Magnetic Magazine’s Guest Podcast: UK Experimental Producer Bunki

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Magnetic Magazine’s Guest Podcast: UK Experimental Producer Bunki

MAGNETIC Magazine Guest Podcast: Bunki by Magnetic Magazine on Mixcloud

TRACK LIST:

Ricky Eat Acid - Inside Your House, It Will Swallow Us Too
Anteatereater - Planting Plants
Nicolas Jaar - Wouh
Holden - Seven Stars
Percussions - KHLHI
MyOwn - You Can Stop Everytime
Seekae - Two
Them From - It's Lonely in Space
Daniel Cherney - Priest
Isolée - Allowance
Luke Abbott - Free Migration
Ballerino - Three
Semi Precious - Shaky Skies (Bunki Remix)

Please explain your production process in further detail. How do you go about choosing one loop to sample and then create an entire track from?
The main idea is to try and maximize the artistic expression that I can achieve using my electronic production. I wanted to step forward from just writing nice melodies and grooves. I then decided to work with a limitation that would push me to explore new techniques, in order to create an original sound aesthetic. The basic loop of each track is usually just a chord progression, sometimes arpeggiated, which gives the harmonic tone for the track. I take this loop, and send it to several return channels, usually 8-10 of them. Each of these channels is being processed and automated differently, creating the different components of the track. What’s nice about it is that all these components seem to live in symbiosis, as they are all operating to the same ‘heartbeat’ – the groove of the original loop. This gives the track a rather organic vibe, even though all of the work was done ‘in the box’, using no ‘real’ sounds.

Who are some of your early influences from the 80s and 90s? Who are some of your more contemporary favorites?
The latest albums by James Holden and Luke Abbott were really interesting and beautiful, and also the work of Nicolas Jaar over the last few years. More close to home, fellow acts in the collective I’m a part of - squareglass, have been really inspiring. Semi Precious, Ballerino and Daniel Cherney released great EPs last year, and there are new things coming from Junk and another project I’m a part of called Leiik.

Weapons of choice, what do you use in the studio?
Ableton Live for me, when you work with loops, like I do, it doesn’t get much better than that. There is something very immediate in the way the software is arranged, which allows for more experimentation.

When performing live what is your preferred method and/or approach?
The transition from the produced material to a live situation was challenging. As the tracks are based around processing and manipulation of sounds, I wanted the live show to present the same aspects. What we do (Myself and Robin Paul Braum who plays with me) is taking the same loops that the tracks were created around, and play them thru a bunch of hardware synthesizers. This way we can manipulate and process the sounds live, in a similar fashion to the original tracks. Its much more fun to be twiddling knobs and faders than triggering samples, and it is also more engaging for the people who watch us.

Are you a fan of the new batch of neo classical / film score composers? Guys like Nils Frahm, Dustin O’halloran, Cliff Martinez, etc.
I like it very much, and I think it’s very interesting how some of these works flirt with minimal, harmony based contemporary electronica.

Do you ever see yourself doing a film score?
Yes definitely, it's something that I would be looking into in the very near future.

Do you plan on touring in 2015?
There is some talking, but I can’t say what it is just yet, watch out.

Star Wars or Star Trek?
No thank you.

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