"When someone asks me what a song is about, it’s like, I feel like I might ruin it if you ask me that. I feel like I did my best to explain the song in the song on its own terms as a song.” ― Kyle Morton
"That's where you're wrong. To really understand music, to love it for what it is, you have to be open-minded and go into everything thinking you might find a new part of yourself. It can only make your heart bigger.” ― Karina Halle, The Devil's Metal
Habe mich sehr gefreut über die Anfrage, am 6. November im Kursaal in Überlingen beim Frühstückstreffen für Frauen zu spielen. Und wie schon im Mai 2013 komme ich nicht alleine, sondern bringe wichtiges Personal mit...
Wer nochmal die komischen Frisuren und Gesichter sehen möchte, sollte sich die folgenden Videos anschauen....
Schon seit einigen Tagen befinde ich mich auf einem Trip der nicht so richtig enden möchte und mir bei der Autofahrt in die Firma immer wieder ein Lächeln aufs Gesicht und hin und wieder ein bischen Gänsehaut herbeizaubert.
Ganz unverhofft hat es mich durch's Radio erwischt und nicht mehr losgelassen. "Torn" aus dem Album "My own prison".
Immer mehr vergrub ich mich in die größten Hits von Creed und ich kam der genialen Musik wieder näher. Ein vergessenes Element in meinem Herzen begann bei bassigen Riffs zu schwingen. Und selbst die neuesten Songs wie "One last Breath" fingen mich ein.
Ich begann mich zu fragen ob sich dieser Pathos, also diese Überzeugungskraft, jedes einzelnen Liedes und jeder Silbe auch in einen Song packen könnte? Und dies sogar noch auf Deutsch?
Torn - My own prison
Im Moment weiß ich noch nicht ob ich diese Richtung beschreiten möchte, aber ich spüre es gäbe viel zu entdecken. Hat es einen Grund, dass ich 3 Jahre lang im Nu-Metall-Bereich aktiv war?
Taken from his forthcoming album 'Spells' out June 10 on Erased Tapes.
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"A soothing piece of delirious sound" – Clash
"Strangely upbeat nocturnes" – The Wire
"It's just incredible" – Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC 6 Music
‘Spells’ merges programmed piano pieces with live instruments, combining the controllable technical world and the often unpredictable aspects of live improvisation. In some ways it continues where his underground debut ‘Gravity’ left off, though a lot of weight is lifted, making room for a lighter and more energetic listen. Friend and fellow Erased Tapes artist Nils Frahm mixed and mastered both albums. Ben is not a master pianist like his dear friend, but his sound collages are so meticulously designed that after hearing the result an impressed Nils declared: “from now on, if anyone asks – this is a real piano”.
His intricate, humanised programming – enhanced by drummer Achim Färber, cellist Anton Peisakhov and harpist Lara Somogyi, and a considerate selection of echoes, delays and compressors – has been used to create a hybrid sound that intends to deceive, question and challenge existing listening habits. Utilising the contrast between reduction and decoration, ‘Spells’ can be seen as a quest to find out how much or how little composition is required to constitute a song. Why the ear can and should be deceived about the authenticity of instruments. What significance these instruments have within this process, and why the personal perception of balance and sound exclude ultimate truths.
Linking the two albums are the four movements of ‘Nocturne’, an ever-developing conversation that on occasion flirts with the grandeur of compressed rock drums. The first single, ‘Golden Times 1’, received a world premiere by BBC 6 Music’s Mary Anne Hobbs, proclaiming it as "incredible." An alternative version of ‘Sleepers Beat Theme’ – composed for the soundtrack to a short film about the Trans-Siberian Express – opened Jon Hopkins’ Late Night Tales album from 2015, who noted “I thought it was such a calming and sensitive piece that sounded to me like the beginning of something...the warmth and depth of the sound entrances me every time”.
Though ‘Spells’ and ‘Gravity’ are his first albums recorded under his own name, as acclaimed electronic producer HECQ he’s released nine albums since 2003, exploring everything from ambient to breakcore. He has simultaneously established himself as a trusted composer and sound designer, working for a wide array of clients including Amnesty International and Marvel Comics; composing for feature films, games, art installations and convention opening titles.
After embracing this demanding line of work, in 2010 Ben felt the need to explore his roots and early education, which inspired these albums under his own name. Born in 1981 as the third child of opera singer Deirdre Boysen and actor Claus Boysen, his classical music training on piano and guitar began when he was seven years old; the works of Bruckner, Wagner and Bach laid an important foundation. Rediscovering this music shared with his parents – united with the sounds of Autechre, Cristian Vogel and Jiri.Ceiver to Pink Floyd and Godspeed You! Black Emperor – brought back an understanding of why he wanted to write music in the first place.
“Finding my views understood, reflected and welcomed by Erased Tapes was an encouraging experience, crowned by the offer to release ‘Spells’ and re-issue ‘Gravity’ with them. Through many caring conversations with Robert I felt that there’s no better home for the existing ideas and no better cradle for new ones.” – Ben Lukas Boysen