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
“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
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.
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
“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
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.