Well, I’m feeling totally energized this morning after last nights’ FULL-LENGTH ONE HOUR LIVESTREAM CONCERT (yay!) which ended up being more like a 1 hour 20 minute concert thanks to my rambling between songs. It seemed inconsiderate to my guests not to, you know…speak. So, speak I did. At length. To the extent that the video recorder ran out of space. Sorry, folks who wanted to watch later, but the footage cuts off somewhere in the middle of ‘Frauenwerk.’ We’re going to edit some highlights and stick them on YouTube shortly.
All in all, I’m feeling a deep sense of satisfaction and even achievement at having performed all fourteen of the album songs, back to back. My voice handled it (I’ve been building vocal strength with daily exercises) and stayed strong until the final crescendo in ‘The Family.’ I was able to really get into my flow, instead of having to stop just when I felt I was getting started (the reality of playing in small London venues, where you’re to consider yourself lucky to play for 30 minutes, unless you’ve taken over the venue for the night). I wasn’t fighting feedback or a swampy PA system. And, thanks to not having to use a microphone, I could swivel in my chair and sway around as the mood took me.
Yes, this performing-your-own-music schtick is just the bomb. The absolute best. Joy central.
But enough about me. How was it for you? I haven’t found a way to read messages onscreen while keeping both my head and keyboard in view, but I was able to read some of your messages at the end before they were swept into webby oblivion. Thanks for all the lovely comments, requests and general back slaps. I have no idea who some of you were but I appreciate them all the same. From the numbers, it seems everyone who tuned in at 8pm stayed watching til 9pm and beyond. I think that’s an endorsement! Having you there, in your far-flung locations, was essential to the live experience.
Long and short of it, I’m going to make this a regular thing because it’s so damn enjoyable. As music friends & fans in the US have pointed out they’re unlikely to be able to tune in on Friday lunchtimes, I thought I’d try one on a Sunday evening in the UK to catch them on Sunday afternoon. That time would probably be better for my central European friends too. I’ve been trying to communicate with my Malaysian friends using an online translator, but the first attempt doesn’t seem to have worked…I’m working on that.
I’m pleased to announce that, on 28th May 2012, 14 English Outcasts will be available on iTunes and Spotify. I was pleased with the number of streams of ‘Supernova’ even if the rate isn’t yet at the level it should be. The Joy e.p. is going up there, too, on 22nd April (in honour of my dad’s birthday). I’m also going to give MySpace Music a try. Call it misguided loyalty. I very nearly deleted my profile when Murdoch bought it and the functionality went up the Swanee, so this is their last chance (I’m sure Wendi is reading this – SORT IT OUT WENDI!). I may start using Soundcloud for remixes, live downloads and the odd single only, as that’s what it seems to work best for. I’ll stick with Bandcamp, so the album is still bloggable and sharable, but make sure the price is the same as other outlets.
Watch this space for more livestream news.
So, *thanks* for coming along to Friday nights’ livestream micro-gig. This time, I shared a live version of ‘The Mirror’ based around synth lines rather than three cellists (it’s quite a coup to bring three great cellists together) and a juicy version of ‘Thundersong.’ What joy! At the end of the second song you might be able to detect a feint ‘miaow’ from my trusty feline mascot (and beloved pet).
I’m going to start a poll or two soon, to find out which of three tracks you’d like to hear me do a cover version of and to find out which tracks from 14 English Outcasts I should release as singles.
Here’s the video of my last livestream:
Hope you’ll join me, here on this site, on the evening of Friday 13th for a one hour concert of all the songs from my debut album. Remember you can subscribe to my YouTube channel or follow this blog by e-mail to keep in touch.
Love and rockets,
Hello dear webchums,
Well, last night was Livestream No. 4. The big livestream concert on 13th April is approaching fast. I’m practicing as much as possible, between making my second album, and wondering whether I can pull it off? This first attempt to perform ‘Frauenwerk’ live went a little pear-shaped, but like a pro, I soldiered on in the face of…running out of song. It’s strange that you can know a song perfectly in rehearsal then find important bits fall out of your head when you’re under the lights. Perhaps I need to work on my lyric memory palaces? Such is the risk and peril of live music. It’s worth it for the kicks.
Another unexpected peril, during last night’s performance, was the intrusion of a certain furry band member.
He has four legs and a tail. Did you spot him in the background, shaking his gourd?
My breathless rendition of ‘The Prayer’ was dedicated to DJ Tom Robinson and the the soon-to-be-web-only Freshnet team. Thanks in advance for playing my track on your BBC6 show – again – tonight. You rule.
I decided to brave the 4chan trolls and remove the password protection from the warm-up livestreams, so do come along for the next one on 30th March. A Facebook Like, a Twitter share, a Blog Follow, or a mailing list sign-up to therealarielarcher [@] gmail [.] com are always welcome.
Here’s the video of last nights’ micro-gig, for those who slow down to stare at car crashes
In case you didn’t know, all this Friday night micro-gigging is building towards a full 1 hour performance on Friday 13th April 2012. Do join me. If you come along, I’ll say thanks by giving you a free album download.
p.s. can I just share the video for Sylver Tongue’s ‘Hook You Up’? This is none other than Charlotte Hatherley, accomplished solo artist, ex-Ash and recently of Bat for Lashes. It’s such a luminous track, I’ll let it speak for itself. Charlotte and her band are playing live a lot at the moment – go see her if you can. Sylver Tongue website.
