In a new series of artist stories from around the world, we meet Cozy Gnome - the young composer and poet from upstate New York who creates a unique sense of movement within his compositions. From Berman-esque poetry to concertos on a grander scale, discover this incredible concept album with headphones on turned loud.
"I grew up in upstate New York. I attended university in Plattsburgh and graduated with a degree in English. I currently work at the oldest bar in the city which is a venue for local bands from all over the state and Vermont. For how small the city is there is a decent music scene here. My name is Casey.
History is the ending segment of a longer poem I had recently written. The beginning focuses on a narrator stuck in a loop of self destruction. The ending segment of the poem, which is History as it is now, relates that theme of a perpetual cycle of self destruction but at a grander scale, relating it to all of human history, not just one individual.
We don't want to be forgotten by time
You can take it literally or parallel it with our use of social media and how that has become the outlet for our generation to leave "cave paintings" for future generations to learn about us. Our "old texts" aren't scrolls or clay tablets, but text messages stored on our phones and computers. Whether we're aware of it or not we're documenting our history everyday, and I think that's pretty cool.
Our ancestors who painted on cave walls wanted to show whoever came after them that they lived, that they did something, that no matter where humanity ended up there was at least one moment in time when they were something great. We do the same thing with social media and tell our stories with the things we choose to post. We don't want to be forgotten by time.
I place emphasis on the story behind the song
I enjoy experimenting with sounds. I primarily use piano and guitar in my songs, one, because they're my two favorite instruments, and two, I'm dead ass broke and don't have the extra cash to dish out for any other instruments right now.
I place emphasis on the story behind the song; what I'm trying to say and how I'm trying to say it becomes my focus, and sometimes the story is told better when the music sounds a bit unclean or there's small, noticeable mistake. I find there's a unique integrity to music that hasn't edited or altered on a computer.
I try not to hold my music to a high standard or relate it too much to others. I know I'm limited in how I can record and I make the best of it. Currently I use a 10 year-old 4 track mixer. I can edit the sound and pan levels with 4 knobs, other than that, I have to use some creativity to produce certain sounds and effects. It adds a fun and frustrating element to the recording process".
// Steffen Armstrong asking Casey Koziatek AKA Cozy Gnome the questions //.