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For the nineteenth episode we welcome Sixteen Faces a fairly new project from a good friend who I met while living in London. This project along with the mix draws inspiration from different sonic palettes of sound focusing on moods and textures rather than conforming to a linear BPM or genre encompassing sound art, organic percussion, snippets of film soundtrack outstanding synth workouts and more ambient elements.
This is listening music and encourages your attention, I encourage you to zone out even just for a little while. This mix feels fitting for the current times we are all experiencing, stay safe everyone.
1. Visible Cloaks, Yoshio Ojima & Satsuki Shibano - Lapis Lazuli [RVNG Intl.]
2. Richard Fearless - Vision of You [Drone]
3. Ka Baird - Pulse [RVNG Intl.]
4. Primitive World - FMJ 06 [Ecstatic]
5. Laraaji - Ocean Flow ither (Mia Doi Todd Remix) [Self Released]
6. Daniel Schmidt - And the Darkest Hour is Just Before Dawn [Recital]
7. Aho Ssan - Simulacrum I [Subtext]
8. The Comet Is Coming - Because The End Is Really The Beginning [Impulse]
9. Zann - Gaya's Gone [Isle of Jura]
10. Ital Tek - Blood Rain [Planet Mu]
11. Clark - Experts In Light [Deutsche Grammophon]
12. Daniel Avery, Alessandro Cortini - Illusion Of Time [Phantasy]
13. Aho Ssan feat. The Mensah Imaginary Band - Blind Power [Subtext]
14. Lanark Artefax - Corra Linn [Numbers]
15. Advanced Audio Research - FYP [Advanced Audio Research/Haunter]
16. J Colleran - Arena (crush44 edit) [Self Released]
17. Lotic - Fragility [Self Released]
18. Leon Vynehall - Trouble Parts I, II & III (Chapter V) [Ninja Tune]
19. Meemo Comma - Lichen [Self Released]
20. Daniel Lopatin - Uncut Gems [Warp]
First I wanted to say, thanks for putting together this mix for RecThera. Can you tell us a little bit about this new project of yours, The Sixteen Faces of Being?
Your very welcome it was great fun to make! Of course, so yes its “The Sixteen Faces of Being” or Sixteen Faces for short.
At it’s core Sixteen Faces is about exploring the many faces of the human condition through music. My aim is to share and make music that invigorates the soul and psyche in a unique way. I want to look into both the dark and the light, the beautiful and ugly parts of what it means to be human to be inspired and reflect that back in a sonic realm, or at least an interpretation of that.
So you're based in Berlin at the moment right? How does that compare to your time living in London or in Australia?
Oh thats a big question hey! How long do you have until I start to ramble and lose your readers ha!?
I mean Berlin is exactly where I want to be right now to be honest in terms of music and life, it’s such an exciting place to be creatively theres an amazingly positive attitude here towards enjoying life and self development on your own terms. Whether that’s studying purely for interest or creative collaborations or exercising your passions without judgements its great for all of these.
There’s a huge respect for electronic music here and more left of field scenes in music and the arts in general, its always super inspiring when you stumble across hidden artists or venues you didn’t think were even possible. I still feel like I’ve only just touched the surface of the huge community of electronic and of course techno artists here, so plenty of digging for me still to do.
London on the other hand feels to me a bit more musically diverse but also maybe a bit less willing to take risks in some ways, which has its pluses and minuses. I’ll always love London for the breadth of people, backgrounds and influence you get there. It really shaped and broadened my tastes and helped me understand uk’s ever changing electronic landscape as well appreciate the amazing history of the city which lives within its second hand record stores. I really appreciate the scenes attention to sound and how DJs will fearlessly meld together world music, classics and modern electronic jams in a way that makes so much sense. Getting to experience Intimate venues like Plastic People, Dance Tunnel or even Brilliant Corners has been life changing in my musical education.
Australia, can in someways feel like a blurry memory since I haven’t lived there in about 12 years, but I have had some amazing times when I’ve been back. Garbage TV do this great Christmas Eve warehouse party every year in Perth which has always been a nice treat to go to, I get to see everyone else who moved away from Perth back to see their families at the same time its quite a surreal high school reunion like experience. Also seeing how promoters and punters in Sydney still manage to do these small pop up raves in the middle of no where in tiny alleys to evade the lockout laws is super cool, I really respect that passion and determination to find a way to share music with people under pressure.
Australia is also where I grew up and where most of my family still live so I’m always going to have love for the place and of course you can’t beat the nature out there too. So for the moment I’m going to have to settle on Schlachtensee lake for my summertime nature quota, but I’m not too bummed about to be honest!
What was the inspiration for this mix?
So recently I’ve been composing the music for a short film thats being put out by Japanese fashion brand Beaugan. I can’t really share too much but I can tell you the film revolves around a story of a man dealing with his past and trauma. I really wanted to continue exploring this idea after speaking in depth with the director of the film Petter Jensen about the main character he created. I tried to use that as a starting point to explore working through feelings invoked by trauma and also to delve into the palette of music that influenced me when writing that soundtrack. Hopefully the ups and downs of the mix help the listener explore something new.
What are you listening to right now?
Really recently I’ve been discovering a lot of music from film soundtracks, Daniel Lopatin’s soundtrack to Uncut Gems is phenomenal, also the soundtrack to Under the Skin by Mica Levi is beautiful and haunting. I stumbled across Father Yod kind of recently too after watching the Source Family Documentary, he has some crazy psyched out recordings which I really love the energy of.
Here From Where We Are by Pariah has also been great LP to help me ease into the day and also the live recording of Four Tet’s gig with Alexandra Palace in 2019, I’m super gutted I missed out on tickets to that so I guess I rinse it now to make up for it.
Who or what is inspiring you musically and otherwise?
I think I draw a lot from my surroundings whether it be a venue I really like or the people I’m spending the most time with. I do have my favourite digital platforms I like to check in with from time to time like Boomkat, Bleep or NTS Radio but I also love to sharing new musical experiences through friendships, my friends are always teaching me amazing new things both in writing music and discovering new artists.
Much love to BobbyTank, Alex from 2 Pisceans, Camilo Toston from RhumbaClub, yourself of course and my mate Dirk the tech fiend for inspiring me on the regular!''''
Other artists I’m feeling really inspired by right now are people like, Ben Frost, Birds of Prey, Lotic and Floating Points particularly his live modular sets and the collaboration he did the the KDV dance ensemble that was incredibly inspiring and moving.
Where can we see or hear your next project?
So the soundtrack and video collaboration with Beaugan should be out online in the next couple of months, touch wood with the world on hold we should still be doing some screenings and live shows for this in Berlin, London and maybe Tokyo. I’m also hoping to have an EP out with some more new music before the end of the year, so keep an ear to my soundcloud for updates on that.
Anything else to share?
Its a been a absolute pleasure man, can’t believe its been over 10 years since we met in London and glad we’ve had the chance to inspire each other along the way!
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