ITW Novel 23:
Q1: Can you first tell some info about yourself? What's your work,
what you do for living? How did you get involved into music...? Some
basic bio about you...
A1: I live in Moscow, and at present time I work as system administrator
of computer networks and video systems in a TV company. Unfortunately
my work takes away a lot of time, but I try to spend all my free time
to several creative passions. Music is one of them. I was involved to
music a long time ago, when I was a schoolboy. It happened when I
heard music by Depeche Mode. A much time passed since then, but I
still like their music very much. I listened to all sorts music later
on and found that I like melodies, harmonies or noise soundscapes
created by soul and full of romance of course :) When I decided to try
myself in own music creation, I applied all my energies to realization
of my favorite musical elements. I think that it's a nice feeling when
your own music reflects your life perception. The creation of music
gives me somewhat important for the whole living. It's nice when my
music pleases to people, may be their lifes become a little joyful too.
I'm glad that the music is my hobby, and I hope that it's never become
a kind of work.
Q2: What's going on with the electronic music in Moscow nowadays?
What are the most important russian electronic artists and labels
that you'd mention?
A2: I can't say that the electronic music in Moscow lives a full life, but
at the same time I can't say that the electronic scene is absolutely
frozen here. There are many musicians making infrequent concerts from
time to time and the small quantity of listeners visiting these shows.
On the whole life of electronic music is very uncoordinated here , and
haven't get enough attention from people.
I suppose that the most important russian electronic artist was Solar
X undoubtedly. He was really most popular and progressive musician.
Unfortunately he lives in London now, and the russian listeners can't
see his present creations in full range. At present time our
experimental electronic scene hasn't stars, I don't mean PPK for
example, because they seems to me a temporary event and their music is
Q3: You like to release and promote electronic music with melodies
and harmonies on your
label. Do you see melody as
an inevitable part of the music? And please tell something more
about the label work.
A3: Yeah, I see that melody is an inevitable part of the music, because
that element is the most long-living. We can see so fast musical
technologies has been developed in last years. The sound fashion
changes quickly, and it bring us new rhythms, styles, etc. And only
melodies remains immutable. I think that musician gives more long life
to his songs, when he put in melody to them.
Unfortunately label work is complex and joyless, because I collide
with many problems permanently. Where to find money for releases, how
to persuade distributors to work with us, how recompense costs for
releases, where to find time and forces for numerous visits of post
offices, when several distributors will pay finally, how to do
presentation and small promotion of scheduled release, how to explain
to musicians that this music can't bring big money, and many and many
others. Sometimes I want to leave off this business, releasing of
music in nowadays is "causa mortis" :) But it's just interesting to
deliver this music to real listeners.
Q4: Let's talk more about the melody. I find it hard to define what's melody, it's very abstract thing. A friend once explained me that melody is a mixture of other musical elements, like rhythm, tempo and harmony. What do you think about this? How do you define melody?
A4:I think that melody is ingredient of music. But if rhythm seems to me like seasoning in a salad, then melody is an important component of musical salad. May be this comparison is strange, but it illustrates my conception of music very good.
Q5: What do you think about music without melody, impovisational music, or some extreme sound experiments? Do you appreciate those kinds of music?
A5:Both the salads and the musical pieces are without meat and melody. At the same time there are many vegetarians and connoisseurs of extreme sound. It's a splendid fact of real alternative. But here is one moment what pushes to alternative, I have in view ideology. Man can to listen to extreme sound because he found own persuasions for it. I have such persuasions too, and noise or electro acoustic music can be interesting for me as scientific effort. But anyway I suppose that natural way, when I like music because my soul caught melody, is better than my mind want sound experiments.
Q6: What you think of EU? Can it be said that they are one of the
best bands that in some way present the essence of the spirit of the
contemporary russian electronic music?
A6: I don't like their music very much, because they produce many songs,
but only one of a ten can be able for listening in my taste. Besides
they just made a good self promotion. As regards the spirit of
russian electronic music, he lives somewhere in years 1960-70, when
Eduard Artemiev and others created owns best pieces. The modern
russian electronica still haven't own face, if england or germany
electronica still have such faces for examples.
Q7: What's Novel 23? What it means?? Does it have something in common
with your real name: Roman = book = novel...? :-) Why 23?
A7: Yes, you absolutely right :) I used a play up words between russian
and english languages. 23 is a magic number with various
interpretation as we all know, but I just started to create music when
I was 23 year old.