All the Letters
Blank Slate Evocation
"We are a democracy."
"The earliest draft is the basis. It already has to feel like it's ready to go."
Necessary Energetic Release
“The nucleus of our work ethic: The ability to tell the other what they created is absolutely terrible.”
"Getting into the best creative space requires a profoundly boring lifestyle."
"I like my modular world. There isn’t a preset in sight!"
A Place of Brutal Honesty
Lay it All Out
"Listening to James Brown's drummers in the 60s and 70s is the ultimate lesson in groove."
"Art must change and challenge you."
"Sonic Youth or Mogwai would not sound like they do without Kraut references."
A Little Bit More Alive
"When I go in, I fully dive in."
"Detaching from the concept of “having a style” or “being from a school” has been quite a thing."
"I’m in a very productive chapter of my life."
"Some of the greatest musicians make some terrible music!"
You were either there, or you weren’t.
Canvas of Connection
"Ideas are like unexplored galaxies - waiting to be discovered."
"To outsource human creativity to technology marks an end to the world."
"The rhythm played by Klaus Dinger is what defined this style."
A Guiding Light
"If only people knew how little we actually plan ahead."
"The research was crazy! I was seeking endlessly through collector’s lists, fanzines, databases - through everything!"
Arthur Hnatek about a cleverly built Westcoast synth with a musical randomness
Travelling Family Band
Into the Stillness of Human Life
A View to Unseen Landscapes
First, there is the Word
"Technology, technology! Can we all stop whinging and try to enjoy ourselves?"
"I was scared of Max for Live. It felt like opening pandora’s box."
Reflecting on the Joy
"An important part of the creative process is forgetting."
"In insecure times I fear that my ideas are products of luck."
For Nik West, the bass brings the groove that makes the bootie move.
"The spirit cannot be measured and cannot be seen. That's where the surprises come from."
Only One of Me, Only One of You
“I don't hear harps playing. But I do feel connected to the cosmos.“
You Have to Get Out to Get In
"My happiness and well-being are strongly correlated with my ability to create."
“My family was the first to hear the early sketches. Their reactions were profound and deeply emotional.“
"I’m working on something that uses 5 different tuning systems at once. There’s some real questions as to whether I’m going to get through it alive."
For Henry Spencer, the trumpet is a challenging instrument allowing for precise expression.
Catching the Big Fish
“Sometimes, the power lies in making everyone stand still or hold hands.”
"Organizing sounds is my obsession."
Predictability is Pointless
Alter Ego Activation
"Music made of pre-cooked, store bought sauces is not going to be authentic. Or original."
“Club music of the future? Frequencies outside the human range. Infrasonic, ultrasonic sounds.”
Polishing the Diamond
"Some resonances may be healing. Others could create a toxic environment for the body."
"Maybe the best sound quality is just sheer joy."
"Lego informed my approach to music."
"Many of these artists were caught in a tragic middle ground – too South Asian for the West and too Western for South Asia."
Fueled by Love
Between East and West
"It’s a smart move to pick up on the past or the forgotten."
“I am not a planner.”
"Every sound resembles bringing something to life and letting it die again."
"Ideas unexpectedly pop up. Sometimes I wish I could turn it off."
"Sometimes, you have to negotiate in the music. When you play alone, you negotiate with yourself."
"There’s often a certain level of neglect towards sound."
"It's a complex, powerful, beautiful relationship that a drummer has in a band. One that's all too often underappreciated."
"Cliche lines, metaphorical lines and descriptive lines - you need a bit of all of these to make a song work."
I am the idea
Harald Björk about a quirky polyphonic analog synthesizer that invites you into the wilderness.
"I’ve been using cheap, $100 passive speakers for my height channels. They work just fine."
"Improvisation embodies the humanity and uncertainty that can often be lost in electronic music."
“Maybe we need to make art as artefacts so the experience of it can be completely immaterial.“
"If I am not continually creating, I am lost, I don't feel like myself."
We Chose Each Other
"It’s important to experiment with new sounds. But it’s also important to vision your own style and do what you're best at."
