Guest post: Anne Clark

Here's the second post in a loose series of articles by guest writers. If you missed the highly anticipated first one, please see here.
Today, we have the great pleasure and feel truly honoured to present you a piece by the queen of our darkness, a true 1980ies icon whose status lasts to this very day, a woman that shaped my big brother's music taste as well as mine, a lovely human being I had the chance to meet and chat with after a great concert here in Cologne - ladies and gentlemen, please make some noise for the one and only
Anne Clark!

Sitting here on a bright and chilly November morning. A big steaming mug of tea and the dawn of a new day and a new project for me.

Music has always been a passion for me. All kinds of music. All ways. Always.

Language and words too. An (astrological, so I am told!) need to communicate!

The two are inextricably linked for me.

Words and music.

Music is the vessel that can carry us, all of us, any of us, to a higher plain.

Words can kill or cure us. Sometimes just one word is enough.

It’s that simple.

I have dabbled with every kind of music over the past 30 or so years. Well, my whole life in fact. The endless possibilities. A treasure box full of jewels, a child in a candy store!

I love the rough, raw scratchiness of a solo cello or violin. The butterflies-in-the-stomach swell of massed strings. The soaring purity of an oboe note. The primal, ancient earthiness of a drum beat. The beauty of a piano or guitar melody. All the human expression of love and joy and pain in the single voice of a singer. The challenge of a jazz ensemble! The madness of sampling old-style years ago with a cassette player somehow hooked up to the TV or radio. A microphone hand-held in the air as a thousand migrating geese fly in formation overhead…I love and lose myself in it all.

And…..the endless possibilities of “electronic” music.

Don’t ask me if it’s Techno, Electro, Industrial, Minimal, Maximal, Deep, Light, House, Garage or Lounge, EBM, IDM, Rap or Hip-Hop…

All I want to know is, does it make me feel. Does it make me feel something I have never felt before?

Since I was a child I have often wondered what it would be like to see a totally new colour. And I mean new. I don’t mean a different shade of blue or red or yellow or silver or black. I mean a colour that has never been seen before. It drives me almost crazy just to think about it!

I assume however that it is not and never will be a possibility…..something to do with spectrums and light waves and limitations of the human eye.

Yet, although our hearing has frequency limitations, it seems that from what is basically just a handful of notes, we can endlessly create new sounds, new music.

It is truly amazing when you really think about it!

And for me, the genre known as “electronic” music is that treasure trove full of jewels, the candy store full of colours, textures, tastes and flavours.

The possibilities with sound, unlike colour it seems, are endless……

Anne Clark, November 2010

this is the cover artwork for Anne Clark's


PAST & FUTURE TENSE – Chapter One, a reinterpreted retrospective of the music and words of Anne Clark is released on After Hours Productions through Believe Digital on 10th November 2010. We'll follow up on that one in short.