Sunday, 28 February 2021

MIGRANT 2



there's a hint of desperation in the air
not that I'd want to disturb anything



M I G R A N T
volume up, 720p














a jim lamarche remix
from the album ONE LIFE
assembled in logic audio and final cut


featuring the roland system 8


source music: shah



see the ONE LIFE album/page here >>>
http://www.jimlamarche.ca/onelife/



see the new TWO LIVES album/page here >>>


see the new THREE LIVES album/page here >>>












read more of Jim's blog posts here 




project credits/contributors listed below
listen to the youtube album ONE LIFE  >>>  HERE
(play all)








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Wednesday, 17 February 2021

RENDEZVOUS with destiny



crickets
I'll meet you at the same place
at the same time

just don't tell anyone




R E N D E Z V O U S
with destiny









a jim lamarche remix
from the album ONE LIFE
assembled in logic audio, photoshop and final cut

featuring the roland system 8






read more of Jim's blog posts here 
listen to the album ONE LIFE  >>>  HERE
 














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Tuesday, 19 January 2021

OLD FRIENDS



four and forty blackbirds, singing daydreams

volume up, 720p













old friends
the story behind the song


home - homeland
throw your worthless coins into my case



The title track from the album that was never released commercially.  Old Friends (the song) was recorded after I moved to Toronto in January 1980 after a 2 year hiatus from the studio. I was 23.  Acoustic ballads had no appeal to record companies back then, so it wasn't submitted as a possibility for my first album (later on) but I always liked it. No synths/samplers, computers or drum machines back in those days - just my guitars and now a recording studio at my disposal.  I barely slept in the 16 weeks that I was on that government grant.

I got into Kensington Sound, Toronto as an intern of sorts, through a program called OCAP which allowed me a short window to do something in the field in which I was educated.  Best part, is that I was given keys and security clearance, so I went in at night and spent several weeks playing with ideas on my own and this was the first song I recorded.


 

 







One thing that's really cool about being in a studio at 4 am, during yet another cold, late Canadian winter storm in Toronto recording voices when everyone else is asleep, stumbling home at 6 (sun rising) - for a noon callback - beyond that?  ... is that one comes up with ideas that would never have appeared if others were present - making it all more intimate. 

The high voices were recorded at half speed (15ips) on the 24 track analog recorder and then I put them through a Marshall Time Modulator (the vibrato effect), after bumping the speed back to 30ips.  This song was remastered in 2010 with Wave plug-ins and pulling it up recently, inspired to put some pictures to it in October 2015 - 35 years later.  

My best work has always been done in a relatively short period of time.  I wrote this song in a couple of hours before recording it that night in 6 hours (Feb 1980) and mixed it the following night in 2 hours.  This clip was assembled here in Final Cut on October 06, 2015 in 4 hours.  

A 12 hour project front to back.

Turns out I was hired on at Kensington Sound that April, where I continued as an engineer until that June before moving on to another studio ... Captain Audio in Yorkville, freelancing Eastern Sound then Amber Studios on Queen West.  













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Friday, 15 January 2021

Visionary



change your heart - look around you


"the only language men ever speak perfectly
is the one they learn to speak in babyhood
when no one can teach them anything"

Maria Montessori



I S I O N A R Y








algebra?  why?
there's gotta be a reason
to learn this shit
because this whole 'reward' vs 'punishment' crap
just isn't working and

I'm not a numbers guy


chaos and confusion envelopes us early on
and we are filled with 'ideas' that throw us off course
ensconced in the world's insipid ideologies
handed down first by our parents
then our teachers/schools 
employers and so on
and on we go 











quarter century later
gravitating to the big city
because that's where we need to be
to be "in the loop"
a place where we can BE
someone 


today's special
flavour of the week
employee of the month
pushing forward because
that's what you're supposed
to do


it's no wonder why 
we need to 'medicate' 
in a jar


ah - all those precious memories


back to the days when young students - boys mostly
were strapped for misbehaving (boner, I mean bonus)
for their unwillingness to 
be compliant













