...yes Ma Ja Le still record together...well at lest we hang out a lot. We have been working on a cd for years now, in fact I can no longer make fun of Mike about Fabrications
The struggle to finish music is 3 fold for me:
About 5 years ago I decided to make my studio a commercial facility, and while I am about a year behind on my 5 year plan (next year I hope t add a second room to said facility) it has been going well and exceeding my expectations. This is of course a blessing and a curse as between my day job, doing sound design for a major software company and recording bands...I work an average 65 hour work week, which of course leaves little time for doing my own music...I also write monthly articles, interviews and gear reviews for Recording Magazine.
Two: I have a family with 2 children and a 3rd on the way
Three: Chris is in a similar situation...family, work and such.
Actually 3 weeks ago a good friend of our got us to pull our rigs out and perform live as a duo for the 1st time in years and it was awesome.
The album we are working on is about 70% done, but the problem is (and James Johnson and Vir Unis will attest), we are kind of like Steely Dan in the studio...perfectionists to a fault. We finish one overdub and suddenly want to re-do that last 3 because now the new one has pushed the sound into a whole new direction....so it is hard to ever call anything done
Of course this is when we can find time to be in the same place at the same time.
Also as musicians I play percussion and jazz kit in various Jazz and worship bands and Chris plays guitar in a lot of funk and gospel groups so musically we are always playing.
As as JKN mentioned I am planning on putting together an album of my performance from City Skies last year (my 1st solo gig ever) for Atmoworks soon, or at least hopefully before my performance at City Skies this coming spring...
I have also been working with Atmoworks tracking a new band with MJ Dawn for release next year that all involved are pretty excited about (not ambient though).
So, probably more than you guys needed to know, but there it is!
I love and miss doing this kind music, so we will see what the future holds.