It is seven days till the launch of my first album, Airship. I am excited because I am eager to officially share my music. It felt as if 12 December would never come—and now it is just days away! I am also nervous because I find myself questioning every creative decision I have made. Putting your work out there is a litmus test of how good you are. When something as personal as your music comes under fire, it can be devastating. But, I have not been without encouragement. There have been pre-orders, positive comments, upvotes and likes; and a few days ago, the band whose song began my airship obsession tweeted: “Love what I heard.”
@forgotnfields just saw the trailer. Love what i heard. The mood reminded me of touches of the Tumbled Sea’s first CD.
Lately, I have been active on Twitterand Minds, and have also been posting on Google+. In the build-up to the launch of Airship, I find myself ever more obsessed with the history of lighter-than-air flight. This has resulted in daily posts on the subject with documentary photographs. I welcome you to join me on Twitter (@forgottenfield), Minds (@forgottenfields) and Google+, if you are on these platforms. I look forward to seeing you there and I hope you will share in my excitement for the upcoming release!
I find myself in an odd position. In the period between the completion of Airship and its release, I have been itching to start work on a new album. The thing is, I imagined Airship would “run its course” (to quote a fellow musician), before I moved on to new material. But, I could not help myself, I had to start composing again. In fact, I have two albums’ worth of ideas waiting to be developed into finished pieces.
A new direction
As far as style is concerned, I am interested in adding distortion and including more variation. I am a great lover of the drone genre, in which repeating phrases play a major role. Airship is heavily influenced by this idea. Repetition is at the front and centre of every track, everything is built around a looping melody. But the more I think about new music, the more I want to de-homogenise the listening experience.
A fresh perspective
One exciting development is the possibility of collaborating with dark ambient artist Krzyzis. His Sustainability (2016) made a big impression on me. He has developed a way of working with distorted sound, which allows him to create incredible textures in his music, giving it an immersive depth and mass. He has expressed interest in giving his input on new material, so I am really looking forward to the months to come.
I discovered a Universal City Studios newsreel in the public domain, covering the Hindenburg disaster of 1937. For the Airship album trailer, I used video from the first half of the newsreel, showing the airship in flight, as the newscaster sets the scene for the accident. In the second half, the Hindenburg’s final moments are described in dramatic language, with footage to match. It is a moving film, telling the story of the world’s most famous airship disaster.
Accompanying the imagery is an excerpt from the album title track, a seven-minute instrumental piece describing an airship appearing on the horizon, sweeping overhead, and sailing into the distance. The music is slow and dignified, making for a somewhat dramatic trailer. But, I think it is appropriate. To me, airships are the most breathtaking things ever to grace the skies; the album is my attempt at conveying the awe they inspire. I hope I have succeeded.