Oops, that wasn’t very ‘soon’ was it? Everything seems to take longer than it used to, and I’m almost permanently busy lately, but I’ve managed to squeeze this out eventually.  Here we go…
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So it seems I can keep a secret for a long time!
I started this post back in mid January, just before my computer fell into its protracted coma. The story began almost twelve months earlier than that, when I undertook what I refered to at the time as a secret project. Due to a combination of various technical difficulties and my powers of procrastination, it’s only now that I am finally able to reveal what the secret project is, and what it was before it became what it is now…
In early 2013, I took it upon myself to create a short film to accompany a piece of music by the greatly talented and all round nice guy behind Patient: Richard, a music video, for want of a better term. We were both keen to develop a creative collaboration, and this seemed to present an ideal opportunity. I already had a track of his in mind, one particular composition had caught my ear (as they often do) and I started to create mental images and sequences when I listened to it. I’d made a few videos in my younger days so it was a medium I enjoyed.
I created a set in the cellar and began to gather a variety of props, then I arranged a couple of afternoons with  a friend who would be appearing in the video. It was time to do the filming. All went well and I ended up with just over an hour of footage, around half of it featuring the scenes shot with my friend, plenty enough to edit down into an accompaniment for a slightly over ten minutes piece of music.
Then everything went wrong. The editing software on my PC simply would not behave. I would spend a couple of hours putting together a sixty second sequence only for lags, gaps and delays to appear once I had finished, throwing the whole thing out of synch. I would then delete all my work and try again the next night, only for the same problems to reappear. After several fruitless attempts,  I deleted the software and downloaded it again, foolishly hoping that this would cure it, only to be frustrated once more. I next began to search for alternative video editing programs on the internet and after consulting a number of forums and guides, I downloaded around half a dozen of them (free ones of course, and legally free too!) Some of them were too simplistic while a couple of the others were a little too in depth and complicated for my 20th century educated brain.
After a little experimentation I settled on some software that seemed to suit my needs, and more importantly, it worked, but by this time (a couple of months after I had started the project) my creative spark and enthusiasm had waned. During the initial abortive editing process, I must have listened to the opening sequence of the track hundreds of times as I repeatedly attempted to stitch the video together, and I’d watched the same few seconds of footage over and over again. I just couldn’t take any more! Even now when I listen to that particular piece of music I get flashbacks to those long nights of frustration. It’s still a damned good track though.
So I gave up…
But I didn’t give up…
Slightly undeterred, I chose another of Patient: Richard’s tracks and started from the ground up, a new piece of music and a new video, with software already installed on the PC that I knew would work. It took a few weeks to complete, and although it maybe didn’t live up to the grand expectations I’d had for the initial video, it still turned out ok. Whenever I watch it I tend to see everything I think is wrong with it, every little bit that is sloppy or doesn’t look qite right, but other people who have seen it have been complimentary. I guess it’s one of those things that often happens at the end of the creative process, being your own harshest critic.
Anyhoo, here it is. It’s been on YouTube for a while now, so it’s hardly a secret any more, and if you enjoy the music there are a good number of other Patient: Richard tracks there for your listening pleasure…

You can also download an album of Patient: Richard’s music featuring the track Assemble here. Enjoy!
So that was the secret project…
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Apologies again for taking such an incredibly long time to get this post completed. Real life really has dominated my time over the past few months and I expect it will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. I won’t be stopping doing this blog though, I’m no quitter (which is why I’ve not stopped smoking) but the frequency of posts may become a little more erratic. Staggeringly I’m still getting a steady stream of traffic on the site, well over a hundred in the last 7 days, so I almost feel obliged to keep contributing!
Next time, whenever that may be, I’ve actually got two completely different posts in mind, so it’ll either be something mildly controversial, or the story of a mysterious and magical adventure. Spoiled for choice!
Until next time… ses x