The Making of “Memory of the Future” – Future Memories

2019-02-14T17:55:12+11:00February 14th, 2019|Future Memories, Making of, Music|

From the song "Memory of the Future" comes the album title Future Memories – the view of the future from the past. I’ve always been fascinated by this concept. The vision of the future is always distorted by the situation of the present. Of course, events unfold in unpredictable ways making any notion of [...]

The Making of “Monster Man Machine” – Future Memories

2019-01-18T16:36:13+11:00January 17th, 2019|Future Memories, Making of, Music|

Spotify classifies Space March as Deep Neo-synthpop – with “Deep” probably being a euphemism for obscure. The classification is based on an algorithmic deduction and seems to have a strong relationship to the artists from, what was known as, the Modern Synthpop scene of the late 1990s and early 2000s – a scene [...]

The Making of “Fly a Pony” – Future Memories

2018-10-16T19:26:27+11:00September 21st, 2018|Future Memories, Making of, Music|

Believe it or not, this song started out as a trippy, Beatlesque song with a 12/8 time signature! But of course, this didn’t fit with the Synthwave stylings of the album. So I started messing with it – so much so, that it bears no resemblance to the original song from which it originated. This [...]

The Making of “Icarus” – Future Memories

2018-10-16T19:26:34+11:00September 5th, 2018|Future Memories, Making of, Music|

As a child, a large, semi-abstract painting hung inside our front door. It was called "Icarus" and was painted by my mother at art school. Mum explained the story of Icarus to me which I found fascinating. I suspect the intention of telling me this story was as a cautionary tale – about listening [...]

The Making of “Forever” – Future Memories

2018-10-16T19:26:40+11:00August 27th, 2018|Future Memories, Making of, Music|

Typically pop albums start with a bang! An up-tempo, catchy number to pull people into the album. Not so here. I chose the second slowest song on the album, clocking just 90 BPM and with a quiet, ambient introduction. Since this was more of a conceptual pop album, I liked the idea of beginning with [...]

The Five Year Song

2018-05-15T11:19:22+10:00December 3rd, 2014|Music|

Whilst the creative spark for a song often only takes minutes, finishing it can sometimes take years. Looked at another way, the spark is really just establishing the creative problem. Sometimes the solution comes easily, whilst in other cases, I'll put the song aside and come back to it many times. Some songs have such [...]

Marnie and Best of 2013

2018-05-15T11:19:22+10:00December 24th, 2013|Music, News|

Best Synthpop Albums of 2013 I'm delighted my 2013 album 'Mountain King' made it into The Pansentient League's Best Synthpop Albums of 2013. The Top 20 included some tough competition and many high profile albums by the likes of Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, OMD and Chvrches. In fact, Space March is probably the most [...]

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