As far as trends go, this one was benignly vile. Cocooning - coined in the late 1980s, coming of age in the '90s and sticking around in the noughties - was the brainchild of trendspotter Faith Popcorn. She predicted an en masse retreat from social and public life, in favour of a ''cocooning'' in one's home.
Sociologist Gabrielle Gwyther told Good Weekend in 2003:''They [home owners] love cocooning inside their McMansions, which are like castles, fun factories and mini-resorts in one.''
But the Age of Atomisation could finally be ending. Retail is struggling. Our appetite for buying stuff is slowing. And we no longer want the big houses that characterised the cocooning period. Last week the head of Stockland, Matthew Quinn, said homes were shrinking and the trend was ''locked in''. Media rooms were a casualty of the readjustment.
2 x Commodore Amiga 500 Computers (1987)… 1 x DJ Mixer… and 3 years stright worth of tracking 4 channel MOD files in Protracker!! A computer less than 8Mhz in speed and with less than 1MB of RAM (it has 512k!) This is the result, played live for the first time at Sync 10. There will hopefully be more gigs in the future so stay tuned.
The recording was a combo of a X/Y mic and a live line input. I didn’t realize that it was still recording in this fashion when I was playing hence you’ve got all the background crowd too - but I guess it adds to the atmos! Outdoor party the undercover area up front and a tin roof that rattles occasionally :-)
3rd self-released EP from The Min Min Lights: Secret Sessions.
‘Secret Sessions’ was recorded during residence at our old farm-style cottage share-house at Doon Court, in Briar Hill, Victoria, Australia.
The recordings were taken in 2009 from practice sessions of our live performance score for Kwaidan, which took place at Rainbow Serpent Festival the same year.
We have decided to release the recordings, but true to The Min Min Lights ethos, we journeyed to the Blue Mountains National Park in New South Wales, where we re-recorded Secret Sessions amongst a windy open-air environment.