posted on May 8, 2008 at 12:27 am

what is it….
what does it mean to write a song…
the way it all fits together
first there was just a bass guitar
boom boom boom boom boom
it was going
it was pumping eighth notes
nothing very hard
there was a slight anticipation
it was relentless yet a bit sloppy
it sat on its 3 or 4 notes exploring nuances
from out of nowhere white noise appears
its being filtered
it wriggles and pops in time with the bass
snatches of conversation
short wave
pink distortion
movement barely tuned in
the tick tick tick of machine
the drums flail in
bang bang bang bang
electric guitars appear chop chop slam crunch
electric guitars in reverb and echo
like whales wailing
like women weeping
like animals crying
sirens inside a fog
push and push
burn up and disappear
cherish and forget
the instruments work upon each other in synergy
thunder crackles and threatens
electrical disturbance city in the jungle
a piano tinkers on a cavernous emptiness
the bass ominously growls
it swells to mingle with the thunder
the bass swallows itself leaving shards of splintery scrapes
another piano teeters through the background
drunk or falling apart
all sound slows down and elongates
cymbals whistle on into infinity
the piano grows ghostly choirs
things zip past
things in agonizing slowness
all moving towards inevitable silence
that waits at the end of any piece
silence like the songs picture frame
another song begins
another picture in the gallery
a voice sings some words
it doesnt matter what they are
it doesnt matter whose voice it is
everyman sings his own songs
the voice picks up rhythm n assumes a metre
the voice punctuates
it floats over the top
it is apart and a part
voice and music
a marriage of convenience
the voice modulates and drones and intones
the music swells under it and drops away
echoes flurry away and hurry along the grapevine
why does it
why does it do what it does
who decided that it would
it has no meaning only follows internal logic
it does not say what it is
does not announce itself as fact or fiction
the snare fits in the place the kick isnt
the hi hat keeps going regardless
the bass finds the kick
they combine
a melodic punch that hits you in the guts
the voice splits into a pair
something smashes like glass
is this even music
when does music become noise
at what point can noise be called music
the music is processed edited mixed n mastered
a sonic sheen is constructed
the feeling is left intact
the pump of sex
the swoon of drug
the struggle of man
the elation of life
the darkness of death
the possibility of redemption
all inclosed
all enclosed
a fix for a world in pain

21 Responses to “window pane killer”

  1. avatar
    linjo | 8 May 2008 at 4:33 am #

    bit of an oddity? hmmm

    Most of us are in awe of the musician that can inspire such feeling and passion. You so lucky Steve to have it in you. Sure you could instruct also on creative writing techniques. Davem’s rescue was the best laugh I have had for a while. On a totally irrelevant note, did you know that the incidence of thyroid cancer is skyrocketing due to decreasing levels of iodine in our diets. This is exacerbated by daily cruciferous vege consumption, which block the iodine absorption. Together with the fact that people are now using sea salts etc instead of iodised salt. So use iodised salt folks. I was ignorant of this. Tks, happy day to all x Linda

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    Lebrinho | 8 May 2008 at 6:29 am #

    Excellent blog today. Roots of music..
    It seems our brain enjoys symmetric stimuli, and it’s clever enough to do it on sound.

    Because evolution is non-teleological, music could be seen as a semi-random invention. Sound recognition surely is a survival supporting trait, so there we have it’s roots.

    We all listened for nine months our mothers’ heart beating, so there we go, “thud thud thud..”

    Though we are just overclocked starfishes, music is one of the big pluses : D

  3. avatar
    eek | 8 May 2008 at 6:39 am #

    Wow…I can almost hear (and feel) that song just reading it!

    Oooh, looks like being cheap has some benefit — I just use plain jane iodised salt anyway instead of fancy smantzy sea salt! 🙂

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    fantasticandy | 8 May 2008 at 6:50 am #

    yeah…but when can i actually HEAR it!

    blimey linjo….
    the stuff you learn on here!
    a nice day to y’all.
    andy L.