“I love unpredictable shifts.”
Dead Serious Playfullness
"I wrote my first song when I was a kid. It felt like I had discovered some missing part of myself."
Shaping by Ear
“DJing, songwriting, and playing live music all use very similar decision-making processes.”
“DJing for me has always been in the body. Some of my favorite DJs are amazing dancers.”
“If you are a good human being, it reflects on stage, too.”
Hit by the Fly Swatter
Meet Me Where You Are
Play what you Mean
Stitchers of the Angelic Realm
Drawn to Extremes
For David Bergmüller, the lute requires you to take strength away rather than use power.
"Music vibrates through your ears and leads directly into your body and soul."
"If I live my life as an artist, then by default whatever I make is art."
"Fashion is design for the body. It’s very powerful."
Create to Connect
A Thing of Beauty
"After we finished mastering the album, I kind of fell apart."
"I can’t take credit for creating a song."
Into the Time Tunnel
"I don’t find it exciting when a machine does it all for you - you may as well listen to YouTube tutorial music."
For Mitsune, striking this Japanese string instrument is like an arrow to the heart.
"If I may say so: There's some really wicked, high-quality shit on my new album."
Dialogues with the Environment
"I want my music to sound honest."
"Composing music is like a drug. I want to feel that way again and again."
“Detroit has never left Vienna. But it's been very small-scaled. Time to change that.”
“A million times I tried to quit music entirely. But it always found me again.”
Ben Carey about a modular synthesiser with a unique sound and a heavy punch
"I frequently don't really know what's going to happen."
“Maybe God is a DJ. But DJs are not God.“
"I do believe a sort of telepathy takes place."
What It Is, Who I Was
"The very best songs come in the same time or less that it would take to sing them."
"Playfulness is extremely important. When we overwork ideas they can become stale."
Tangible Aristotelian Instances
“Respect has to be paid where it is due.”
"Sound is unruly and a very powerful force."
Pig&Dan about an odd-in-the-best-way modular studio that's off the charts wild.
“Stop trying to make everything perfect. Nothing has more soul than an imperfection."
"If I could put on a helmet and translate my ideas directly into music ... I’d love to see where that takes me!"
"I like the idea of not editing too much - putting the hard work in the writing of the music."
"My preparation stages usually start at 4am in the morning - with my voice recorder in the bathroom."
"I like to surrender to the chaos."
A Gift from a Higher Power
Disfreq about an analog synthesizer with a sonically expansive dual filter
"If the score is well written, it’s an obligation to respect the composer's intentions. If the score is poorly written, it’s the composer’s own fault if the piece is misinterpreted."
No Time for Science
A plan for change from Eno's keynote at IMS Ibiza
"Editing is a drama. All your neuroses come into it."
"It's not a must to have a good relationship with your collaborators. Even assholes can make brilliant music."
"You have to listen. If you don't listen, there is no dialogue."
"Music is like every art: Pleasurably hard work."
"Part of the joy of making music is the unknown and unplanned elements that happen along the way."
I love them all
Everything. But not too Loud.
“I’m often not taking field recordings. I'm documenting myself in the field."
Take a Breath
"I have a terrible habit of rarely using the same kick drum. It has cost me months of my life."
"Writing a song is like a cat. Just keep going back and try and let it come to you."
Message, Shape, and Place
Reaching the unknown
It's not about me
“Never before has human expression been so strongly shaped by machines.”
"Our friendship is the most important thing. Music comes second."
“I was always more of a Blade Runner boy than a Star Trek fan.”
“Not all artists on Glücklich VI had their breakthrough yet. I am on a mission to help with that.”
“You can live your whole life as a work of art - from eating to dressing to loving.”
Songs of a Yearning Heart
The Fun of 44 Repetitions
"The impulse to create something comes from all sorts of places and emotions … sometimes if I’m just bored."
“Every time you tell a story that's personal to you, people will find their own stories in it.”
"For marine animals, sound pollution will generate more and more problems. It is compromising their full life cycle."
For Reginald Chapman, the trombone is a rhythmic reinforcer – and an instrument of freedom.
