26 Days To Expedition
Total immersion, the art of investigation, and dispassionate observation is important to my personal process. The idea of walking into a project already determining it's ending was always something that didn't sit well with me.
In my last project, Letters To Ubin. I started out the project feeling ambitious of recording the album solely on the island and wanted to write songs. But upon getting to the island and getting accustomed to it's rhythm. I felt there was so much more to understand and discover about it, and it would be premature for me to start forming an opinion about it. Recording on site, soon became not a possibility due to power issues; 9 volt solar power doesn't exactly power an entire studio rig and turning my diesel generator on would result in a noise album.
Much of what I planned needed to be improvised.
Many have been asking me, if I'm coming back from Antarctica with an new album. And I sometimes nod away just so it saves me from explaining this whole creative process I'm disciplining myself for. Truth is, I don't know what I'm going to come back with. I've set my self some elements to experiment with but, my options are still very much up in the air. I'm prioritising the experience unfiltered without an end in mind.
Although the Ubin Album was only an EP, there was much more material that came out of my stay in Ubin. Proses, poems, stories, paintings. And I started regretting limiting myself before I even got into the island. Hence, if there's anything I'm changing this time round is to not determine the medium of which my next work would come out as.
And allow my heart & mind to experience Antarctica first hand, hopefully passionately empathetic and dispassionately unbiased.