‘Dark, warm, liquid’ | Interview with Frank Cogliano

A new years resolution that has been transformed into a full, 17 songs album. COMPUTERS OF THE WORLD is a mix of electrifying analog synth lines, intriguing samples and sensational organic soundscapes. Read our interview with the American producer below.

Describe your sound in 3 words

Dark, warm, liquid

Tell us a few things about your latest album Computers of the World. What is the story behind it?

In January – February 2020 I had sort of a new years resolution that I would force myself to write one piece of music per day, so that I would keep to a schedule and have some structure so I would actually create something. Some distracting things happened shortly thereafter and I forgot about it until about a year later, when I realized I liked some of the tracks and decided to release them. It was interesting because it was the last music I made before the pandemic, which seems like a good point in history as a shift. In terms of the sound, I just used a lot of samples that had a 90-s technology sound, whether it be lofi, vhs, cassette, public access TV, etc. Just exploring those sounds blended with everything I’m generally interetsed in. Overall just making music that sounds good to me, so its not like I really planned it too much, but in retrospect I suppose thats where my head was at.

Which track of the album (if any) represents you the most?

I like Armada. I like music that sounds like its announcing something is going to happen. But then maybe it never does.

The fact that many of your tracks are short in duration, gives the impression that you were going for an album that is better appreciated as a whole and not as individual singles. Do people actually listen to a full-length album in one sitting?

I dont know if people listen to albums but I do. I really made this selfishly not thinking about others, because you cant please everyone so I might as well make what I like. It wasnt really a conscious decision to make short songs, maybe thats just how long i felt they should be. i do think our attention spans are pretty short, so short songs should be the future I think.

What is your favorite album of the past 3 years?

Mordechai by Khruangbin

You focus on instrumental music. Was it an artistic decision to not include vocals, or it just happened? Also do you think the absence of vocals will be an extra challenge when it comes to promotion?

A lot of poeple like instrumental music. Thats just what I was feeling like making, I think vocals take it to another place entirely, and I dont enjoy singing. I sometimes work with singers, and I probably will on my next project. There are a lot of extremely popular artists that dont use vocals. But my primary goal is to make good music, not to be popular.

If you had to choose one Synthesizer (analog or digital) which one would it be?

DSI Prophet 08

Which book should we read while listening to your album?

Any of J.G. Ballards sci fi short stories

Thank you!

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