CSS062: Idol Sines,
Improvisation in D Minor

04302019.
Text. Mauricio Antuñano








This live set from Idol Sines, D Minor, is a blessed gift of live improvisational atmospheric sounds from their studio in Jackson, Mississippi. The hour-long journey links techno elements and ambient textures into a moody, peaceful, and thought-provoking experience. Perfect listening on an overcast day or in the afterglow of a big night out. Recorded live in one take, this session reflects on the influence of D-minor, a key Schubert described as “the spleen and humors brood." We included some words from Idol Sines to give some context to their beautiful soundscapes.
                    

The sounds are evocative of expansive landscapes. The music feels like it's coming from -somewhere- Are there particular environments or places that inspire you?
Krishna Pandit: I’m really inspired by abandoned urban landscapes. I live in downtown Jackson which, like other major cities in the US, experienced a mass exodus. I live in an environment surrounded by relics of a past, a forgotten era, of what once was. This evokes a special kind of melancholia which influences my music heavily.
                                                                  
Tyler Tadlock: For me, there are two environments that inspire. One is the environment out in the world, away from the studio. I live and work next to a large rail yard that connects New Orleans to Chicago, in the middle of Jackson, Mississippi. The train yard itself is a symphony of ambience- freight cars linking and rearranging, like how waves hit cliffs on a beach. It’s very soothing. The second environment is in the sanctuary of the music-making space itself, where one can check all of the hardships of daily life at the door, and enter into a safe state of timelessness. 

Do you see your music as spiritual? 
KP:  I experience a heightened sense of self awareness when I’m creating music. If my music making process helps me connect with my inner spirit, I’d say it’s spiritual.

TT: Art in its most basic form is an expression of the human spirit, and in that way it is inherently spiritual. If Spiritual can be defined by the essence of the life experience, and art is an exploration of that experience, then music is essentially a way of investigating the spiritual, or rather what it means to be human.

What you think about sound in general? And our perception of listening?
KP: Language is an essential component of communication but not the only one. Sounds and tone in language are key in communicating directly with other humans. Without sound there would be no emotional communication.

TT: We evolved to hear sounds in our environments as a means of survival, like avoiding harm or invoking sympathy, so we have an almost an unavoidable relationship to sound in that sense. How our ears and brains developed over time for purely utilitarian purposes inevitably impacts our listening, or our perceived listening, of the sounds we create. I think listening for patterns helped us survive as a species, and now we keep struggling to find deeper meaning through listening for more patterns, even where there may not be any.

What do you think of the relationship between the music and its receiver?
KP: Music triggers some of the strongest emotional responses in the listener. Isn’t it interesting that people from different cultures will often agree if a composition makes them feel happy or sad. We don’t hear words in music we hear the meaning of words. I’m fascinated by how music is the universal language of emotion.

TT: I think music can be medicinal, and especially for the music maker. Both performing and listening are a form of healing to me. I think that relationship can be summarized as medicine to a patient.
                          




             
                   







What kind of gear do you guys prefer to use to produce music?
KP: I work outside of the computer. my go to gear is the Elektron Octatrack, Digitone, Digitakt, Analog Rytm, modular synth, electric guitar and loads of pedals.


TT: Moog Mother 32, DFAM, Big Sky, KP3s, RC-202, iPhone voice memos. I’ve almost always made music on a computer so Idol Sines is a way for me to practice working with hardware instruments, no laptops or pre-
arranged stuff.


                                               

                                              Krishna Pandit: guitar, modular synthesizer & effects, samplers, sequencers
sisspirituals.com/ Tyler Tadlock
Rhodes, samplers, Moog Mother 32, DFAM, mixing, 
arrangement


Could you tell us about Articulated Works?
Articulated Works is an outlet for contemporary works of music, art, and technology, with roots in New Orleans and NYC- a multimedia art label, of sorts. Founded by our friend and creative cohort, Justin Peake, Articulated Works strives to present authentic, evolving, and accessible experiences of art in all of its current forms across disciplines. I like to think of it as a response to the changing role of a record label in a 21st Century multimedia world. We release music digitally, under the Articulated Works umbrella, in the same way a record label would, but we also promote emerging art in tech, performance or time-based art, video, and other multimedia works.

Is there any new or forthcoming music are you most excited about, besides what we hear in the mix?
Articulated Works has a lot of exciting things in the queue for 2019. Idol Sines debuted our first album last month, and the next Spirituals record, In These Times, is due out on April 21st. We’ll be releasing all sorts of goods in the coming months.

TT: Someone recently sent me a box full of Smalltown Supersound records, so I’ve been way into that stuff as well. Kelly Lee Owens, Dungen, and some others I’m just getting hip to. Krishna put me on to Acronym. But I think the release I am most excited about is MARANASATI 19111 by Nina Keith. She hasn’t set a release date yet but I was fortunate enough to hear a preview of it and it’s a very gorgeous record.

KP: I’m really excited about the stuff coming out on Avian records, especially Shifted’s work. Also I’m itching for the next Haxan Cloak’s record which is currently in the making. Acronym’s ambient releases have a special place in our hearts.


                                                                                                                                     
04302019.
Text.  Mauricio Antuñano
Produced & Released by
CULTIVATED SOUND. 


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