Martin Williams asked me late in 2007 to compose a new work for the series he was curating, All Day Everyday, for ResonanceFM in London.
My contribution, Linden, aired on August 13, 2008.
Along with Embertide, this work represents something of a departure for me, treating a very personal, very intimate aspect of my life, rather than something public, or at least notionally exotic.
In this case, the subject emerged from an honest introspection on what it is that I actually do listen to, most days, every day. The answer, particularly in the run-up to (and now following) the birth of my daughter, is not particularly glamorous. It is the environment of my high-tech office job.
Like almost all sound artists I know, I maintain a day job to pay my rent.
I work as an embedded systems programmer. Like many such jobs, mine is modestly rewarding. More than in most, I have in mine a negotiated flexibility that allows me on occasion to do the work that I document on this site. At work I am treated with respect; I wrestle with challenging problems; I learn things; I even have a corner office with a view of sorts.
But no matter its graces, necessity makes it what it is.