‘Psychedelic, Ethereal, Electroacoustic’ | Interview with Mondegreen

Time Has A Face is characterised by its intriguing groove, the beautiful blend of hypnotic synth pads and its vocals which are manipulated in a very imaginative way. On top of that Mondegreen enriches this emotional electronic production with the organic sound of the violin. Read our discussion with the artist below!

Describe your sound in 3 words

Psychedelic, Ethereal, Electroacoustic.

Your music is a great blend of different sounds indeed. The way you mix organic sounds with electronics is really exciting. Tell us a few things about your creative process.

Thanks for the kind words! For me, inspiration comes from a variety of places. Whether it’s a melodic or rhythmic idea, a few words, or a chord progression. I like to sketch these ideas out sitting at a keyboard and see where they take me. One tool I’ve found extremely helpful for breaking free from writers block has been the Synthstrom Deluge. It’s a sequencer/sampler/groovebox with a synth engine, and it can really create some surprising and inspiring sounds. It’s battery powered too, so you can work on ideas anywhere. It’s a nice break from staring at a computer screen.

Artists and people that have influenced you?

Some of the biggest influences on my current project are Bjork, Radiohead (and their various side projects), Animal Collective and Dirty Projectors. I’ve also been listening to a lot of Burial, Lapalux, and Lusine lately. While they definitely influence what I do, I don’t think what I’m making sounds much like their stuff.

In which place or state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

Maybe driving on a misty highway somewhere in the Pacific Northwest, or sitting in a forest admiring the raw beauty of nature.

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

Even though it’s a pretty new addition, I think I have to go with the Prophet Rev 2. It’s so versatile, and the variety of timbres it can create feels limitless.

What isn’t a crime but should be?

Selling midi chord packs.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

For a large part of my twenties I lost focus on music. Work, and other creative endeavours took over. I’d probably tell a younger me to keep with it. I’d also tell him to buy bitcoin.

What is the story behind your name?

You know… there’s not much of a story, and I’m actually not in love with the moniker anymore. This project is still very much in its infancy, and I’m considering going back to just my name, Stefan Thordarson. I’ll keep you posted!

Thank you!

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