New music: Innocence 2010

I spent much of this weekend re-writing an old tune of mine from some ten years ago – perhaps more.  Yes, the song was originally written for a girl (I thought I was *so* romantic!), and that relationship never came to anything.  While I was working on this new version, I was thinking about what I would tell my ten-years-younger self, given the opportunity?  Would I actively help him make sense of everything he’s seeing, thinking and feeling?  Would I just listen?  Or would I perhaps just say the simple words “it gets better”?

Innocence 2010 by Abstractnoise (MP3)

Innocence 2010 by Abstractnoise (HQ AIFF)

In taking on the re-write, my main aim was to attempt to get to know a combination of music software on my mac,  so the whole thing was produced in Reaper (a nice MIDI/Audio sequencer), FreeAlpha (making most of the sounds heard in the track) and SampleTank 2.5 (which provides the 808-a-like snare and hats, and the mellotron which I absolutely adore!).

For those who remember it, I hope I’ve added to the story without losing too much of the slightly childish, simplistic feel  of the original.  Ten years is a lot of life and musical experience…

Coming up: Jarre 101010 – Live at the O2 London and online

Really looking forward to this concert – and interesting to see that things are happening online too, with “something special” or “something strange” happening on the night depending on which source you read/watch.

Having been to the Docklands concert back in 1988, I’m really interested to hear how his live music performance has progressed since those days, as well as how his use of the visual arts has progressed. My ultimate question will be… does technology help or hinder the artist?

Well, the tour page of his website is here, if you’d like to follow the action!