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Celia’s story: synesthesia, self-critique, and setting up a recording company (part two)

(Continued from Part One)


I’m so happy I did my play in orchestras. I got to enjoy regular film sessions with them

all and experience those magic moments. It’s a wonderful feeling when you know

you’ve found the take you call “the one.”


I’d been Principal Oboe in the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra for about six years when I

realised my synesthesia was waning. I found the effects only in chamber music with

pure intonation. This is because of the clarity of intention, expression and flow of the

chamber situation.


“I’m so happy I did my play in orchestras. I got to enjoy regular film sessions with them and experience those magic moments. It’s a wonderful feeling when you know you’ve found the take you call ‘the one.’”

I decided overnight to record an album of English music with my chamber music

partners.


I set up a fundraiser and raised a serious amount from my wonderful local supporters.

On creating our gorgeous debut album, my synesthesia returned. A dream distribution

deal followed afterwards.


A microphone for recording live music.

Photo by Maik Jonietz on Unsplash


Unfortunately, the small print of the contract suggested a total loss of artistic control, a

lack of interest in my fascination for video, and very low earnings. Recording had me

hooked now anyway—so I decided to release independently.


There’s a lot to learn about releasing an independent album. Orchestral players think

they’re busy preparing for the notes, but there’s so much other essential work going on

behind the scenes. Now I do this myself!


But let’s focus on the good stuff:


My synesthesia came back.


I picked a wonderful repertoire.


I’ve challenged myself.


I’ve worked with superb, word-class colleagues.


Our recording company has a mission and purpose.


All this made it worth it. Our company comprises professional people who love what

they do. We’re passionate about sharing high-quality music. We’re proud of our

products. Now, finances allowing, I can create video stories to enhance the music

experience and provide a glimpse into what I’ve been seeing in front of my eyes all

these years.


“Our company comprises professional people who love what they do. We’re passionate about sharing high-quality music. We’re proud of our products.”

You don’t know what you want to do until you dream it.


Is there something you’ve always wanted to achieve? I always knew in the back of my

mind, but it was hard to articulate.


I took part in an empowering workshop that helped me identify my SMART (Specific,

Measureable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound) goals. I took everything one step at a

time. I forced myself out of my comfort zone. And I grew.


Picture yourself in the future. You’re on a long flight, leaning back, listening to relaxing

music. You look out the window and absorb the colourful visage of the South

Australian landscape.


You’re in a hospital waiting room. Your anxiety is rising. The relaxing, orchestral

sounds of our album flow through you, and you feel calm again.


You’re working in a school, delivering our videos to children so they can experience

passionate musicians showing off their greatest work.


You’re a new subscriber to my website. You’ll enjoy bite-sized introductory tracks of

inspiring music to get you through the day—a moment of repose through a medium

many have dismissed as “not for them”.


It is for everybody.


Creating these performances through Artaria has been a highlight of my life and career. I’d love to hear what you think of our work. Click here to stream Artaria's first album on Spotify.

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