Archive for May, 2011

i’d never been “foreign” until i moved to america. it’s a strange concept really. i’ll never forget the first time i visited athens, ga… i joked with a guy in a bar that i was enjoying my time in the US… apart from all the weird accents… i thought i’d made it clear enough that i wasn’t serious. but apparently i hadn’t. “accent?!” the guy shouted back at me. “accent?!”… “you’re the one with the accent! i don’t have no accent!”

it was then i first became aware that i was indeed a “foreigner” here. i was “other”. this guy seemed to think (quite seriously) that he spoke “normally”. that he had no accent whatsoever… i was the one pronouncing things strangely. he spoke, apparently, the way one was meant to speak. in hindsight, i wished i’d gently suggested to him that actually all of us have accents. and all of us are “foreigners”… somewhere.

a brief video blog then! for the edification of the body. and the cleansing of the soul:

America. For This I Am Truly Sorry.

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my new record “central state” is dedicated to:

– those buried in unmarked graves, on “asylum” grounds
– those whose stories were never told and are now lost forever
– those who were diagnosed “mad” for merely being different and not fitting in
– those who were institutionalized against their will
– those who were disowned by their families
– those that were lobotomized or given “shock therapy” — even for relatively minor conditions like depression or “rebellious behavior” (especially children)
– those that were brutalized and physically or sexually abused by staff, or fellow patients
– those that escaped and subsequently died on the streets, homeless
– those that overdosed on prescribed medications
– those that took their own lives
– and those who, against all odds, held fast… and somehow survived.

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i’m excited to share the first song “open sky” from my upcoming new record with you! it’s a somewhat intriguing tune… dreamlike and cyclic in nature, with lots of layered voices and interweaving parts. where does it take you? what does it make you think of? what color is it, to you? i’d be interested to hear your thoughts…

you can stream it here: http://www.marktulk.com/music.html

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yes. my new full-length record is finally here! well, digitally at least… artwork is nearing completion, and it’ll be sent off for replication early july (right after a wee celebratory vacation next month!). so… it’ll definitely exist in material form by mid-july, ready  for an early august (official) release. and what does it sound like? well rather good, i think… i really like it at least… oh, if you haven’t come across this yet… my “unabashed self-promoting” ways on twitter and facebook… here’s the first (totally unsolicited) endorsement from the gent that mastered it at abbey road:

“I enjoyed this album, Mark, nice sounds and good music. I’d have this as a permanent resident on my mp3 player. Good job!” – Sean Magee, Mastering Engineer, Abbey Road (Beatles Remastered 2010, John Lennon Remastered 2010 etc)

now — quite honestly — that’s good enough for me! if someone of that caliber seriously likes my music (and thinks it was well recorded and mixed etc)… that’s about all the encouragement i’m ever likely to need, this side o’ the dark river… and i do need it, you know. ’cause a lot of the time i feel as if i’m getting nowhere.

but i must be doing something right!

right? 🙂

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