Studiotalk w/ Benjamin Brunn about “A Sun Life” on Third Ear

I mostly record 'fluently', which means I play live in the studio and just record the sum of whatever comes out of the machines. The track is then either ready or I repeat recording until I like it, usually not more than three times. My Nord Modular is perfect for that. To me, this way of recording creates more lively and interesting results. I use the Nord Modular's internal step sequencer and LFO modules to create synth and bass lines and then I play with the various parameters, for example LFO speed and of course with filters. Tracks like U Teach Us, The Way She Giggled or Papanin happened like this. The advantage is that I can take my gear and play these tracks live somewhere else without laptop. I sometimes also arrange tracks using a software sequencer, like for May B. However, the chords for example was a one-time recording which I will never be able to repeat like that. 'Pankow Memories' was recorded long ago at Studio Pankow when it still existed. I recorded it live, together with Kai Kroker (who owned Studio Pankow) and Dave Wheels, a very good friend from England, who used to be one part of Higher Intelligence Agency. Dave and I talked a lot about music, art, photography and languages when I lived in Nottingham 12 years ago. The album title 'A sun life' has various meanings. It basically means something very long in time. Instead of saying 'iternity' I tend to use less absolute or ultimate terms. We know that even the sun is not forever, but still for a very very long time. Like most people nowadays do, I consider time as most valuable, and this in many aspects. Music-wise: I hope that my music has a long life, at least this is what I made it for. And unlike a word like 'infinity', the sun implies life because it changes, it is constantly pulsating and therefore seems like something living, not like the moon. And the sun makes our life possible at all. Thus, everybody leads 'a sun life'. The sun implies warmth, which I would also like to transport with my music. And last but not least: the sun is a star with all the magical connotations that all stars have in common. OFFICIAL RELEASEINFO: Benjamin Brunn has been honing his distinctive and original sound over a series of intermittent releases, starting with his Fahrstuhlmusik series of CDs distributed by Hardwax . Since then he has recorded for an impressive list of labels; Ware, Mole Listening Pearls, Millions of Moments, Workshop, Neo Ouija, United States of Mars, Mule Electronic and Smallville. Most recently he has made Third Ear his home, releasing the wonderful Hello Ammmerika ep in 2011. His use of the Nord Modular synth is one of the defining characteristics of his sound. He uses the instrument in a wide-ranging and original way, accompanied by a Roland TR707 drum machine. A Sun Life shows Benjamin Brunn achieving something like a perfection of his sound. Benjamin Brunns collaboration with Move D (David Moufang), the album Songs From The Beehive, has, since its release in May 2008, been considered a landmark album. A Sun Life is possibly another. One reviewer of Songs From The Beehive perceptively described Benjamin Brunns modus operandi as something like fluid mechanics, or the science of how fluids move. This may or may not be related to the fact that he is a engineer currently working with fluid dynamics. All the tracks on A Sun Life have a fluidity and viscosity, whether like water or oil or honey .. air or sunlight. They start, flow and grow, shift and shimmer, their latent power held in some kind of check. Then they dissipate and fade. A Sun Life was not conceived as a piece of work with a theme. Over a period of two years, Benjamin Brunn sent tracks to Third Ear. Slowly the album began to take shape and become A Sun Life, an album full of different vibes, different grooves, different flows. An album that we think presents Benjamin Brunns music perfectly.

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