1. can u first introduce yourself... a
I , Ross Healy have been involved in
music since I was a child, always playing percussion and writing songs at
age 5. I fell in love with electronic music at a early age and have always
enjoyed the abstract in electronic sounds. I also use to spend a very long
time listening to shortwave radio, which in Australia is a lot more
sparse, no voices like in europe, just phasing sounds....i guess it all
started from there.
2. your music background include many
bands and projects. when and how did u start to make music...
Carring on from the previous answer I
had a girlfriend who played music too so we started making music, kind of
industrialish with electro beats, my best friend Pieter Bourke joined us ,
and we became Eden with another person, we released records in UK and USA,
but I was playing bass , and it was a guitar band with synths, i wanted
pure electonics, so I started This Digital Ocean which released records in
Germany, Australia and USA,this was really me trying to write songs again
and release who i was through vocals, I then was so into techno that i
became Amnesia, I released a techno album, also later a drum n bass ep on
SOUR in UK, then a full cd as 56K, i then went through a phase of not
enjoying music, i had done all i could and needed a change. Cray was that
change where i could get rid of beats, chorus etc, and just be with sounds
3.what does cray mean
Cray means sound as sound, I also like
the name from supercomputer, as we have powerful computers now.
4. i think i saw in your mail signature
all your releases. is that all your full disco and tell us something about
all your releases by now...
That is all Cray releases to date,
although I do have odd tracks on servers, like microsound etc.
All releases are just me exploring sounds, i like the idea of painting
music in my mind.My past music is around but it is the past.
5. how did u get in touch with bip-hop
I must say that my mate Pimmon in
Sydney put me onto Bip Hop, I kept playing him tracks and he was saying I
was mad not sending them out, I got hold of some Bip Hop releases and
liked where their head was, sent a CD and Philippe loved it, Philippe and
I both get on well and we love to talk about music and life.
6. your album undo is functioning from
noise perspective same as it functioning from glitch perspective. where
will u put your self into...
I think with noises you are more open
to the abstract, the surreal, but I am not sure what noise is, i know it
is non melodic , but thats all i know about it.
7. on your page writes: The key element in
Cray’s music is to experiment with sound and to create sound images -
how your creative process is unwinding...
I just make sounds from real world or
made up inside teh computer or synthesizers, i then throw it all together
and see what it is talking to me about. I do have some control over the
arrangement fof a track, but i like to keep my options open.
8. i agere with you about your statement
that there is no right and wrong in sound. everything is music, even
mistakes. all that skippes and glitches that happened thrue making
procces. there is also process of making whole music with mistakes. making
with skipp cd like oval and taklemura do showing up all that mistake
aesthetic. what is your position about all this..
All new musics over the ages hascome
about by error I believe , people on drugs writing music, technology
making errors, or by just opening your mind to hold an instrument
differently..I love the honesty in error. I was working with skipping Cds
back in 93 unaware of Oval, but i must say they did do it better. i just
loved the sound of the glitch sound the CD player made. I did not develop
it as such like Oval.
9. im also follower of the idea that this
days computer is more important than musician/artist and that this isnt
wrong like some of more conservative musicians and artists think.
technology is moving paralel and along with art. how technology is
developing, art is taking technology as an instrument and medium...
what do u think about this procces of changing position of artist,
instrument and medium.
I like the idea that you look at art as
art, not as what made the art, but I think this is changing as
robots are painting pictures and music programs can compose music, it is
all art , saying that I love technology, also a paint brush is technology
( a tool) so technology has been with art for ever. i am not so interested
in human voice in music id rather listen to sounds interact and speak with
one another. I have never thought of my computer as an instrument but i do
play it to get the results i guess.
10. "Over the years I have tried to
put less control in my works, as I get very bored with a fixed way of
doing music”. how will u comment this sentence. what is fixed way of
doing music and how do u put your work out of control.
I use to be very controlling with my music, everything had to be right,
over time i found that mistakes make up a part of a song if you leave them
in, I had learned how to program and write music, now I want to let go and
just let sounds talk, i dont care so much where a sound comes in or goes
out, i like to listen to the end result, i know what i would do as I have
been me for my life , but if i let go I get more .
11. i dont know any experimental projects
from there. i accidentaly found one site for some experimental radio
program on community radio station 3ccc-fm, -possible musics-, persenting
experimental music...from australia and all over the world... we talked
about changing some music... it is broadcasting from bendigo, victoria...
what is the situation now with experimental scene in australia.
Wow I did not know about that, i must
check them out. Australian music is quite large and experimental, since
the days of Severed Heads to today, Pimmon, Oren Ambarchi, Cray etc. I
think Australians have a less chance of releasing music than say Europe or
USA, as it is really these countries that control music to some degree, so
Australians have more scope to just do what they are evolving to do. When
the "what is music festival" is on each year we have 3 days of
experimental music, and many people play and come to listen, so australia
does have a good sized experimental scene as no one knows about us so
12. where do u see the future of music if
continue to progress so fast...
I have always wanted to be one with
music to live inside it, i know this sounds vague, but i hope music will
be another thought or emotion in the future.I want to create rooms
of time, not a room reverb as such but want to create a moment in time in
a ficticious room, i am interested in how sound will react when i make my
imaginary room, what will happen in there, and then listen to the results.
13. who is markus struzina and how come to
cooperate with him for the video
Markus is a great photographer and
friend, he loves computers as much as i do and early electronic music , he
asked me if he could do a video clip after i played him one song
Forna, he then got the images and we both sat down and worked on it
together, I taught him some things about playing the programs to make a
scene, and he brought me into the world of video prodction, and all the
great ideas available. We plan on playing live with live video
manipulation, also a new video clip will be made. Everything he touches
has his mark on it.
14. design on your release is also awesome
(work of julien berthier). bip-hop is one of the labels that care
much about design of their releases. there are couple of labels that gives
attention to desing same as they give it for music, like 12k-line, mille
is for you design important same as music it self?
I love design, and architechture, it is
so close to music, abstract music, I think a lable with a strong look
shows it is serious, but it could be minimal like Enigma lable or the
Designes republic and Warp, or Mille Plateau etc
15. what r your direct influences, and
what are your favorite bands/projects... that u r listening most...
I prefer music with electronic sounds,
but also love all music and the environment, my favourite sound at the
moment is a tea cup chipping another china tea cup.
I listen to so much music that i rarely take my headphones off I live with
my minidisc on where ever i go and enjoy natural sounds, birds sound like
electronic music , and so does the human body, or is that the other way
16. you already saw my 2001 album list.
what do u think and whats yours...
I had already sent a top ten out
a few weeks ago, and must say that it is very hard as it always changes, i
had a favourite album of 2001 that i completely forgot until i sent it,
Martin Ng/ Jim Denley on Grob, great CD that I did not include.
that would be for now
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