John Roberts – Orah – Brunette (review and interview)

John Roberts – Orah – Brunette (review and interview)
John Roberts new EP ‘Orah’ is the first release on his new (and lovely named) imprint Brunette Editions (see below the interview with Mr. Roberts about the label and more) and it’s a very promising start. For the two tracks on ‘Orah’ Roberts threw the computers away and worked with the sampler-sequencer Akai MPC 2000 which was state of the art in the 1990s but compared to now of course is technically quite limited (even floppy discs were involved. remember floppy discs?). With this limitation Roberts deliberately forced himself to create tracks in a more intuitive way and the results are exciting. ‘Orah’, an 11-minutes-adventure in electronic sounds, starts with a beautiful synthesizer melody and soft percussive beats, then strange noises that might be morphed animal sounds from a tropical forest slip in, giving the track a quite organic feel. There is a remarkable naturalness about all these sampled elements meandering and developing, even intensified by the appearance of a second repetitive melody played by koto that makes Japanese images of clarity and spirituality come to the listeners mind. Music for the Kyūshū countryside when the sun comes through after a heavy rain. The second track has a similar approach yet the beats may be in parts (until the break that is) a little more up tempo and driving. ‘Renatas’ highlight is a spheric Kometenmelodie that could be right out of Kraftwerks ‘Spacelab’. Put on your headphones for the details. With ‘Orah’ John Roberts again proved and maybe even extended his qualities and with stuff like this, Brunette Editions seems to be a very interesting thing. (Written by João Geck) ------------- Interview with John Roberts talking about the label and more.  Questions by João Geck Q.: With your new EP "Orah" you started a new label called Brunette Editions. Why now and what’s the idea behind Brunette Editions? A.: With Brunette Editions I wanted to create an undefined and open platform for the interdisciplinary work of my friends, myself, and our collaborative efforts. Q.: To me the "Orah" tracks sound remarkably organic (in absence of a better word) compared to your Dial output. Would you agree? And which musicians influenced or inspired you apart from the fields of electronic music? A.: I suppose the ‘organic’ feeling might come from the fact that I sequenced the tracks on the MPC 2000 rather than working with the computer as I have in the past. As a result, there were far less possibilities for gluing sounds together with mixing techniques. Before I made this record I was listening to NEU!, Suicide, and Steve Reich a fair amount. I like the way that these artists approach repetition and the passing of time in music. I wanted to make a song which was very long, but didn’t need to be listened to from beginning to end; one that could be understood through encounters with any of its segments in isolation. Q.: The two new tracks, "Orah" and even more "Renata" are not exactly average dj tool - stuff for the floor. How important is the "dance floor aspect" for you? A.: I personally see music more as a really exciting type of immersive entertainment with infinite possibilities rather than as a functional tool. I love the concept of dancing but I try as hard as possible not to think of how something will be received publicly when creating it. Q.: You released your first record (which was "Bodywork" on Feel Music) back in 2008. How did your approach to producing and releasing music change over the years? A.: I think my approach has remained relatively the same: I’m still interested in taking my time and working with people that I relate to on a personal level. Q.: What will happen next on Brunette Editions? A.: We are planning to announce our next release soon and we just finished a video for “Orah” which you can see here: www.brunette-editions.com . Thank you. You can BUY John Roberts 'Orah', released on Brunette HERE from whatpeopleplay.com.

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