Posted on September 20, 2020
Given how stressful I was finding the pandemic and the lockdown, I thought it might be helpful to keep a list of what I’d done (achieved, managed, spent time on – whichever word is most appropriate), whether it took a huge amount of effort or was simply something I’d wanted to do, just to remind myself that I was still doing things, that I was still capable of being productive during such a difficult time. Some of them are silly, some of them important, and some of them are just interesting. And I thought posting it would be a good record of sorts when it comes to looking back at this time.
I don’t consider us to be out of lockdown by posting this. It’s just that now I’m starting a new year at university – the second of my Masters Degree – so my life is going to change. I’m doing all of my classes online, rather than going in for half of the classes as is the current norm at uni; I’d be commuting and the risks still feel too high for just two hours a week. So in terms of leaving the house, not much is changing. But it’s a moment of transition in my life and so it seemed like a natural stopping point for this post. I may continue it as a series, depending on how things play out going forward but for now, this is what I did while in lockdown, from 13th March to 20th September 2020…
Films: Hot Fuzz, The Martian, Miss Congeniality, etc.
TV Shows: Episodes, Lucifer, and Nikita, etc.
This is something I did a lot of as a teenager but reverted to during my Masters as a form of stress relief: escaping into another world, a familiar and safe world. My most impressive achievements were reading all of the Ros Myers (Spooks) Fanfiction I could find and reading The Changeling and it’s three sequels (a Harry Potter alternate universe where Ginny is sorted into Slytherin, which totals nearly 600,000 words). Of course, there were more one off stories; these are just my greatest hits.
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I doubt I’ll ever be able to look back on this time positively (from a personal perspective – in the wider sense, it’s clearly been catastrophic) but there have been moments and experiences that I am grateful to have had. As I’ve said, I don’t consider lockdown to be over so this post may become a series but with my Masters to focus on, I will have significantly less time to dedicate to bigger projects like organising my photos or sorting through my possessions. So lockdown continues; I’m just entering the next chapter.
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Posted on April 17, 2020
And now ‘Clarity (Academic Remix)’ has a music video!
For me, a remix is about playing with the audio of the song, if that makes sense. It’s giving the song a chance to be something else, giving it a completely different life. The original version of ‘Clarity’ obviously has a video and that is the visual story I wanted to tell with this song but we also wanted the remix to have some visuals too, and some that were similar to the single cover. Having said that, we wanted to keep it simple, so as not to detract from the original song and video, the original story that we wanted to tell. But I love how the movement matches the sound, I love the colouring and how it matches the artwork, and I love how it looks like the title is reflected off a rainy pavement.
So I hope you like the video and unexpected little adventure that this song has taken.
Posted on April 10, 2020
And Clarity has a remix! It wasn’t in the original plan that Richard and I put together but somewhere down the line, the idea for a remix came up. And as it has all along, the plan evolved and between Academic and Richard Marc, the remix of ‘Clarity’ was born.
@laurenalexhooper: And it’s here! The ‘Clarity (Academic Remix)’ is now available everywhere! And I’m also excited to announce that the video will be out in a week, on Friday 17th April! It’s all go here… 🙌🙌🙌 Massive thanks again to @academicofficial and @richardmarcmusic for all of your hard work on this project. You guys are just so awesome!
You can find it here!
Again, the biggest of thanks to Academic (Matt Hughes) and Richard Marc for working so hard on this project, on this new version of my song. I’m so, so grateful for their dedication to it and their dedication to making it sound so seamless and perfect. I know nothing about remixes – I don’t even have any instincts – so I really appreciate them both being willing to work so hard on this little ‘detour’ in the Honest journey. They’re both incredibly hardworking, which is something I so admire about them. This never would’ve (or could’ve) happened without them.
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Hi! I’m Lauren Alex Hooper. Welcome to my little blog! I write about living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as several mental health issues. I’m a singersongwriter (and currently studying for a Masters in songwriting) so I’ll probably write a bit about that too.
My first single, ‘Invisible,’ is now available on iTunes and Spotify, with all proceeds going to Young Minds.
I’m currently releasing my first EP, Honest, track by track and the first three songs are available on all major platforms.