I need your lovin' ... like the sunshine


in an abstract absence of empathy and humility
deliriously distracted denizens

 harassing those who are independent thinkers
for being unwilling to learn 
how to play the game
properly

it is a simple message
play by the rules and you'll be rewarded
question them and you'll be punished
plain and simple











truth is

we learn to 'adapt' to our surroundings
at an early age - reprimanded for rebelling
when in fact challenging the system 
is what all great thinkers did/do
to this day

only all too often many (most) of us are convinced 
early on that what we ultimately want
is something not possible

fear is instilled, then 
the waiting game begins

waiting for something better to come along
and release us from the cage
only it never does

accepting our fate, our chosen destiny
chosen by others - quietly coming to terms
with the crappy hand of cards we've been dealt because

that's just what you do
go ahead, have your way with me

I surrender



change your heart - look around you



I'm in heaven - I mean
ok, maybe I'll get lucky some day
maybe God will come down and give me a lap-dance
but only if I stick to the plan
and never question
the truth 

creature comforts
in the pleasure dome
glued to our sacred sacraments
in HD on our soiled screens

waiting
 











it's just a theory
that makes a lot more sense
to me 




I S I O N A R Y




as an artist/composer looking back
my favourite musical compositions are always
those created and conceived (and recorded) 
in a very short time-frame (minutes/hours)

thinking about it too much
just made it more elusive, distant
it's like it just arrives 
out of nowhere
 

with a simple invitation 












visionaries 
are those who see light in the darkness and quickly harness it
instead of ignoring the signs and signals

embracing them
turning nothing into something


change your heart
it will astound you 


if you care for your children
keep their environment uncluttered
free of useless gadgets and distractions
keep your conversation honest and straight-forward
free of control and manipulation
free of hidden agendas
free of fear
breathe












keeping one's decisions fair and generous
free of punishment and shame

and (most importantly) - free of blame

because fundamentally
we are all guilty 

of nothing





dedicated to Maria Montessori (1870-1952) 







Friday, 18 December 2020

IN THE SNOW



the sun is gone, the moon is high
secrets of the night arrive


a three part mini-series
I N  T H E  S N O W

set vimeo player to 720p (lower right wheel)

sound up



IN THE SNOW
HOLD MY HAND
MAN UP



















every time I think of you
the rain falls from the sky 


optimized for night vision
a year later and still on point
scares me even more

silly shit

once referred to as my
'trajectory'
telling myself weeks ago
I was going to keep this up - 'festive'
and ... ya

It's just what I'm going through atm
thank you for your patience

joyeux noel friends









a jim lamarche remix
from the album THREE LIVES
assembled in logic audio and final cut

featuring the roland system 8


source music: snow/consonote
https://open.spotify.com/artist/2omwq1fEY8piNj0O1n2sXU

source music: hold/oleg byonic
https://olegbyonic.bandcamp.com/


savechildrefugees
https://www.savethechildren.org/us/








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see the ONE LIFE album/page here >>>
http://www.jimlamarche.ca/onelife/



see the new TWO LIVES album/page here >>>


see the new THREE LIVES album/page here >>>
http://www.jimlamarche.ca/threelives/




read more of Jim's blog posts here 




project credits/contributors listed below
listen to the youtube album ONE LIFE  >>>  HERE
(play all)




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MARRY ME



happy holidays friends
December is wedding season 
in the Punjab


matrimony is the union of fear and fantasy
manifest in merriment
till death do us part


M A R R Y  M E
sound up - 720p














a jim lamarche remix
from the album TWO LIVES
assembled in photoshop, logic audio & final cut
rose petal FX in adobe premiere
featuring the Roland System 8


source music: julian kruse
https://open.spotify.com/artist/19FmVQUAkGqclbaRTPDWIK




read more of Jim's blog posts here 








FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH
the story behind marry me


thinking why?
why make it about frikkin' God
what's the takeaway?

will the natural union 

between man & woman
be more sacred?  blessed?
a paradigm shift - dec 2008

3 months in India changes everything
diwali & wedding season, synchronizing
is something to see


beautiful thing, either way
you just need to see it
smell it


a religious experience









I will say this ... Punjabi weddings?
on a balmy fragrant early december evening? 
sun low in the sky 
the lights, the music

devotion in faith and still
very cool - and so
here we go, if it's fun?
then why not?







Saturday, 12 December 2020

UNDER THE RADAR





sometimes, I just want to be invisible
and be able to fly, despite the danger
a dream I keep having
I want to be












UNDER THE RADAR
BUZZFEED
FIZZLE



quick shout out to Alex, who suggested 
I do these bite sized appetizers



U N D E R  T H E  R A D A R
a 3 part mini-series
sound up - 720p
deep listening
after dark

undercover









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Buzzfeed - ONE LIFE/20

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Fizzle - ONE LIFE/20 

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 optimized for night vision
what a blast


ah so, pick 3 story/clips 
that kinda go together - right ok

shuffling the deck
and laying out
3 cards



december 2020, lockdown 2
dedicated to the southside aquatic centre
woodstock ontario
(for bringing me back)










remixes by jim lamarche
from the 3 part mini-series - UNDER THE RADAR
from the album ONE LIFE

assembled in photoshop, logic audio & final cut


featuring the Roland System 8


read more of Jim's blog posts here 



see my youtube for contributing credits
 and listen to the album ONE LIFE  >>>  HERE

(play all)