Thursday, August 4, 2011

SOUND CHECK: Pictureplane INTERVIEW


Fake Plastic's very own Fr. Jones shoots the breeze with Pictureplane's Travis Egedy about physical touch, alternative versions of history, and hacking the planet.
Be sure to check out the review of Pictureplane's dynamic Thee Physical.

FR: The artwork for Thee Physical may be some of the most appropriate album artwork I have seen in recent memory. Did you have a hand in that? And what do you feel it means?

TE: well yes i had a hand in it, i made it! the photograph of the hands touching was made specifically for the album. the record is all about physical touch and specifically the hand as a symbol for how we experience the physical realm. and i wanted it to be sexual.


FR: Thee Physical feels somehow both more accessible and more ambitious than your previous work. Was your approach to recording Thee Physical any different than Dark Rift?

TE: well, i wanted it to be better than dark rift. so it is more ambitious in that sense. the approach to recording it wasnt really any different, i feel like i have just evolved as an artist.


FR: HEALTH's Jupiter Keyes played a large role in the production of this album. What was that collaboration like?

TE: it was great. he helped so much. i had made the entire record, but we wanted to make it sound really good. so jupiter helped me dissect every song and really boost everything up to make it sound more full. he also recorded all my vocals. it made a world of difference. he is a great dude.


FR: Both of your major LPs boast a sound that I refer to as Cyborg/Trance. Is the theme of melding the synthetic and organic something you will continue in future releases?

TE: haha! that is fitting. i think that theme is something that just is natural about pictureplane. i like to think of what i do as kind of like expressionistic painting with electronics. it is an organic process, and i use synthetic materials, so that balance and relationship will always be there.


FR: The influences on Thee Physical are readily apparent: 90s house techno beats, hard rock, R&B, etc. With a sound so varied, what is your main personal influence?

TE: i am influenced by so many things, there really isnt just one. i take influence from contemporary art, consciousness and human evolution, the internet, magic, the occult, alternative theories of history. all kinds of things. and of course, music too.


FR: You toured last year with Washed Out's Ernest Greene. What was that like? Have you had a chance to listen to Within and Without?

TE: it was pretty wild. he had never toured before and we were playing sold out shows all across the country. i think it was really an eye opening experience for him. ernest is a really great guy. super honest and passionate about what he does. i actually havent heard any of his new record. i am sure it is great, he is really talented.


FR: Speaking of which, how do you feel your music translates to the live circuit?

TE: i think it translates well, i mean it is meant to be moved to. and i am really interested in the performative aspect of what i am doing. i think of pictureplane as a performance art project that i make music for. i like to experiment with what the live show looks like visually.


FR: What is your favorite piece of equipment?

TE: probably my microkorg. it is in every song.


FR: Music itself is always in constant flux with regards to the evolution of sound and structure. But this seems to be more true when it comes to the electronic genre. In the past decade, countless artists have all emerged with their own interpretations of electronic sound (dubstep, glitch, ambient soundscape, chillwave, etc). Where does Pictureplane fit in the grand scheme of all this? And how do you see this genre developing further?

TE: well what is neat about electronic music is that is evolves along with technology and technology advances faster and faster all the time, so it will constantly be evolving. this is what is so fun and interesting about electronic music. i see myself as more of a punk or a conceptual artist as opposed to an "electronic musician". i just happen to use electronics to get my point across.


FR: Any advice to up-and-coming artists struggling to make it in the 21st century music industry?

TE: be honest with yourself. create what you want to see. be a force. hack the planet.




- Fr. Jones

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