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Zero Energy - The Cracked Man

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


Jonathan Chant said...

More than liked it: absolutely beautiful all the way through.

Kim Ayres said...

Many thanks for the positive feedback, Jonathan - much appreciated :)

neena maiya (guyana gyal) said...

Remember that group America? Something about this reminds me of them. Cool, laid back.

Kim Ayres said...

Guyana Gyal - I'm not sure I remember them, but I'll take it as a compliment :)

neena maiya (guyana gyal) said...

Check out that song, Horse with no name.

Not that your song is like theirs, just something about you reminds me of America.

Kim Ayres said...

Neena - perhaps part of it is that it stays pretty much in the same key all the way through :)

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