I'm really pleased to be able to feature a post today by a brilliant musician I've known in an around about manner for a few years, Jason Richardson who records under the name Bassling. this post is as much about his astounding knowledge of music and it's production as much as it is his choice for today, it's different to what we would normally feature but read it, listen and see what you think.
Does working from home disqualify me? Actually, I started a part-time job last week and walked into town to work on Friday.
Leeton is a small town about five hours drive inland in Southern New South Wales, the eastern-most state of Australia. Usually I don't listen to music because I share the road with B-double trucks with semi-trailers on my pushbike. And it's over in about six or seven minutes — Leeton only got its first set of traffic lights last year!
The other day though I was walking and feeling a spring in my step and mindful of magpies, who start swooping at the start of spring. These birds will fly at the back of your head and peck and scratch until you leave their territory. Regardless, the sun was beaming and I was whistling a tune I've had stuck in my head for about a fortnight. So let me tell you about the tune I was whistling, 'Les oiseaux dans la charmille'.
Normally I wouldn't have an opera song stuck in my head but this top blog put me onto it and it does things to me that music hasn't done for about a decade. It's worth reading the blog post because the story behind the performance adds a bit to your appreciation : www.analogindustries.com
The song is described as "one of the most difficult pieces of singing anyone can take on" and when you whistle along with it you can appreciate the skill required to deliver those notes. And what notes! I can barely whistle the top notes, let alone the intricacies of the melody as it grows richer through the verses. But fuck me it feels good.
There's an exuberance to that performance that really moves me. Those high notes bring happy tears to my eyes and the track lightens my mood. I've become a bit obsessed with it and spent a bit of time looking at different productions on YouTube, it's kinda fascinating to see how the interpretations vary.
*An interesting blog by an interesting musician. Bassling has been recording for a number of years and has just released his fourth album: for 100 years, a collection of songs built from samples taken at local parks and playgrounds: you can check it out below, along with a video submission for the Rodemic Rockumentary competition about the making of the album. He also rounds the brilliant Bassling Blogspot where you can find more music, along with his sonic experiments in field recording and DIY equipment.,