Interviste | Pubblicato il 29 settembre 2014
[Interviste]: Una chiacchierata con Loscil e Fieldhead
A cura di: Nicola Orlandino
Dopo il tour che li ha portati anche in Italia, Loscil (Scott Morgan) e Fieldhead (Paul Elam) hanno collaborato per uno split album. Si intitola Fury & Hecla ed è uscito l’8 Settembre per l’ottima Gizeh Records in edizione limitata. Vi avevamo presentato due tracce in anteprima nella nostra compilation di preview. Abbiamo contattato i due artisti via mail e abbiamo approfondito alcuni aspetti della collaborazione e del loro modo di fare musica. Dopo l’artwork, trovate l’intervista in lingua originale.
Let’s start with a generic concept. Electronic music has reached great levels and there was an essential evolution of the word “electronic”. What is your modern vision about electronic music?
SM When I think of the words “modern” and “electronic” together, I tend to think more about the modernist movement; composers like Ligeti, Stockhausen, Varese using electronics to realize new avant garde musical ideas in the 30’s- 60’s. If we’re talking about contemporary electronic music, that’s another story. “Electronic” is such a blanket term these days and can be used to describe anything from experimental music to dance music. I guess in general the term electronic blandly describes the approach to music using electronic devices. There is such a wide range of approaches, tools, styles, etc. I’m not sure I have a vision of it all.
PE My initial reaction when someone mentions electronic music is to think of synths, dance music and Kraftwerk… but I think the idea of electronic music has become such a key part of so many styles (especially modern pop) that it’s hard to really tie it down to one single vision.
Let’ talk about “Fury & Hecla”. How was born the idea of this collaboration?
SM: The idea was spawned as a result of our planned tour early in 2014. We wanted to have a split CD to commemorate the conjoined tour and sell it at shows.
PE: As Scott says, the idea of the joint tour in February came before the idea of the EP. Once we started talking about the collaborating on a release to tie in with the tour, we had the idea to send elements of each other’s music (such as samples, synth sounds, violin parts etc.) back and forwards to form the basis of new tracks. This helped make the release feel like a cohesive piece, rather than two unconnected selection of tracks living together. Whilst beginning to work on the tracks Scott and I talked about a concept to further tie what we were doing together, and we came up with the idea of basing the EP around the geographical midpoint between where we both live, Vancouver and Newcastle. The midpoint turned out to be on Baffin Island in Canada, where the Fury and Hecla strait is located – hence the name of the EP.
What is the contact points of your ways to do music?
SM: I believe we share a certain sample-based approach to music. I know I enjoy working with samples predominantly. I think there is also a shared sentiment between our approaches to music. Pensive at times. Simple on the surface but worthy of further exploration via deep listening.
PE: Yup, I use a very sample based approach to making music, and have always loved cutting up old sounds and repurposing them for new tracks. I think there’s also a strong geographical connection present in both our approaches, which was fun to work with on the ideas that came up around ‘fury and hecla’.
You had some live shows together. How were this shows structured? Was there also a visual side to associate with your music?
SM: Generally speaking, we were on the same bill but as separate acts. We did have one collaboration where Elaine from Fieldhead joined us (loscil) on stage for a piece. We both did have visuals, yes.
PE: We supported Loscil on most of their European tour dates in February, just missing out a few of the UK dates. We tend to structure our shows much like a conventional band would do, focussing on recreating individual songs live and coming up with a set list that makes sense. For visuals we just use some fairly abstract footage I’ve taken over the years which is stitched together in a pretty rudimentary way. It’s something I’d like to improve on in the future, but it works fine for the moment.
Will be there, in the near future, a collaboration with a shared composition process? Have you any idea about it?
SM: We currently do not have further plans to collaborate on another piece but the possibility always exists.
Have you other solo projects in the works?
SM: Yes, I have a new full length coming out on kranky in November.
PE: We have nothing planned at the moment, but we’re working on new material and have a few tracks finished. Hopefully this will all come together for a third album in the not too distant future.
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