LACUNAE ISOLATED

Mon, August 27, 2007  

How do you handle that?

"We come from different musical backgrounds and interests. There are pieces of media I receive from Arson and think "I don't want to use this." But there is also a point at which I run out of the sounds I would find easy to use, and writing becomes more challenging and exciting. Some of our better songs have come out of pieces I didn't think I was going to use, and some songs I thought were going to work out really well from the beginning never made it to the final album.

"As this is a one way process, it assumes a certain amount of trust. I think it also forces us to recognize the potential for each other's creativity in spite of whatever intentions we bring to the table. We're not all trying to make the same album."

What about the computer configuration your are using to chop-up and re-arrange the tracks from the others?
"I don't have the equipment I used for the last album anymore. Soon after we finished "collapse" I took my laptop to a drum event and the concussion shook it apart from the inside. We haven't started work for the next album yet, either. But the original was a Sony Vaio Laptop 1.4Ghz Pentium with 512MB of RAM, a 30GB HD and an Oxygen8 with a USB Sound Blaster and some Sennheiser HD600 Headphones. For monitoring I have a couple of Wharfedale Emerald MKIVs. The album was entirely made in the program Buzz and was Mastered with Ableton Live. And a flood of cheap red wine."

You send each other new material by regular mail. How about on-line alternatives like digitalmusician. Some even offer "real time collab" over internet. Would you consider using such alternatives?
"We may use something like this to allow all members of lacunae to participate in live shows without being physically present, but not as an alternative to our creative process. Creative isolation is important to us. We all use different software, environments, techniques and equipment. Preserving this lack of interoperability allows us to really hone in on the sound we want, rather than compromising to make our egos and our equipment work together.

"Live creative interaction would deeply alter lacunae's essential character. The disconnection between us gives us the freedom and privacy to experiment as boldly as we wish, and the time it takes to immerse ourselves into the materials. I have never written songs in real time, I don't jam, so real-time collaboration doesn't suit me in particular. I've never used any on-line musical collaboration tools, but I know Arson has."

You did a live show recently. Tell us everything!
"We had decided to play our latest album "collapse" in its entirety. I knew I didn't want to just stare at my laptop and play with knobs, I wanted to expand the album into a full audiovisual experience.

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