In the wee small hours of Saturday night (1-3 am), Tom Robinson is going to play ‘The Prayer’ on BBC Introducing. Tom Robinson is our generation’s John Peel, except with hits to his name. This is massive. I’m staying up for it because I’m totally uncool and find the prospect of national radio play too exciting. This month is the last month before Tom & the Freshnet Team’s show becomes internet-only, so I’m delighted to have made it onto the national airwaves. So many people listen to it online anyway, it’s still going to keep its audience.
Last night I invited my webchums over for my third livestream and shared my first attempts at live versions of ‘Whisper in the Rain’ – with a soupcon of Stylophone (see above) – and ‘The Girl with the Knife.’ The lyrics for both of these songs are so…direct, so clear a statement of my beliefs, that I find it strange to sing them straight to others…the temptation to obfuscate and hide myself is STRONG with these two.
Don’t miss no.4 next Friday 23rd March 2012. Be there or be…a rhombus. Yeah – you heard me! A RHOMBUS.
It’s been lovely to see the Facebook Likes building up. A Twitter share or a Blog Follow, or a mailing list sign-up to therealarielarcher [@] gmail [.] com is always nice as it means I don’t have to dash around cyberspace saying “hey! come and party with me.” Or, not quite so much.
Here, for party animals and couch spuds who missed last nights’ micro-gig, is the video:
The point of all these quickie micro-gigs is to build up to a full 1 hour performance on Friday 13th April 2012. For the moment, while I effectively rehearse in public, the streams are for friends only. If you want to be there, just message me for the secret password and access them via the new ‘Livestream’ link on this site.
You can still download the audio from the first livestream from Soundcloud in just 2 clicks.
Thanks for coming last night – it’s invaluable to have an audience to sharpen up a performance! Mua x
Don’t forget to put 13th April in your diary – the biggie. To everyone who attends I’ll give a code to download 14 English Outcasts for freeeee.
Love and rockets,
It’s been a good week here at Ariel HQ. I’ve been informed that a track from 14 English Outcasts is going to be played on BBC Introducing by the wonderful champion of independent musicians Tom Robinson and his Freshnet Team, including my ladymusic heroine Ruth Barnes. That makes me burst with pride a little. ‘Tis all my own work. I can’t wait to hear my song on national radio and to know how many other ears it will reach. Big love to all the friends and supporters who asked BBC 6 Music to play my music.
Well, last night was the night for livestream number 2. The tracks I decided to share were ‘The Aviatrix’ (which takes me away somewhere whenever I play it) and ‘Gentlewood’ (a song close to my heart). If you were among the viewers, you’ll know that I went off on an almighty tangent about the origins of the second song (escaping from a busload of tourists I had just handed over to the tour guide at Versailles, stumbling across a shady wooded area and falling into a romantic slumber) which I might edit for the download. Can I talk?! I surprised myself. I doubt I’d win any prizes for captivating between-song banter, but you can be the judge of that.
Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed myself again and am looking forward to number 3, next Friday 16th March 2012. Be there or be cuboid!
Wrap your peepers around the video of last nights’ micro-gig (have I invented a word?):
Unless either myself or my Mac are kidnapped by extra-terrestrials, I’ll be livestreaming a couple of songs from 14 English Outcasts every Friday night, building up to a 1 hour performance on Friday 13th April 2012. It’s a constantly unfolding work-in-progress. For the moment, the streams are for friends only. You can message me for the secret password and access them via the new ‘Livestream’ link on this site.
Thanks again to the special friends who joined me last night.
Feel free to come again next Friday 16th March 2012 at 8pm GMT for another live micro-gig – and to put 13th April in your diary!
Love and rockets,
Hello good folks,
Thanks to the wonder of Soundcloud, you can download the audio recording of my first livestream performance of songs from 14 English Outcasts – free. The recording is of ‘The Actress’ and ‘The Surgeon’ from 14 English Outcasts, my debut album. It was sheer joy to perform live, even though it’s a little like communicating through a two-way mirror.
I would really appreciate a Facebook Like, a Twitter share, a Blog Follow, or a mailing list sign-up to therealarielarcher [@] gmail [.] com to say ‘cheers!’ – but, as they say, c’est a vous choufleur (trans: it’s up to you, cauliflower…?). Or, in the immortal – and less surreal – words of Bjork, “I can control what I give but I can’t control what I get given.”
I hope you enjoy listening. You can watch it, too.
The plan is to livestream a couple of songs from the album every Friday night, building up to a 1 hour performance on Friday 13th April 2012. It’s a constantly unfolding work-in-progress. For the moment, the streams are for friends only. You can message me for the secret password and access them via the new ‘Livestream’ link on this site.
Thanks to the lovely friends who joined me last night!
Feel free to come again next Friday 9th March 2012 at 8pm GMT for more live musical fun.
Love and rockets,