I had just been interviewed by brian for his new & awesome blog Eutechnik, and we talk about Aphex Twin, Mouse On Mars and whats comming up in the robotic music scene. Whooop!
In January of this year, we were treated with the release of Aphex Twin’s Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2 which prompted me to write a short exploration of other artists who have made great use of machines to control acoustic instruments. One of the first musicians that came to mind was Moritz Simon Geist, creator of robotic glitch machines and the beautiful MR-808. The best follow-up to that article was to get in touch with Moritz himself and to ask a few questions about his impression of the featured works from that post, his collaborations with Tyondai Braxton and Mouse on Mars and to find out what future projects he has underway.
Your work was featured here in the post about Computer Controlled Instruments, what do you think about that release?
Aphex is one of my first and most beloved electronic music artists, so I was really licking my fingers for him making a record where he played musical robots – a subject I am working on for 6-8 years now! On the other hand I have been watching Godfried-Willem Raes (of the Belgian Logos Foundation) building robots for many many years now. I love them for the brutal open-sourcing of their whole creative process and always fascinated by their brutal nudity which appears in every video again. Robot-hippies!
The combination of these two seemed very exciting. After the publication, I see Computer Controlled Instruments more as an ‘everything-must-go’ sale of some AFX projects that had been laying around for years, and I was a little disappointed. He made no video – a must-have for robotic projects! […]