about as far as the artistic process or input goes. In a post-modern consumer world, where speed and bottom lines have become an inherent part of production, music is plucked from the shelf and pasted in where it fits best and does the trick. My music is taken, either from on-line stores, or as in the past from music libraries, who neatly classify by style or genre, and then used by a surprising number all around the world; including some the great and good and even the BBC. I only find out about what it’s been used for and by who, when I get the royalties at the end, but it does make interesting reading!

Things are not always just so though. Particularly when working in collaboration with others, or  when working to assignment or request. My work for theatre requires coming in towards the end of the rehearsal stage, when most of the thinking and structuring phases are nearing completion. After some initial dialogue, it’s more or less trail and error. Sometimes, being lucky and getting it straight away, or as more often than not, having to go back again and try again or remould what you’ve already done. Once you’re on the right track though, it tends to follow more easily. Obviously, working with the same groups and people several times makes it easier to second guess what they are looking for. On occasions, no one really seems to know what they’re looking for, and you just need to stay cool and keep experimenting. The result being that often many ideas are simply forgotten about as quickly as they were thought of.






 

Ideas are simply forgotten as quickly as they were thought of.

Photo Lake Lugano 2015 by Rob G