Quite a remarkable night last night.
Brother Bill and Mr Wizard have been doing some special teams training. Rosie & Mr Wizard worked for hours on a set list to minimise interruption in guitar change-overs.
The Weather Permitting Tour has brought back some songs-from-the-vault.
All these small changes lead to quite a wonderful outcome.
Mr Wizard played two of the best solo's I have heard him play in these last 11 years.
There was a point, during Hey Child, where I thought they were reading each others's minds.
That was way cool.
The Flow State. Yeah.
The Sydney Identity Project is on. yes.
We did our first filming test yesterday.
Testing our ideas has been a recurring process. We often go to considerable effort during the testing phase, to the point where you might be permitted to wonder if we're not doing the job, before doing the job.
Yesterday I learned a bit about the camera, the Monopod (great for the car, not great for the stable shots), the mic, and even the idea for the footage.
To do what we're doing means talk of permits, insurance, transport, logistics...
There's a lot of thought that makes doing it, possible.
I've been reaching out for my first interviews for the project. I'm not sure if anyone actually believes me lol!
ME: Hi, I'm Michael, from a local band, we're doing a project about Sydney and its identity, we'd like to do an interview with you about what you think the Sydney identity is, what is your Sydney identity, ...hello....hello?
Whilst that happens, I am gathering the imagery and other visual elements, so if you see Mr Wizard driving and Yours Truly on a camera being operated safely and legally from within the car, don't worry, it's not the Surveillance State, it's your friends in the stormcellar, taking a look at the world around them.
We're testing again tonight. Mr Wizard rightly points out this project might take a while. Album will be finished first.
Recharge batteries, pick next sequences to test. Night Filming. Yeah.
The Solidarity Choir are going to sing on one of the songs for SC11.
Thank you to Debra.
This is an excellent development.
This is a Decca tree.
Thank you to Mr L. for some guidance on process.
To quote Debra, we're winging it, with preparation.
Wish us luck.
Sc11 First Mixes are in.
Show on Friday Aug 8 , Native Rose, Rozelle
Big ups to Theo for arranging the percussion session.
No we are not putting an explosion at the end of Walk Into Your Heart.
This is why you don't leave the drummer by themselves in the studio
I'm experiencing the twin sensations of omg-we're-almost-done and OMFG-we're-not-done-yet.
Vocals for 'Minor Miracle' and Choir for 'Walk into your heart' are still outstanding.
Sometimes this feels like watching a glacier move....
Nothing for a while, then Icebergs.
Art is still underway for SC10. It's taking me a long time to find the right pic. (Sigh)
I tried a few pics with Google's Deep Dream.
When in doubt, ask the artificial intelligence.
Anyway. Not done yet.
As we get closer to finishing the audio components of the current stuff, the logistics, the artwork, the fiddly bits, we're almost ready to start the Video component.
Just as Safe Harbour (SC10) is the soundtrack to The 5D Project, and Beyond 5D (still in production), SC11 (Rogue State) will be the soundtrack for the Sydney Identity Project.
The Sydney Identity Project.
What is the Sydney Identity?
Are we still stuck on Tourism Australia, the Harbour Bridge, Ken Done and 1980?
That's what we'll be exploring.
SC11 is all about Sydney. Then and now. What does it mean to be from here?
What is The Sydney Identity?
We've been in pre-production for a while and it looks like we're starting filming next week.