Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Making Traces... choosing a title

Before looking at some of the ideas behind the music, let's start with the choice of album title.

to follow the course, development, or history of…
to follow, make out, or determine the course or line of…
a surviving mark, sign, or evidence of the former existence…

to go back in history, ancestry, or origin; date back in time…
to follow a course, trail, etc.; make one's way…

Traces was a title I’d had in mind for a while. Not only did it sound great as an album name, but it was the most appropriate word to represent the reflective and nostalgic mood I wanted to portray.

It is quite an enigmatic and mysterious word that can be interpreted and associated in a number of ways. It’s also perfectly suited to the theme of dreaming and the subconscious that I wanted to explore through the music.

It evokes the mood of looking back through one’s path in history; the places you’ve been, the things you’ve done – and that of others. Those memories of times, places and people are heavily burned into our subconscious and make their way into our dreams, from vivid encounters to distorted familiarities.

As my music is instrumental, I like to think of the titles as starting points for interpretation – they’re often the starting points for me, determining a certain mood or atmosphere.

Traces is available now via Bandcamp, as mp3 and CD & digital download bundle. 

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