“People tend to play their best when they're comfortable.”
"If there were ever definitive interpretations – why then would musicians go on stage and play their hearts out?"
"It was my dream to become a professional musician - but not at any cost."
"In the future, moods and tastes will be fully controlled by A.I. But robots have taste."
The Greater Picture
"I could not find a satisfying way forward with just tonal harmonies. I needed something more."
“We would scream into the microphone at rehearsals. Later we would try our best to decipher what we might have been saying.”
Free to Scream
“As a kid, I sought refuge in ideas. Music came as a free space.“
Orgasm of the Soul
A Wilder State
"Music always has to do with emotions. If it doesn't, it doesn't interest me."
"Sounds must have life. They have to be extraordinary and unique."
“Taking chances is the basis of making music.”
"Listening is my favorite part of improvisation. It's like picking my colleague’s brain’s sound."
Intimate Inner Research
The Mystery of Collaboration
Alchemist of the Human Experience
Experience is crucial
“I probably am sacrificing a bit of my identity in a collaboration. But I believe it’s an important sacrifice to make.“
A force in art
The business of healing
“Not many boundaries are being pushed - despite the technology enabling everyone to do so!”
The Middle Way
Opening the Door
"Songwriting is like working out. But instead of muscles, I’ll have a greater sense of awareness about unknown things."
"I only have one rule in the studio: To always turn off my phone."
"How are you going to practice the unknown? You can't do that."
“If I had a therapist, we would be talking about my dreams a lot. By using music, I can do it myself.”
See the Growth
Trust the Gut!
“There are moments in life, where a sound or an image will demand attention. It’s those moments that become music.“
Not Home Before Sunrise
“Start with a conversation. The conversation inspires chords, then the conversation becomes melody and lyrics.”
Tapestry of Discovery
"This is what we identify with: Having a revolutionary practice in art.“
For Louise Campbell, the clarinet is “a musical chameleon”. It is also like glue.
The Vibe of the Moment
Other Parts of Me
"Potentially music can heal everything."
“Feeling creative is an animal that needs feeding!”
Insights into the Inner Worlds
“You can always change a song. It is an experience.”
A Child of the Cosmos
A Creative Brain
Some new kind of magic
"Between the feminine and masculine, the laid back and the dressed up – that's where I feel most like myself."
“The melodies evolve slowly. Until, at some mysterious point, they are ready to be recorded.”
“With funk, great lyrics aren’t a must. It is acceptable to have lots of lyrics about “the Funk.”
"Technology is there to expand your possibilities. It's not there to do your job."
Here I Am
Beginner Mindset for Life!
Three Nice Guys
Navigate the Simulation
“A computer, Ableton and a keyboard - and the world is yours!”
“The greatest challenge was freeing myself from the thought of being right.“
Geometric Fields of Vibrations and Emotions
Shape of a Journey
“I've used meditation, prayer, drugs, booze. But it all comes down to just letting it happen.“
Cinematic Harp Drones
More than Real
Mine to Break
Feel the Meaning
A Good Man
Profiles of Randomness
“Writing is a cacophony of ideas combined with single minded focus.”
"Listening is the next key evolutionary mode of understanding the world."
“I’ve been songwriting over 20 years. So no embarrassment left!”
In Relation with the Mystery
"I wouldn’t say I have a particular interest in extremes. Who am I to discriminate among sounds!"
“We have somewhat lost the ability to live in the present moment.”
"The main challenge for me is to not play the things that I know will work.”
“Absolute devotion said in the simplest words - that's what I've been looking for lately.”
“I’ve got a great memory for anything negative!”
“Every being on this earth carries a light inside their soul.”
A Very Specific Sound
The Candid Approach
Music for the People
"When I was hit by the sound of silence, everything finally ‘clicked’. I was hooked."
Present to the Feeling
“Do songs take on their own personalities and start to write themselves? Yea, that happens.”
"Improvisation should not be licks. Licks are tricks.”
“I need to know where the music is going in order to know where it is coming from.”
