Will Yates, Memotone, Sonder – however you may know him, you probably do. His soundtracks, or albums, or youtube eve, may have permeated your present, sometime.
He broke his hand the other day, walking, hunching a bit, out of his idyllic countryside home. Walking under a black ladder, on a black night, distracted someone who tries to distinguish between tones. He slipped and fell on his hand, doing something of an evil to metatarsal( they’re in hands too, yes?), or two. Now he is a little bereft as he can only play with one hand. He’s still recording one handed piano, and writing a song for Just Gushing on guitar – as not being productive seems to be a physical impossibility for him – but I thought I’d put up a video of a two handed Will in memoriam to its temporary damage.
He recorded a piece of him, just going what he does best, and improvising on Guzheng, among other things. It was kindly recorded for us at Lemon People after my incessant requests (as I used to live with him and never, never minded any noise). I’d like to put it up here too, to encourage anyone to give him a look, as he’s an interesting individual, artistic in many ways and ceaselessly creative always.
Listen to more here and learn about his work below the video.
As Sonder (as in this piece), Will uses items including piano, keyboard, clarinet, trumpet, zither, guitar, bass, drums, glockenspiel, organ, melodica and toy instruments, generally looped on a Boss RC-50 loop pedal. Learn about him as Memotone, too, here
Hope you get better soon Will!