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#4671 - Thu, 13 Oct 2005 04:56:00 Forthcoming Collaborations...
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There have been a number of rumours flying around for a few months now as to the possible collaborations that John could've become involved in following on from the Harold Budd farewell concert that took place back in May of this year.

Well, John E-Mailed me earlier today with news about his ongoing projects with Robin Guthrie, Theo Travis, Steve Jansen, Bill Nelson and Harold Budd...

"Thoroughly enjoyed working with Robin Guthrie - a unique musician whose work made me sunburst and snowblind when I first heard the Cocteau Twins in the early eighties. We've done the greater part of an album so far at his place in France and will finish off in early November. Rob was really on form, sessions went blazingly well - really inspired. We were doing two tracks a day, verging on three at times, yet it all felt so effortless. Dazzling.

"Heard Theo Travis at Harolds concert at Brighton and was mighty impressed by the way he uses loops and long echoes and delays - coincided perfectly with the way I like to work with vocals. We later conspired quietly and Theo made some beautiful recordings which I've just begun work with. So far it all sounds perfectly pleasing to me. Serene velocity easily attained.

"More than pleased to work with Steve Jansen after admiring his work for years - detail and subtlety with function. He came down to the studios and calmly turned out more than enough material for an album in just two sessions. Steve D'Agostino is doing the recording - worked with everyone interesting in modern music from Gina X to Goldfrapp and is Mr Calm and Completely Capable. (Also knows much more than I do about my own work. Encyclopedic). We kept everything Steve Jansen did because it all sounded so right. Can't wait to start working with his material, its unlike anything else attempted so far and I just know its going to be a real adventure.

"Harold Budd and Bill Nelson are plotting to do versions of what we did at Brighton. Basically the preparation for that performance involved a ten minute rehearsal, after which Harold said 'that's just fine' - and so it was. Afterwards we all felt it simply can't be let go at that. Anything that feels so effortless, yet has an inherent power of its own has got to be worth revisiting and recording. We easily could get a whole album out of any of the pieces we played. So much promise there. Thankfully Bill and Harold are of the same mind, so we're all off on safari toward the end of the year.

"From my perspective, after never being one for collaborations, It's so surprising to happen upon such an entire unexpected, inspiring set of people. We all sail together so well, it always seems to go without much effort, yet everything sounds so rich and complete. A deeply gratifying experience, I can tell you. There are others in there I haven't been in touch with yet, but I will.

"Of course, all this is completely Harolds fault. If he hadn't retired, we wouldn't all be working so hard. He's really the pivot around which everything turns. Hard to overestimate his significance to all of us - and to this kind of music, which I think is perhaps the beginning - just a glimpse, a glint, a wee glimmer, of something lovely - with legs."

I'll post further details as soon as I find out more myself... laugh

Rob

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#4672 - Thu, 13 Oct 2005 05:07:00 Re: Forthcoming Collaborations...
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John Foxx and Robin Guthrie?! Yow!

BTW, Rob, the Metamatic email showed up in my gmail account as an empty email with a suspicious-looking attachment.

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#4673 - Thu, 13 Oct 2005 05:11:00 Re: Forthcoming Collaborations...
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About time we had a salivating gremlin ... excited Good work Rob!

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#4674 - Thu, 13 Oct 2005 16:04:00 Re: Forthcoming Collaborations...
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Thanks again Rob
It's nice to have something positive to look forward to. excited

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#4675 - Thu, 13 Oct 2005 18:17:00 Re: Forthcoming Collaborations...
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Cheers again Rob!

Wow! John is back writing to fans (well, indirectly through you). It'll be great if John were to do this more regularly.

The most important thing is that he is as vigorous as ever and now collaborating with well established artists.

Still no Billy Currie collabration. Yet there's plenty here to make your mouth water for now!

Bye for now!

Chris C laugh

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#4676 - Thu, 13 Oct 2005 18:48:00 Re: Forthcoming Collaborations...
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Fancy not being able to spell "encyclopaedic"...