That Unplaceable Feeling
In Note Land
“The creative state? It is when I feel in touch with what it is to be alive.”
“These songs are the first songs I ever heard. They are the reason I am a musician.”
“Sometimes we call our ideas “games” - they feel like playgrounds.”
Inspiration through Work
"I cannot accept the idea of rules in improvisation.”
"We are all made of music. When we make music, we are trying to find the way to our origin.”
"We definitely make some bad songs. But we always give the ideas space, and enjoy the process.”
"Failure is deeply integrated into my practice. I even named a track after it."
Open Line to the Other Side
“I don't like undefined behaviour in systems. It is a fault.”
"I think I was born to improvise.”
Failure is not a Problem.
"A film can get a lot better with more time and money. This is not the case with music.”
Nod of Approval
“Using technology for the benefit of people is wonderful and nothing reprehensible.”
Diary of Sounds
“We usually just hook up empty-headed and step into the cockpit.”
Feels like Coming Home
Drawn to Emphases
A Hug at the End of a Long Day
"My Spirit and my acknowledgement of the universe and all that surrounds me is key."
"Put in the work, and it’ll just keep getting better."
“Making this music turned me into a better person.”
“We have to embrace new tech to stay competitive.”
“Technology should not make you a lazy composer. It's an aide, not a crutch.”
“Creating something beautiful, or even something disgusting. That’s what it's all about.”
Journeys in Collage
Sci Fi Minimalism
“To be of service to one’s art is the artist’s both gift and dilemma.”
Always the Answer
“Most music that is considered forward-thinking is nothing but vain drywank.“
“The more I compose, the harder it becomes to impress myself.”
From a Place of Wonder
Stephen Parsick about a portable synthesizer that is a bit of a Zen machine
"I like almost every sound."
“It’s important to care and want to be good. But any improvisation is also just a moment in time.“
Kety Fusco about an instrument that needs to be arrogant.
"Technology is a manifesting energy. You have to dance with it."
“Autotune is a profoundly empowering effect for some artists.”
"My childhood TV would produce these harmonic noises. I spent hours in front of it."
O for Original
Nothing to Hide
"No dictators in the room. We’re a band family!”
Tensions in Real Time
“Any score is simply a jumping-off point for musical discovery.“
Light from an Unknown Source
Beyond the 30 Second Barrier
My Real Self
“I would love to be able to program robots playing real instruments. You could craft the perfect movement.”
Spiky and Smooth
Deepest Darkest Feelings
“Electronic music is and will always be the music of the future.”
"I can plan if I have to. Chance is always better.”
Vulnerable and Open
"Whatever rules one comes up with, there will always be something that breaks them and is artistically successful.”
Just One String
"To be totally absorbed in making something is the best feeling in the world. It's kind of self care.”
Symbols of Communication
A Rich Tapestry
Escape to Confrontation
“Playing in a string quartet takes immense trust in your colleagues.“
"If there is a way to keep strict control of the process, we haven’t found it!”
"Music is the most immaterial thing and the most tangible thing at the same time. Nothing can be compared to it.”
"The mindset for creating comes from the constant need to create.”
Motivated by Terrible Music
“Spirituality is a way to connect to realms of consciousness greater than my own. Music is one way to do this.“
Any Ideas, No Restrictions
Blindfolded in a Maze
“The song doesn't write itself. But it does sometimes express a preference!“
"Whatever stories are being told by the music – they're reflected by the clothing worn."
Magic of the Mundane
“Honesty! Honesty, honesty, honesty.“
“My studio is a space I could live in if I wanted to.”
"I was fascinated by a single Moog note - so I made a whole album with it."
Everything in Earnest
Ride the Wave
Born to it
The Dinner Test
“There can be a tendency to always want to make something ‘better.’ But often that can go the other way.“
“I need to feel secure with my collaborator. We need to communicate to move forward.”
Dancing with a Smile on Your Face
Not a Choice, just a Need
“Attentively listening to field recordings is like watching an uncut video. It’s a re-experience of something.“
Deal with it
Glory to God
"I try to make music a very personal adventure.”
