Summer music

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This is my daughter at the fun fair last year.

We had a great gig in Bonn yesterday evening: small venue but had a cool atmosphere.
Due to the good feeling I had to get some ideas down on the old computer. Here is one.
It’s simply called Summer Groove:

THE MAKING OF STEVEN WILSON’S ‘DRIVE HOME’ VIDEO

I just can’t seem to get enough of Jess Cope and Steven Wilson – what a collaboration.

I just love the song and the animation!

Check out the making of the video for “Drive Home”

http://stevenwilsonhq.com/sw/the-making-of-steven-wilsons-drive-home-video/

Jess Cope and Steven Wilson’s “DRIVE HOME”

I’m a huge fan of Jess Cope’s animation work, especially the films she created for Steven Wilson’s songs. And with the release of “Drive Home” from The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)’, Steven Wilson’s third solo album, we are given another glimpse into her beautiful style of animation.

I must admit, her name was unknown to me prior to seeing The Raven That Refused To Sing video; however, since then I’ve been fascinated by her work, especially “The Astronomer’s Sun”.

Here is the “Drive Home” vid:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycYewhiaVBk

The images created by Hajo Mueller combined with her animation are mesmerising.

Prog rock has always been one of my passions, and it is a source of inspiration in much of what I do, especially writing.

I love the fact that Steven Wilson is upholding the flag of progressive rock. In my mind, he is taking elements from Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Steve Hackett, King Crimson, to name a few, and he’s giving us a delicate – and at times a more hard-edged – glimpse into a style of music penned by such bands.

Marrying challenging time signatures with thought provoking lyrics as well as writing and producing delicate ballads that are dynamically brilliant, his success is only just beginning.

 

 

New bass track

Here is a Sunday afternoon groove.

Enjoy

A bit of funk…

Here’s something I came up with on the NS/Stick.

https://soundcloud.com/phishi/f-for-funk

The NS/Stick is an 8-string stereo multi-mode instrument that was created by Emmett Chapman (creator of the Stick) and Ned Steinberger.

And here it is:

ns stick

Here is further info about the instrument:

http://www.stick.com/instruments/ns/

Taking a step into the past

Another beautiful day.

I was invited to friends who live in a wonderful little place known as Alt-Kaster, a fantastic village near the town of Bedburg.

Once you pass through the main gate, you’re transported into another time.
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Here is a photo of the main gate, the “Agatha-Tor”, which is a gateway to another world.

Leaving my car at the main entrance (you can only drive through the village if you live there), I strolled down main street to the church. Our friends live next to the church, a small cobble stone alley leads to the main entrance as you can see in the photo below. I think their house was once the former rectory house.

All of the houses are listed buildings. This is most likely the reason the local TV has used the village for filming.

As we sat outside, soaking up the sun, discussing the project, their cat joined us; however, he was soon drawn away to a nearby tree where the pigeons were cooing.

As you can see he’s a big fan of Peter Parker!
Don’t worry, no birds were caught during the making of this film. It was too hot for kitty, so he headed back to the cool shadows of Jürgen’s photo studio.
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Steffi and Jürgen have a fantastic house in the village. He is a professional photographer and has come up with some innovative ideas for photographing food.
Here are some examples from his BIG-FOOD-ART concept:

big food art

Check out his website: http://www.food-foto-koeln.de/
Enjoy

The shadows of symmetry

It was a scorcher today, and we found ourselves drifting along the Rhine looking for round stones for a school project for my daughter.

Passing under a bridge, I snapped an interesting view.

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