Ailie Blunnie

Songwriter :: Singer :: Musician

‘West to the Evening Sun’ single // process (pt 2, video)

Posted by on Feb 12, 2017

Hiya, In the last post, I talked a bit about the song and the musical elements. I just wanted to add a quick note about the video. The video had a few incarnations: I originally recorded it very simply, with just clouds going across the sky in my garden in real time. I really like simple videos. But actually, that one ended up looking a bit too simple, even by my standards :-) So I decided to try out a different idea, and made a stop-motion one about a little cartoon girl who lost her balloon: I spent the whole Christmas making that one! ..but then I saw this cool thing on Wonders of the Universe (Brian Cox, BBC) – a wall of towers in Peru which was built as a giant sundial – and that made me think about the cloud idea again, but with some sort of sundial idea incorporated into it. I started looking up homemade sundial videos on YouTube and had all sorts of elaborate plans to construct one out the back. But I figured it would have to be vertical to work in the video (..my skills are limited in these areas), so I decided it’d have to be the window and some whiteboard markers.* The main concern for me with the video was that it would just kind of float by as you watched it, and not take up too much of your attention, so that you could hear the layers and atmospherics in the song properly. I hope you like it, Ailie xx * Incidentally, whiteboard markers work great on windows! (but don’t tell any children) ** I should probably also add: as a sundial, it’s not exactly scientifically...

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Any takers for a psychology experiment?

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014

Any takers for a psychology experiment?

There is an old musicians’ tale going around that the best way to get those creative juices flowing is to throw back two whiskeys and follow them up with a good strong coffee. Does it actually work? Well that’s what I want to find out. Sort of. Actually, I’m not too bothered about the whiskey part – I’m fairly sure there’s good evidence to back that bit up. But the coffee? Isn’t that supposed to make you sharper? More alert? Would that not hinder rather than help the creative process? If you are between 18 and 40, have 45-50 minutes to spare*, do not have any significant hearing loss, and are willing to forego alcohol, nicotine and caffeine for a 12-hour period before being tested, I invite you to participate in my experiment. To find out more, contact me via this link before Sunday 9 March (2014). There are 3 pairs of cinema tickets up for grabs if you participate too, as a token of my appreciation. *the experiment involves meeting up in person for 45-50 minutes and is best suited to those with easy access to Dublin city centre Get in touch if you’d like to take part:-) Ailie...

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