“I don't think God should take the blame if what I came up with sucks!“
“Music is totally not self-expression.“
“Aren’t the demos always the best versions anyway?“
"AI is pulling every single human element out of the process. It's re-harvesting everything that’s already out there."
Led by the Drones
"Improvisation is creativity on the instrument. Develop your creativity. Give the instrument a language.”
Sanctuary in Music
Ready to Change the World
"I consider myself a Darwinian creator. I need errors to create anything.”
Don't Cure the Disease
Like a Ninja
A Comforting Crisis
“I need the audience near me as much as I need the music.”
What does Bad Music Taste Like?
Solace in Dark Times
“When people ask me about gear I always say: just get anything and make some music.”
More Precious than Gold
Every sound tells a story
"Creation is like giving birth. You have to face the depression afterwards.”
"There is a flow that’s incredible when songs pour out. It's untenable sometimes.”
One out of 15
A Heart that Know how to Marvel
“There’s not a single field recording on this album that wasn’t processed in some way!“
Intimacy is the Goal
A Tangible Mystery
"On the modular, there has to be a thought before any action. You can look for inspiration in a preset.”
"Estonians are known for their paganism. We are no different.”
Be Nice, Enjoy it.
"Just like we have no control over life, we have no control over music."
“To me, the visual rhythm of Metropolis is similar to the way music is thought about by a DJ.“
"Ideas come to me in quiet. But creative accomplishment comes in a hail of drums, riffs, and screams!"
“My studio is like a dating service for instruments and effects.”
A Matter of Survival
A Bit of Chaos
Window to our Inner Selves
Vehicles of Communal Expression
"My new music expresses my hybrid identity as a musician and as a human. A synthesis of my Eastern and Western origins.”
Commitments Beyond the Toothbrush
"I could revise endlessly. It never feels done.”
Shaping the Empty Space
"We try not to get too caught up in the destination. We are thinking more about the mode of travel.”
"For some, standing in front of the unknown can be scary. I find the challenge exciting.”
Music is my Culture
“Creativity is about making something that wasn't there before. Routines can not be a part of it.”
"The most important thing is to play together – sometimes for hours without a break."
Blurred Lines of Melting Watermelons
Marion Ravot about an instrument of beauty with gymnastic requirements
"Listening is a way into an interior without touching its edges."
"Silence can often be frightening."
“There's a perfect combination of boredom and pressure.”
"My instrument probably wants something from me. I should respect that.”
"Hip hop has become more commercial. But it has also diversified.”
A Wave that Changed the World
Vesels in a Non-Binary Universe
"We try to start with silence. And patience.”
Dreams on a Concrete Wall
Permission to Cry
Hunting for Fulfillment
"Production isn’t as important as the idea itself."
"Composing is a bit like life - you have no control."
"The electronics got bigger and bigger. It began to feel like the speakers couldn’t contain the sound.”
I’m here ... can you feel me?
"The bass is a physical instrument. You have to be fit to make the beast sing.”
Improvisation - Innovation - Identity
"Ultimately you’re likely to never be truly satisfied - no matter what you do."
“I recorded at Jean-Michel Jarre’s studio - I felt like a kid in front of all those legendary synths!”
"There are articulations and phrases that make me sound who I am. I am not scared to repeat them.”
"If you have a clear idea of how the finished song should sound, you end up being disappointed."
The Connecting Superpower
“On some level I think we should have EPA standards for noise pollution just like we have standards for air pollution."
“These songs felt like they were pushing through my veins.”
"Ringhold is a slightly bumpy ride. But we have a plan at the wheel."
It Comes at Night
“For artists, or journalists, music is an endless stream of energy. We're constantly borrowing creativity from it.”
“The best music usually isn’t the most original, never-before-heard thing.”
"A democratic approach can be very tiresome in a band context. It can cost years of productivity."
“I’d take a laptop and headphones over a fancy, multi-room recording studio any day.”
"When a new piece of music stirs within me, I feel it in my stomach."
"As soon as making music becomes like making a cup of coffee I will quit."
