Russell Louder is an electronic musician from Charlottetown, PEI. Their latest release is entitled “Think of Light.” The music features catchy synth layers topped off with an excellent singing voice that should be famous. Have a listen!
How would you describe your sound to someone who’s never heard you before?
I would descibe my latest EP as dark – sometimes bouncy – feelings-pop. I have an experimental project as well – which is this sort of brutal, ambient cornucopia of distorted voice and found percussion, so my general ‘sound’ tends to vary.
What gear/software/techniques did you use in making this recording?
For Think of Light, I did a combo of both found and software-generated percussion. When I’m recording at home, I use Logic Pro X. Recording set-up is super simple: Computer, M-audio interface, Novation Launchpad, and a mic. The common thread of ‘technique’ that ties my experimental music with my pop project is the way I shape individual sounds. it’s a very painstaking and brain-draining process – I call it the logic-hole. I’ll have anywhere between 20 and 50 tracks for one session (sometimes I have to sort out the musical sections and develop them in separate files from each other). That’s probably where I spent most of my energy – just combing through really dense landscapes of sound i’ve laid out, to shape it and make it listener-friendly.
What mood or mental state do you hope to evoke in the listener with this music?
I don’t know if I really had set an intention of what I wanted someone to feel while listening to Think of Light. I think I’m just naturally drawn to dark, warm sounds – but then I’m also obsessed with the sonic colours of the cheesiest, bounciest stuff – like old italo disco and early electronic music. So that was the auditory information (for lack of a better term) I was working with. I think as the EP developed and the melancholic nature of the sound became more evident (particularly the first 3 tracks), I guess on a subconscious level I really wanted to create something to counter that, and that’s where the last track, ‘In the Morning’ came along – which initially happened in like 15 minutes.