This album is dedicated to my best friend and partner Amelia. If nothing more, these tracks, exist to show her that with combination of a bit of creativity, hard work, and a quarter of her ability at playing music one can render musical ideas worth listening to.
Something that is important in our existences as humans is fulfilling our ability to create. At the pinnacle of our existence when all other needs are met do we have space to create. It does hold my interest though, especially because I experienced this in the creation of this work, that in more modern times there has come to be an emphasis on exertion of will over biology that seems to add a greater element of profundity to the work, perhaps because of its creator's rebellion of the modern comfortable existence.
Creation holds a power that is so wonderfully magical, and yet it continues to be in my life, and from what I understand of the lives of others, ever elusive. Amelia and I constantly talk about creation and the people, processes and systems which generate what we seem to find fascinating in the world. The specificity of our interest is wide ranging and is intentionally reflected in the album in terms of aesthetics and adaptations of musical emotions, sounds, and ideas which I tried to make both eclectic and somewhat identifiable to our shared tastes and dialogues about music.
There must always be fuel for a fire and for this record and these days I am now living she is an inspiration to everything in my life. Space girl, you are wonderful. I am going to try to reconcile the fact that you the listener and now reader most likely can't conceive from my previous words about her that her value to the greater world is something which most people will only experience in fragments. But on that thought I ask you to please reflect upon those angelic people who come and go in our lives as if meant for another reality much better than ours yet for a time they grace our life with love, ideas, kindness, and understanding. With those thoughts and feelings now you can perhaps imagine why Space Girl's life is so important to me and why I'd make a record about her. I'm just so fucking lucky she's staying on this planet for what appears to be a while :) In love and life we need to find ways to express feelings that are greater than our small hearts can hold and so this is my expression of those feelings through the sounds I can conjure up on the electric contraptions of our earthly universe. Sounds created in appreciation of her being, in appreciation of the story of our romance, in appreciation of my appreciation of her appreciation of my appreciation of her with love as the air allowing them to exist.
All of the music on this record was created using analog keyboards. This is my first endeavor to create an album completely created from keyboards which had much to due with a few moments of being able to witness the power of the piano and thus keys in general because of Amelia. My desire for most of the emotive elements of this music, while undoubtedly, may I express here, are not concrete nor do I want to tether these sounds to specific feelings in the listener if they'd rather gain something else, but I do hope more generally that they are for the most part positive, additive, and interesting. While that is not to say that I do not have aims for moments of counterbalance throughout the work. Feeling anything for too long is too much and good works move us in different directions, a given which I tried to embrace. Just for a few brief examples sensations like sonic density to lightness, width, dissonance, resonance, reflection and interaction with outside environments were all elements I aimed to explore then utilize. Perhaps from stating this you will understand and hopefully intuit from the tracks themselves a thoroughly conceptualized record. I really actually super hope you enjoy it and it satisfies you in some way. What ever that way is? I don't give a shit. I hope you as the listener enjoy how the tracks transform spaces and your states of being. One of my other hopes would be that sometimes on sunny days in nice weather when you're stoned in your uncle's basement it's maybe even kinda dreamy. Thanks for listening and reading.
- m. balzekas
released February 26, 2016
Balzy: All Sounds
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