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Haunted House Music: introduction

December 5, 2007

I’m happy because my album, The Spirit Salon now has a face, following a serious photoshoot and a bit of design. The photos that were taken for the album cover, funnily enough, are much more “produced” than the music itself is. The photography was done in a studio. The music was recorded at home… at my home, mostly, with an honourable mention to The Manning House, as shown in the picture below.

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Practically, financially, it makes sense to work at home. And I also believe that recordings should, on some level, sound like the space in which they were made (because rooms have voices, and these voices might as well contribute to the recording) — and of course the home, being a permeable sound-space and a container of audible memories, is likely to have a far richer voice than a recording studio.

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And home-recording causes something else to happen — when the home is made to double as a workplace, domesticity gets conceptually transformed.

Whatever the occasion, I like being at home. I’m not a very good traveler, and staying in seems to be a good means of remaining unobtrusive — a quality which for me seems to have increasingly become an aesthetic principle of sorts. The idea that, being an Englishperson who uprooted and moved across continents, I might appear to be some type of cosmopolitan, is just one of those peculiar jokes that I can’t really explain.

The Spirit Salon is very much about domesticity, but it’s also about haunting. The means that the the home-as-soundscape is enormous and ultra-permeable, opening its little contained self up to channel voices from unexpected times and places. That’s what singing means, by the way.

In the next couple of weeks I”m going to be making a series of posts that will function as a room-by-room guide to the sound of houses, as recorded (literally or imaginatively) in music, literature, philosophy… and memory.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Heather permalink
    December 6, 2007 4:38 am

    Will your album be in stores?

  2. December 7, 2007 1:03 am

    I very much hope so! Obviously it depends on the taste and quality of the store in question…

  3. Heather permalink
    December 7, 2007 6:44 pm

    I think I’ll feel weird going into a store and buying your album like you’re some stranger. haha. If you go on tour, make sure to hit up detroit. As you know, we have a huge experimental music scene. People are doing all kinds of crazy things down here!

  4. December 9, 2007 2:54 am

    I can’t find your album. How?

  5. December 9, 2007 5:18 pm

    Because it’s not been manufactured yet — patience!!! I think we’re expecting around March to be the release time…

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