in this mode - the space between my thoughts : the muse : creator/creatress : of my inner world : music
Mode a particular form, variety or manner of expression
- I N T H I S M O D E -
NEW EP - En-Trance-D
Trance or achieving a Trance-like state is a spiritual experience. It can take to an experience of reality that is beyond normal every day thinking. Nature has designed us well, we are beings of light as much as the stars in the heavens, we are made in the image of the divine cosmic universe to which we are linked. Trance can take us back home, back to the stars, while still being on the Earth. All we need is the music, let your body and mind go and let the music take you home.
SINGLE - HERE I STAND-
The "Here I Stand" single is an expression of the deepest aspects of myself. The raw places in my soul that I have travelled to over the last years of my life. The places I felt I needed to let go and the places I needed to stand firm and resist the temptation to capitulate to a way of being that didn't honour my true self. The Goddess Ishtar journeyed to hell and back to save her lover and in the process she had to shed seven veils or layers of her personality (hence the dance of the seven veils) Its not really about being physically naked, thats easy, but getting emotionally naked and exploring the raw often unacknowledged parts of ourselves, thats what can feel like hell. If we dont do it though a part of us stays in hell, so we are unfulfilled and without the passion we could have. Ishtar recovers her lover and resurrects herself in all her passion filled glory. This single is my tribute to her and to any one game enough to make a similar journey. You cant make it just by thinking about it or by trying to think pleasant thoughts, you cant get there through your intellect you have to travel through your feeling life to free the serpant,the dormant energy that lies within you. The snake was at one time seen as a source of power and protection not as evil. Ishtar was also a war Goddess who protected her people with the aid of these creatures against those that would attack her people. The snake sometimes also called Kundalini, is our life force. Reclaim yours now and refuse to let fear determine your life,let go of what you don't need and stand on what is true for you!
BTW the art work for this and my other two releases is created and produced by Leia Sidery from Fablecraft be sure to check out her work
MORE ABOUT IN THIS MODE
The moment I heard the opening few bars of Gary Numan’s “Are Friends Electric” my life changed. It was like a doorway opened into a new reality for me. An alien landscape that I felt oddly at home in. Music featured strongly in my childhood growing up as the younger brother of one of the founding fathers of punk rock in Australia. I began my musical life with intensity and have never really looked back. But from that moment back in 1979 synthesisers and electronic music have been an integral part of my musical expression. Along the way I have played in a couple of synth bands, studied classical piano, cello and recorder including a stint in the local symphony orchestra. Far and away the most creative thing I have done in my life is to become a parent. Its the agony and ecstasy of this that has I believe led to “In This Mode”. At any one time I operate in a different mode or role all of which are aspects of who I am but none of them completely defining me and so all the while I am a parent living through the roller-coaster ride of emotions that can involve another part of me is creating musical ideas.
Musical influences are probably to numerous to mention but heres some of it, some of the giants of electronic music, Gary Numan, John Foxx, Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, Ultravox, Visage, Human League, Tangerine Dream leading into The Shaman, The KLF, Front 242, Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins, Sisters of Mercy, Orbital, Dead Can Dance and more recently Assemblage 23, VNV nation, and Royksopp just to name a few. Along the way lots of classical music found its way in there and a bit of Jazz as well. The list really is to long to list so I won’t but my thanks to any one who has ever provided musical inspiration. In This Mode is a reincarnation of a once dormant aspect of my creative self using synthesisers and technology to create electronic dance, synth pop, downtempo and ambient music to put into form what has been formless for sometime.