  5. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 8 May 2008 at 6:56 am #

    well done i must say, everybody can relate to PAIN one way or another…

  6. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 8 May 2008 at 7:05 am #

    ….. !! …..
    love always…

  7. avatar
    mahatma kane jeeves | 8 May 2008 at 7:20 am #

    i love rock’n’roll
    so put another dime in the jukebox babeeee


  8. avatar
    Ross B | 8 May 2008 at 9:07 am #

    theatre and its double meets phantom of the opera!

    steve your songs are deep, mysterious, elating and so damned good all at once, long may they live…love r.

  9. avatar
    lian | 8 May 2008 at 9:28 am #

    sorry, SK. It seems that I’ve done something wrong. I realised that I might have hurt your old fiends’ feeling. They actually have been members of “SK fans club” for many years, the only thing is, it is formless.

    I was ranting and raving here as if I’m the only one that who loves your music and your work, that was SO stupid.

    eek have signed in. now we have 10 people. I firmly believe this number will grow little by little.

    best wishes, and my sincerest respect to you, SK.

  10. avatar
    cloudburst.adrift | 8 May 2008 at 10:45 am #

    I can’t wait to hear the new sounds – roll on, master time! Wonderfully evocative post today, Steve. You still got the good stuff.. 🙂
    jane xxx

  11. avatar
    lily was here | 8 May 2008 at 1:45 pm #

    A composer’s attempts to control the behaviour of noise?

    That was one hell of a description Killer. If i were born completely deaf like my kids great-grandparents, Im sure I’d be able to feel your vibes.. and that bass-beat would kick ass.

    ps Lian, how could you offend anyone? I love your passion! I’d like to see a formal setup for the Churchband though, as a whole,and SK’s fans contribute to this blog as they do.

    pss Linjo, thats true. I had one removed in my 30’s (related to my NZ birthplace they say – lack of iodine in the hobbit region :). Giving your kids iodized salt now (once they reach 12yrs its too late) is one hell of an easy thing to do to avoid this awful affliction.

  12. avatar
    ml68 | 8 May 2008 at 2:19 pm #

    you know u cant define music sk,….its fucking so unpre-dick-table,….one minute it lifts you through the rooof the next it is flat and lifeless…the same chords played one day are void the next…its a frustrating yet elating medium

  13. avatar
    lian | 8 May 2008 at 2:23 pm #

    to Lily was here,
    Thank you very much. … I’m encouraged.

  14. avatar
    ScaughtFive | 8 May 2008 at 3:28 pm #

    Wild mercury sound.
    High lonesome.
    Finding F of X
    the dots and lines.

    She asked the persian sitar player why he only played one note all of these years and he replied, “eveyone else is going through notes searching for something but I have found the right note.”

  15. avatar
    restaurant mark | 8 May 2008 at 3:43 pm #

    well that was just a really nice one today steve…felt every word of that…thanks.

    i don’t think you could’ve offended anyone lian…you’re just being passionate about an artist/band you love…that’s why we’re all here.

    take care everyone

  16. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 8 May 2008 at 5:35 pm #


    You are kind and gentle like a Lamb. Steve Kilbey’s a compassionate vegan who has reverence for the lives of lambs. You are a very welcome addition to this diverse, enlightened and international “Time Being” community.

  17. avatar
    CSTCoach | 8 May 2008 at 5:52 pm #

    beautiful. i understand words, but music has always seemed some kind of magic to me. you’ve done a wonderful job of bridging both worlds here.

  18. avatar
    davem | 8 May 2008 at 8:04 pm #

    Sounds like my bass playing sk…3 or 4 notes…except I can’t explore the nuances…i just play 3or 4 notes. Bugger.

  19. avatar
    Mr. Ricky | 8 May 2008 at 9:12 pm #

    Right on!!! Thats great news!!!!
    Can’t wait to hear the final result!!!
    Hiya Dave, Andy and the rest!!!
    Much Love,

  20. avatar
    lian | 9 May 2008 at 12:58 am #

    Thank you, Mark; Thank you, Brien.

  21. avatar
    davem | 9 May 2008 at 6:13 am #

    Greetings Ricky.
    Hope all’s well with you.

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