Sonodab tells us a little behind the scenes story about his last Souvenir PLUS ‘Dose Rythms’ EP..
Hello Sonodab. The title track runs through seven minutes of moody pads with funky hi-hat patterns and weird, psychedelic underpinnings. ‘Dose Rythms’ builds to minor and subtle climaxes throughout, never boiling over, but never letting up either. How did you get that?
I liked the idea of doing a track using acid and deep bass rhythms with classical elements mixed with a base with a lot of groove. For example, for acid sounds and low parts, use xoxbox, Doepfer MS404, SH101É and for pads and atmospheres, use microwave XT, Tetra…
Could you tell us a bit about your studio set-up?
My studio set-up is mainly composed of hardware, from the classics like Juno 106, SH101, Moog Voyager, Doepfer … to the most recent Nord Rack 2X, Microwave XT, Mopho, Tetra, Elektron Machinedrum, Monomachine ….. supplemented with effects such as filters Schippman Ebbe und Flut and Sherman Filterbank 2, in fact it’s what I enjoy the most …. changing the sounds, giving me opportunities to experiment with different ideas. I mix in Ableton Live, I love it and every day surprises me more!
‘Back to the Nut’ comes out swinging, instantly hitting you with dub chords and a driving kick that definitely means business. A way to catch a club?
Yes I think that is a track with a lot of groove, with force, but without being aggressive, with a steady rhythm and many details and sounds that change without making it too heavy.
You close things with ‘Less is More’ which reminds us that minimal wave’s motto. But pretty soon an small acid line emerges out of panning tones and stays locked for the duration, while various effects drift in the background. Looks like Barcelona’s influences?
As you can hear in the EP, the three tracks share acid elements , but with different styles. Unfortunately, Barcelona not influenced me musically, because although it is gradually noticing an improvement, the fact is that it has lost a lot of electronic music culture, but that’s a long story… but like I said, thanks to groups, collectives and independent people, are contributing to enhance the scene of the city, so I hope that recovers soon! ;)