FORMA: We specifically asked for a rotting tomato with an eyeball

November 8, 2016

FORMA consist of improvisational synth explorers Mark Dwinell, John Also Bennett and George Bennett. The Brooklyn-based experimental group released two full-length records on Spectrum Spools (2011-2012). This year they found a new home on Kranky and in September they returned with their long-awaited third album ‘Physicalist’. We spoke to the guys about the new record, their background and inspiration, side projects, rotting tomatoes and much more. They also made a mind-blowing guest mix that sure is going to take you to places you never expected to visit. This mix was recorded live, late at night, from two turntables at their home and studio in Brooklyn, the Schoolhouse.

Forma (Photo: Augustin Doublet)

FORMA (Photo: Augustin Doublet)

It’s been five years since your self-titled debut. Let’s start with a little time travel: when and how did you meet and decided you wanted to do something together that ended up being FORMA?

MD: Sophie and I started dating in 2008, and think it was about six months into our relationship that we started playing music, I had a couple electric organs at my loft that I had been using on my own; a Farfisa and a Crumar, some delay pedals and a couple hand made electric monochords for drones. So we pretty much played completely free without any expectations on ourselves, but I diligently recorded everything so we could get some grasp of what was going on, and maybe where it wanted to go. Heading into 2009 I started buying synths and thinking in terms of rhythm. I came from a guitar band background, so a drummer was a natural choice. George was suggested to us through a friend of Sophie’s. He dragged his full kit over and we just started recording everything. None of us had any idea at that point that George would abandon the drum kit for a Roland TR-707 drum machine within the year.

GB: The creation of FORMA was a reflection of our approach to music-making: Unpremeditated, organic, improvised, emergent. And a constant evolution. In our early days, we experimented with multiple approaches, paid a lot of attention to what was happening, and honed our focus around what we found interesting and exciting. This is what we continue to do at all levels of our creative process.