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The Edge of the World

Fronz Arp on April 02, 2012 02:06

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    Release 7 for Fronz Arp and the Tiny Crooked Orchestra
    Good morning, dear lovers. My internet all but disappeared this week, as my share-house collectively busted our allowance and forgot to pay the previous bill (hey-ho). However, its times like that you realise simply how much you rely on the fixtures of pop-culture in everyday life. Of course, this project is distributed online so I share my time almost equally between staring at web browsers and staring at my guitar. But communication-wise, a lot of bits of my life were shut down by the internet (sorry to the people I haven't emailed back yet).

    Perhaps its that mild isolation that encouraged me to work on 'the Edge of the World'. A song that is about isolation and working yourself up into confusion because of the things you can't see. But also, its an idea I've avoided for a while because it is musically a bit more confronting. Not a nice familiar 4/4 pop rhythm, but a stilted, stop-start affair where I tried to create a musical environment that reflected the general confusion of the song theme. I actually had this musical idea a while back but didn't work on it because... well... its easy to talk yourself out of ideas that a bit more out there, in the face of so much successful straight ahead pop-music. So in this case, mild-isolation has cut me off from influences that may have made me rethink this release. It encouraged me to work this idea through and put something out which, I suspect, may be one of my more polarizing works.

    A couple of quotes I find interesting which relate to this:
    “A good artist should be isolated, if he isn't isolated, something is wrong”, Orson Welles
    “On stage, I make love to 25,000 different people, then I go home alone”, Janis Joplin
    “An artist is always alone - if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness”, Henry Miller

    If I could come close to living up to these fine people it would be a good thing. At least for the moment, I must admit I'm a bit more nervous about putting "The Edge of the World" out then any other song for this project thus far

    And its nice to have my internet reconnected xx


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