An Interview with Abstractology

abstractology-pic-1.jpgIt was within the darkest regions of outer space that we discovered a planet not too unlike our own, except that it was covered entirely by one giant city. It is here that we found a small craft just above the stratosphere, and within it, the ambient duo known as Abstractology. Independently, they are Andrew Pinaire and Matthew Blakely. Permission to dock was granted and the interview began. Greetings, thanks for letting us dock on your craft. We know you both go by Abstractology, but have you ever used any other pseudonyms?

Andrew Pinaire: I use my real name sometimes, also Androne. I think thats it at the moment but i’d like to start a new project soon.

Spoo: What spectacular epiphany resulted in your desire to craft music?

AP: I recall listening to a certain heavy metal album when I was about 8 which gave me a lot of inspiration. It had a very unique sound. From there I started paying attention to things like tonality and timbre.Then I scrounged up a nice equalizer and started playing around ‘mixing’ albums I could get my hands on. After awhile I decided I’d rather mix my own music. I experimented with guitars and amplifiers quite a bit to limited success. About 7 or 8 years ago I was talking with Matthew about music and he showed me this keyboard with a sampler on it and some sounds he was making with it and I was intrigued from then on.

Matthew Blakely: Sonar and Radar.

abstractology-pic-2.gifSpoo: What kind of tunes do you listen to?

MB: Pings, snare rushing, beast kits, and basslines

AP: A bit of everything, I couldn’t really pin it down if I had to. Mostly to me just anything I find inspiring, or unique. Last thing I listened to was ‘A New White’ by Subtle.

Spoo: Where do you get your inspiration from?

AP: Some of it comes from childhood inspirations, for example my androne side project is based mostly on a fascination with old sci-fi films and the way the future was percieved in the 1950’s. Otherwise, with Abstractology much of the inspiration comes from sketches we make, kind of like a feedback loop, just feeding off of itself until it peaks out, and thats when the sketch is complete …by then it doesnt sound anything like it did originally.

MB: Life and death.

Spoo: What do you predict will be the future of music?

MB: Anti-music mobs destroying any sound producing device

AP: I would like to see surround mixes becoming the norm, but until then I’m reluctant to spend the time working on a surround mix. As for genres, who knows, everything flows around and gets mixed up, now and then someone comes along and changes the way you look at something and influence is drawn and things change. Right now there are so many independent musicians flooding the internet with fresh music that I have no idea whats really out there now, its great.

abstractology-pic-3.jpgSpoo: Which naked and/or clothed artists would you most like to collaborate with?

AP: I’m working with a fellow now called WOK, I look forward to what comes of the collaboration. Aside from current projects, I can’t really think of any person I would like to collaborate with, but I have an idea in my head about what type of projects I would like to work on. I enjoy working with vocalists or traditional musicians but haven’t had much experience doing so. So I guess it would be some more traditional musicians. As Abstractology we have been working a bit with Paul Everest Tucker whom we plan to continue working with for at least a few more tracks. He has some classical piano training which offers a different perspective to our music and ours certainly to his. I don’t think he will be the same after working with Matt for awhile. Gone a bit strange I think…

MB: Ghosts.

Spoo: Which musicians have influenced you most?

AP: Much of my early influence in electronic music came from dj spooky’s early works, dj lloop, the orb, and so on. Anything textural really. Lately I’ve been inspired by a musician called Hecq out of Germany, I recommend everyone to get his latest release ‘Bad Karma’ on Hymen records. Beyond electronic music, and music in general, I’ve been influenced mostly by perceptions of the world, just in general, daily happenings and sounds and feelings.

Spoo: We shall add Hecq to our database of 3,052,980 artists that we will listen to before death. In conclusion, do you plan out your songs or do they just happen magically?

AP: A bit of both I guess. Generally speaking most of it comes from experimentation, but I wouldn’t say that the experimentation isn’t driven.

It was just then that we noticed that Matthew Blakely was not present. Alas, he had accidentally opened the airlock and was drifting off into space! Don’t worry. We rescued him, since we’re heroes. Thanks for the interview, Abstractology!

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