AUTORHYTHM’s ‘Intercellular Communication’ transcends boundaries with its mesmerising, repetitive beats. Read our discussion with the artist below!
Describe your sound in 3 words
Boom, zap, wow.
Tell us a few things behind the AUTORHYTHM project and the story behind it.
In 2014 a got a problem with tremors and stiffness in my right hand which made it difficult to play the intense bass lines of my then-current band, The Scrags. It made me re-invent how I created music – I started experimenting with analog synthesizers to have them perform in my place. I was interacting with them and had them to talk with each other, pushing them to communicate in odd ways. I also returned to a mindset I had when I grew up, where I made sound recordings on my 4-track cassette recorder capturing whatever things I had around in the basement of my childhood home – like a hair trimmer through an envelope filter. Eventually this all lead to a series of songs I present as Songs for the Nervous System (out May 12 2023).
Your music is characterised by repetitive patterns and gradually shifting rhythms. In which state of mind or place do you imagine listeners might listen to your music?
I have never imagined how the listener would perceive my music. I’ve made it purely out of egoistic reasons. When my synthesizers started to sound in an interesting way I captured it and began building songs, layer by layer without any other intent than that I liked the way it sounded and the sensations I got from it – physical and emotional. To me the music makes me feel awake and focused. It’s calming but yet doesn’t bore me out and believe me when I say that I’ve been listening to it a lot.
Should music as a form of art always challenge the listener?
I believe that the most important art always challenge the receiver in one way or another. If you’re completely unchanged after listening to an album, visiting an exhibition or reading a poem it is not art exactly but muzak, interior decoration or clichés.
If the music of AUTORHYTHM was a film, which film would that be?
There are cameras small enough to fit within blood vessels that can film the journey through the body. The result might be monotonous but mesmerizing.
In what ways does being a visual artist impact your creative process when creating music?
I think music has had a bigger impact on my visual art perhaps. I try to compose an exhibition or a work of art, in a similar manner as when I compose through improvisation. To enter that state of mind where traditional logic cease to be, where absolute dichotomies as good or bad, right or wrong is abolished and you exist in a state beyond time and space, life or death.
You rely on classic analog synthesisers. Which one is your favourite and why?
Yamaha CS-5 is the first synth I bought in 2015 and I still use it on almost every song. Many would say it is limited or unreliable, but I love its quirks and flaws. To me it sounds more musical and human than any perfectly controlled high end modern analog synth.
Can you suggest an album that’ve inspired you?
I love Mother Earths Plantasia by Mort Garson with the fantastic subtitle: Warm Earth Music for Plants… and the People Who Love Them. The album was released in 1976 and is music made on a modular Moog Synthesizer with the intent to make plants grow. According to customer reviews on Amazon it actually works, which isn’t really surprising – the music is fantastic!
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