First of, just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. Could you start off by giving a little information about yourself to the audience? Whatever you feel comfortable with, but name, age, what instruments you can play, and where you live would be pretty standard?
Thanks Matt, really appreciate the interest in my music!
My name is Joey Wisgirda, I’m 47, I live in Davis CA. I play trumpet, some keyboards, a wee bit of percussion, ( in addition to and in conjunction with producing ) but the instrument I use the most is a Morrison Digital Trumpet ( http://www.digitaltrumpet.com.au/ ), a special wind controller for trumpet players. It senses the velocity of my breath stream and lets me use my right hand technique to perform virtual instruments and control various aspects of the software I use ( Ableton, Logic, NI Komplete, Max For Live, Serum, Omnisphere, Twisted Tools, Glitchmachines, Reason, Alchemy, and a whole mess of other stuff ). I also utilize a Leap motion controller ( it’s a little IR 3D motion sensor, kind of like a Kinect ) and a piece of Leap software called Tekh-Tonic.
In my studio I’ve got a set of Motu HD1912 converters, a Bag End monitoring system ( 2 MM8s, SE18, and an Elf-1 ), and a Gamble EX-56 console for the front end. The Gamble went out on tour with Rush and Tom Petty before I bought it for a live sound company I owned and it ended up in my studio. There’s nothing like those old Grateful Dead boards.
When it comes to influence and inspiration, and creativity, there is often a fine line. It's been said that all the sounds have been created, and all the notes played. Do you find it important and/or difficult to come up with "original" sounds? Or do you focus more on what sounds good over trying to find a so-called "original" sound?
I find it really important to to spend time discovering new sounds. It’s kind of the reason we are all in this, yeah? It’s not hard for me to come up with new sounds at all, I’ve been blessed with a decent library of software, and am also a bit of a nutter, so a lot of my sound sources tend to be unconventional. The digital trumpet and the Leap give me a high degree of control and flexibility to control many parameters ( MIDI CCs ) at once on the soft synths, and together they make a really powerful sound design combination when paired up with NIs Razor or Xfer’s Serum, for example. There are so many toys to play with nowadays and so much you can do, and a lot of it is built into the functionality level of the DAWs, like Ableton’s Slice-to-new-MIdi, or it’s Pitch-To-Midi interpolations. I use a lot of instrument samples too, and a lot of extreme processing on those samples. The fact that most companies will let you demo their stuff will let the discerning user get a idea pretty quickly whether or not things are working for you.
I do try and temper my sonic creativity with a little bit of sensitivity towards the audience ( especially in my old age ). If I am trying to create a piece that is inspired by a particular style, I at least try and study the signature sounds of that style. I try and give my designed sounds a sense of connectedness to the signature ones …… Nowadays though, I love letting a single sound be the source of inspiration for a piece!
I feel like the nature of electronic music has also opened up new ways of arranging, and has given birth to many really tasteful and innovative progressions as well.