I feel no need to pin down the meaning behind the lyrics of a particular song. Steve, Stina and myself spent a wonderful evening together walking Stockholm, talking about everything under the sun. Depending on frame of mind, all of the above. I enjoy hearing dramatic contrasts in a body of work as much as I enjoy something that was designed with a more conceptual uniformity.
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What were the selection criteria? This record charts the last decade. The next day we recorded and rapidly covered all the ground necessary.
I enjoy hearing dramatic contrasts in a body of work as much as I enjoy something that was designed with a more conceptual uniformity. How do you feel about their decision? Have there been any interpretations that you recall as being particularly wide of the mark? The best material has something of a specific or personal nature that can be applied generally.
You intuit something of which the mind has only the slightest inkling. To be somewhat introspective does tend to make one wish for a more or less private existence but, as a writer, simultaneous with that desire, is another that intends to share work which one feels might be of interest or beneficial in some capacity or another.
Can you shut retrospection off at will, or does the fact of compiling a record like this, and then being interviewed about it, force you to look back anyway? I believe depth and superficiality are not determined or defined by form but rather by intention. I am awake in this moment now, awake to the stimuli around me, not lost in thought, reflection, projections into the future, waking dream states etc.
David Sylvian - For the love of life lyrics
What have been the most creatively rewarding moments during this period for you? Sleepwalkers - Selecting Tracks How did you decide which tracks should go on the album?
What can you hhe us about that collaboration: Steve, Stina and myself spent a wonderful evening together walking Stockholm, talking about everything under the sun.
Regardless, I felt she was the right person for this particular track so we made contact and eventually flew over to Stockholm to work with her.
Culture as comfort food. The process of selection comes down to personal preference and availability of the material. Present and Future Assuming this record is a way of putting your recent work behind you, in what direction s will you be moving in the near future? What live were considered for inclusion but then left off, and why? In terms of direction, the projects all potentially point in differing directions from the electronic to the orchestral to more traditional forms of song writing.
Without the general application lovs material is virtually worthless. Daviid did you decide which tracks should go on the album? Which works of art, cinema or music have you been influenced for want of a better word by recently? Of course, listening to a particular piece in a fresh context can change our response to, or perspective on it.
Without naming and shaming anyone, of course. Musical Development This record charts the last decade. Your personality seems to be somewhat introverted or introspective. Hans-Olof Svensson On the subject of Sleepwalkers: Whatever the distance travelled that is how long you were asleep and so on throughout your lifetime.
Are song-based structures somehow by their very nature more superficial, or can the restrictions of working within a defined frame or format produce depth in other ways?
David Sylvian - For the love of life
Is this a balance you try to address at all as you work, or do you simply let the chips fall where they may? She knows her instrument exceptionally well, how to get the most out of that beautiful, seemingly fragile, voice. Thoughts on the Interview Process How do you feel about the interview process? Love Didion, love California, this was a tribute to both.
Can you hear that similarity too, and if so, was it intentional?