01. Parralox - Cruel (4:36)
Catalogue: PLOX033 SIN17
Producer: John von Ahlen
Engineer: Juan del Toro
Synthesizer and Vocals: John von Ahlen
Roland System 100 and Fairlight CMI-30A courtesy of MESS.
Recorded at Subterrane Recording Studio, Melbourne, Australia
Written by: Philip Oakey, Martyn Ware & Ian Craig Marsh
Photography & Design: John von Ahlen
Released on Friday 28th of January, 2022, and taken from the Travelogue album.
Also available on the Limited Edition 4 CD Bundle on conzoom Records.
Monday 14th of February, 2022
2032 hours. Mark came over to the studio and we started work on the music video for Cruel. We had watched various footage and tried to work out what would work best for the song. I knew I wanted to do something really quickly, as this video was supposed to come out a few weeks ago and is the final track from our Travelogue album. We found some drone footage, and then some speed racing footage knew it would work. We kept it simple and just transitioned between each scene every 4 bars, except for the choruses.
Wednesday 16th of February, 2022.
Louise and I caight up for dinner at a Ramen Noodle Restaurant in Midcity Arcade. I got there first and the staff mentioned that the kitchen was closing in "one minute" so I ordered for Louise and I. I ordered the Vegan Katsu Ramen Bowl for both of us. It was a bit creamy for my liking. I also ordered Mushrooms with Natto. I've never had Natto before, and I loved it! Then we went Bang Bang and had Ice cream at a place on Chinatown. It was a mountain of peanut and sesame shavings. So delicious. Then we also had a sago and melon icecream OMG it was amazing. I walked Louise to the tramstop and then went to the studio to catch up with Mark.
Mark came over and we finished off the music video for Cruel. Because we wee both so happy with our first version, I realised I need to upscale the original footage we used (it was only 720p). So I used Topaz Video Enhance AI to upscale the video to 4K. Then I had to reimport it to Premiere and make a few tweaks. I also did two new mixes of Cruel and ended up using V3. There is a video with V2 but it's hidden on YouTube. Maybe one day I'll release it.
Speaking of unreleased videos, Mark also edited a video for Crow and a Baby and I really should release that one too. It's pretty trippy. Anyway, we spent the rest of the night making tweaks and fine tuning to the video and I think it made all the difference. Not too shabby for 2 nights of work!