Abstractions – Music for Mindfulness and Escape

Abstractions – Music for Mindfulness and Escape Original Post | Dec 8, 2014 | Blog on the Fly, In the StudioAbstractions – Music for Mindfulness and Escape – Toby the Hat Finally, I’ve released the above Album, sometimes as my good friend Alison Nancye says you have to ‘let it go.’ I always find my own work the hardest to do this with – as an artist you often question ‘Is this good enough?’ ‘What if I tried this?’ ‘Will people get it?’. Here’s the thing, I must have listened to each of these tracks over a 100 times, if I can listen to anything that many times, in my humble opinion – it is good enough! This album has been a really great journey for me both in a creative sense and an educational sense. In a musical sense it is at times quite close to the bone, Reflections (track 7 ) for example was written and recorded ‘in the moment’ it is literally my feelings and thoughts in musical form, I won’t divulge my thoughts at the time, as I feel it’s important for you the listener to form your own. What sounds ‘green’ to me might be ‘orange’ to you, who’s to say who’s right it’s how it feels to you that is important. In putting the Album together I really wanted to take you – the listener – on a journey. These days in our ever frantic and technologically driven world we’re often guilty of not giving ourselves a time out, we take bite-size chunks out of things, be they articles on the net, a...

Epitaph – Contemporary Gallipoli Art Exhibition

Excerpt from Contemporary Gallipoli Exhibition Catalogue What is your fundamental response to creating the music for this exhibition? This is the question posed to me by Meredith Brice curator of this exhibition. To answer I really have to start where my intrigue of war and it’s effects started. I grew up in England in a house surrounded by fields, our home had (allegedly) once been home to German spies duringSecond World War. Whilst reading comics (such as War,Commando as well as the Beano!) I would hear the controlled explosions of mines off Havergate Island. Down the road was the great Keep of Orford Castle where as a child I’d watch and on occasion take part in Medieval reenactments. The Brave Heroes where always victorious, occasionally a brave but maybe 10% less heroic character would falter yet the good guys were always victorious. When I was 17 I went on a History field trip to the trenches and Battlefields of the First World War in France and Belgium. On the First day we lined up in a field which had the faint marking of where trenches had been dug, myself and 18 of my friends and colleagues were each assigned a number and told to spread out along a trench line. Roughly 100 metres ahead was our goal, our teacher said, ‘you each represent 1000 men’ (truth be told it could have been 100 or 10’000 the exact number is not what stuck with me that day), ‘on my first command you will walk, when you hear your number called out you will stop where you are, Go.’ Within 30...