If I am permitted one more edit before we move on to something more substantial. I keep hearing the words, “When we get back to normal”… Normal? By that meaning status quo, that ‘Normal’. ‘Normal is what got the world into this situation, ‘Normal’ is the cause of great suffering, inequality and oppression. Why would we want to go back to ‘Normal’? When climbing slowly out of this abyss, let’s set out sites on something more aspirational than ‘Normal’, as ‘Normal’ is self-defeating. We can do better than ‘Normal’
If we can pardon an edit, I did not realize that parts of the site were relaunching and reachable, not that I am correcting this post, as it has already been seen, there’s no need. Our plans were clear, though the explanation of them, somewhat complex. To further clarify, the site is in a soft relaunch, and may go through several changes. It was not our intent to be front facing while a global pandemic is still very much active, as we thought that would be in poor taste. We don’t tend to post any project related content to the social web for obvious reasons. However our mailing list and Access Members have been somewhat aware of our activities. It is possible that I may be delegating some updates to our spokespeople. As for Shawn’s section of the site. …I’m not sure how that will be handled yet, I just discovered it, and he likely isn’t aware of its existence, and tends to keep a minimal online presence, as do I. If there is something that requires our attention, or an announcement, or perhaps I want to drone on about something I consider important, those items appear on our site, not with any third parties, as per usual. It is my understanding the site will be slow to relaunch, checking back may result in unusual temporary changes. As mentioned below in discussing aesthetics we do not control ours, and that powers that be will be testing the waters, so to speak. As nothing in particular requires our attention other than our family, as well as Shawn and I, each others’, please peruse the jargon laden text I originally provided below, and by all means, stay self aware, this pandemic is not over. Stay masked, distanced and mindful of health developments from academic researchers.
This is a test. I don’t think we’ve relaunched the site yet, if it is to some degree, someone will let me know. Shawn will say, ‘fashion is something that seems right at the time and a regret later’. So we made the decision to pull ourselves back amidst world events, where some re-evaluating took place. We felt at odds with what we were doing creatively and chose to step away. Shawn had been constructing several different approaches of musical structure which I had been reluctant to indulge him with, yet as a musician I couldn’t ignore them, and without realizing I was adopting them. We find ourselves musicians and artists in touch with the psychology and philosophy of that strata. While we can discuss music in terms of product and trend, it has always been with someone we have been working with or Shawn producing. While the reality of product exists, it’s not the path we chose to pursue. There is also the reality of responsibility, where we definitely have an aesthetic, and those who handle us have another aesthetic. Sometimes these aesthetics correspond, which is where we may be finding ourselves. We aren’t the final arbiters of what we wish to do in this aesthetic framework, as is no other musician. This is a fortunate position for us at the moment, as our lives are overwhelmed in academics. While this may seem to place us one step further from preconception, it has always been so, it is the case with any other musician or artist, the perception of which has been coalesced for its audience. We are not an exception to that rule.
In this academic way we approach things, Shawn and I came upon a construct that revisited us, and we have chosen to see this through. It is called Method Method. It would seem to be a deliberate departure from Films Crew or our Collective’s other projects. However, as we are seeing it through it is developing into something that is very much a missing piece in our development. Films Crew is still quite intact while going through its own reformation with quite a series of sketches of material to finalize when we get to that point. If it seems as if we operating differently, it is by necessity.
The words, “As soon as we are cleared for travel, we are gone”, were spoken with conviction to those who work with us. This too came to pass as we have spent over a month in London with family, while a situation for which we are grateful, the misadventure is in the more demanding workload. That’s an atmosphere Shawn excels in, for him, there is never enough work, so to speak. Unfortunately these things take us away from each other more than we would like, and the adventures with others we have in mind. All things come to their ends, as will this London stay, however Shawn will always be mine.
As a matter of procedure, the projects we have been working on are the aforementioned Method Method. Films Crew is undergoing a reformation of sorts. ANNONXN has new material to surface. We are looking forward to a safe environment in which we will be playing live again.