A few days ago EndTitles met Virlyn for a quick chat to talk about his new album. The Interview:
ET: The recording for «VIRLYN: Live in Zurich» was made in December 2017 during the Zurich Silent-Film-Festival. You composed a soundtrack for three animated shorts by Winsor McCay, one of the first animators of the early twentieth century. Do you see the album as more of a soundtrack or rather as a live-recording?
V: It’s definitely more of a soundtrack, intended for the three shorts. I paid special attention to every scene in order to support them with the right atmosphere by adding sonorous details specific for a certain visual segment and of course by matching the rhythm with the pace and the content of the story telling. On the other hand, I made sure to broaden the soundtrack, adding sounds and depening the musical atmosphere, so the set could be listened to as a separate, self-contained performance.
ET: What was your instrumental approach for the album?
V: For my musical approach I use classical instruments, mainly recorded with friends and musicians, and electronic elements which I mix into an organic symbiosis. Beside this I like to use own field recordings I make during travellings. They add an exotic touch and help define the overall atmosphere of a track.
ET: Best loved hardware vs. Best loved software?
V: I don’t use a lot of hardware, besides my Zoom H1 Recorder for field recordings and recording instruments. In addition, I use typical hardware like the Akai LPK 25 Keyboard and a LPD8 controller. For software I like to keep it simple: I cut my samples with Adobe Audition and mix them into songs with FL11.
ET: Thank you, Virlyn.