Pluie/Noir Podcast 012
Visual Interpretation by Ayane.
Pluie/Noir Podcast is a bi-monthly audio-visual episode representing our work as an artist collective. Each episode will feature a one hour collage/mix by one of our producers/djs and a poster triptych by one of our designers.
We interviewed both artists and dropped some questions about their vision:
How are you Marc?
I'm doing fine, thank you.
Archipel Musique has been your home since the start. How's your relationship with Archipel, Pheek and your collabs with him?
It is a relationship of mutual respect I feel. It would be pretentious for me to claim that I love all Archipel releases but what I like with the label is the concept behind it and the openness Pheek shows when selecting music to be released.
As for collaborations it is not always easy to keep the motivation up when you live so far away from each other although it is usually fun. With Pheek it was a very pleasant experience as our strongpoints and weaknesses were sort of complementing each other and we did not have trouble finding common ground in our taste in music.
We were looking forward on your contribution to P/N. How did you record it and what was your main idea behind it?
I had made a list of records that I thought might be interesting to hear, be it because of their beauty, their simplicity or the interesting sounds and/or groove the artist used. Generally I was not after a specific style nor after a thorough mixing style but I did not rule out having some 4 to the floor grooves in it. Finally not all tracks went into the podcast as I just recorded away on 2 decks and somewhere you obviously hit the limit of 1 hour. I do prefer to keep it rather simple than having too many things go on at the same time.
Is your life only dedicated to music production?
Mostly yes. But I have created some hobbies evolving around it. I am a bit of a gear nerd and always interested to find out how certain equipment sounds and why. That has led me into building lots of gadgets I can use for music production. It is a good way to waste time when inspiration and motivation are not omnipresent.
What's next on your agenda?
Well it has been a while since I released music under my name. The album on Archipel is almost 2 years away from now. Lots of things have changed in my studio since then and it took me a while to get used to the new workflow. I also do not release music if I'm not absolutely happy with the result. Since I always have the desire to push myself to the next level in terms of overall mixdown and finding new and interesting sounds that remain musical it has been difficult the last 2 years. Things are looking up though and I hope to have a couple of new tracks out or at least finished by the end of 2012.
Welcome back to Lisbon. How have you been?
Well well, I’m already installed in Lisbon, but still trying to fit myself to the new-yet-old reality of returning home.
How was your experience in Porto?
It was an enriching experience, with a bit of self-isolation and employment in an area that didn’t satisfy me 100% as a designer. But it gave me the push I needed to develop and improve my work as an illustrator and designer.
Do you find Lisbon a suitable and inspiring city for a junior designer to start a life?
Lisbon is a larger city with more opportunities than Porto, but here competition is also tougher. In Porto everything is more concentrated in terms of space, I felt an intense artistic life.
Lisbon is certainly inspiring, and this is my home. However, it was good to spend some time out, give this city its well deserved value and better appreciate its peculiarities.
Another simple yet intriguing triptych. What can you tell us about it?
It was a good challenge. This time I left the color aside and went a bit more monochrome, which is intriguing since the name of the podcast is precisely "green".
It's more dark & focused, less wavy and still soft and feminine I think. It's a different approach compared to my usual work. One of my goals in these kind of abstract works is the search for new ways to expand my graphic vocabulary.
Future plans ... a blank page! New job, new home, new projects. I'm focusing my work now on manual and hand-crafted techniques.
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