The Zeuphor was originally composed during the fall, late fall, and spring of 1990- 91.. I had escaped from The Bubbledome and was exploring the world around me and the person that I had to live with for the rest of my life.. the person I thought I had known my entire life up to that point.
The pages, about 300 of them, will be scanned individually and “blown up” or enlarged on a second monitor allowing me to transcribe the chickenscratch writings succinctly and easily.
~To be explanatory: I had it in my mind that I wanted to cram as many words on to a single page as possible so I used as Fine a nibbed pen as possible~ sadly, mostly in RED ink.. making it even harder to read~ and my hand would cramp up after a few hours of writing so small. It wasn’t until I was in Sedona, Arizona, and met with a wonderful cafe owner who gave me a hand writing analysis (and a whole bunch of free pre- ground java to make Cowboy Coffee with) that I learned the tighter the scrawl the narrower the mind.. so~ after that, I opened up my writing and divested myself of the desire to cram ALL the words in to one volume.
The Title: The Zeuphor, as dictated to M. Scott Ault by Zeupheldt- Moses
~The title is.. probably confusing. I am Zeupheldt- Moses.. I am M. Scott Ault.. but we are not the same person. I used to use Zeuphie as my nom- de- plum.. and it works. It’s fun. It is a single name.. not a first- last combination.. hmm.. maybe I’ll name my boat after my own name… the name of my soul.
I’ve always had the desire to create an unique listener experience.. The Death of Love isn’t a normal novel so why do it normally?
Initial recordings were done quickly… on the “Spur of the moment” style.. it was spring.. I was suffering from heavy duty allergies due to Black Mold in the apartment that would, later, force my pregnant wife and I to move out.. which precipitated the slow downward decline of moving to Kelowna and then…. on.
These recordings, the initial pieces that will be re- recorded this year in a manner that is replicable, were done at a time when I had laryngittis.. mostly. Some of the readings are clear and clean but some are done when I was unable to speak without a ruffled duster sound.
The entire volume will be re- recorded according to my original sonic vision after I finish learning some very necessary steps, tips, and tricks to using Logic, Garage Band, and Samplers (SWOON!!! I’ve got a Korg Volca Sample AND a Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator.. it’s gonna be so much fun!!!!)
AND VIDEOS… I’ll be making VIDEOS of annecdotes, inspirations, and what ever I want.. sometimes using spoken word as background.. sometimes not.
This shall stand as the introduction to A Spoken Four Weeks.
The spoken recordings will consist of two chanel vocals and a mixture of acoustic and/ or electric instruments along with App Based/ Tablet Based musical accompaniment.
The be clear- the vocals are dual chanelled so as to allow one chanel to be thoroughly “Processed” in a style similar to Al Jourgensen of Ministry fame. I have two (2) vocal phasers along with a looper and a Vocoder (or two really) that will be modifying that vocal track. Recorded in concert, a non- modified audio channel will be facilitated by using a seperate and second microphone.. hence, two chanels.
It’ll be interesting.. samples shall be showing up shortly.. I do have some “learning” to do first.. my audio experience has always been ” do it now.. or never” and as such I haven’t had a lot of time available to learn new tips and tricks with the DAW environment(s) I use (Garage band and Logic Pro).. but, I also haven’t developed continuity.. so, the things I do learn during one session generally aren’t carried over to the next.
It is my interest and intent to produce more than just this one book of poetry as spoken word.. thus, I see continuity as a key element on this projects progress.. you’ll see posts, here, as I grow through the learning and on to recording…
To some that might sound like a normal thing or not that big of a deal but for me.. each time I’ve started to record something~ because I have no idea except my fumbling explorations of Logic and Garage Band~ I’ve had to search for a previous version or previous recording that did things the way I wanted them to.
Little things like the microphones piping through to the DAW app properly.. irregardless of sound values or qualities. It was very difficult for me to get my Mandolin (the acoustic one) mic’d properly in the old South Granville space.. and it was always tinny and plucky.. not the smooth sounds I’m used to in albums.. mostly because I would only have a certain amount of time within which to do my recordings.. so I had to just plug it all in and GO!
Now, I can open a blank document in Logic and tell it what I want.
Thanks to UDEMY… I’m taking a course that will~ by the end of it~ have me mastering tracks like a pro.. well, almost. I’ll be able to record the raw files (mixing and mastering are two totally different games… scary).