Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Unknowingly Attaching Profound Personal Meaning

So you'll never hear much of my first ever album, because it's riddled with all sorts of quantization and mixing errors to the extent that it's basically unlistenable, and I don't even have the original files to do anything to fix it. Sometimes I consider remixing a few tracks, because there were lots of glimmers of really good ideas. Today I decided I should relearn the title track on keyboard because... well, quite frankly because I have other work I should be doing and that seemed like a great way to procrastinate.

An interesting thing happened though. I found that I was playing the chords to what is maybe my favourite piece of music from Marvin's Mittens. So I decided to check just how similar these two pieces of music were. It turns out that the most epic mountain climbing that happens in Marvin's Mittens is eerily similar to a piece of music I wrote many years ago that was supposed to reflect a tiny robot rising, against the odds, in a hot air balloon. So the nostalgia invoking soundtrack of Marvin's Mittens is directly invoking nostalgia for hopes and dreams I once had for music making, adding a poignant double meaning to a few musical phrases that took me over a year to consciously realize.

I like to think there are three morals to this story.

  1. Whatever brought you here up to this moment in your life, you should play Marvin's Mittens.
  2. Robots in hot air balloons would be awesome.
  3. The human brain is funny.

It wasn't too long after that first album that I made the music for Spin Crisis, which I just remixed into another five track set and posted on Bandcamp. Yeah, I've been digging through old stuff lately...