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kids workshop, recording

Found sound

It’s been a busy day! This morning my husband and I were with a group of yr6 students. We were getting them to create soundscapes with sounds from a mix of natural and man made objects.

The kids had not used BandLab before but took to it Luke sucks to water. I like BandLab over GarageBand as it’s accessible to people on both Apple and Android and so is more inclusive. They made some great recordings and put together some really interesting soundscapes . We were really impressed with their engagement and focus, as well as the soundscapes they created.

After a lovely coffee in the sun with my husband, followed by the school run I managed to get some recordings of our beaten up discovery for one of my new songs. And now? Off to teach yoga 🧘‍♀️ 🙏

paper art, paper cut, recording

Sunny days and paper cuts

It’s been a great day. I spent the afternoon with the lovely one showing her how to use BandLab and helping her make a soundscapes of her half term holiday. We had a ball!

Then, after bedtime I’ve been working on a paper cut self portrait for one of my songs. It’s not quite right yet but I’m please with the progress. And now I can see the paper cut I can see what needs to change.

DIY musician, recording,

Black Crows

FINALLY! Out with the zoom and the #binaurals to record the birds and I got CROWS!!!

If you’ve ever listened to #DifferentTrains by #SteveReich you’ll be haunted by the second movement (Europe During The War) – it makes me weep every time. Ever since, crows have become a leitmotif of sorrow for me. It’s for my song, Look Away and it’s been a challenge to record all round. I’m so glad I’ve got the last piece of the jigsaw.

I also did some keys for another song. I’m at the so lose to the end it hurts stage of this body of works. My plans for mixing however were somewhat scuppered by the new kitten having a few accidents.😳😱

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Tick tock

Last night was one of those when you wake and your brain starts reminding you of everything you have to do, while also embellishing each with various disaster scenarios… and at the root of all of it is fear. Fear of not being good enough. So I lay there in the dark and rested my attention on my breath and no, I didn’t sleep, not for a long time, but I didn’t worry so much either so small steps, small wins. Had a chat with my best friend tonight, (she’s getting MARRIED!!!!!) – she turned me on to The #BulletJournal A few years ago and I’ve never looked back, she suggested I write them down and see if that helps…. good idea.

So today’s been hard, teaching double spin and aqua fit on 3 hours sleep is ugly! And tonight I’m not up to much so I’m working on the prototype shadow puppets for #Gaslight not tidy, not pretty but it works