Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Voluntary In Nature (2006)

Voluntary In Nature
10 years later

As a producer and music historian, I don’t feel that everything from the past is worthy of reappraisal. There are fragments of creation that are fleeting or simply disposable, more suitable for the dustbin that the crates. Still, there are other works that linger, sustain or even take on greater meaning with the passing of time. I’m not going to say under which category I feel Voluntary In Nature falls, but 10 years later, it is something that I’d like to revisit and share with any open to listen.

Voluntary In Nature was created for Tokyo-based clothing brand Sandinista during the first half of 2006 under commission from head designer and friend Vincent Cook. Available as an exclusive and limited audio stream at in May of that same year, Voluntary In Nature was comprised of original edits, sound collage, and voice. Some of the segments date back to the early 2000s and appear in different forms in other places. Without giving away too much information, Voluntary In Nature fulfills Canadian content regulations fully and completely, an intentional direction.

Looking back, Voluntary In Nature represents an era of great self-discovery: Digging, reaching, thinking, celebrating, meditating, and always learning. It was the conceptual precursor to 2007’s Sipreano with Decaf and The Stunt Man (1777rex) and the genesis of my blog and cultural umbrella.

Note: I would like to acknowledge the engineering skills of The Stunt Man, live inspiration from the Psychic Ills, and the Trans Continental Pop Festival (1970).

More to come…



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