Behind the Music with Lamasz
A non-exhaustive list of things that directly inspired the album Nature Morte.
Things is the name of a novel by George Perec, a french author who set boundaries in his creative process in order to create unique pieces of art. You've perhaps heard of his most famous work: La Disparition (Vanish'd in english) - a three hundred page novel written without the letter “E”. It is truly an unreadable narrative but the creative process is interesting; sometimes the result is amazing, where a perfect balance exists between the means and the end, like his book Things.
I decided to imitate Perec, limiting myself to the use of only one cassette tape loop for each track. On certain tracks like Esquisse, there is no manipulation, whereas on others such as Relief, there is a lot. There is virtually no mix in my DAW. The loops are processed live with the use of pedals, an effect processor and an analog EQ. I wished to keep things as simple as possible because I discovered that when endless possibilities are at my disposal, it interferes with my slow creative flow.
I work part time at a Fine Arts Museum. Naturally, being surrounded by a lot of paintings, greatly influences me. I often find myself going before opening hours. The experience of being completely alone in a room, filled with so much beauty and history is wildly enriching.
I am in no way a painter but I am deeply moved by the technicality of the paintings, especially the dutch Still life of the seventeenth century. I named the tracks of the album as if I were, myself, painting a Still life; a musical one