We read in a french interview that Alex’s bedside book was Stanislaw Lem’s « Solaris ». So we jumped at the chance to do a sci-fi interview with him.
Your music can be very deep, ambiant like, sometimes cinematographic… Are you interested in producing movie soundtracks one day ?
Actually I already did this. Not a complete OST by myself but I was part of it. Together with Frank Wiedemann and other great artists we wrote and produced the score for the movie called ‚Symphony Of Now‘. That was a really interesting work and I would love to get deeper into that field and do jobs like these more often at some point.
Sci-fi is mostly about evolving technology. What place does technology take in your music ? Are you crazy about anagogic synths / drum machines ?
I would say that it has a definite center role. Without technology I couldn‘t produce the sounds I would like to. Either it‘s only with a computer or – like in my case – with a lot of outboard equipment.
What’s your feeling about new technologies including artificial intelligence, geolocalisation or facial recognition ?
I got mixed feelings when it comes to all these things like personal data hording, your digital foot print and also facial recognition. It says these things exist for making life more easy and the world a safer place. Maybe that’s the case but I think it‘s also really frightening to know that someone has the insight into a large part of your life.
What’s the sci-fi book / movie you want to share with us today ?
I was more into other kinds of literature in last times but the one I‘ve read last was the classic ‚Solaris‘ from Stanislav Lem. That story was huge as well as the writing. It‘s quite philosophic but especially in the last third the reader is confronted with a lot of questioning about life. That part was immense.
Did you ever release a science-fiction inspired track ? Would you like to ?
My whole last record I‘ve had released on Dystopian was actually dedicated to an SciFi movie called ‚World On A Wire‘.
Dystopian describes you as an artist whose moods characterise your music. According to some writers, moods are manipulated by technology or medication (the « soma » substance in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World or the « empathy boxes » in Philip K. Dick’s Blade Runner, for example). Could you imagine taking pills or doing meditation to be in a certain mood when you create music ?
When making music my aim is more like to transcript my actual mood and feelings into the production. I think I never felt the need of taking a drug or doing something to read these moods better.
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