This is the second podcast for Erfunden by Yves De Mey.
Short about Yves:
Eavesdropper – Yves De Mey (°72) has been around for quite a while. Starting out as a drum’n’bass – breakbeat producer and quickly moved to the field of the more experimental side of things, with music for theater, performances, contemporary dance and movies. At the same time he made a few larger scale sound installations. He runs the extremely low profile label Knobsounds for the occasional output , but most of the releases happen on other labels (Foton, Line,…)
Besides long washes of sound he’s also interested in all kinds of techno, with recently releases on T2X, together with Peter Van Hoesen (as Sendai) and on Morse Records.
From time to time he finds himself behind the decks for long DJ-sets, blending dub, techno and experimental electronics.
He often collaborates with Audiostore for performances with spatialized audio.
On top of that, he’s partner at Sonicville, a sound studio in Brussels, where, on a daily basis, his skills as sound designer, engineer and musician are tested
Three simple questions for Yves /
1. How did your career started as a musician/dj?
Yves: In my teenage years i messed around with some industrial electronic projects. I bought my first synthesizer when i was 12, a Yamaha DX100.
I also played organ in a garage rock band. In my very early twenties, i played drums in a band, where i was also using a sampler to add extra punch. In the meantime, i had an industrial metal project together with a guitar player.
At that very same time i made some techno acid tracks and i also had an experimental ambient project. It really kicked off with a remix i did for a London based label. On the same remix album there was also a track by Boards of Canada!
In 1997, i think, i released a pretty heavy drum'n'bass 12", combining tech step and broken beats and fucked up electronics. Good fun! That same year, i also released a 12" with Flash Didact, a downtempo project i used to have with a friend of mine.
In 2000 and 2001 i've released 2 soundtracks for a theatre and dance production on my own label. In 2003 i did a collaboration with Alex Waterman, a cello player from New York. This album did very well in the experimental field.
I was also doing a lot of sound art installations at that time. I kept doing music for dance and theatre, and also a lot of sound design for film and stuff like that.
I did some other smaller releases (on, for instance, the Foton label in Brussels - Peter Van Hoesen's first label) and a surround dvd with another friend of mine, based on experiments with the acoustics of a space and resonance characters of metal sheets.
In the meantime i started working together with Peter Van Hoesen on our Sendai project. In 2009 i've released another score for a dance piece on the high profile label Line/12k.
And then i did a couple of records with Sendai for Time to Express.
In 2011 i've released my Counting Triggers album on Sandwell District, and in 2012 Sendai released their first full album Geotope.
2. That at the moment of your life inspires you?
Yves: There's tons of inspiration everywhere. Sound in itself is definitely a major source of inspiration. Single sounds i hear, sounds that accidentally come from my modular synthesizer set-up, natural sounds... Obviously other artist's music keeps me inspired as well. Mood is also something that really helps me in getting stuff done. I very often work with image, and for me that's always been a major influence as well. Movies, but also simply pictures.
I also get a lot of energy from talking to other people about music, although i don't really like discussing technical stuff too much (weird, for a sound engineer and sound designer). I'd rather talk about what a certain piece of music means to me, regardless of technique or the artist behind it. And, cheesy as it may be, i do get a lot of inspiration from love. It gives me the right headspace, it can make things brighter (or darker, and that can also be very helpful...) and again, it's a huge amount of energy.
3. What are your future plans?
Yves: Right now i'm working on a lot of solo stuff, remixes and new tracks for Sendai.
The second half of 2012 is going to be overly busy but i'm really looking forward to that. And i keep trying to get better as a sound designer for film. There's still a lot to explore in that domain. I also study quite a bit of Max/MSP-Jitter, mainly for my visual work. So plenty of things to come and do, and that's exactly how i like it.
Release date | 6.08.2012