So, I disappeared for a while, but I thought I'd update to let you know I'm still here and still doing my thing.
So, what's been happening? Well, the Cymophane album came out in March last year and that was great and I'm still really really pleased with it. It's still out there on Bandcamp etc, obviously, and is getting a slow but steady stream of interest, so that's good. I hope everyone has been enjoying it. I'm very happy with this Bandcamp "pay-what-you-want" sales model as all I ever wanted is for people to hear what I make, no strings or enforced financial constraints attached. I'm always open to physical releases but I don't have the time, funds or impetus to do that myself. Whether that's anymore self made CDrs (so very 10 years ago that) or plowing loads of money into releasing manufactured CDs or Vinyl. There's not enough interest in what I do to make that financially viable so FLAC/MP3 downloads via Bandcamp works out perfectly. That being said, if ever a suitable label wanted to get involved with releasing anything I do physically and have enough promotional clout to shift said records/CDs, then brilliant!
Talking of physical releases of my music, the Gnod "InGnodWeTrust" LP reissue came out with the bonus CD of remixes, which included the Pupilar remix, and sold out immediately. I think Gnod took them on tour in Europe with them last year and sold them all before they got back to the UK. You can stream the remix I did via the Pupilar bandcamp page and I know Rocket have the remixes up for sale on iTunes, I'm trying to nag them into putting them up for sale on their Bandcamp, but we'll see what happens.
So yeah, that all happened before May last year and I started working on new Pupilar material for the Ekca Liena split, then the weather got good and I realised I'd been spending far too much time locked in my room making music for the last two years or something so I decided to have a break for a while and enjoy my other interests and passions. I really really needed a break, basically. So around Xmas, refreshed and having accomplished a bunch of important non-music related things, I fired up my DAW and got back into the new Pupilar material.
Now it's 2013, things are ticking along again and new Pupilar is being produced. I'm taking my time on this one, Cymophane near killed me and since I achieved so much with that release the personal pressure is now off and I can just chill and let things happen when they happen. My music on my terms in my time. My half of the Ekca Liena split is coming along really nicely though, it's looking to be a big one, either as one piece or divided up into several. It's going to be over 20-25 minutes long and be pretty epic in scope, incorporating pretty much everything I've ever done with Pupilar over the last 10 years. I've also bought some new field recording gear and that's going to be with me the next couple of months hopefully capturing some really interesting sounds and textures to add to this new music. So yes, new music is coming along well and I'll keep playing with it over the next few months with hopefully a release at some point in the summer. Who knows what after that, but I'm feeling the urge to do some remixes for people again so I'll look into that at some point soon too.
That's it really; time spent in contemplation and meditation was time well spent and I'm feeling relaxed and positive about making new music this year. I decided to change a few things regarding the way I do promotion though, notably that I've simplified my social media outlets somewhat. Google+ and Facebook pages are now gone (the former as no one seems to use it and the latter as I couldn't stand using it) and I've moved all of my outpourings to Twitter, which I quite enjoy using. Follow me if you are interested in the occasional minor Pupilar/Cymophane update, music/film recommendations and me ranting about science, technology and politics from time to time. Twitter will be a catch-all for my general brain activity but if that's too much and you just want to hear about what music I'm producing then all important updates about that will still come via this blog, which you can check or subscribe to at your leisure.
As mentioned above, I'm not personally going to produce physical releases for Pupilar or any of my other projects anymore. It's 2013 and I only purchase FLAC and vinyl now so I'm not going to spend my own time making CDrs. That being said, I still have a couple of copies of Pupilar "Bark Black, Weeping Tip" CDrs in a box which are up for sale on Discogs (and Bandcamp when I get round to it), so if anyone wants a copy, you can grab one of the final ever copies from there. And the other decision I have made is that I am officially retiring from live performances. I never did very many and even though a few of those gigs I did really enjoy, it's a great deal of effort for little personal reward. I'd rather concentrate my time, energy and finances on producing new music. That's my passion, as a producer not as a performer.
Ok, that's it. If you read all that, well done, happy 2013 (so far) and I look forward to sending new Pupilar out into the big wide world later this year!