Hannah has been working on a project which is a departure from her usual song-writing genre, and shares her inspiration and process below.
The track – which you can listen to below – is awesome: I’ve always loved Hannah’s voice (Kate Bush, anyone?) Plus, any synth track using seal samples is alright by me.
Here’s what Hannah says:
“So, after your New Year’s post about creative projects, I have got to an almost finished stage of this track, and wanted to share it with you. I know you understand the creative process of writing as well how nerve racking it can be showing off your work…
It’s a move away from my folksy stuff, the result of an immersive project spanning the whole of last winter.
I did this 100% on my own at home after learning to use all the softwear and synth. Finishing the track was difficult as I needed it to be mastered. There were so many tricky parts, including samples of Weddell Seals, that I am not sure if it will ever be exactly right. Not having a studio or studio equipment has also been bothersome!! There are vocal issues I can’t resolve without starting over…. it costs too much to get things mastered… one day maybe??
I became very interested in podcasts of programmes about Nordic and Scandinavian countries, culture, landscape and nature. I listened to plays, sounds, music and wrote this song.
From my research, Diamond Dust is when the moisture in the air suddenly freezes, the air glitters. A Sundog also occurs in very cold bright conditions, because of this Diamond Dust. The light from the sun bends and creates arks, a halo and often looks as though there are three suns.
Here’s the Wikipedia definition : Sundogs are commonly caused by the refraction of light from plate-shaped hexagonal ice crystals either in high and cold cirrus or cirrostratus clouds or, during very cold weather, drifting in the air at low levels, in which case they are called diamond dust.
God only knows what I will do with this – I’m a bit shy about putting it out there and can’t exactly give everyone this massive explanation! My imaginary band name is The Diamond Light Source (after the Diamond Light Synchrotron in Oxford – a particle accelerator!) Told you it was complicated…
Anyway, I’d love to know what you think,