zll': Infidel Interview #25

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 both of you to the audience? Whatever you feel comfortable with, but name, age, what instruments you can play, and where you live would be pretty standard?

Hello my name is zll '. I live in Russia. I grew up in the north, in the Murmansk region. In 2001 I moved to St. Petersburg. Then I began to make music. In the beginning I only worked with a computer and Sony applications. I did samples in Sound Forge and used Acid for manipulation. So there were my first two albums OLFCM-1 & 2. Then I became interested in Low-Fi surround sound recording. So I get Olympus'84 album.

Then iron musical instruments started to appear in my set, mostly samplers. Eventually I became interested in a modular synthesizer, and I specifically went to Germany to buy it and pay tribute to the country of the great sound.

At the junction of sampling and modular improvisations appeared Tralfamadore album. After long reflection modular synthesizer I came to the conclusion that this is a very special musical instrument and it is capable of more than what I have heard today in the electronic music.

Now I am advocating a modular, but not as art, but as a special, logically meaningful musical style. As I imagine it, you can hear on my album 0.01. It recorded only on modular, one stereo line, no midi, no sequencers or typical of modern drum machines and samplers.

How do you enjoy where you live? Is their a vibrant music community for you to indulge? Would you say you find that your local scene influences your attitude and/or creativity?

St. Petersburg is a beautiful and rather gloomy city, which of course is reflected on me and my music. As for the local scene, it's probably distracting than attracting, but among the musicians there are interesting people, but they are working in other musical styles

What drew you to start creating music yourself? What does your band name mean or where did it come from?

In creating the music I am attracted the process and progress. My nickname is an abbreviation, but what it means is a murky mystery

What sort of unusual or strange music and art influenced you growing up and helped encourage you to peruse what might be called "alternative electronic music"? Are there any experimental bands out there that you would say struck you with the chord that inspired you to peruse your current path of musical aspirations?

I was 10 years old when I went to the store to buy Metallica album. It was an ordinary store that sold everything: milk, bread, canned food, and there was a music stall. And very wild music was playing quietly in the stall - it was Prodigy. The money I had for only one tape, and I opted for Prodigy. And away we go. Now I am just fascinated by modular music. I'm looking for people with similar views. These guys are rare, and even rarer in Russia, unfortunately. The last one I liked is Beepsandboops on Soundcloud