My blog writing has allowed me to look more closely at my output by putting focus on things that matter to me in terms of my musical/sound output. It’s safe to say that blog-writing has become an essential part of my development: it helps ideas come to light, questions my communication and brings some sort of cohesion to all of my efforts. It is also a wonderful way to talk to people about what is going on behind the ideas and has made me more accessible as a result.
However, there still seemed to be a lack of focus as my ideas are still scattered throughout various blog posts and throughout the work on these pages. So, to remedy this I thought I would take a shot at writing an artist statement. This condenses what I am currently about into a short piece of informal writing to enable people whom I approach, or approach me, to understand where I am coming from. Writing an artist statement has been quite therapeutic for me, much in the same way as writing these blog posts, and I hope it does provoke any kind of collaboration, interest or critical questioning to help me develop further.
As a ‘found sound’ explorer, synthesizer knob-twiddler and guitarist, I create works with sound and music that deal with the issues of elitism in music and art, artistic communication, and atmospheric escapism. While my output may vary in delivery, variations on these themes, in collaboration with other ideas, underpin all of my work.
Sound, in general, is a wonderfully honest medium, although music can wrap itself up in symbolism that not everyone can understand and therefore be a very bad communicator. Also, music can be manipulated to conform to the wishes of business or the needs of musicians and fans to enable them to become more socially acceptable. These factors seem to distort the intended messages, so it is my wish to create experiences that anybody can find relevant to themselves. Alongside these ideals, I aim to create work that immerses an audience in a luxurious escapism. However, rather than it being a method of running away from life, I believe that escapism should provide us with opportunities to recharge our batteries and refresh our minds so that we may be open to improving our lives as well as those of others.
I am generally inspired by my surroundings that show how people are dishonest with themselves and others. I believe that this dishonesty brings about misconception and can lead us to making bad decisions based on emotion and not fact. I find these actions immensely frustrating and I see my work into this area as an outlet to relieve this frustration by communicating my ideals to people.