Galileo, cave painting and The Magic Lantern

400 years since some bloke called Galileo decided to look up one night, I find myself in the Brittany countryside on a balmy summer’s night doing the very same thing.

Thanks to a complete absence of light pollution, stargazing really is something else out here.  The pitiful handful of stars (if any) one can see in the London sky pale into insignificance once your eyes have feasted on the French countryside’s vast tableau of the universe around us.   In fact, even with my naked eye I can clearly see the cloudy band of the Milky Way encircling us as we invisibly hurtle through space at close to half a million miles per hour – it’s really quite spectacular.   As for Galileo, the catholic church of course famously condemned him for his ‘heresy’ before finally admitting he was right after all.. a mere 359 years later in 1992! and I thought record labels were slow.. zzzz

I’m writing this with paint splattered fingers as I have been painting by day,  a frivolous archaic pastime to complement my two core daily activities of drinking wine and getting sunburnt.  Today’s efforts however resulted in something which I can only describe as a particularly primitive cave painting by a blind primary school child with learning difficulties.  It’s a grotesquely ugly seascape which I annoyingly decided to paint over quite a nice lush golden abstract piece, which was before that a rural farm scene.  Still, the fire will burn well tonight.

I’m here taking a welcome few days out after having completed my new record “The Magic Lantern”.  The album is an instrumental fantasy soundtrack,  an adventure  set in the surreal, romantic Neo Victorian universe of the Steampunk.   In a journey of pure artistic indulgence,  I recorded it with an eclectic, hugely talented, bunch of musicians called The Steampunk Orchestra.

The Magic Lantern by KK and The Steampunk Orchestra
The Magic Lantern by KK and The Steampunk Orchestra

There are some clips on our site if you’d like a sneak preview – ..  the album will be available to buy (or preorder) there on deluxe CD, and on MP3 via iTunes etc from 09/09/09

a bientot mes amis,