The Beautiful Void
Catharsis through Chaos
Braxe & Falcon about the Buchla as a limitless sound generator.
Rules are for Breaking
Taste over Talent
Building on the Kernel
A Single Second
Still Looking for the Keys
Filling in the Weak Spots
Come on Stage, Get Naked
"The soundtrack is the soul of a movie."
See Yourself in Me
Activating Bodies in Space
"Enjoy the failures as much as the successes. They are both pretty special."
"To make the music we want it to make, I have to resist certain temptations."
"Even the freest sounding material has a pulse. Or some kind of cyclical experience of time."
Don't Try to Express Anything!
"Most of the time I have very little idea of what I’m going to make."
Cemented in the Mind
The Opposite of Mundane
"Once I was finished with therapy, I could no longer be angry for listeners like I used to be. But I can still channel energy."
"When I'm afraid to say a line, that's exciting to me. Because someone else is probably afraid to say it, too."
No time to Waste, no Excuses
"Songwriting has been with me for so long. We miss each other if we spend too much time apart."
"Stars emerge, stars die. Just like working with analogue equipment."
Glenn Gould, Max Richter and the Four Seasons – how much Respect do Composers Deserve?
"If I could communicate verbally what I want to say with my music - why would I bother making it?"
Gravitate to the Root
Reveal the Stories, Reveal the Light
"A lot of people questioned whether I would ever finish this record."
A Vulnerable Position
Together we are Stronger!
"I am often very drawn to sounds that remind me of voices - without actually being from a human."
The Great Storyteller
Tobias Fischer about an album that was glorious and self-destructive at the same time.
Bintus about a ruff as f*** drum expander you could pinpoint a mile off.
The String that Vibrates Others
Room for the Unintended
"At some point, I’d like to try to just let the emptiness happen."
"There are a million principles about improvisation. Some of them contradictory."
"Colour has a profound effect on the human psyche."
Tobias Fischer about an album that introduced a new approach to improvisation.
"Songwriting is one of the last forms of black magic left in this world."
"My job is to guide the infinite chaotic flow of data."
"It's an unspoken rule not to talk, negotiate or discuss how to approach a live performance."
A Tiny World Within a Huge World
"At the completion of a piece, I often feel: I can never do that again."
Art and Perception
"Once I've started working on a track, I can’t wait to finish it. It might be a bit like being pregnant."
An Honest Core
"Some of us have been playing together for more than 20 years. And we still don’t have a clear answer to how we do it."
"Some of my tracks take years to get finished. Some will never be."
Blow every part of me away.
Time to Reflect
Until the End of Time
"Sound is always changing, always in flux. This is the state of world also."
Acid Washed Underpants
Ways of understanding
“Instruments come first. What you might call creativity follows.”
"The world would be a better place if more people would listen to drone music."
Genre-fluid Sonic Dreams
Unique in Style
"It’s really really creepy that we are not thinking more ahead. What will be going on in 500 years? Or even 100 years?"
Never Hold Back
"Creating instruments and producing music are part of the same project: To make new music that hasn’t been made before."
"I am a classically trained flutist. Technology has completely changed my mind."
Jameszoo about an instrument that detaches humanity from aesthetics.
You need to move.
Why does the passing of the artists we love affect us so much?
Blanket of Hope
The Ultimate Human Experience
Shower Drain Symphonies
Porn or art? That distinction is proving hard to make.
Beyond the Separation
"Death taught me that you shouldn’t wait.“
"I walk for hours and sing ideas into my phone. If you stay open, it's possible to catch an idea."
"I can't choose when I write music."
Sharing is Caring
"For some, writing songs is a kind of necessary evil. That's something I simply can’t relate to."
Swimming in Sound
"30 seconds as a duo with Evan Parker realigned my atomic make up."
"A digital working environment is a two-edged sword."
Speaking my Truth
An Indescribable High
Taking the Bold Route
Who doesn’t want to touch a harp?
"I wanted to connect my world to that of my parents and ancestors."
No Mud, no Lotus
"Don’t get me wrong, I do like technology. I just have a very particular focus."
