I love mixing audio tracks into a complete piece of music. Analog mixing was fun, but I’m especially fond of mixing in the digital realm. It’s easier, more tweakable, and the results are more pleasing to my ear. I also learn something useful with each mix. It’s a sweet time.
I’m not a fan of conflict. I avoid it whenever possible. I’m also not a fan of being verbally abused – enough of that and I’ll find a way to enjoy the conflict long enough to participate in it.
There are quite a few songs from various points in my past that haven’t seen the light of public day. Not because the parties involved in the creation felt the songs weren’t good enough. The reasons include: inadequate recordings; personality clashes over what’s to be done with a given song; recorded on media no one has access to anymore; lost source material.
Bands splinter on a daily basis. The number of working musical groupings that continue for years is miniscule compared to those that don’t. The groups I’ve participated in that have died far outnumber the collaborations that continue. Nice to know I fit in the general demographic.
The Often Coiled legacy includes discord and conflict, fun and enjoyment, hard work and times of brilliance. It’s a story of three people who came together for music and separated because of personality differences – nothing unique there. But the music itself was unique – at least as unique as anything can be in a world of massive data access. That’s the reason we described it as progressive garage – no other preordained category seemed to fit.
We were well down the recording path for our first album when the bottom fell out, when the coils separated and started facing off instead of working together. It would be a shame if those songs weren’t able to be laid out for you to hear. Fortunately, this time those cool tunes aren’t going to be lost in an unknown locker. The recordings are in my possession (which is not the same as me saying I own them – obviously) and I’ll be mixing them as time between other things becomes available. There are four completed, thus far – four more waiting. Those completed tracks can be heard at soundcloud.com/often-coiled and that’s where the rest of them will be planted as they are finished. If you listen, I/we hope you find them enjoyable – and would love to read any comments you have about them.