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The Making of “Emotional Wreck” – Future Memories

2019-01-08T16:58:36+11:00January 8th, 2019|Future Memories, Making of, News|

In many ways, "Emotional Wreck" is an unconventional pop song. The vocals are subservient to the production, as opposed to the more typical converse. It's not a terribly positive or empowering message. There's some unsettling discord in the instrumental parts. The arrangement has an odd structure, and so on... Despite all this, it's a [...]

The Making of “Cursed by a Dream” – Future Memories

2018-12-20T17:06:46+11:00December 20th, 2018|Future Memories, Making of, News|

Some creative people make a successful career from their art. Most don’t. It’s not uncommon for me to get asked the question as to why I continue to make music over so many years given my relative obscurity. The answer is – because I’m compelled to do so! It’s an obsessive pursuit to try [...]

The Making of “Möbius Man” – Future Memories

2018-12-13T16:23:05+11:00December 13th, 2018|Future Memories, Making of, News|

For my post on “Time Is Elastic”, I asserted that Physics is not common subject matter for a song. Well, I’d argue that Geometry is an even more obscure proposition! The Möbius strip is a surface with only one side and one edge. You can make your own Möbius strip by taking a rectangular [...]

The Making of “Sweden” – Future Memories

2018-12-13T12:41:47+11:00December 6th, 2018|Future Memories, Making of, News|

Ever since my second Space March album, I’ve always included a “geo-romantic” track where I incorporate a country reference into the lyrics and song title. To date we’ve had “Canadian Girls”, “American Girl”, “Norway” and now, “Sweden”. I’m also currently working on a song for my next album with lyrics and a title based [...]

The Making of “Time Is Elastic” – Future Memories

2019-01-18T13:17:30+11:00November 28th, 2018|Future Memories, Making of, News|

Physics is not common subject matter for a song. You certainly don’t hear pop divas trying to sexualise the Second Law of Thermodynamics! In the geeky world of synthpop, however, it’s not unheard of. OMD’s “Gravity Never Failed” is a great example, and has always left me with a yearning to use an overt [...]

2017 in Review

2018-05-15T11:19:21+10:00December 31st, 2017|News|

2017 has been a tough year for me with more lows than highs. Grieving the loss of a loved one, along with family, business and health challenges – the stuff life is made of! Still, the one thing which always keeps me moving forward and gives life meaning, is making music. I feel kind of ashamed [...]

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 [...]

It Must Be Obvious.

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

COVER ALBUMS I remember Peter Cooper (from ElectroSquad) saying at high school, that it was far preferable to discover a chord progression for yourself than learn it from someone else's song. And I know exactly what he means - if you learn someone else's song and you play its chord progression, often all you'll hear [...]

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