Who is your favorite classical composer? Do you have one?
Since early high school, I have been in love with the dadaist movement. One of my favorite composers in the genre was George Antheil. The score for Ballet Mécanique a film from 1927 really captures the spirit of the movement with the heavy industrial tones and automation of the player pianos, 16 of them! Sirens and even a propeller. I was amazed at the introduction of oddities of an everyday world into the music and music into the snapshot of an everyday world. A few years later when I discovered industrial music I found contemporary artists such as TG, Neubauten and Boy Dirt Car continuing the metaphor. Of course I was aware of Russolo and the myth of his noise machine. This added mystery to the whole line of artists chasing the Art of Noises Manifesto. In a way I see myself as taking the world unseen around us and trying to introduce it into my own work.
When did you start composing electronic music?
In 1980 I was doing tape experiments with my guitar, bass and keyboard work. But not until about 2005 did I start focusing on the introduction of Electronic Voice Phenomenon. After an accident which almost killed me, I discovered EVP and it gave me a renewed belief in the survival of soul.
How did you hear about the 9 Beet Stretch?
I was invited to take part in the remix.
The world is upside down, how does living in the shade of Covid has impacted your creative work?
I have actually embraced the pandemic as a study of those and the many other pandemics that are part of our world and our history. I find it fascinating to adapt to the changes and work through the different stages of this event.
What projects are you currently working on?
Currently finishing up pandemic related EVP based work with 109 tracks with a not yet secret unreleased bonus track with Rapoon called Pandemic Response Division. See band camp.USB card physical release with custom hand sanitizer and patch very soon to be released. Lots of great names!!!!
2. With Adi Newton a black Dahlia/man ray dada USB release with a credit card knife. Based on EVP from California where the body was found.
3. Matar. Band with Adi Newton and I. First release not released yet.
3. Live album with CM com Hausswolff from Oslo Norway.
Should electronic music be purely academic (Does an Electronic music artist need to be formally trained in music?)
No! And they shouldn’t be formally trained in electronics either! LOL. Electronic music would lose direction without the fresh perspective of all artists in all disciplines!
In your opinion, what is the merit of improvisation and experimentation?
Without improvising and experimentation in music, the genre can’t grow. Experimentation in music and art has I direct reflective relationship to where the world is intellectually at a specific given point in time.
What do you think as an artist about the juxtaposition-fusion of classical and electronic music?
It’s by no way a new concept. From Mozart to Cage, the classical format has been experimented with. From this, we grow and expand. Electronics is just another tool to use. Whether it’s pop-oriented Switched-On Bach or more sophisticated electronic music has taken the graft well.
How do you envision the future of electronic music?
I feel that the future of electronic music will take on a more neutral approach. I feel we will learn more biological electricity and related it more to the low-level static electricity that makes up life itself. And through that connection, reach out to the persistence of memory and transcend our mortal coil. Maybe through electronic music, we will be able to pierce the veil and reach beyond our physical life.