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My strange style
January 10, 2006 | 8:25 pm

OK, well now most of you regulars know my strange, notriously unreachable style. Maybe it's time for proper explanation.

My influences listed should be some clue to my style.
And they are important in that it is the culture I was raised in, the time period and particular artists I have latched onto.
I am not trying to get into the top 40 charts.
I am sharing my art. And hopefully entertaining you.

I also generally need some outside inspiration or muse to get me started on a piece. It can be someone else's song here on icomp, a GB loop, a sound that a new synth produces, a sample or the work of friends.

What you don't know is that I have been working with one friend consistently since I bought my first synth (ARP AXXE) in high school.
I have several freinds who I jam with, but he is probably the biggest influnce on my music.

Glenn Frantz is the poet who writes or inspires most of the words in my works as well as music of his own. We have been jamming, hometaping and performing since the late 70s (imaginethat!)

He has a very analytical style that consists of algorythms or methods that self generate music. His works have a fascinating, poetic quality that I would attribute to metaphysical sources, he would attribute them to mathematics and utter randomness. But his real poetry is the way he manipualtes and chooses the resulting sound tapestries.

He works with analytical method, I work with emotional method.
The juxtaposition of the two fascinates me (as I think, it does him as well).

I try to take this complete randomness which sometimes has a sour or cold feel to it, and add traditional musical structure, emotional rythms and melody. The two together create a complete harmony for me.

It has gotten to the point where if I create a song entirely of traditional musical style, it feels lacking. Elctronic music in particular can have a cold, inhuman quality. I think it is that randomness that is missing.

Maybe not randomness but slight imperfections and inflections that human musicians playing traditional instruments learn to play along with and bend to thier will. Every performance of the same piece of music will be different and different artists or conductors will put thier own mark on it.

But even deeper than that, a musician can learn to let the instrument play itself with all its imperfections and peculiarities, giving flavor the performance.

It is this flavor I am constantly searching for. It is a fine wine, a good meal, a beautiful painting, a poem that awakens a hitherto unexplored part of your mind.

elder

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