Interview with Fred moTh | lightrhythm visuals

Audio artist from the latest release “av8ion” Fred moTh shares a little behind the scenes chat, and some ideas for whats to come next – He doesnt give away his cheese on toast recipe – but there are some other interesting little finds . The insider report on Fred moTh and his world of wooden circuits
interview by Shantell Martin

What kind of music do you listen to when your working?
When I’m taking a break from my screen I try to listen to music relevant to the style
I’m working on at the time. Usually some 8bit/acid (Wagon Christ, KPLEcraft) and acoustic music (Nick Drake, Jono McCleery).

Where do you source the music from on your tracks?
I try to get a balance of audio i’ve recorded myself and synthesised audio from programs
like Reaktor, Absynth and Reason. I think putting your own sounds into the music is vital to getting your own timbre and colour.

Do you watch a lot of content online?
There’s such a wealth of creative content online and have friends who send me links to check out über cool stuff that’s going on at the moment. After half an hour of surfing, i always have this feeling I should be getting back to work though!

Where do you work on your projects?
I’m really fortunate to have a lovely basement in the house i rent in Bristol. I’ve decked it out with rugs and nice lighting, so I spend most of the writing time there. Recently though i wrote a track on my laptop in a cafe and it has a real difference in sound and is obviously purely electronic, I don’t think they’d like me to rock up with a band and mics…hang on they might you know!

Can you describe your style? and the evolution in it?
I’m heavily influenced by acoustic music and as i’m an 80’s child have a real affiliation with electronic sounds. I wanted to write sample based music, so initially it sounded very trip hop, DJ shadow and DJ food were an influence right at the start. After 10 years of experimenting though it’s evolved into a new style which I call “Wooden Circuit”. It’s the best way to sum up the style, as it features so many different rhythms, something which usually defines a style.

Who or what do the main themes in your work represent?
Recently i’ve tried to represent my own philosophies and views in the music. As most of my music is instrumental I use classical techniques to set a landscape and melody instruments to guide the ear. For instance in the track Overpopulation (AV8ion Ep), I use the drums to represent the congestion of the growing mass and the melody instruments to represent a side that is complacent with the problem and a side that is conscious and immensely frustrated.

Have you always worked with video/sound?
I started out wanting to be an architect but given a pinnacle choice, i chose to be a guitarist. I think my desire to put blocks of material together to create something beautiful hasn’t ever left me, I just do it sonically now. Video is totally new though and
I’ve only done a handful of collaborations with video artists, I can see it being a main feature in my publications from now on.

How did you come to be releasing an EP with Lightrhythmvisuals?
I’ve known the co-founder Ben Sheppee since School and he’s always supported my work. I collaborated with some of the VJ artists that use the label and from there, Ben and myself chatted about performing it live and decided we needed to create something new that can be adapted to the stage as well as put on a DVD.

What should we know about the EP you will release with Lightrhythmvisuals ?
The DVD has been made a little differently to most, we started out with the idea about 2 and half years ago when Ben was in Tokyo and myself in Bristol (UK). The distance made it hard to flow with ideas but we ended up doing everything using skype and an FTP space, bouncing ideas back and forth. The underlying messages in the tracks are about awareness of our surroundings and issues that we feel are important today. We didn’t want it to sound like a lecture though, so it was put together with the mindset of it being a pleasurable piece of work as well as it being relevant to our views.

What would you like to be working on in the future?
The next step is to get the live show as impressive as possible. I’m using musicians and singers to bring it life, but my big goal is to form a Fred moth Orchestra. I hope to be in a position soon where I can write not only for my own act but compose and arrange for other artists who want my sound.