missing scenes, the newest project of R. Hunter has just released “cold moon/worm moon,” the first chapter from the first in a trilogy of albums to be released in 2022, and will be followed by “pink moon/buck moon”, and concluded with “sturgeon moon/beaver moon”. We talked with R. Hunter about the latest album and what inspired him in a short but interactive interview!
Hi! For the start, can you briefly introduce your project and when or where it was founded? Who was involved?
missing scenes was founded in late 2021, though I’ve been creating for more than 20 years in bands such as Snares of Sixes, Self Spiller, and solo as Occulted Sound and Conversations about the Light.
What would you say about your music to someone who has never heard it before?
I would describe missing scenes as hazy, ambient, and electronics with dark and light veins.
What were the main creative challenges you had to face?
I struggled with writer’s block for a few years before I decided one night to give myself a somewhat arbitrary goal of writing one piece per month during 2022.
Currently most of the challenges I face relate to time. Working full time and being a father of two takes most of it.
When I do find time to work, I can really get lost in it.
The act of releasing an album is enough for me to feel successful
Please tell us a little bit about your latest album, “cold moon/worm moon”. What is the message you’re trying to convey with this release?
No meaning or message – only sound and aesthetic.
When it comes to producing new music, where do you find inspiration?
Reading, stargazing, plant gazing, being with my family, and watching movies. All these influences inform my work.
People tend to listen to music when they do this or the other. What activity fits Missing Scenes’ music?
It’s not for me to tell others how to enjoy music. I’ve seen some suggest that to get true enjoyment out of music, one must be fully engaged, focused entirely on it. I can say for myself, that a pair of headphones, a set of good speakers, or even in the car, all suit me fine.
In a world increasingly affected by selfishness and indifference, is there any more passion in art?
There is an intense amount of passion in art. Listen to the new Biosphere or Abul Mogard, read the latest from Brian Evenson, or watch Twin Peaks: The Return. It’s clear to see the passion these creators bring, and easy to be passionate about it.
An album is considered successful when:
The act of releasing an album is enough for me to feel successful. It’s great when others are listening, but that’s ultimately not my reason for creating.
What do you hope to do with your music in the future?
For now, I’m keeping my goals simple and attainable. The first goal is to finish the triptych. The next album will be called pink moon/buck moon and it’s a lot more focused on creating a singular sound world than “cold moon/worm moon”.
The next goal is to begin playing live again. It’s been a very long time and I’m anxious to create some space for others to dream. My debut performance will be at Litha Cascadia in about one week, on June 20.
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