Six minutes and five seconds: This blog project - which, like all blog projects, is as likely to fail as finish - is based on a very simple idea. I wanted to take advantage of Tumblr’s song-a-day posting ability, and so I had the idea of starting the year with a track 365 seconds long, and posting a song one second shorter each day. Nourishing longer tracks to get us through the winter; a golden spring and early summer of three-minute (or thereabouts) pop greats, and then as 2010 ages we get to hear the song form break down and we’re plunged into a primordial pop soup of demos, skits, jingles, and grunts.
It should be fun! I’ll need help, of course, but more about that as and when I do. I’ll also add a comments facility before too long so you can make your own suggestions. The focus of this won’t be on the writing - I’m too busy - but when I have something to say about a song, I’ll say it.
I’m starting blog and year with Model 500’s “Night Drive (Time, Space, Transmat)”. This is because a new year is a time to start thinking about flying cars, teleports and rocket packs. The song was written for Juan Atkins’ previous outfit Cybotron, but they split up and it came out under the Model 500 name. Like a lot of mid-length techno tracks it doesn’t really build so much as restate its premise but its balance of moodiness and geekiness is highly effective nonetheless.