With Void Manes. $10. 9 p.m. Eyedrum, 290 MLK Jr. Drive SE. 404-522-0655.www.eyedrum.org.
Chad Radford: Tell me about the idea behind “ear movies.”
Christoph Heemann: The idea of ear movies came naturally. Music almost always translates into visuals in my head while listening to or even thinking about it, and while selecting and processing audio material I follow the suggestions implied and try to transform the moving sonic images into a narrative of sorts. I hope that it leaves the listener still enough space to come up with their own approach/film to each piece.
When you played Eyedrum back in 2003, your set up included 4 CD players and a mixer that you used to weave and layer intersecting drones and washes of sound. You used CD players because a lot of what you were playing was the result of days spent recording and manipulating sounds, which couldn't really be done in a live setting. Are you doing something similar for this show?
As I plan to do a different, improvised set for each different concert of this series I am not exactly sure how the show at Eyedrum will turn out. One difference is that I plan on bringing a couple of analogue synthesizers, which I hope will give me a more flexible range of options. The recent concerts I have done have been more diverse with more complex textures and organic developments. I remember the last set in Atlanta to be very restrained and somewhat rigid in structure. Actually, I look forward to finding where it will take me.
Essentially, I am still working on my ear movies but over the last few years a few things have obviously developed.
I am just now putting out two new releases, one is The Rings of Saturn LP and the other is a cassette, Mighty Joe Young. I hope to have both them available at the show.
I believe the concert will be somewhere between those two different styles, yet something of it's own.
Do you still run the Streamline label from you home in Aachen, Germany?
Yes, I still run Streamline; still in cooperation with Drag City. The new [Christoph Heemann] LP will be on Robot Records and the cassette will be on DOM BW. The next releases on Streamline will be William Basinski's A Red Score In Tile and Plastic Palace People Vol.1, a collaboration album I did with Jim O'Rourke. Vol.2 is almost ready and should appear in 2011. I am also preparing releases by Nicholas Szczepanik and Celer.
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