"The creative state is the most giving place I can imagine. It can also be the most frustrating."
"Sounds are a utopia that can be heard. They're possibly the nearest thing to a God I can imagine.”
"Every film project needs its own universe."
"We want to implement 100% of what we have in mind. Like a vision of a film."
Words to Identity
"If you don't fucking know what you're talking about, it's okay to say nothing."
"When my ex-husband listened to one of the songs, he broke down crying."
"I consider myself to be tethered to my studio."
"Everything is possible in a dream state."
Unlocking the Self
Chordal Emotional Accuracy
"The modular is the ultimate starting point. A kind of limitless inspiration source."
No More Restraints
"I definitely want to go outside of my comfort zone."
The Winding Path
"There are no restrictions in our world."
Beaming Little Lights
Better Blood Flow
"I was messing about - which in turn became improvisation, of sorts."
Stefan Goldmann about a synthesizer which is rewardingly akward to use.
"If you start thinking too much it will cause problems."
A Journey in Sound
"I find singing in the Irish language so freeing."
"My childhood was rocked by sounds of shells, bombs, rifles, and tanks. We made competitions to identify a brand of rifle by its sound."
You Do What You Do
Butt Naked Blasting
Everything that Makes us Human
Egil Kalman about a huge instrument with a massive sound.
Connection is the Key.
Led by emotion
My own Bubble
Hannes Bieger about a synth that you can have conversations with.
"Sometimes I am so nerdy and tyrannical about the smallest detail. My producer sometimes thinks it's madness."
Always Tradition, always Transition
Between Two Worlds
"I never wrote for anyone else but me. How can you make anything while thinking about an audience?"
Music about Music. Art about Art.
Exploring the Chaos
"The kitchen is always rewarding. Some of my sounds are samples of saucepans."
Antennas Tuned to the Godly Language
Uncovering the Fossils
"I believe in creative mixing. It's the ultimate personality stamp on a piece of music."
A Kind of Conjuration
"I think the element of surprise is fundamental. Isn't that why we make music?"
"There is a mystery about the inner part of a black hole. I wonder what it would be like to travel there."
"It is not beauty that is going to save this world. It's music."
"I’m not as gifted as Prince. But computers help fill the gaps."
The Movement is the Message
Open the Door to the Corridor of Discovery
attn: Your Soul
"I had tears running down my face. How can it be that music is powerless to express anything?"
Where Sound meets Experience
"In medieval stone carvings the angels are playing instruments. They're not making coffee or watching television."
"Music is the closest thing I know to the meaning of life."
Serving the Mysterious Phantom
"I can cry my eyes out while I’m writing some of my saddest songs."
"My jaw was wired shut for a month, and all I saw was darkness."
Enjoy or Regret
"Producers with the most broken, fucked up computers tend to make the best beats."
"Llistening to the environment is a different experience from listening to a pop song. It takes patience and practice."
"You can create a whole new track from just one second of an original."
"No improvisation is free for me."
"For us it’s really important to imagine the music before putting our hands on the instruments."
"At first, when I set out to tackle the new album, it was a bit intimidating."
"Yes, I believe in the presence of spirituality in what I do."
"The same impulses that direct everyday tasks come through in our songwriting. That’s what gives music a voice, a character, a shape."
"Sound waves are the origin of all things."
Spiritualized Research Scientist
"I hope to be able to make music on Mars one day."
Channeling the Fight
Moving Humans Forward in the Grand Illusion of Time
Searching for Questions
What's wrong with having a good time?
"We've reached a point in Western experimental music where artists are incredibly self-conscious and verbose about where their work fits in."
"I often find myself looking ages for the right snare. It's a little bit like tinder."
"Music might be the most physical and direct earthly religious experience you can have."
"100% loving a track is the worst precondition for a great remix."
"What if nothing comes? That fear now excites me."
David Agrella about a synth that shaped the sound of a decade.
"When a song is released it feels like it’s born again to me."
"Many people have told me that my beats sound quite melancholic. I guess they're not wrong."
