Cellarscape
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Where can I hear and buy your music?


Cellarscape responded on 12/13/2010
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Thanks for asking this Anneliese, it's greatly appreciated! You can hear previews of all my songs on several online sites, including iTunes. My music is available to buy, as the saying goes, "from all good music stockists" ;o) – but if your local record store doesn't carry it, or you just prefer shopping online, here are some useful options:

Amazon (CDs & Donwloads):
http://amzn.to/gdIwd8

iTunes (Downloads):
http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/cellar...

CD Baby (CDs & Downloads):
http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/Cellarscape...

Hope that's helpful, and thanks for the question!

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Where did the name 'Celllarscape' come from? Does it mean anything?


Cellarscape responded on 10/28/2010
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Fact: you're the first person to EVER ask me that! To differentiate between my film soundtrack work (as "Paul Terry") I wanted to come up with monikers for two projects that, for me, completed the triangle of music I wanted to make: soundtracks, acoustic-esque, and heavy. So, back in 2003, I decided to register band names for the latter two styles, and commit to them. My 'House of Leaves' fascination meant 'Ash Tree Lane' was a perfect banner for the darker, heavier songs I was writing. Then, I thought it would be more personal to make up a word: something that I felt summed up the vibe of the more acoustic/melodic songs. I liked the phonetics of the word 'cellar', and the sense of the unknown that evokes, then one day I thought of how we say 'landscape', and even a 'seascape'... but what would a 'cellarscape' be? A place of contradictions? Comforting, secret, safe, but maybe a bit sinister/dark? Perfect! It stuck. Plus, making up the word guaranteed no other band would pick it... :o)

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2 questions PT, from ME.
do you plan to work with Martha Bezer again, and if you could collaborate with any musician in the world right now, who would it be?


Cellarscape responded on 10/27/2010
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I would absolutely love to work with Martha Betzer again! She is a wonderful artist, and is currently incredibly busy with all manner of impressive creative projects. While I was in Denmark in 2006, I was fortunate enough to get the chance to provide some guitar parts and backing vocals for her debut EP, which featured some truly stunning songs. Hopefully at some point in the future we'll be able to work together again – it would be an absolute honour.
On to the second part of your question – that's far too difficult!! Right now, I'm listening to a lot of The Unwinding Hours, Anneke Van Giersbergen and Gemma Hayes, who all create incredibly moving and beautiful music. As this new record I'm working on is very stripped back and ambient in many ways, those three are in my mind as stunning songwriters who I would be thrilled to ever get the opportunity to do something with at some point in the future: it would be an amazing experience.

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Who's your inspiration?


Cellarscape responded on 10/27/2010
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That's almost impossible to answer: there are so so many amazing people that inspire me. But I think overall, the reason I've always wanted to just make the music that means something to me – be it alternative/acoustic Cellarscape stuff, my film soundtrack work, or heavy stuff – is Devin Townsend. I was a teenager when I discovered his first Strapping Young Lad album after seeing him being interviewed on this excellent metal show called Noisy Mothers, and I was just completely blown away by this guy's talent and attitude: he clearly LOVED music, and just wanted to make music, regardless of any particular mold or expectation – which is what his subsequent records have proved, all shifting tone/musicality to suit the particular project he wants to focus on at any given time. To anyone who loves to write music, and doesn't want to fit into a particular genre or path, I always reference Devin and tell that person to go and check out his work. He's one of kind, and an amazing talent.

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What's your favourite video game :)


Cellarscape responded on 10/27/2010
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That's a tough one. I've got some many faves, but I think the one I've played the most over the years in the first Devil May Cry. It was the first of its kind really, that God of War, etc all lifted ideas from – but Dante is the coolest hero and it's always satisfying kicking demon arse as him. DMC4 is pretty incredible too, and I also love the Resident Evil series a lot. I think the 2nd and 4th ones are my favourites.

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Do you play any instruments?


Cellarscape responded on 10/27/2010
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Yep, drums and guitar. Cellarscape is my solo moniker, so on record I handle/obsess over pretty much all of the parts/instrumentation. I've been playing drums the longest, and it's always rhythms that become the focal point of developing songs: from the way lyrics sound/domino on to each other, through to the rhythms of guitar riffs and the layers of vocal harmonies. I probably obsess over arranging and singing vocal harmonies the most, but you get a real kick out of it when the mood of the song evolves on playback. I also love finding weird sounds and objects to create self-made samples to add extra textures to song. Textures and layers = a happy PT.

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What is your favourite book? Do you get any inspiration from reading?


Cellarscape responded on 10/27/2010
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Absolutely. My favourite book of all time is 'House of Leaves' by Mark Z. Danielewski. I've read it more times than I can remember, and the most significant street in the story is what I named the heavy project I've been working on for many years: Ash Tree Lane. I'm finally getting the time to record some Ash Tree Lane songs right now which I'm very pleased about. 'House of Leaves' is unlike any other book I've ever read, and it took the author 10 years to complete it – which gives a hint at how intricate, multi-layered and amazing it is. Beyond the specifics of that road name, Danielewski's body of work as a whole is very inspiring, from moods to situations, to details – they are books that definitely kick-start the creative spark! I also adore Chuck Palahniuk's work and Ben Templesmith's comics. I wish I had more time to explore and discover many more authors, but overall, those are the three talented 'in-print' inspiring souls whose work I follow the most.

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Who is your favourite artist?


Cellarscape responded on 10/08/2010
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A nice easy one! ;o) I'll pretend that it was supposed to be plural... artists whose music I'm in awe of: I grew up with a ton of Queen and Run DMC. ELO rocked my youth a lot. I have a huge love for 'opposite ends of the scale': I've been to every Machine Head London gig since their first one in my city in 1994, and have also seen Tori Amos perform solo shows several times – both rule. Everything Devin Townsend does is inspiring and he's definitely who I listen to the most. Then bands likes Aereogramme (plus former members' new band The Unwinding Hours are incredible), I've been a long-term Biffy Clyro fanatic since their first record. If you've not checked out Anneke van Giersbergen, then you should, as her music is beautiful. Other female artists who amaze me include Imogen Heap, Gemma Hayes, and Ani DiFranco. Clint Mansell's film music is unbelievably good (his score for 'The Fountain' is probably is favourite soundtrack). Radiohead, Mike Patton, Chris Cornell, the list is endless!

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Where do you go to find new music?


Cellarscape responded on 09/07/2010
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Gigs, recommendations from friends, and it's always a good idea to check the artists that bands you love are enjoying – chances are very likely you'll dig them too.

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What advice would you give beginner artists?


Cellarscape responded on 09/07/2010
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Write the music and words that just come to mind naturally for you: you'll then create your own sound without even realizing it. Then don't be persuaded to change what makes your music unique to you.