Professor Watkins Remembers… new style-squashing track on Soundcloud

Here it is, a new track with a new sound and perhaps direction, but quite distinctly my work. With Three Empaths I began doodling with emulated drum machines and sequencers – with sincere awe and admiration for the very few in the 80´s and 90´s
that managed to make good use of it, and indifference to the countless that could not or would not. I think one barely conscious decision I made were to question “what if” –
what if I applied pressure, tension – plugged it directly and virginally in the mains and
let them rip. The Professor – is a little meditation on barely making the surface of communication, when I read the novel “A briefing for a descent into hell” by  Doris Lessing
for the first time, it reminded me of the exploits of necromancers and spiritists cajoling and
hauling the spirits back to our earth to answer trivial and piffle question, where oh where did dear old uncle Alexander bury the golden watch before he died, and was he faithful to Doris, and so forth. Except the protagonist is a person who has on the surface of things lost his mind and appear unable to interact with anything outside of his feverish introverted imagination; he´s the spirit, and we are made to sympathise with his resistance to the call of the real.

So you´re in a club and you believe you hear a repetitive churn of synthetic for-lack-of-a-better-word dance music; it´s the pall of whitened walls and unpleasantly bright electric light, everyone is wearing white, the air smells of strong antiseptic, generic lavender soap.
But through minute gaps of the reel an even brighter light shines in, twisting, turning, distorting the fabric of the bleak and common scene. Revealing the seams and fixes from
the cutting board, incomplete. I intended a more straightforward cut, I got reeled in, it took
a whole lot more time to “think” this process and translate it into a continuity of sound and
sense. Still a work-in-progress. Wife said the germans would like it. Compared it to krautrock, i.e. Can. I´m not sure I would, for very many reasons, none detrimental to Can.

 

 

I finally decided to renew my account at Soundcloud . It does not quite look and feel like it used to do for users of the service, but it still cut it after a lot of thinking on my part.

The project/ Work in Progress bin is full, figuratively, practically speaking I have a whole lot of minutes, hours, to fill – if that should be my fancy. I should test the quality and feel of most of it, don´t be surprised if tracks will begin to disappear and appear quite different from the originals. For now most of the tracks is still there.

 

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