So. December 31st. I'm one of those people that
always looks back on the year and reflects on what I've done,
successes, failures, good times, bad times, and tries to figure out
how I can make the next year better.
And while it may not seem like it from my volume of output
(or entries in this blog), I've been really productive this year
with a number of great projects and exciting new
opportunities! It's actually been a really successful year
both artistically and personally, and I'm really grateful for all
the chances and possibilities that have come my way.
There were a number of high points, and a lot of things to be
happy about, some artistic things, some otherwise. I've
commented about them in the past, but sure, why not mention them
, the collaborative
project I do with
, released a
new album on
, which we're both very proud of. If you
haven't already heard it, It's cold and glacial and really quite
amazing. Expect a follow up in 2012.
We also played a pretty awesome show in March at the
celebrate the release of "Fissures". Thanks to those of you
that made it out, and if you didn't (or if you'd like to relive the
you can watch some video here
. We have a few plans to
play live in 2012, so hopefully you'll have the opportunity to join
In addition to our work as Kalte, Deane and I also have
another artistic project called
and we were
honoured to present our installation
"The Sound is
as part of the
2011 Nuit Blanche
art event in Toronto
. It's an all night art exhibit that
covers the whole city, and it's kind of a big deal.
Definitely the high point of the year for us artistically.
Thanks to all of you that came out (and there were soooooo many of
you!), we were totally thrilled to be part of the event, and we
look forward to putting on more installations in, you guessed it,
ping things net label
continued to release music, though I'll admit that I didn't stick
to the monthly schedule that I have in the past. Regardless
of scheduling, ping things put out some great new music including
really awesome albums by
Lorne David Thomson
(two releases in one year!),
and more. I've been working on the 2012
release schedule and I think you're going to like it.
well, I didn't do any shows and I didn't release anything.
Which is kind of a drag because I was hoping that I would.
And I've been promising on this blog for some time now that I
would. But I haven't. And it's not for lack of trying,
I've actually spent a lot of time on mt this past year, but I don't
have anything ready for release for a variety of reasons, not the
least of which is a shift in the way I work and the software I
use. Here's hoping that I start working faster in 2012
(you'll note that I've learned my lesson and I won't be committing
to anything at this point...).
And the year ends on a particularly positive note for mara's
flattered to be the subject of a spotlight by the very cool and
amazing Hypnagogue podcast
. You can check it out here and
of course if you're not familiar with the
, drop what you're doing, stop reading this post, and
get over there right now to listen to John Shanahan's awesomely
amazing series of over 70 podcasts. There's loads for you to
In other news, I got an awesome new job, and my partner and I
went on a vacation to Montreal AND we painted the bathroom!
These (unrelated) things probably don't matter much to you, but
they're HUGE things for me. In fact just yesterday I was
telling somebody how very much I enjoy my new job and today, six
months after the fact, my partner and I had a discussion about how
awesome our bathroom looks and how we really should go back to
Montreal. Huge things. Absolutely huge things.
So that's about it for 2011. I have a few things to
tidy up around the apartment and then I'm curling up with a good
book until it's time for dinner. A little work on music after
that until it's time to go meet my partner when her shift is done
and we have a quiet stay at home new year's celebration, just the
two of us. I hope that you all have a wonderful evening, and
I hope that 2012 brings you all happiness and success in everything
Happy New Year!
PS Waitasec, what do you mean you haven't read my list of
cool music from 2011 where I tell you about all the groovy music
I've enjoyed over the last twelve months? Well then, get on
over to the ping things blog and check it out!