I rearranged the studio over the Christmas break and was doing a system check where you play a metronome into the room and record it. This made me think about the late Alvin Lucier who famously did the same with his own voice until it dissolved into the room's natural resonances. Mr. Lucier once replied to my email request for an interview by saying instead of asking him questions, I should do the work. As it went on, the metronomes became heartbeats overlaying each other like they do in sadness and joy and in those certain moments, a sort of harmony.
I wanted to do a "sunset" song, short but vibrant. In playback, I liked what I did but thought "you can do a better sunset." So I did a second one. Take that, nature!
Your Spaceship's Here
I fell in love with those two repeated piano chords and thought, That can't be enough, so I added the guitar line and a little sequencer, still thinking that can't be enough. I let it loop for about an hour until I was in its trance and it felt like silver aliens had arrived to transport me to the Next Level, so that's when I knew it was enough.
At band practice, we noticed we were picking up the air conditioner in the PA and someone said, "That'll probably end up on the next Museumgoer EP." I secretly recorded the air conditioner and cut it up for the beat for this song on the (then) next Museumgoer EP.
Alex V. Cook - Rhodes piano, Hammond organ, Theremin, acoustic guitar, pedal steel, accordion, electric guitar, synthesizer, drum programming, field recording
Photo: Venetian blinds on office stool