My Tibetan Singing Bowls Virtual Instrument for Kontakt is now available at Loot Audio https://www.lootaudio.com/category/kontakt-instruments/mikedunn/singing-bowls
I am three and a half minutes into Part 4 of my Tenth Digitiphony (A Quantum Mass). Due to all sorts of outside factors my Digitiphonic progress has been painfully slow this year. I can just about see the endpoint now, but it will be at least 2021 before I finish and release this
I am two minutes into Part 4 of my Tenth Digitiphony. Increasingly I am thinking there will be 5 parts, but I am still not totally sure.
Many years ago, aged 19, I wrote a song in which I looked back to being 17, which seemed, then, a lifetime before. Yet today, I look back to being 19 and it seems just the other week, even though, believe me it's a LOT longer than that. The song was called 'Nowhere' and was written for the first and only album released, on vinyl, by the band I was a part of then ('In Order of Appearance' by The Cast - 1981 https://www.discogs.com/The-Cast-In-Order-Of-Appearance/release/6099439 ) Together with Mella, the wonderful, musically empathetic singer I met last year, I made a remake, as in the original the instrumentation was just piano, but I added a violin part. Together with one of my old managers, Jennie Beaumont and some very cool helpers in Leeds, we also made a video. Here is the result
It has been slow, meticulous work but I have finished Part 3 of my Tenth Digitiphony (A Quantum Mass). I am starting to see an overall structure for it, perhaps it will consist of 5 movements, so perhaps I am more than half way through the entire work.
I have now written and recorded about three minutes of Digitiphony 10 Part 3 (A Quantum Mass) which is probably about half way through this Movement, though maybe it will end up longer. Like all my Digitiphonies it has developed a life of its own, and I can't predict anything.
Today the single version of Le Rêve de La Vie is released at iTunes, Spotify etc
I hope everyone is doing OK in these weird times. I am OK but managed to pick up an infection in my leg which stopped me functioning for a while, also I have been sorting out a way of streaming music sessions to my clients, as I can no longer see them in person due to the Pandemic, which has taken a fair amount of sorting out. Slowly I am getting back to working on my Tenth Digitiphony. I count my blessings and I feel for those who have lost all of their work and for those who have lost loved ones. Now is not an easy time. Be safe everyone, live each day and be aware of the good things you have in your life and treasure them.
I hope that all of you reading this are doing OK, whether you are self isolating, on the front line as a care worker, doctor or nurse, or just plain worried, trying to get through each day of this weird new life. We all have our ways of getting through hard times - music is a great way, as is humour and expression of love and empathy, both for yourself and others. One of my ways, of course, is making music, and when Mella sent me this amazing picture that was an out-take from when she sang Le Rêve de La Vie for the video, it inspired me to make a shortened remix with just her singing section, so I could us the is picture as the artwork.
The track will be released on streaming sites etc soon, but for now you can get a copy at Bandcamp - https://mldunn.bandcamp.com/track/le-r-ve-de-la-vie-single-version-feat-mella I have also made a new video for it, different to the longer version - that plays on the fact that Mella looks remarkably like a Pre-Raphelite Muse in the picture (think 'Ophelia' by Millais). I had no idea when Mella sang this a few months ago that in such a short time life really would become like a dream. Take care everyone, keep smiling. And keep washing those hands :-) Here is the video -
'Spirithaesia' - my 5 minute music meditation, is released today on Apple, Spotify, Amazon etc and also for the first time can be bought as an uncompressed 16bit download direct from this site at https://mldunn.net/spirithaesia