Seriously though, must be incredibly gratifying at this stage in his career to come across so many people where joint inspiration strikes. Good news for the artist, indeed. smile

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#4677 - Thu, 13 Oct 2005 19:02:00 Re: Forthcoming Collaborations...
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Originally posted by Flip Martian:
Fancy not being able to spell "encyclopaedic"...
My dictionary (the ironically named Collins Concise Dictionary) gives both spellings of encyclopedic/encyclopaedic. Fancy not knowing that..... wink laugh

On the new project front, he's going to be a busy man for some time to come by the look of it. excited

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#4678 - Thu, 13 Oct 2005 19:16:00 Re: Forthcoming Collaborations...
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Collins is often wrong though - fancy not knowing that? wink Just kidding. I guess I'm just showing my age so "the old fashioned way" of spelling is in me head. John is obviously more up to date than I am! laugh

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#4679 - Thu, 13 Oct 2005 19:18:00 Re: Forthcoming Collaborations...
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Originally posted by Flip Martian:
Collins is often wrong though - fancy not knowing that? wink Just kidding. I guess I'm just showing my age so "the old fashioned way" of spelling is in me head. John is obviously more up to date than I am! laugh
Ditto! laugh

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#4680 - Thu, 13 Oct 2005 20:10:00 Re: Forthcoming Collaborations...
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Hurrah! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Cool]" src="cool.gif" />

Isn't it great that John is experiencing this 'renaissance' and getting a chance to work with such luminaries
(I bet I've spelt that wrong...)

I'm a particular fan of his choral/harmonic work and delighted to see so many opportunities.

Thanks for the exciting update Rob - and great to hear the news from the man himself. smile

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#4681 - Thu, 13 Oct 2005 21:02:00 Re: Forthcoming Collaborations...
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Steve Jansen eh!
What thee Steve Jansen from Japan?
This will be interesting....OH NO!...AM I IN THE JF THREAD OF THE FORUM!!!!....AAAAAARGH!

My suit is turning grey & i'm in an apartment with no walls!!!...lol biglaugh

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#4682 - Thu, 13 Oct 2005 21:13:00 Re: Forthcoming Collaborations...
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Thanks Rob for your mail!

GREAT JOHN COMES BACK SOON! excited

All the musicians who performed at the gig in Brighton would be a good collaboration pardner!!! They all have a high class quality.
It was a pleasure to see them all together. excited

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#4683 - Thu, 13 Oct 2005 23:28:00 Re: Forthcoming Collaborations...
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Whoa! Hold your horses!

John's only talking about recording with other artists - there's no guarantee that what they come up with will be released commercially.........is there?

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#4684 - Fri, 14 Oct 2005 01:53:00 Re: Forthcoming Collaborations...
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Hi Herbert
I would certainly like to think these collaborations will be released commerially. I'd feel very let down if they wasn't but knowing John it'll be well into next year. smile
Peter

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#4685 - Fri, 14 Oct 2005 02:05:00 Re: Forthcoming Collaborations...
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Just want to add how happy I am to hear these collaborations. This is just perfect! - so much to look forward to! smile

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#4686 - Thu, 20 Oct 2005 20:43:00 Re: Forthcoming Collaborations...
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Originally posted by Herbert the turbot:
Whoa! Hold your horses! John's only talking about recording with other artists - there's no guarantee that what they come up with will be released commercially.........is there?
Surely everyone would prefer to know that at least something is being worked on? shock

Rob

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#4687 - Thu, 20 Oct 2005 21:35:00 Re: Forthcoming Collaborations...
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Its reassuring to know that somewhere great music is being produced.

The thought of another John Foxx album is a reason to keep getting up in the morning. Life-affirming stuff indeed. smile

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#4688 - Fri, 21 Oct 2005 03:17:00 Re: Forthcoming Collaborations...
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Agreed, Rob.

Thanks for letting us know that John is keeping himself busy with new projects, all of which sound intriguing. This gives us all something to look forward to smile

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#4689 - Fri, 21 Oct 2005 21:07:00 Re: Forthcoming Collaborations...
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This is really great news... I hope it all pans out and that we get to hear it all too! biglaugh

I'm especially looking forward to the fruits of a collaboration with Bill Nelson. That really can't be anything other than pure magic as far as I'm concerned. lurve

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#4690 - Sun, 23 Oct 2005 06:10:00 Re: Forthcoming Collaborations...
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Originally posted by Flip Martian:
Fancy not being able to spell "encyclopaedic"...
He missed the apostrophe out of "Harold's fault", also. Damn this obsessive compulsivism!

You know, I had a view, a feeling about JF's music and output and that has modulated, modified, softened, morphed over the years, always into something better; but the biggest change has come after meeting the man at Sister Ray's, and suddenly the horizons have opened, the sky has grown wings, frequencies have more dimensions, sound has more texture and taste and the news - both here and from that brief chat - that there are collaborations being whispered comes with a shudder of great anticipation. "Bring it on!", as I believe the young people say.

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