36: People see a lot of ambient music as something to help them sleep, but I’m trying my hardest to keep them awake

36 is the experimental (mainly) ambient project of Dennis Huddleston from the United Kingdom. Since 2008, the focus for the project has been to develop warm, hugely emotive loop-based compositions, with particular emphasis on melody and melancholic atmosphere. Dennis has his own label 3six Recordings, which serves as the perfect platform to publish his self-released works. It takes a tremendous amount of effort and talent to manage a project like this all alone, but Dennis seems to be extremely self-conscious and determined enough to overcome any obstacles and just let his music speak for itself.

Frank Bretschneider: When I started making music, I just wanted to explore and see what I can do. Today I only want to make music.

Between 14-27 July, EMS based in Stockholm, Sweden hosted Frank Bretschneider as a resident artist, who was eager to submerge into the legendary Buchla and Serge modular synthesizers. On this occasion, we've talked to the co-founder of Raster-Noton to find out more about what is so special about these machines, his current plans to shift from digital towards analog directions, why computer sounds made such a big impression on him when he was younger, and strolling down memory lane he also shares his experiences with mono turning to stereo, raising the question what else is out there which could make such an enormous difference within the limits of perceptible sound.

Peter Broderick: I would love to score a film by Miranda July

Sounds Of A Tired City gives Greg Gives Peter Space space (yes, you read that right) once again. After talking to Greg Haines, now it's time to meet the playful brain and voice of the project: Peter Broderick. We asked Peter about his impressions on their recent tour, returning to the USA after living quite a few years in Europe, film and photography, and last but not least: poetry. He also shares one of his special poems with us, which has not been featured in any of his songs – yet!

Greg Haines: For some reason it’s not “cool” to talk about reggae, but everyone wants to talk about dub

Greg Haines uses a wide range of classical instruments, sometimes focusing more on ambient drones, other times on the piano. His last album, ‘Where We Were’ was different in every way: not only he had done most of the composing and recording alone, but he had also shifted from neo-classical ambient towards beat-driven experimental dub music – which is something that unfolded even more in his latest collaboration project with Peter Broderick: Greg Gives Peter Space.

Edith Progue: due to the fact that Paris is noisy and very crowded, I have been forced to create some kind of a cocoon

There are so many artists who release one brilliant album and then you never hear from them anymore. Edith Progue is definitely one of them. Timeline' was released eight years ago on Mille Plateaux, but listeners who have been actively following the modern classical and glitch scene are still revisiting it quite frequently, elevating it to immortality. After all these years, we were wondering what Edith Progue is up to nowadays, and he was kind enough to share with us the reason why the second album is delayed so much.

James Conduit: I prefer the club to the classroom, it feels more like the arty punk mess I grew up on

In former lives spent with School of Seven Bells and Bear In Heaven, as well as under the solo-moniker Ateleia, James Elliott has explored the threshold of avant pop and minimalist, neo-psychedelia. With Conduit however, Elliott takes an unsavory and insoluble turn for the worst. Simply put, James Conduit is not in the mood for love. There’s no room on the vessel for sentimentality – merely a glass overfilled with primordial destitution and a mischievous grin.

Dag Rosenqvist: It was my way of dealing and not dealing with the fact that my life had been taken away from me in an instant

In our interview Dag unfolds why his latest album turned out to be even more personal than the others, tells us about his special relationship with books and explains why you should watch more films by Gaspar Noé and Harmony Korine. He also prepared a non-conventional mixtape featuring artists such as Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words, Gnaw Their Tongues, Nekrasov and Khanate, which will make his own music seem to be sweet lullaby compared to the tracks he has chosen for this compilation. This is what you should start your week with.

White Poppy: Experimental music doesn’t go over so well at an Irish themed pub on St. Patrick’s Day

Introducing Crystal Dorval is actually not as easy as it seems. She's an experimental multimedia artist from British Columbia, Canada. Crystal makes music as White Poppy, manages a mental wellness blog called Sanity Soap, creates live projections and music videos, performs around the world, fights her demons, takes good care of her fans on Facebook, and apparently sleeps a lot. Let her tell us about the rest.

Mark Kuykendall: The recreation of feelings of atmosphere and space is what I am after, to reconstruct a lost memory

Mark Kuykendall is an Oklahoman artist who is involved more or less in everything that has to do with audio-visual arts: recording and producing music, mastering and engineering, sound for films and commercials, cover design, drawing, painting, directing videos and he can even use his own voice as an instrument if needed. We talked about his musical roots, constant inspiration and the virtue of running one's own label. We also reveal that Tulsa might not be such a grim place as you would think.

Benoît Pioulard: The attraction is something innate and comforting

The singer-songwriter Thomas Meluch, better known as Benoît Pioulard masterfully combines dreamy pop and folk music with the most gentle ambient sounds and his own voice. In our interview, Benoît unfolds the story of his love for lo-fi compositions, finding peace in a cosmopolitan city like Seattle and the possibility of a new album coming soon... very soon!

Oiseaux-Tempête: First it was a big improvisation session and the magic was there instantly. Really.

Oiseaux-Tempête is an instrumental free rock trio from Paris, consisting of Frédéric D. Oberland, Stéphane Pigneul and Ben McConnell. Their self-titled debut album recently has been released on the Brussels-based Sub Rosa label, accompanied by a highly intriguing glitch-minimal-ambient remix version of the original tracks. Frédéric and Stéphane spoke to us about what brings ambient and rock music together, and how art should wake us up and enable us to create ourselves a better place to live in.

René Margraff: Bitching about Berlin seems to be such a ‘must-do’. I love to skip it

At first glance, you might think that René Margraff is new to the ambient drone scene, but if I mention Pillowdiver or Two People In A Room, you will most probably have your eureka moment. The German producer released his first album under his own name in March, so this was more than a good excuse to talk a bit about his latest projects, the evanescence of Berlin and some of his favourite records this year.

Christina Vantzou: Every step of the first record was like walking with my eyes closed and my arms stretched out

Christina Vantzou does not need any kind of introduction if you are reading this already (hopefully). Once you've heard The Dead Texan, you are submissively following the career of this talented graphic artist who quite recently turned to composing neo-classical ambient music. Among many other topics we talked about this artistic shift, the beginning of a new era and the afterlife of her new album.

SAÅAD: Drone and sex are working on the same pattern and simple desire, the need to be entirely swallowed by something, to lose yourself, to feel alive

SAÅAD consists of two brave Frenchmen, Romain Barbot and Greg Buffier, who started releasing music at the beginning of the decade, and are currently taking ambient drone music to a whole new level. Their latest album and very first vinyl release 'Deep/Float' recently came out under the thoughtful wings of Hands In The Dark records. Sounds Of The Tired City was talking to Romain about the concept of drone music and the special circumstances which offered the perfect substratum for creating their new album.

Secret Pyramid: I find comfort during the night when all is quiet and the rest of the city goes to sleep

Secret Pyramid is the solo project of Vancouver-based musician Amir Abbey, who masterfully navigates the properties of sleep and unconsciousness, charting a course that is equal parts harrowing and funereal, tranquil and sublime. As a debut interview for Sounds Of A Tired City, we have chosen to talk to Amir about music, nature, the sleeping Vancouver and everything beyond.

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