I changed my Twitter username - the old account (@daniel_clay), which I hardly ever used, has been shut down. Now you can receive virtually no tweets whatsoever from @danielclaymusic. That is all. Thank you.
I’m very happy to be collaborating with choreographer Lauri Stallings and gloATL on a work for FLUX 2012 . I’m taking a break from writing and performing songs to work on the sound for this piece, which is being created through a combination of raw synthesis and collaging/processing of field recordings, to be performed and mixed live in a dynamic relationship with the dancers and the public.
I’ve wanted to work with Lauri and glo since the first time I saw them perform three years ago. They exemplify many of the concepts that excite me about live performance and the positing of art in the public sphere: Intense focus and dedication to the moment in which you give what you’ve made to the public; A fearlessness and willingness to kindly invade the experience of other people while simultaneously making oneself vulnerable to a reciprocal invasion. I think the word “devotion” is appropriate and useful for describing what they do, how they do it and why it has always touched me personally, so I find it somewhat serendipitous that my first chance to work with them is on a piece titled “Act of Devotion.”
My first recollection of John Bowman is seeing Mother Fucking Tourettes in the C17 (I think) loft in the West End. Probably 2001 or 2002. Maybe. I remember why and how they blew my mind, and how John was part of that. I also remember all the brief conversations about music we had over the years, fresh and weird, and John’s unmistakeable and inimitable sweetness of character. Who could ever be that sweet and sincere and mean it? John was sincere and gentle the way some people are tall or have perfect vision. It was simply built in. I’m going to miss John and wish for the rest of my life that I’d known him better. My thoughts are with all who will miss him. So long, John.
The new album is mastered. FINALLY. Expect a release date set sometime before I’m 40. Maybe.
June-ish. TBA …