A Guide for your Journey
Wrestle and Resolve
Fundamental Energy Exchange
“Lofi Symphony is my masterclass of interpretation.“
“Words aren’t compassionate. They won’t offer solace — that’s what music does.”
A Bit like Time Traveling
"Once I've finished an album I don't listen to it for a long while."
“People think the DJ is the most important part of the party. They’re not.“
"If you let the idea of a soul separated from the body go, you lose nothing."
Like a Crush
Enter Through Emotion
"Creation is not data processing. It is human, erratic, uncertain, doubt, fickle."
Colours of Freedom
"The days of me doubting myself and my musical choices are over."
“Timelessness plays a big role in my music.”
Because we Have to
Otherness as a Creative Power
“I love the moment when entire musical landscapes are born out of nothingness.“
"Recording August Dreams was risky. Like jumping out of an airplane together."
"The impulse to create is dialled into all of us within the band."
“You can be as creative in the mixing process as in the recording process.”
Dressing the Skeleton
Waves that Touch Everything
The long Way to Simplicity
“Don't believe the hype! Quality, simplicity and emotions will always win in the long run.”
Take the Guts!
"It's best to get out of my own way, and let the song grow as it pleases."
"Once an idea is started, it is always being reimagined."
"The best thing is when I hear someone play a record I made in '94, and they make it fit into a set today."
"Once we get started, it's almost like jumping off the cliff."
"Control is the last thing I need."
“Overtone singing was kind of addictive for some years.“
“All sounds signal some form of energy transfer."
A Mutant's Quest
Naked Gun Apocalypse
"Dance allows me to connect to music through another medium. It gives me a new perspective on composing."
“I want you, as a listener, to experience something. Not to express myself.”
"Uncovering what kind of album it’s going to be can be a little difficult."
"Everything starts from improvisation. It fails most of the time."
The Endless Waterfall
Personal, but not about Me
A Mother of Many Children
A Noble Pursuit
"Improvisation is a world in itself. It is difficult to grasp it in a couple of rules.”
Blueprint for the Future
Light and Dance
Sophisticated and Sensitive, Shallow, and Self indulgent
"I’ll try writing a song after the next time I make scones."
Endlessly We Learn
“I may have it all laid out. Then, I walk into the room and change the entire game plan.”
“Lorde asked me to make some guttural sounds. She demonstrated this by basically turning into an amazing rabid animal.“
“I try not to say no to anyone. One can learn from even the least likely partnership.“
Simple Ideas are Okay, too.
"Something sparks a memory - and everything about the song changes!"
"I don’t do doubt. Or fear. It has no place in my work."
“Restrictions breed creativity. ”
"The widened spectrum of vibration, including sound, is the key element of material and immaterial existence."
"I might sing a line and realize: That’s what I want to write about."
“A studio should offer to you everything you need. Not everything you want.”
"My music works vertically, like playing Tetris, or Lego. It's about making something out of simple shapes and materials.”
"We are even using sounds from pots and pans. Breaking rules and limits is what we want to achieve through this project.”
Nutrition for the Mind
Thomas Lemmer about a synthesizer so unique it's hard to replace
“I feel the fear of releasing this album. But the need to share these experiences is stronger.”
“I sometimes lament how a picture of your dinner can get more likes than the project you’ve spent a year working on.”
Nothing in Between
“There is a wonderful world of unique and weird music that is being suppressed. We all have to do our part to free it.“
At the Core
“Music sits in a totally different sphere to anything else in my life.“
“Forcing myself will never help me find the right ideas!“
“Honesty in art is such a confusing concept.“
“My focus is on how to protect natural environments and their soundscapes from human impact."
"I grab my recorder every time I hear a weird noise."
"Sounds are more important than music. We should always start with sound."
Spark to Respond
“Creativity is more of a state of being instead of simply producing a bunch of artworks.”
Add the Heart
”When you can go world-class fishing, writing music would be a total waste of time”
Go Where You Dream
“For me, the creative zone is like Neverland.“
“My process doesn't have any limits. Probably the limit is my patience.“
Propelling the Past
Quite the Softies
“The Cure's Disintegration would have been very easy for an AI to create."”
