2012/13 were disasterous for me. But this year has been the charm. I saw Kate Bush live: the musical sorceress put on a show in London that blew us away in September – ‘There are no words’ said Panos. We travelled to Mount Olympus in sunny Greece and saw the most beautiful village in the world, Colmar in France. I exhibited my artwork in Manchester and London, set up my own online store and got a record 3,800 likes for my Tales of the City artwork via Armistead Maupin on Facebook. When I put it all together, I feel like Tigger.
Launching Mark Wallis Design took a lot of time and effort, but I also managed to remix Kate Bush and Goldfrapp, get back into oil painting, and meet Armistead Maupin! I might move slowly but I never keep still – Happy New Year to all.
Categories: Art, Design, Photography, Random, Vibe Monitor
Tags: Armistead Maupin, Before the Dawn, Colmar, Goldfrapp, Greece, Kate Bush, Mark Wallis, Sin in my Heart, Tales of the City
This week I had two videos pulled from YouTube. People were claiming to be me and trying to get credit for my remix and the little movie I made to go with it. I was going to leave them to it, flattered that they liked my stuff, but then I remembered the mountain of work involved in completing both the video and the soundtrack. And none of this was for personal gain – just a tribute to my favourite band. For a humble fan-mix, it’s certainly caused some trouble…
Watch the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEc8Mmqmlus
Categories: Art, Design, Music, Photography, Random, Vibe Monitor, Video
Tags: Goldfrapp, Mark Wallis, piracy, Tales of Us, The Devious Corporation, Thea, Thea (Totem Mix), theft
"wild and fun" "evocative and beautiful" "absolutely stellar work"
My remix for Goldfrapp’s Drew got some glowing reviews, so I couldn’t resist making a video to go with it. The original song is haunting and nostalgic, and I added a grandfather clock, an oboe and mandolin. Happy memories and lost time are the main themes here in my short film, and I combine found footage with a visit to the Norfolk holidays of my childhood.
Click on the image to watch the movie
Categories: Art, Photography, Travel, Vibe Monitor, Video
Tags: Clockwork mix, Drew, Goldfrapp, Mark Wallis, remix, Tales of Us, The Devious Corporation, The Vibes
For weeks I’ve been scratching my head, trying to remix Drew from Goldfrapp’s Tales of Us album. The roots of the song are John Barry and Scott Walker, with a dash of Ennio Morricone and all rendered by a large orchestra. How do you compete with that? The simple answer is you don’t. Some songs just can’t be cajoled onto the dancefloor, and remixes are as much about reinterpretation as tapping feet. Whispers and grandfather clocks feature in my version which lurks in the shadows of a deserted ballroom, echoing with the memories of past dramas. I tried to use just the vocal from the original, and built my own sound using shivering strings, oboes and a church organ. There’s even a choir in there somewhere…
Categories: Music, Random, Vibe Monitor
Tags: Clockwork mix, Drew, exclusive, Goldfrapp, Mark Wallis, new, remix, Tales of Us, The Devious Corporation
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