Let Go Into Feeling
"I find females to listen better and to be more instinctual."
Punch the Clock and Put in the Hours
Raw Human Experience
"It's always a wonderful feeling to fill space with vibration."
"I've been fighting against my body for most of my 20s. Now I make music in order to … befriend it?"
Glimpses of Purity
"We are very far from Prince’s vault."
A musician told me: "I can hear the mountains of your village in your music."
"Technology can be in service of creativity. But the concept of surprise is human."
"In a film, I want the music to be the unspoken voice."
"I’ve never consciously attempted to paint music. Yet unconsciously maybe I am."
Using the Room Noise
The Lovely Violence of an Idea
A Whisper in the Yelling
"Electroclash was so political - and I became its unofficial spokesperson."
In Search of the Missing Socks
"There’s no reason a simple tale about a black American can’t be told."
Pushing through the Uncertainty
Accepting to be a Snob
"Many electronic musicians think that sound can replace melody or harmony. No, it can't."
Yoshio Machida about a synthesizer with an inbuilt philosophy
"It was a incredible, frustrating and annoying. Isn't that why we became artists in the first place?"
Chaos before anything else
"Music is a powerfully functional tool. It should be used with the utmost care."
From a Place of Unity
"Our brains use our senses like a mixing board."
"People would say: Who's this cat? We haven't even heard of him! But it didn't take too long to prove myself."
A Primal Urge
Magnetic to Chance
"I'm not a fan of spontaneity in music."
Tell them how you Feel
A New Adventure
Harvesters of Songs
"Sometimes, the seed of a song will haunt me. I have to get it done to have some peace of mind."
"Sometimes technology stifles creativity. Especially when you're more into technology than music."
"Anger is a good starting point to get your point accross. But if you want change, you need to grow past that."
"DJing is an insane existential puzzle."
Share Your Soul
“I rarely think of starting a song at the beginning.”
"Whether collaborating or working independently – we can expand ‘who we are.’"
"Our brains are still adapting to all the noise. There’s a reason why every third person has insomnia."
Framing the Chaos
In the moment
"Life on earth never dies. It goes through stages of life and dormancy, remaining in a state of constant transformation."
"Humans are not ready yet to give machines full control. I'm not sure we'll ever be."
An Atmospheric Event
Rich Patterns of the Most Ingenious Design
Infinite Worlds, Infinite Ways
"Every single element of a production should reflect my feelings."
It Starts with a Chuckle
Music that doesn't "work"
"Ultimately, I wanted to create something that broke away from the old order."
"Most soloists are like the main actor in the spotlight. I'm like a stage designer or cameraman."
Mysteries of Musical DNA
Leaving a Legacy
The Opposite of Instinct
Vulnerable in Public
Worlds to get lost in
"Chaos and accidents are essential!"
Dense, Dazzling Drones
"It’s extremely important to learn how to fail."
The Energy of Tension
"Music is as an instrument of union. It is a tool to demolish mind veils."
"We DJs are present at a club to play music FOR people. Give and take right?"
If it Feels Good
An Empty Slate
Truly Unique Frequencies
From Daydream to Reality
"My taste is very specific and super narrow - I’m not eclectic at all."
A Lustful Surplus
"What is the creative state like? I don't know. In fact, I'm not sure I would even want to know."
"Out of your comfort zone can be a very interesting place to be in."
Magic can’t be Rushed
"I want a sound like the earth cracking open.”
"Gun violence, climate change, mental health, women’s right - I want to create music that gets people really discussing issues."
Keep it Original
"Once free jazz exploded in my brain, it changed my perception of what music could be. It changed my life."
"I've become addicted to feeling hurt by my own lyrics."
"The best collaborations are based on trust."
"Gotta keep it fresh."
“Sometimes I need a good friend to tell me to stop.”
Feeling, Finding, Forgetting
"I like it when it’s hard to tell if a piece of music is composed or improvised."
“So many great lines were written while I was taking a break to make a cup of tea!”
Better to Listen
"In Africa, musical engagements are often not divided between stage and audience - everyone is a contributor to the sound.”
