Simon Shackleton
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Epiphanies in Sound

Blows my mind.

It blows my mind that I can operate within the world of electronic music for over 20 years, and still have periods when I experience such musical epiphanies that they knock me.

Sideways.

Since I announced my effective resignation from my life as 'Elite Force', I've found nothing but utter fascination and joy in production. Music has become a true, pure joy for me again. I've found myself working 10, 12-hour days, utterly obsessed with the dark art of production ... taking a basic 'idea' and realising it's potential. By that I don't mean simply recording some sounds in unison and blurting out what passes for a finished product ... I mean going way deep into the science of sound. 

Every sound in a piece of music has it's own, bespoke set of frequencies that constitute what we hear ... when you combine them, and orchestrate them into a single unified finished 'song', these frequencies grapple with one another, sometimes fighting, amplifying each other ... sometimes working perfectly conchordantly to create a beautiful unison. How they combine, is science, and to the passive consumer it matters not how the artist arrives at the perfected recording of the track, the piece.

What counts are the moments you share with a piece of music. Now *that* is something I can't control ... but what I can control is the content of that piece of music, and how those elements align to create the perfect vision of an idea.

So that's what I've been doing. I've been obsessed by the pursuit of excellence, of plotting a path to create the perfect version of an idea ... and it's been working. I can honestly say that the music I've been making, day in day out, is the finest of my entire career. 

I feel alive again.