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Bijoux Boy - A personal story

Back in the early days a video was made by a surrealist film maker called Maya Deren it showed a beautiful woman in palazzo pants chasing a grim reaper figure with a mirrored face into a house the house was full of objects you might find in a reoccurring dream, an Escher staircase, the film itself turned out to be a reoccurring nightmare it's called meshes of the afternoon and it stayed in my minds eye forever after. Along with Jan Svenkmajer and Rene Margritte I begun to talk with my friend and co producer Chris Kelly about making a little film that addresses surrealism to go with the song bijoux boy. I started writing the treatment and realised that the film was going to deal with my own past, becoming transfixed on another then crushing them slowly. 
I abhor the genre of the music video which is why I refer to it as a music film. The artform has become lost in sticky contrived cliches which usually involve a band in a forest singing to camera. I've never understood why as creatives, musicians dont take more ownership in their artistic output. The art doesn't end once the song is recorded. For me it bleeds into every facet of what I do. Which is why I made the costume, wrote the story, created a set and lighting design based on Clouzots L'enfer, painted my face and set about finding a beautiful Jewish prince to play the role of Bijoux Boy. Who for two days was permanently coveted in glitter, head to toe.
As the vision got bigger and more elaborate, Chris and I realised we needed professional advice We asked Umut Gunduz to come in and direct the film with me, and Laura Bellingham to be our Director of Photography. The film started to look a lot more professional and then Tom Werber came in to edit and carfeully hack down two full days worth of footage into 3 minutes 46 seconds. That was the painful part for me.
I also rallied in every close friend and every favour I could pull,  as no one was getting paid I felt even more responsible to make this a worthwhile project. I'm sure I would have made a film without these people but it would not hold the same beauty and richness as it does now.
Four months later and I made something that I feel proud of, something to show the grandchildren. 

The BLOG did a poo crash

apologies to my 8 followers for again not posting. Blogspot has been down for a week.
Ill put a sexy edit of the make up I did at 4 in the am so you can see the results!

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Heres a bit about the Lone Taxidermist sound...

The Lone Taxidermist

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The Lone Taxidermist plays with the macabre and gothic to create a disturbed beauty that exists in the darkest spaces of our minds. This one woman band comprises of saws, organs, bells, broken strings, old blues howling and an exquisite voice.  The sound teeters on the edge of something beautiful and terrifying.
That void where pleasure and pain mingle, tantalizing the ears.

Natalie Sharp cut her teeth as the lead Singer songwriter of the very popular and successful Manchester band The Bottomfeeders. But The Bottomfeeders are now dead.

Having already supported her hero Thomas Truax, as well as Beirut, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and Wildbirds and peacedrums, Natalie's reputation as an emerging and uncompromising soloist is growing rapidly across London and the UK.

Natalie's background in fashion and the visual arts infuses itself into each performance, ensuring there is something for the eyes as well as the ears. She is doing something truly unique and possesses a voice, which could raise the dead.

The Lone Taxidermist is being celebrated and exposed by the Likes of Ruth Barnes at BBC 6 Music, the muso nerds behind The Quietus,  the Pagan folk band Tunng  and Specials Frontman Terry Hall.

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I'm not that slack, it just seems that way because I promised a post every day. But stuff of life gets in the way y know.
Currently locked into ingrid Bergmans curls, got a song rolling round my head that is hanging like a potent arse burp . It won't go till I finish the song. Next week I promise the videos will be in a free flow! Those ants with wings got the better of my sanity this week. I should do what Hank Williams did and stick em in a song.

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Bum bon bum bong bong the new song unnamed

i dont appear to feel much guilt for procrastinating these last 3 days, this is about the only thing ive done since Mon. Not really sure what it is, I just found an old riff from i made ages ago and decided to experiment with it as a looped vocal, I have a feeling this might end up being the Medusa song I wrote last year. trying to get out of my comfort zone of elongated spooky vocal loops and try something more clipped and rhythmical a bit more up tempo. At this rate the Album may end up being a bit of a jigsaw puzzle, who knows, change is exiting its progress but tomorrow I may well be back on to Gregorian chant inspiration. As Ive changed my sound on an hourly basis. 

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