‘Exploratory electronic soundscapes’ | Interview with Midi Neutron

Characterised by its intricate soundscapes, Midi Neutron’s “Shuffle Till I’m There” creates a harmonious balance between sadness and happiness, taking the listener on an emotional journey through electronic sound.

Describe your sound in 3 words

Exploratory electronic soundscapes

Tell us a few things about Shuffle Till I’m There. What is the main idea behind it?

I like to build a sense of narrative in my music that take you to different places. With Shuffle Till I’m There I was trying to recreate this feeling I have of wanting a sense of internal calmness, but in actuality I am feeling quite restless. Through the journey of the music, after experiencing so many different things while moving through time I will eventually get there.

What made you gravitate towards electronika?

I remember going on ski trips with my parents when I was little and we would listen to Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here while driving through snow covered mountains on the East Coast of the US. From that point on it led me on a search for calming electronic music. In high school I would listen to artists such as Tycho, Boards of Canada and Aphex Twin, but it wasn’t until listening to the secret track on Acid Rap by Chance the Rapper called ‘Paranoia’ that really sparked things for me. It introduced me to the producer Nosaj Thing and his whole body of work, which eventually got me listening to so many artist coming out of the beatmaking scene in LA, such as Flying Lotus, Teebs, Shigeto, etc. That has ended up having the biggest impact on my music today.

Your music has an experimental touch. Should music as a form of art always challenge the listener?

Music can be whatever you want it to be and so many types of music fulfill so many different listening needs. For me, I’m always looking to have fun and explore new ideas, workflows, and ways of using things every time I make something and the outcome of that is often is experimental electronic beats. I can often get bored with things and find experimentation allows me to breakaway from that feeling/get me excited.
That being said, I do like challenging music as I tend to gravitate towards uniqueness when listening to music.

Favorite album of the past decade?

As a complete album, its quite tough, but the one I find myself going back to as inspiration and will actively listen to a lot for its sound design, rhythms and synths is Kaytranda’s album, 99.9%.

Which is your go to synth (analog or digital) when you start a new project?

It definitely changes up a lot since I like to find new workflows all the time, but if I had to pick only one it would be the Moog Matriarch. A piece of gear that is always inspirational and begging you to be creative. Since it cannot save or load patches, I feel like the outcome of the experience using it is always creating a new interesting sound. Some people see not being able to save patches a deal breaker, but I actually find it to be very inspiring and reminds me to keep an abundance mindset towards these things. It also teaches me to trust myself in being able to come up with another just as amazing, if not better sound.

To quote Victor Hugo, Melancholy is the happiness of being sad. What makes a song melancholic?

If it gives me a sense of longing for a home I don’t know, but have always been seeking then I think the song is melancholic.

Do you remember the most peaceful dream that you have had?

No haha. But I definitely do remember the scary ones.

Thank you!

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