01.08 有機派對一週年 ORGANIK 1ST ANNIVERSARY@PIPE

01.08 有機派對一週年 ORGANIK 1ST ANNIVERSARY@PIPE

1.01.2012

Smoke Machine Podcast 037 Albert van Abbe





Albert van Abbe [ No Comment ] The Netherlands
Albert van Abbe, Dutch creator of stoic, austere but melancholic electronic music. Founder and label curator of No Comment


001 - Albert van Abbe - P4S_88880003 - LSTF001 - To be released
002 - Albert van Abbe - P4S_1000291010 - No Comment_0001
003 - Albert van Abbe - P4S_1013291010 - No Comment_0002
004 - Demdike Stare - The Stars Are Moving - Loop - LOVE065
005 - Albert van Abbe - NCS_5500 - Live Version - Unreleased
006 - Albert van Abbe - NCS_3002 - Live Version - Unreleased
007 - Albert van Abbe - NCS_0010 - Live Version - No Comment_0003
008 - Albert van Abbe - NCS_0007 - Live Version - No Comment_0002
009 - Albert van Abbe - NCS_0117 - Live Version - Unreleased
010 - Albert van Abbe - NCS_5000 - Live Version - Unreleased
011 - Albert van Abbe - NCS_0121 - Live Version - Unreleased
012 - Albert van Abbe - NCS_0120 - Live Version - Unreleased
013 - Albert van Abbe - NCS_5600 - Live Version - Unreleased
014 - Albert van Abbe - NCS_0012 - Live Version - Unreleased



Albert van Abbe Interview

1. Can you tell us a bit about your music background?
I have no background in music, creating visual artwork (graffiti to start with) made me want to create sound. At one point when I was 19 (over 10 years ago) i really wanted to start doing sound, that's when i bought my first sound machine. A nice detail is that I did not know anything about electronic music when I started doing it. Nobody around me was doing it or knew anything about it, it was a completely isolated and personal journey starting with trying to sequence a "boom tschak", I spent a long time figuring just that out . Every time I got into a certain sound I found out there was a whole scene behind it, that was really impressive to me at the time. All of the techniques I know now for creating sound I learned by myself, you could say I am self-taught, although I studied at the conservatory in the Hague very briefly.

2. In what condition was this mix made? Does it come with any special message?
The mix is a recorded studio liveset, all the arrangements / dubs are created live. I have been doing sound design for a while now so 90% of the sounds I have created from scratch, some of the tom sounds and rim-shots are samples since I love the Roland machines (303/606/707/808/909) and I like to refer to those machines. The message is in the music, decode to be illuminated!

3. What’s the concept behind the label “No Comment”?
The idea behind No Comment is in the title. In general I like the concept of 'action' better than 'reaction', No Comment tries to be an 'action' instead of a 'reaction' inside a niche scene. I have 'no comment' on what anybody else is doing since No Comment is a personal platform where I take the freedom to create with certain self imposed boundaries.

4. Where do you draw the line between "action" & "reaction"? How are they being determined?
Of course when you look at the big picture Techno and Electronic music will always be a reaction on/ evolution from Funk and Disco music, but that is not what i mean to say. I think it can be broken down to expressing your feelings in your works which will probably result in original output, this to me would be a 'action'. You are not trying to copy anything, you just found the right medium to express yourself whether that is using oil paint or a TR909 drum machine. 

5. As an artist, what aspects of science do you apply when making music?
To me creating sound and compositions is a science and in general I think art is a science, it's just more abstract research topics. Moreover I am interested the concept of randomness, glitches and spacial acoustics. I think a lot of Techno artists today don't think about the spacial dynamics of their music (in physical space) too much, in other words they don't consider the reverberation in the presentation of there works. I think there are lots of evolutionary possibilities in merging/ harmonizing physical (club) spaces and music.

6. What’s the motive for your passion in music?
The motive for my creations is that I love to share in live-performances, that has always been the starting point. Creating a platform with which  can improvise in a live setting. People say a lot of my work has a certain suspense to it and with that tension I can re-create an energy in my performances. 

7. There’re a lot of electro elements in your music, what’s the turning point to make you transforming into techno?
Before I started using my own name as an alias I did electro releases under the alias The Pulse Projects (on Bunker Records for example). The turning point came when starting No Comment, I did do a lot of 4/4 stuff before but I never felt good enough about it. When I did find my 4/4 sound it felt like it was a good time to start releasing it. If I ever feel like doing something completely different though I surely will. 

8. What have you been working on recently?
I have been working on No Comment_0003 / _0004 and _0005. Furthermore I worked on a mini-album that will be released on a new label Last Foundation in January 2012. My 'Patch For Series' will be on there, generative sound works using semi-random midi, midi to sound and midi feedback techniques. I recently produced and performed videos for a new project with Dopplereffekt called 'Neutrino' and I did some performances and recordings with my live-cinema collective 'Phase Alternating Line'. 

9. Do you favor other music genres besides techno/electronic? What’re their influences toward your work?
I love some Jazz, Dub and Hip-Hop artists, John Coltrane, Chet Baker, Prince Douglas, King Tubby, Dabrye, Dilla, Madlib, MF Doom just to name a few, I don't have the feeling they influence my work directly though. I think everything you experience in life will be reflected in your work. 

10. Are there any essential elements in science that you must include when creating your work (in both visual & sound)?

For my sound/ music i would say no, since art is such a abstract research topic there are no absolute limits to what you can do. You might want to work within the audible frequency range when you are making music though, but even that rule could be disregarded. The rules that i use for creating are all self-imposed, they are not directly science related.

11. Have you ever been to Asia? Are you aware of the techno scene in Asia? What do you want to see in the evolvement of it?
Sadly I haven't been to Asia yet. I am aware of the scene there and I really like what Smokemachine does for a lot of European electronic music artists. Techno and electronic music doesn't have to be made bI Europeans though, I hope to see lots of Asian artists creating their take on techno! I heard there are label plans with SM, that is very nice to hear.

12. What’s next in the coming years?
No Comment has some releases planned and I will continue work on it. No Comment will also start showcasing more multimedia/ synaesthetic type productions and events in the future. There are also plans for me taking over another label but I can't really say anything about that yet. In the coming years I hope to be performing more often in more international environments.