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We recently were lucky enough to come across the work of a man called Felix… Felix makes machines and with these machines, he makes music. He has collaborated with Plaid and he has just recently released an EP of his work entitled… Felix’s Machines.
We caught up with the man to ask him about his machines and he also supplied us with a brilliant video showing exactly what the machines do…
Bleep: Who is more responsible for the music, Felix or the Machines?
Felix: The machines are hand-built devices that often create some unexpected mechanism noises. I compose MIDI sequences on a laptop but their physical location and condition determines how they sound, which impacts the way I write the music. As an ensemble of instruments, timings and timbre need to be adjusted to suit specific spaces. Essentially, I write the music but the state of the machines provides a set of rules. I find it helpful to work with this limitation as a guideline for composition.
B: Tell us a bit about the growth of the machines…
F: I started using a rudimentary set of materials. These were taken from wooden piano mechanisms, and I used springs and solenoids salvaged from scrap electronic devices such as typewriters. Over time I’ve got better tools and have added more metallic parts to the machines. I’m gradually learning about materials and ways they’re engineered, and as I do the machines are upgraded.
B: What influences would you say have brought you to where you are today?
F: Melodic/chaotic electronica has influenced me. In particular Plaid, Autechre, Aphex, Squarepusher, Venetian Snares. Visually I like Kinetic sculptures, Futurists, Cubists and Surrealist styles.
B: What is the on the Machine’s rider?
F: Depends on the performance space. For a gallery all the sounds are acoustic and the setup can take a range of forms. Live amplified setups require a selection of mics and careful mixing to ensure there’s no feedback. It takes a day or ideally two to setup. And it needs to be dark.
B: Who would you and the Machines most like to collaborate with?
F: I’ve collaborated in two live performances with Plaid and we’re looking to do more. It would be great to hear other artist’s music composed for the machines, but it can take a while. The machines definitely have a their own characteristics, probably a bit like learning an instrument. Aside from the music side I’d like to expand my designs by collaborating with a company who build drum kits.
B: What plans have you got for the future?
F: My time has recently been taken up with various commission work for brands, but at every given opportunity I keep building and recording the machines. I hope to start putting together another release next year with newer more powerful machines.
This Friday in Paris sees a special one-off event put together by Warp Films and Warp France. Featuring screenings of All Tomorrow’s Parties, Cinema 16 and classic Warp Music videos. If that wasn’t enough, there is live performances from Plaid, Darkstar and DJ sets from Rustie and Jackson…
Bleep will also be supplying DVDs, merchandise and music to be sold at the event.
More details can be found here.
To win a pair of tickets to the event – e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us the name of the recent EP by Rustie, released on Warp Records.