- maybe your
bigger breakthrough was after your release on autoplate so more people heard
about you after that album. can u tell us something about your past. what was
happening in yr life before this release...
When I was 15 years old I started writing poetry, and as soon as I learned to
play my father's guitar, I began composing my own songs. Simple rock songs about
love :) Then I started a rock band which existed for 2 years and suddenly broke
up. Later on, I was making music on Sinklair ZX Spectrum computer with custom
software. One day in 1997 a friend of mine offered to create a radio show on our
local radio, I agreed, and we did a broadcast dedicated to electronic music.
After certain circumstances that had nothing to do with music, we closed it, and
opened a bimonthly TV program devoted to electronic music videos and related
stories about musicians. One day in 1998 I was invited to work as a dj in local
Deep club, where I mixed jungle and techno stuff. Later on, when I got access to
Vermona analogue synth, GM WK3, and PC, I made music that I called Sidhartha
(inspired by R.Zilazni novel). This is how I have come to electronic music.
- you make music under other different names except your own. can you list
the projects and describe each one?
There was Sidhartha - ambient techno project that is a closed project now and
Nihil est excellence - NEX. Generally speaking it's concrete music, i play with
objects from real world, and always trying to combine everything with one idea -
conception. There my collaboration with with Jeff Surak and Jonas Lindgren,
called Critikal. This is now, the most interesting and most exciting project i'm
in cause we play on "real" acoustic instruments. I have lots of fun processing
guitar, autoharp, harmonica, cello, violin etc.
- you are also running a label called nexsound. what is the sound that
nexound is interested in and what is the concept of your label if there is one?
Yes, Nexsound was formed to promote the ukrainian experimental music scene. I
think it deserves world-wide attention. But at the same time I will release
artists who are music wise close to Nexsound.
- most of the releases on nexsound are cdrs and some mp3s, and you just
started releasing cds. will you continue with cdr releases or completely switch
to cds. and what do you think of today's enormous growth of cdr labels and cdr
releases. is existence of cdr releases/labels and also mp3 excused in today's
technologically developed conditions?
I started to release cds, firstly and mainly because there were distributing
conditions. Yes, I will try to continue releasing only cds and maybe mp3s as
well. Since i heard lots of very good music on cdr i don't have anything against
cdr labels. I actually heard a lot of bad music on cds. As to mp3 labels - i
think it's one of the best things I-net brings to the world.
- what does nexound means
sound of NEX, or maybe Notable EXtemporary Sound ? anyway, nexsound means highly
recommended music :)
- do u have any favorite labels in which maybe you are looking as examples in
an example of good managing and financial strategies for me is Ad Noiseam.
Conceptually speaking it's Domizil and Alku. Musically speaking it's MEGO, Fallt,
- how can u describe the sound on 00:00 album that is released on autoplate.
it is quiet unusual and completely inventive. from other side calm and melodic.
i wrote in a review that is a combination between glitch and ambient to level of
microsound. do u see that way on this album or can u give some particular
definitions of the sound on it and definition of andrey kiritchenko sound at all
Ambient music is my element and my soft corner, I can't imagine myself without
it. In addition, I always liked 4/4 minimal techno, and after some experience in
Reactor I made my own drum module that uses some math and liked the result very
much. On the other hand I'm trying to bring the *sound* on first place, but
never forget about music and composition. I think 00.00 is not ground breaking,
but I have received a lot of good feedback on this album, and still wondering
why people liked it too much :) However i decided to continue with this approach
in "Kniga Skazok" which will be released on Ad Noiseam in Spring 2003.
Yet I find it very enjoyable to make microsound music with ambient touches. I
hope my "Bees & Honey" stuff is captivating enough and will please people's
- what is happening in ukraine on a musical plane. are there any happenings
there, other labels, projects...
In Ukraine, we are in a very particular financial situation - european prices
for music on cds or vinyl are very expensive for average wage about $70 per
month. So, it's not possible to find such music in record stores at all. Only
pop-related cds licensed to ukrainian record companies re-issued here and
selling for $3-$5. There is only one label called Quasi Pop besides Nexsound
deals with *experimental* sort of music, but unfortunately i'm not familiar with
- can u name some projects/artists that influence you, in musical sense
directly, which means that can be recognised in your music and some indierctly
that can be musical or non musical and can not be seen in your music
Microstoria / Oval, Andreas Tilliander, Kim Cascone, Christian Fennesz, Radian,
Jim O'Rourke, Taylor Deupree.
- on the front page of nexsound site there is a sentence: satisfaction of
basic musical needs in the computerized stone age. is this maybe a critic to
human beings and their immanence of unstoppable satisfaction of basic needs or
maybe to the era in which we r living... or maye just a constatation of reality
this sentence is a bit ironic of course, but in our times music became a product