Unique Stories, Universal Feelings
“The reason to collaborate is dangerous – to work with someone who is not ‘like’ you.”
"Already Johann Sebastian Bach was improvising over contrapunctual concepts."
"My early versions can be shit drafts. A lot of shit drafts."
From an Honest Place
“It’s not uncommon for me to have 100 different saves of a song.”
“Our process demands a certain surrender.”
Felt not held
"When I am improvising I am often in many states at once. A present-tense that has ghosts all over the place."
"The truth can be ugly."
"It's like there's an ancient civilisation hiding behind the DX7 algorithm."
Cocaine and Chocolate
"To know when a track is finished, when it feels right - that's a hundred million $ emotion!"
"You don't need technology to be surprised. That's a marketing trick of the industry."
Balancing the Scales
A Practice in Empathy
A Gift out of Craziness
"That’s beautiful - you are the adoptive mother of lost and found sounds!"
"We touch upon the deepest level of human experience - cliché or not cliché."
"My love for music was born on the dancefloor."
A State of Emergency
Gate to the Unknown
"What sets your music apart is the percentage of honesty you put in it."
Digging Deep, Digging Deeper
"Am I walking the dog? Or is the dog walking me?"
"Some of my lines can only be explained in hindsight. Some remain a mystery."
Curating a Museum
"Film music is like a magic trick - you know you’re being manipulated and the crazier it feels, the more wonderful it is."
"Dancing translates another view of our experience in the world. It’s another kind of listening."
"My rituals when writing novels? I have to feel good, and I can’t be hungover. When writing songs, I can be hungover."
Reflecting the Times
"I often need to retank after making a record. I need to live new experiences, read, walk, laugh, cry."
Serving the Music
"Improvisation is a willful adventure into the unknown. It can be scary and disorienting for some."
The Holistic World of Innellea
"No amount of cycling, running, meditating, coffee or incense will help if you’re not happy inside."
"Once I sit down at the piano, the music just pours out of me."
What if I Were a Man?
"If a singer sings, “I love you,” and believes it, it can be the best line ever written."
"Every time I start with an idea, it ends up becoming something completely different."
"Music has always led fashion. Nearly no one has written a song about a dress."
3rd Page vs 2nd Page.
"DJing is like surfing. The crowd are the waves."
"Sound challenges our beliefs of how the universe is supposed to be."
"I can reach part of myself in music that I can’t in other spheres of life."
"Sound travels from one body to another. And on its path it makes connections."
"I'm like a sculptor. I look at the song and decide if it needs a different shaped nose or bigger ears."
Fifteen Questions Round Table #2
"Everybody want’s to be the headliner. Everybody wants to smash it."
"Control? My goodness, what a concept."
"If I can't achieve sufficient volume and sound pressure, the nature of the Merzbow experience changes."
"Africa is so rich in its native languages - and that’s a powerful thing!"
"Being hungover awakens the senses. But that can’t be the answer forever."
A Democratic Medium
Speaking to the Universe
"Do I have certain rituals? Just walking. Everything else is actor bullshit."
Turning Coffee into Music
Happy to be Mortal
"You can transform a whole tone scale, a brown shoe, the blue sky or a rollercoaster.“
"It is fun to get lost for a while."
"I am a creator. I create at every moment. It is my job."
"It’s not spirituality. It's an exorcism."
"It's social music. We need the audience as much as they need us."
Out of the Brain, into the Body
Emotions and Happiness
Into Non-Identifiable Space
The Void and its Perspective
"We’re trying to create something spiritual in an agnostic sense."
Naked in an Empty Room
"The experiment is greater than the plan. It always wins in the end."
Connected by Something Bigger
No Strategies, just Impulse
Music helps a party. Music helps a funeral.
"We are looking for chaos. But we also want to be on the same page."
"Clothes should not have any gender. Clothes are clothes."
"Without composition, there is no improvisation."
"We are god's creatures. Not selfmade egomaniacs."
"I like to hoover the studio before I begin. Or clear up the kitchen."
Embrace the Happenings
"Medicine and music can help us live betters lives."