(qd-4263) Single Eye Perspective - Dear My Friends
Amazing how chance leads to creativity. Single Eye Perspective hooked up his guitar to his laptop running VSTIs and started recording everything using his desktop computer. The long, flowing recordings were then edited into this 4-track EP which is at times charming, and at times folksy, but always emotive even microtonal. The melodies never leave you. The textures never rub off. And maybe that is the genius of Dear My Friends.
Download the entire EP as a single VBR ZIP file. (Archive.org)
STREAM THE RELEASE
Switchboard Of Souls (SOS) is primarily led by Christopher Quintos, a Fresno, California-based musician who puts together darkwave and industrial tracks that smell like they come from a parallel universe in 1986. His music is modern and synth-driven, but the musical structures, melodies and sometimes even lyrics are throwbacks to a past age.
SOS is one of the QED artists we’ve never met in person, but who has contributed a massive amount of music to the archive: as of September 2009 he has 5 releases in the QED Records catalog. We caught up with him via email soon after the release of his 10-track album “Don’t Bother Me – Remixes” [qd-4257] to ask about his music and his process.
Full interview after the jump.
Email interview with Emorej. September 6, 2008.
In his secret identity, Emorej wears business attire and goes to an office from 9 to 5, for a company that sells scales and panels for construction. When the day is over however, he retreats to his den and fires up the software that has turned this mild-mannered businessman into an aggressive, one-person, tune-making and marketing machine. He started making music in 2001 using a program called ACID PRO and entering remix contests on the AcidPlanet community of Acid Pro users. Today, he still cannot play any instrument in the traditional sense, opting instead to craft songs using samples, virtual instruments, and his computer. This is one artist who refuses to play live. Just because it’s not his cup of tea.
The full interview after the jump.
Emorej is too shy for the camera.
Instead of his photo, here is his keyboard, the Creative Prodikeys.
Email interview with Demolee. September 10, 2008.
Where do you find the next generation of downtempo music producers in the Philippines? In I.T. companies apparently. One of them just happens to be Franco Madrid, also known as Demolee, a product specialist who sweats and breathes chillout music. Though he won’t tell us what product he masters, we do know that in his free time, he’s mastering tracks for his solo project Demolee and his live group Flavours and Caffeine (FNC). The best part is, even before he learned how to make electronic music, he was already downloading from QED Records. Which is a nice way of showing that web 2.0 is making producers out of all consumers — though not all of us are as talented as this guy.
Demolee playing live at the FFashion Art Gallery opening. Photo by JC.
Read the entire interview after the jump.
Email interview with Silverfilter . September 4, 2008.
Cyril Sorongon creates music for a living. When he isn’t finishing a musical score for an advertising jingle, he’s rushing off to play at a live gig somewhere in the city as Silverfilter, or as member of one of many bands. When he’s free, he’s online, moderating the Electronica Manila (EM) mailing list which sprouted sometime around 2001 in answer to a direct need for fellow electronic music lovers in the Philippines (and around the world) to figure out how to turn a love for this music into an active creation of this music.
Full interview after the jump.
Silverfilter in action at a live gig. Photo by Edgar.
Q E D N E T L A B E L
THUS IT IS PROVEN
Gaz E-Zine Interviews QED Records Netlabel. September 2004.
Reprinted from Gaz E-Zine.
Recently, in the United States, a grand crackdown on illegal filesharing via peer-to-peer networks has brought numerous individual MP3 downloaders like you and me to the courts. It’s a scheme that the big record labels have initiated in order to discourage copyright infringement of the hit songs on their label. The songs they spent so much money promoting and advertising.
Well, if this raises your hackles as much as it does mine, then maybe the alternative to those copyright shenanigans is music that is released into the public domain free of charge, with a limited license. Maybe the answer lies in what netlabels are doing in the face of the watered down commercial music offered by major labels: giving away quality music for free.
One such netlabel recently sprouted in my homeland, touting to offer the finest electronic music from the Philippines for free download. The name of the netlabel is QED Records and it is run by electronic musician and arranger, Lionel Valdellon, a.k.a. Acid42, a.k.a. the founder of Philippine electronic group CLONE.
We recently caught up with Valdellon via email and chat, and picked his mind for Gaz Webzine.