« on: July 15, 2015, 11:09:13 PM »
With feelings of relief and satisfaction I was finally able to release Babylon - my first full, thematic album, recorded back in 2002 and then remade in 2004.
But these are only excerpts from two hour-long compositions. Why is it so?
Then, thirteen years ago, I was sixteen and with very limited resources, abilities or knowledge. Recording wasn't easy and technical issues halted any progress quite frequently. And while my first attempt at Babylon survived until today in its whole, I could not justify releasing it without heavy edits. I needed to condense and compromise. I wanted to squeeze out as much meaning and atmosphere as I possibly could. Those are the opening seventeen minutes of today's release and I would like to believe I did well.
Some time later, eleven years ago, I felt more confident in my skills and in my equipment. Remaking Babylon was not easy and from today's perspective it's clear I did not succeed. The new version was a different beast, more to the point, more abstract. But the idea stayed the same and that is why another thirty six minutes of today's release consists of excerpts from that version. Here, again, I could not justify releasing it without edits, additionaly because not all of it survived in good enough state.
Babylon is about desolation in urban environments, about dehumanised enviromnents and cold concretescapes. After giving it some thought I can say many of these themes survive in my music until today, particularly within Metastructure series. But I'm sure it is impossible for me now to try and remake Babylon again. Things in life are valuable precisely because they are finite. So all the more fortunate I feel for a chance to call back that finite past into present.
I would like in this moment to send a metaphysical 'thank you' to Mamoru Oshii for his "Patlabor 2 The Movie" and to Kenji Kawai for his soundtrack. I would not be the person I am today without seeing and hearing that magnificent work of art. Babylon was and always will be my tribute to it.