Never posted a topic here before but I have a release that I think is substantial enough to justify it. I’ve made a new release called “Gozo” which is named after a small island next to Malta. It’s an island rich with history; 5000 year old Megalithic temples, fortified structures from the Knights Hospitaller and more modern significant history from WW2.
It’s an inspiring island to visit, though it is very small. There’s a lot of sounds to discover too, cliffs, caves, beaches and villages. Over the years I’ve been steadily recording these sounds using a Binaural process called SASS which captures very wide and detailed stereo recordings. This year on my most recent visit I decided to take an iPad and a Deluge with me to write music also.
This album is the result, it’s full of field recordings, including one track “Island Tour” dedicated to just those recordings. The other tracks were made (mostly) in the appartment I was staying in. Here’s a little promo video:
That’s the reason I moved back to the UK haha. I almost completed the paperwork needed to stay permanently but was ultimately defeated by the sheer bureaucracy and always being one document shy of a full set. Anyway, congratulations on the EP – I’ll give it a listen tonight.
My Mum is Maltese, from Gozo which is where my connection comes from, have a lot of family there. I was wondering about the impact of Global Warming on the islands, I saw some images of what it could look like in the future and some parts along the coast are submerged, I think the islands will survive well enough but certainly will make a small place even smaller
When I was there in August I read an article in The Times of Malta predicting that in 80 years it might be almost impossible to live on the island surface. Also mentioned the surrounding waters could be infested with poisonous sea life. I’ll try and find the article.
Thank you for the nice music and interesting back story. I enjoyed the sounds and moods. I knew of Malta, but not of Gozo. It saddens me to hear where its future is heading.
But one question about your EP I have, is why you chose to call it an EP? Both the number of tracks and running time could qualify as an album for me.
Finally got around to listening to the whole thing. Sounds fantastic, loved the synth sounds throughout, and bought it straight afterwards. The sounds of the sea in the Island Tour, as well as the nesting birds in what I assume is Independence Square right opposite Cafe Jubilee (I used to live in Victoria), took me right back. Congrats on creating such a nice and immersive release
I thought so. Yeah, it’s crazy loud there at times. My strongest sound (and visual) memory from there is the birds that would circle round my building in a big arc, making this awesome swooping noise as they went past.
Aha! Yes, Malta is so small (and even smaller when only counting musicians) that I’m convinced I used to have Michael (@MGFM) on Facebook too when I added as many arty types as possible. I’ve quit social media now tho.