Lose a Life nano opera

vtelegraphSome time ago Miss Gardiner interviewed me about Lose a Life nano rock Opera by Beggars Opera RGS 9485.
The compostitional experience was electrifying as it was based on a true story.

1/ How did the journey to this album begin?

The journey to Beggars Opera Lose a Life began when I started to invent words or sets of words to describe states of being connected with the condition Electro Sensitivity. (inspiration Rod Read ESGuru who invented the word Electroshpere.)

2/ How did you arrive at the sounds you used?

I arrived at my sound palette by choosing sounds from plug ins available in my computer software (Logic Pro) and Mike Pinder mellotron samples. This selection of sounds became the ‘wash’ for the entire set.

3/ How did you create those sounds?

Working with the laptop and digital piano, rhythms emerged which made the backdrop for the my chord chains.
These chains were derived from my invented words ie: Electrofire, by means of allocating each letter of my chosen word to a note in the scale, using a method composer Robert Schumann advocated.

4/ How long did it take to make?

Round trip 2 years, perhaps a little more if you count gestation.

5/ Where was it made?

The keyboard and vocal tracks were recorded in the Virginia Scott / Xdefinite Inhibition Pod, the Live drums at Red Kite Studios / Martin Levan and the Guitars and Mix in the Ricky Gardiner Songs Pod.

6/ Some of it echo’s the ideas of the Rock Opera of Diana Demon..was that intentional to reference that?

The Beggars Opera / Diana Demon project was present to some extent in my mind when I embarked on the the BO Lose a Life project, in that they are both CONCEPT.
This time however the lady figurine is not speculatively gazing into fictional Azimovian futures, but she is inhabiting a terrifying real life Ballardian present.

7/ Are there any influences that got you thinking about what you would do on this album?

The Beggars Opera Song environmental song ‘Suddenly Ahead Ahead‘ the title song to Beggars Opera album RGS 9483, prepared the ground for the thinking behind Lose a Life Nano Opera both lyrically and musically.
From there Beggars Opera ‘s UNSTAGED Lose a Life Nano Opera just grew and I hope it will deliver a global warNing message to many.

8/ How does it differ from the others old and new Beggars in it’s conception?

The conception of this Beggars Opera album is different form the other previous albums in that it was realised completely from the keyboard by Virginia Scott.
Previous Beggars Opera albums were based on collaborations.

9/ How did you record it?

It was recorded in stages due to the Electro Sensitivity constraints.
The backtracks and vocals were recorded in the Xdefinite Inhibition keyboard pod, the guitar, bass and mix in the Ricky Gardiner Songs pod.
Drums by Tom Gardiner were recorded live at Red Kite Studios/ Martin Levan.

10/ The record is about Electro Sensitivity, is the record about living with it?

Yes, and the story of the challenge that an ES sufferer meets in a world, which is fast being polluted by the emissions from technological devices.

11/ Is the record also to raise awareness of it?

Yes…apart from a heart felt need to describe the unusual life experience of the Electro Sensitive, it rapidly became a necessity to make others aware of the intrinsic dangers of these emissions.
As I see it our destinies are literally being modified.

12/ What about the record is most important to you?

The fact that the narrative is true.

13 /Who is Doctor Carlo.

Miss Gardiner 2011

Dr George Carlo is an American environmental health researcher. He is known for his research into cell-phone radiation.

Paul Bura, inspirational poet and friend, RIP


Paul brought much joy and light to two concerts of my work How the Song Grows in North Wales a few years ago. It was a privilege to work with him and hear his beautiful readings.

Originally posted on The Other Side of Paris:

Paul Bura in shopPaul Bura, a wonderful poet and a lovely friend of mine, passed away peacefully earlier this morning in hospital. His final battle with many ailments is over. In all his devastating illnesses he still conveyed a tremendous sense of humour and inner peace. He touched the hearts and minds of many people.

I first met Paul in the mid-70’s when he used to run Manna, a health food shop in Herne Bay. People came to him with their troubles and fears; they always left uplifted.

I lost contact with Paul when I went to live in France and he to the wilds of Wales. Then in 1998 I received a letter and a book of poems from him and from then on we were avid letter writers sending each other poems and playlets and musing about the world and generally having fun. He often signed his letters – love n…

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Virginia’s Soundcloud Page

Just thought you might like to visit my soundcloud page.

There is a selection from my Digital Piano releases and collaboration with Lindy.

And/or listen to Diagonal Shfiting from Enantiadromia 13th Moon.

At the heart of music is improvisation. Improvisation in performance creating sound images.
It is extended in meaningful ways when two are contributing….interaction, spontaeneously developing sonic light and shade, freely, dynamically articulating the language of the piano, and exploring all possible textures of the moment. Skill, temperament, openess, listening, ebbing and flowing to shape time and space. Noise, silence, gesture, abstraction, physically approaching an intention, affirming the presence of sound, shifting restlessly, relentlessly through the crenilations of possibilites. A sound, a silence, a pitch, a rhythm, wood, felt and strings, forming a strange subliminal sojourn in a world of aural tectonics. We pause, we play and we live though a moment inside the energy of sound. We leave a trace in time, a whisper in the ear of now.