French artist Jean Giraud aka Moebius has been a huge influence on me for as long as I can remember. Copies of Metal Hurlant that I came across as a kid visiting France blew my mind, and I bought and consumed everything I could find by him as soon as I learnt the name. His masterwork Le Garage Hermétique remains my favorite of his comics. It’s tremendously inventive – an improvised tour-de-force written over a few years, constantly transforming and exploring every genre Moebius ever worked in.
For the past few years I’ve been working on an album of music that is a tribute to the artist and this incredible comic. This is my attempt at a visual tribute, and a cover for the album!
My ex-colleague Franklin was the inspiration for this – he asked me to make an image from a poem – “From the shore of my tears – a sea of stars”. No idea where it came from so shout out to Franklin for the inspiration. I added Turner and John Harris as the artists! Definitely got a Turner vibe in there – not sure how the chair legs crept in though.
It’s been fun lately to try recording some live solo jam sessions.
Always a bit nervous to make a post like this: Raw audio, no FX, no filters. It’s been nice to get out of town and find a bit of peace and quiet. Got some canine accompaniment that made me chuckle. “Just intonation” tunings in Bitwig make me want to trance out like La Monte Young.
Fun fact: If you shoot a video with your phone balanced on the table, your hands look huge! Live soundtracking this riff on the work of Henri Rousseau vs. John Harris’ sci-fi stylings.