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Niklas Winde and his Uncertainties

We’re having strawberries and creme. It’s Nicko, I, our daughter and Niklas Winde sitting in the sun on his terrace. I’m not sure who is more nervous. Not my daughter though. She’s busy with her sandwiches. The rest of us make some smalltalk. When the strawberries are finished the moment we’ve all been waiting for has come. We make our way down to the basement and into Niklas’ studio. First we listen to our mix of “A Rock For A Heart”. My daughter has come to the conclusion that Niklas seems okay and gives him her hat to wear (pink with leopard pattern and with the wording “sweet”). Niklas wears it gallantly. Then it’s time for Niklas’ remix of “A Rock For A Heart”. My daughter moves her head to the rhythm appreciatively. It works. We like it. The pressure is off. Fun becomes fun again.

We have very different approaches to making music. Where I usually focus on the structure of a song, Niklas works with shorter loops of just a few beats. His comment to “A Rock For A Heart” was: “What long lopps you use!” and I stared at him a bit confused: “Loops?”

But that is how he works with his synths. “I get inspiration from myself as much as from the machines,” he says as we discuss how he composes. He explains that he starts with an idea and along the way he explores and discovers sounds he couldn’t even dream up. When he finds the flow and everything comes together is the highlight of making music.

I ask what compositions he’s more pleased with and he tells me about his “vacuum cleaner sounds”. These compositions have just recently become an album: Niklas Winde – Uncertsinties (Synthesator Vol. 8) 


We’re featuring our version of “A Rock For A Heart” on our coming album, but with a twist. On the bridge we’re ripping just a few seconds from the remix by Niklas.

Studio blunderings

Well, we’ve come to the conclusion that sometimes there’s no point doing things you don’t like and especially if you’re not that good at it (and lack the equipment), like mastering songs. We’ve hired Digitalfabriken for the task of mastering the Rachel Green EP and “I See You Now”. We liked the result and so we hired them for “A Rock For A Heart” too.

With “A Rock For A Heart” it rather turned out to be a circus. First Nicko and I managed to send the final mix of the song as mono tracks (omg…).

Then Niklas Winde was disappointed with the mastered result of his remix (to much compression), but got to work that out with the studio technician. Everyone was happy.

When we finally thought everything was satisfactory Nicko woke me up in the middle of the night (no kidding!) to tell me that during the second chorus the sound changes. I had noticed that just a few hours earlier, but dismissed it as my headset getting worn. In deed, some mastering hick-up that we (stressed parents of a 1.5 year old child) didn’t manage to hear when we tried to listen earlier.

Then, just to complicate things, it turned out that Digitalfabriken were moving and had packed all equipment. Therefore they couldn’t check what had happened instantly. But good things comes to those who wait and now “A Rock For A Heart” is released and just in the past week reached Spotify as well.

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On the subject of loss

There are many losses in the world and to me it seems that the socially acceptable loss to grief are when a friend or a family member dies. For a certain time people can put up with the mourning process, but in my experience the process takes much longer. Loosing a pet is also very painful, but you’ll only get sympathy and understanding from those who know. To others it’s “just a pet”, when in fact it’s been your best friend for so many years.

But for loosing a dream, which could be just as painful as the above, you’ll get little sympathy. A clap on your shoulder at it’s best and some comforting words. However, the mourning process is just the same. But this time you’re forced to suffer in silence and the grieving comes with guilt, what-ifs and self-blaming. I think there are so many people all around us mourning the loss of a dream. Be it big or be it small, it really doesn’t matter as long as it really mattered to you. The fact that what you expected didn’t come true can be very hard to deal with and it requires a mourning process. It can be anything from a broken heart, disease, cancelled plans, a failed career, a child birth that didn’t turn out as expected, well, you name it. Where I sit it’s not much talked about. Then mourning process could isolate you. I know it has done that to me at times.

When I wrote “A Rock For A Heart” I was deep in grief. My first cat, Sidharta, with whom I had such a special connection, died in cancer long before his time. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, I had to make the decision to put him to sleep. “A Rock For A Heart” was born. A friend of mine said that there is a field in Heaven for the spirit animals where they wait for their masters. I envisioned it now and then as a comfort.

It’s been six years now and so much has happened. I have lost dreams, some really big ones, mourned them and moved on. But I’ve also been blessed in many ways. I try to remember that. Therefore as the years have gone by the lyrics of “A Rock For A Heart” has come to mean a lot more to me. In it’s essence it is about grieving and it is about making the difficult decisions in life. Somehow the tough grown-up part of life and of being the responsible.

bench of thoughts

Song – A Rock For A Heart

Our music is going through something of a rebirth. I like it! I think we are more and more finding our style. And honestly, it hasn’t been this much fun to make music for quite a while.

“A Rock For A Heart” is a song that I wrote in 2009 actually, but I haven’t really had the courage to record until now. I’ve just had the idea about blending punk drums and an electronic touch. So here it is, a quite dark song if you listen to the lyrics, with a blend of punk, rock, ambient and electronic.

A friend of ours, Niklas Winde, has made an electronic remix of the song. Taking the electronic touch a lot further. We work in very different ways, but it has been a broadening experience for all of us to work together. More about Niklas in another blog post!

On the subject of crazy ideas and having fun. I was considering what to shoot for the cover art for ages. Then I came up with the idea of muddy arms and a rock dipped in mud (a lovely blend of soil and water). In black and white the rock actually looks like a real heart. A little gross, I agree, but quite a bit rock ‘n roll.

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Title: A Rock For A Heart
Genre: Punk/Rock/Ambient/Electronic
Lyrics: A Rock For A Heart
Available On: SoundCloud, Spotify
Remix: Electronic remix by Niklas Winde
Released: 20/8 2015

Rain Drops – Video Installation Week (1/7)

To try new things is how you grow, but it’s also how you discover new ways and things you didn’t know you would like doing. This week Enchanted Duo is trying out video installations. Well, we’ve already tried, but this week we will publish them for you to see. I was surprised to find that I really liked making them. And I could possibly make some more when I feel for it. It feels freer than making a music video. Here our music is merely an inspiration and a part of a whole.

Starting out is a video clip we caught last summer during some heavy rains. It’s the rain drops falling from the roof. The music is a glimpse of our next song “A Rock For A Heart”.