Waterford City, County Waterford
'Waiting Space' is an audio & visual project - and the alias of Irish musician and creator, Chris Falconer.
Through a D.I.Y. process that is enabled by contemporary technologies, as 'Waiting Space', he creates self-recorded/self-produced songs - characterised by dynamic vocals and cinematic instrumentals, typically blending programmed-electronics & live-instrumentation. Each piece of musical-output is then 'complemented' by visuals which Falconer independently creates in response - including artwork, animations, and short films.
'Waiting Space' began in 2013, as a side project for Falconer - who is also the vocalist of other full-band projects. Waiting Space was initially a platform for musical ideas that 'did not fit' any of his existing band's catalogues - and when other projects subsequently went on an extended hiatus, Waiting Space became the primary focus. The pivot to a solo-project also fit a mid-20s change-in-circumstances, as Falconer found himself increasingly confined to recording in domestic settings, and with a reduced, irregular schedule in which to create music (as his artistic-output was forced to compete with his full-time architecture-industry occupation).
The solo, and D.I.Y. approach also became a catalyst for Falconer to learn more about the technical aspects of music-making, recording & producing (elements he had been relatively sheltered from in previous projects as a vocalist) as well as learning news skills in video-production, to create the 'appropriate' visuals to match these sounds & words.
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'Cocoon' (Released Friday 08/05/2020) Due to heightened-risk arising from immunosuppressing medication which the artists takes for an autoimmune disease - like many others, he has been undertaking the practice of 'cocooning', during COVID-19. The most recent Waiting Space release - ‘Cocoon’ - takes its name from this. Cocoon is the first solely-instrumental piece released from the project – left lyric-less, as the delicate piano and atmospheric synths and strings, seemed to express both the solemnness, and hopefulness, that these times have fluttered between.
It was accompanied by a drone video produced by the artist, of an almost-empty Waterford City, taken in April 2020 during COVID-19 (filmed during ‘lockdown’, within the 2 k.m. limit of home that was in place at that time). While we are in very strange times, punctuated by a lot of heartbreak, sadness, and metal-health concerns - when creating the film, Waiting Space tried to focus on beautiful aspects of their home City - locations made more impactful by their surrounding streets and greenspaces falling empty and silent during the phenomena (watch the video on YouTube, at: https://youtu.be/tCNMeYz_FLs
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What's On The Horizon:
Having released a number of standalone pieces over the past five years - Waiting Space is currently working on a debut 'album' of sorts - entitled 'Púcaí I' (Irish for 'ghosts') - to be released in Autumn 2020.
The collection of songs is the first of a two part project - with the tracklisting of 'Púcaí I' being made up of instrumental-only - or 'ghost-versions' of a number of songs - slow-tempo, evolving instrumentals, mixing electronics and delicate pianos and swelling strings, which conjure the ethereal atmosphere that a name like 'ghosts' would conjure.
This will be followed in early 2021 with 'Púcaí II', which will include further 'fleshed-out' versions of those songs which had been included on 'Púcaí I' - with the Part II versions having vocals added for the first time, and the key components of the songs being rearranged and re-imagined with more traditional song structures, that match a voice-led layout.
As always with Waiting Space - the project will be heavily supported by films, animations, and art, also created by the artist in response to the audio elements; and which will accompany live performances, that boarder on art-installations.