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MORPHEUS MUSIC INTERVIEW - SOL TEK

25.10.12 - on release of Steps Into Space

 
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Q: Can you please tell us about your musical beginnings - what initially got you making music?
 

Thats a nice story. In my teenage years I was on vacation in some Mediterranean country where I saw this band playing live to entertain the tourists.
They played Stevie Wonder's I Wish and I was struck by the bassline and the guitar pedals on stage, from that moment on I knew I had to make music.

 

 
  Q:  How do you feel that your previous projects and collaborative experiences developed your sound and technique?  

From start I continuously develop sound + technique and keep doing so. Every knob I've twisted and every line I played is in my memory. So, the more experienced, the more refined it gets.

   
     
Q: What would you say defines your Sol Tek identity?   Sol Tek is my sci-fi alter ego. It encapsulates my interest in the otherworldly and visions of the future. Music making is something alchemical, it's like channelling.

  Q: Having a good number of albums already within your back catalogue - what were your intentions on approaching the Steps Into Space album?
 

As the album grew I found it had to be a space age album dedicated to my brother (who left this world in 2002). He was a stars and planets lover.


         
Q:  What would you say are the influences that the new release draws upon?  

Sci-fi really, and some next steps in certain production techniques.

  Q:  Why did you choose to create a twin disc album for this project and how do the two sections differ/relate?
  I had too much good material for a single CD, I like to see it as a diptych with disc one dedicated to the soul and disc two dedicated to the technology.
The two words the Sol Tek name originates from.

         
 
     
Q:  Can you tell us something about your recording/composing methods?  

 

It's like painting or sculpture, I paint with sounds and cut my way through the stone of sound. My main composition style I call "The Flower"; it's like a flower growing, from the roots up, the stem and leaves, and finally, as a surprise, the flower.
I use analog and digital synths, but also any sound I can find or produce.

 
  Q:  Are there any interesting experiences around the creation of the music that you could share with your listeners?   A good track is like a living being, it has a life of it's own.
I listen carefully to reactions of others.
         

         

Thye following questions were asked of visual artist behind Steps Into Space - Masashi Kitazato

         
Q: Can you tell us a bit about the mysterious item that you used for your cover art on Steps Into Space?   Thanks to Sol Tek's Steps into space. This album opened a space-time continuum to me and I have attempted to depict the space accurately, which means as deep space-time experience, and little more. There is no such thing as point of view, only consciousness.   Q: So how did you actually create the pictures?
 

I captured them using Sony Cyber-shot HX9V and a mysterious transparent polyhedron object including holographic structure. I don't know why I have the object, but used it automatically or through divine revelation.

         
Q:  Tell us a bit about the artwork please - what are these Camera Paintings that adorn the package and why were they chosen?  

First of all I decided to use no digital image processing for the artwork to visualize the spirituality of Sol Tek. Sunlight as paint. And holographic structure is a paintbrush. That's why I called them Camera Paintings.

  Q:  How would you describe the connection between your imagery and the music on this album?

  The enormous space we call the universe would disappear once we start to sense that our position isn’t a coordinate in three dimensional space but is a point at infinity. We will start to feel that our existence is only in between “myself = the observer” and “the observed” which is “my” reflected image.

It was very difficult to make such invisible soundtracks visible artwork. Therefore using holographic reconstruction techniques, I reconstructed the complex wavefunction and spaces at the exit surface of a polyhedron. - Which means visualization of the spirituality of the music.

         
Q:  Would you like to tell us something more general about yourself and your work please?  

I don't know whether I could make it or not visible artwork. I am interested in Theory of Colours of Goethe which is spiritual approach rather scientific approach of Newton. I think there is something beyond CMYK and RGB featuring something in the space.
Thanks for Arash @electronic soundscapes who gave me the encounter the music of Steps into space, synchronicity.

To enable the development of human being as well as a positive life in which people can interact with the universe. I hope we have the integrity of each individual, as it rises into a higher dimension.

     


         

Thanks to Arash Atman for arranging that interview.

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