I started in early 2005 or 2006 after playing about with Audacity after hearing a friends musical cybergrind project (dj screwloose) I was very interested in it and things like playing guitar werent going so well when I was playing with other people. After that it was all up-hill! No-one really heard my first projects, A Kind Of Painless Skin or Poinless Course Of Action which was made with Guitar Pro or even Dj Lohphlo.
Could you speak a little bit about every of your actual projects?
Because i've lived with them for so long each of them has their own personality as well as musical style.
Swin deorin is the main one. He is more or less the one i feel closest to in terms of personality. His musiccan be beautiful but i can also be just garbage and experimentation on how i focus my energy on what he wants to do.
Bash Nova is largely a feeling I get. A vibration. Through my depression he came into being and has stayed. He has now seen the light at the end of the tunnel and is running for it. His sound is ambient soundscapes mashed with a large horror tones.
Icolmkill is my guitar project. I like to improvise it completely when recording. He feels that its best that way. He comes from what I am like and how I feel when I play my electric guitar. I feel a sense of calm.
Shooting Birds Out The Sky is the newest one. He is my anger. He is my rage and confision that the other 3 dont have time for. He is my angst, my fear and he is the one that takes the most out of me when recording something.
This is the 2 years anniversary of Bash Nova, what does it represent for you? What is the thing you are the most proud with this project and for which reason?
Its marks my turn in mental health from which Bash Nova stemmed from. Im so proud that he has made me known a little bit more and that people embrace his other wordly tones. Im not proud of one thing I have done with him, I am proud of all we have been through together, every release, every experiment, from the first incarnation of him as a joke to the overwhelming depth of him being attuned to my depression.. I am happy for it all!
I heard some legend about you, apparently you takes your power in your beard, is that true?
My beard is the source of all creation. Chuck Norris has nothing on my beard. My beard was the one that said to nature "Dude, its boring here, invent Arnaud Barbe and lets have some fun!"
Have you some sort of ritual for recording music? Some influences?
Each one has their own ritual. With swin i'll start with a beat. or fuck about with a synth patch on Absynth or Fm8. Then i'll see what happens from there. There is no structure to how he makes it.
Bash Nova is recording and playing, evolving live, with metaphysical function on Reaktor 5 and then stretching those recorded things out and making them my own. If anyone makes something that way after this, tell me so I can hear what you've done!
Icolmkill is just press record on my voice recorder and start setting up my amp, put the delay on the longest it can be and just go for it. Editing, a little bit of reverb and eqing to make it seem nicer,
Shooting birds... I record like Icolmkill but no guitar, just touching the input jack that connects to my amp and maybe use pots to hit or my Didgeridoo to add more to it. Editing, I put a overdrive on everything and see how it sounds when eqed.
The big majority of your releases are in free download. Why this choice?
I do things for free because I think music is love in its purest form. Love is always free, no matter what kind it is. Every free release is a little bit of my love given to who listen to it. As well as that, I do not like what big record companies have become. I like to do things myself too. Learning from doing things my own way, and there is no way cpmpanies like that would release half the stuff netlabels create. They want to control everything in case their audience might be offended. Its just art! Take it or leave it.
Another thing relating to that, some people like Hendrix or Captain Beefheart got complete control of what they were doing while being signed to a label, if that happened more it would be nice, but since this would never happened, the underground is the only way to achieve success with such matters. Complete creative freedom and no restrictions matters to me.
I feel like if your music is very visual. Would you love to make a soundtrack for a movie, shortmovie, videogame?
I have wanted to do that for a long time. When you, Arnaud, created that video for me, it was such a relief to have something like that to put my music to. I'd love to make music for a short movie for anyone! Bash Nova is best for that! I'd like to make my own dogme 95 film, that would be fantastic.
What your plan for 2013 and after?
I have no plans at all. Justy keep doing what I am doing and hope I can get better at it somehow. Maybe a few split releases with some people here and there. Who knows?!
Last words are for you!
Turn off your television. step outside. look what nature offers you. it sells nothing. you are the only you in the world, enjoy it. I am trying to enjoy my life at the moment, if we can all enjoy it together, then the better it will be for everyones future.
MON THE SIRONA!
SINCERITY IS THE KEY!
Also, I want to thank Rainbowdiving Butterflies, Kitty On Fire Records, Trashfuck Records, Love Torture Records, Section 27, SP Recordings and every single person I have talked to in this scene, you people are so talented, I am just so humbled to be part of you. I never fit in with anyone, I think I have with you beautiful misfit creatures of love!