I've come to realise one of the things I enjoy the most is standing on stage with my bouzouki, which is plugged through a delay pedal and distortion box, while I'm using a bottle-neck slide.
Photo courtesy of Mark Robinson
I don't do this nearly enough for true satisfaction with my life, but it's great fun when The Cracked Man gets to do a full set, plugged in.
One such time was when we played at "Stereo" in Glasgow, and in a rare stroke of fortune, it was actually videoed from 2 different angles. I was sent the footage, but unfortunately the sound quality was crap, so it got shelved.
However, Marcus and I are slowly putting an album together and a few weeks ago we were working on the track, "Zero Energy", which is one of our songs where I get to use the magic combination of delay, distortion and slide.
Although the recorded version of this song is still being developed, I decided to see if I could construct a video using the footage from Glasgow and one of our more recent recordings.
It took a little while to line up the music with the video, because it turned out we played it live at a slightly different speed to our recorded version. However, changing the video angle each time it started to drift, helped a bit.
I also raided the freely available video archives of The Hubble Telescope to throw in some images of planets and exploding stars, to add a bit of texture to the visuals.
The result was this:
Hope you liked it