It’s amazing how a few emails can bring people together sometimes. We mentioned earlier that IDM pioneer Moon Fear Moon had been part of our wish list, and he soon informed us that he would be closing Fete de la WSK for the second straight year. We headed straight to the event, watched him do his thing, and had a few words (and drinks) with him afterwards. In this video, he opens up on evolving as an artist, the importance of choosing where you perform, and plans for 2012. Happy New Year everyone!
A quick glance inside Sweet Spot Studios and you see all the thing you’d expect to find: guitars, keyboards (lots of them!) mixers, computers and any other instrument a studio should have. In this video, Malek runs down some of his current gear obsessions. A preview of some new material him and Noel de Brackinghe (collectively known as Rubber Inc.) is also included, and was a product of a recent out-of-town excursion that saw them finish enough material for a new album. Press play to listen in.
“You can understand my music in all sorts of dimensions and angles and languages, since I don’t have vocals on my tracks. The possibilities of what emotions may arise while listening to my music are endless, and it is really up to the listener to make it what he or she wants it to be. I like to give space for imagination, I’d rather open you up with my music to whatever you want to open yourself up to than to tell you what to feel or think. I could never agree with that aspect of music … putting boundaries on a listener.”
-excerpt from “Interview with Moon Fear Moon”, 2003
During the same interview session we had with Malek, he mentioned one name we hadn’t heard in some time: Moon Fear Moon. Another pioneer in the world of IDM and Electronica here, Moon Fear Moon (aka John Sobrepena) was an integral piece in the burgeoning scene during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Above is an interview conducted by Vinci Roxas back in 2003, as MFM tells us more about his interests, influences, and memorable gigs. We’d love to get a word with you again John, anytime you’re free.
My Cloud Won’t Drift on Sunday
(For more of Moon Fear Moon’s music, check out his Sound Cloud page. We’ve decided to include this Aphex Twin track because it just seems to make sense.)
Water Gun Water Gun Sky Attack (WGWGSA) Solves A Problem Like Maria (APLM) is composed of two solo artists living in opposite ends of the planetary spectrum: WGWGSA is from Denton, Texas while the latter hails from Manila, Philippines. This collaboration, entitled Decompose, is a 6-track EP that dabbles in glitches, broken beats and intelligent dance music mixed in with dreamy vocals from APLM herself.
The Decompose EP is, in APLM’s words, “the soundtrack of a love story set during the zombie apocalypse.” Zombie theme or not, it is an effort worth listening to not only because we’re suckers for collaborative efforts that span continents, but also because tracks such as “Standstill” and the title track properly showcase both artists’ musical capabilities. A step in the right direction for electronic music fans who dug Portishead’s Third album, Homogenic and Vespertine-era Bjork and even Drip, though slightly more subdued. Download it for free HERE if you dig it.
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Sound designer. Composer. Arranger. Producer. These are some words that accurately describe one Malek Lopez. As part of Rubber Inc., Malek is also one of the pioneers of IDM and Electronic music here in the country. Oh, and did we mention that he’s a standup guy gracious enough to invite us over to his very own Sweet Spot Studios and have a few words with us? Watch out for our feature coming next week!