Saving the Stories
Failing with Grace
Brad Allen Williams about a massively popular instrument that doesn't have a single classical archetype
“Music is about emotions. It's crucial to prioritize them over structure.“
“If there is nothing coming at the moment, you haven't lived it yet to write about it.“
“Trust is a big thing. When there is trust, things can start to flow.“
“If you take away all the tools, and leave only “creativity” you just have ideas - and no actual music.”
“Brainstorming with red wine makes a lot of sense.“
“Music expands a poem’s emotional reach. It is the place of wordless secrets, codes, maps and math.“
"There’s a misunderstanding when it comes to jazz improvisation: That you’re making it all up as you’re going along out of thin air.”
“Without music as an outlet, I would hold onto a lot of the feelings and triggers I picked up in the therapy room.“
“Rhythm is the most fundamental aspect. Traditional classical conservatory training does little to equip you for that reality.“
“Good lyrics for me should be perfectly musical before being meaningful.“
“Works of art have always been unfinished, infinite.”
Marisa Anderson about a resonant instrument that can really sing.
“Lyrics can feel like a necessary evil. But they can elevate the music as well. That’s the heart of the struggle.”
The Forester's Song
“Music is communication - when it’s a two-way conversation it’s electric.”
Don't Swallow the Poison
“You have to empty your head.“
“There is no me without making music.”
“I love Blue Note. But I love Hip Hop, too.”
"Music is the sound of social study.”
Laughing Against the Thunder
Together and Alone
“Small things make song lyrics great. Because the music does the rest.”
Tiny Pocket of Time and Space
“It's always comfortable working with musicians you know. It feels like an old couple.“
“Most things in nature seem very creative without a consciousness.”
Love without Borders
For the Soul
Scratch My Brain
"I like having more colors in the crayon box.”
“Okay ... What malfunctioning old instrument can we work with today?”
"Sound immersion should become much more important in historical performance practice."
Stories and Dreams
"Being able to travel the world as a DJ seemed utterly ridiculous when I started.“
"There is only one correct note. Sometimes I spend an hour finding it."
John Cage Made me Do it.
“It’s all pure instincts, intuition. And occasionally chaos.”
Feel Something, Together
The Unlimited Field
"The last ingredient should always be megalomania. I often miss that in women.”
“The pleasure I get from creating a song is beyond every pleasure in life.”
Towards a Language
“There is something transcendental about losing yourself to the moment and hyper focussing on listening.”
“What tool can have a deeper impact on creativity? Learning. Learning will help improve the creative output for any artist.”
“I would like to maintain a human touch and errors as much as possible.“
All Sounds are Equal, all Sounds are God.
Goose bumps don’t lie.
“I don’t prepare. The significance of that somehow freaks me out.”
"I insist on creating new art when I improvise. I hate when people pretend to have a language and stick to that.”
"Creating feels less like something I do and more like someone I am."
"I can't dream of anything better than incinerating myself in sound and spreading myself endlessly in ears and hearts.”
“It's fundamental to play each piece as if it were the very first time.“
“If trying to get an idea is difficult, I’ll walk away from it.”
"Feeling good, grounded, playing with matches all can help feel more connected and worthwhile."
Where Someone Really Lives
Shifting the paradigm
It's obvious! It's Picasso!
The Ultimate Dessert
Boldness in Expression
“It's silly when people use drum pads and single-finger drums like it's 1980.”
Sink Into the Feeling
“My studio can become pretty messy.”
“Tracks in a DJ set can nudge and catch each other. They transition seamlessly into an eternal track.“
"I would like to create a piece that lasts several days but does not cause ear fatigue."
"All I can do, is to be of service of the music. If I do a good job at that, the music will figure itself out.”
“I’m a total romantic. I find the idea of being surrounded by an unhealthy amount of cables appealing.”
Letting the Feelings Breathe
“The music emerges day by day ... until late at night.”
“I love how someone else can take your idea and run with it.”
Every Single Fucking Day!
Everything is a Language