Win A Few…
It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged here… interesting things have been happening for me lately… some big wins!
“Methane Ocean” Wins Award
Every year, the K.F.S. presents the Kamloops Independent Short Short Film Fest, and it inspired me once again to put on my filmmaker hat! My friend Iain McLaren (a.k.a. Gizbah) sometimes sends me random musical recordings through text, and this one jazzy organ solo in particular caught my attention as soon as I heard it. It was called “Methane Ocean,” which immediately inspired an entire sequence of events (relating to Saturn’s moon) in my mind when it came time to consider film ideas. I wrote the story in one sitting and pretty much conformed to it right up to the final product.
Making the music video for “Methane Ocean” was a fun and easy adventure. I discovered that a certain style of “animation” (basically moving raster images across the screen) is actually more achievable than I’d previously thought. When the first draft was rendered, I had very few changes to make, which is rare; usually the last 1% towards the finish line is the most time consuming. After the video was completed, I asked Iain what inspired the title and, sure enough, he also had Titan in mind.
Oh, and my teddy bear (which I’ve had since I was probably 2 or 3) finally got the chance to star in a music video!
So, I submitted the video to the festival via USB stick, hoping that I hadn’t copied the wrong file (even though I double checked) or made any other fatal dumb errors, and waited for the big day when all the videos get shown to the audience in the old Paramount Theatre downtown. Whenever one of my creations reaches the minds of an audience, the creation is transformed; hearing strangers react to my film is always super rewarding for me. Of course, it’s really fun to watch the other videos as well.
So, yesterday was the big day (it was also Pekoe’s 13th birthday – that’s about 68 in cat years). There were over 20 entries this year, more than ever before. Some really funny moments, some really great shots and good ideas. And then, guess what?! “Methane Ocean” won an award for 2nd place! This is my second literal actual physical trophy – the first was for academic achievement in Grade 7.
What a nice surprise! I didn’t expect to win, of course. But I’m not complaining.
Here’s a link to the video on YouTube if you’d like to watch it:
Lex Plexus in the Charts
I released an album of spacey electronica on Oct. 31, 2017. It’s been doing well on the college radio charts, which is sort of unusual for me (that’s okay, I love what I do). For the first time ever in my 30+ years of being a musician, an album of mine has broken into the National Top 10, on Jan. 30 of this year!
Now it’s climbed even higher! “Stellar Trip” by Lex Plexus is currently #5 on Earshot Online’s National Electronica chart. Booyah! Thanks to all the campus and community radio stations such as The X, CJSR and CFUV for supporting independent music!
Volcano Calculator Is Building Strength
My heavy metal power trio has been moving forward with recording, writing and rehearsal… Nick’s drum tracks have added so much life to the sound recording, and Kyle’s bass is sounding super growly. Right now we’re in the midst of shaping performance for the song “Win A Few” and then I need to finish writing Song 6, “High Speed Bitch” which is, of course, a song about vehicle-pedestrian collision. We expect to be ready to play live by June, with a 6-song recording also ready for listening.
End of report.