interzioq #2: Robin Ogden’s interview – OGRE

Ogre

Hello what’s your name and how do you feel right now?
Hi! My name’s Robin, and I make music as OGRE. Right now I feel a little sleepy and could do with a coffee!

Anything else about you that you’d like to share (age, country, favorite food, shoe size, etc.)?
I’m sat at my desk in my studio in the UK, and I’ve just got a boss CE-3 in the mail that I’m super excited to try out. They don’t make choruses like they used to in the 80’s!

What’s your last release and do you have something special to say about it?
Well, my latest release is an album called All Hallows’ : https://ogresound.bandcamp.com/album/all-hallows. It’s a collaborative concept album made with a super talented dude called Dallas Campbell. We actually live 3594 miles apart, and have never met in person! That album’s an all analog horror soundtrack for a film that doesn’t exist, and it’s paired with a scary short story that goes along with the music. It was great fun to make!

What software, gear, setup, etc. do you use to make music?
So largely it depends on what the project is, I actually work as a composer for games and visual media, so I switch gear up depending on what I’m working on. I use Ableton Live and a few plugins, mainly anything by u-he or Valhalla DSP, but mostly I work with just hardware. I’ve some analog synths that I use on everything, and a stack of wonky 80’s rackmount gear. I also spend a lot of time working with tape, and I’m currently very in to splicing cassette loops! The one thing I couldn’t live without is my Korg Mono/Poly! It’s an endless source of inspiration!

How would you describe your music, with words?
Mainly synth-y soundtrack stuff, with a retro leaning. That sort of covers all bases! I kind of fall into the Synthwave/80’s revivalist camp, and that’s a-okay with me!

What inspires you?
Books, I guess mainly J G Ballard-esc stuff, and anything visual really! Film, photographs, brutalist architecture, long walks. I’m pretty lucky to live in the South West of the UK, as there’s a tonne of coastal paths to wander down. Being by the sea is always really inspiring!

Any musician, famous or not, we should check?
Definitely listen to my friend Dallas Campbell. He does some mind bending things with synthesisers. You can find his music here: https://magichappened.bandcamp.com/

Tell us about a movie, a book or a video game you liked recently…
I’ve been watching a lot of Cronenberg’s early student films and experiments. They’re definitely interesting viewing haha. In terms of movies that I’ve enjoyed a lot, Colossus: The Forbin Project was pretty great. It’s a flick from 1970 about a giant super computer that develops consciousness and ransoms the survival of the human race. It’s pretty good!

Please describe your actual haircut.
Hmm, usually I’m a short back and sides type of man, but I’m trying to grow my hair out a bit at the moment, so I’m in an awkward inbetween stage. I have a pretty big beard though!

Any other links you’d like to share here (youtube, twitter, etc.)?
You can find myself and my music over on:
http://twitter.com/ogresounds
http://ogresound.bandcamp.com/
http://soundcloud.com/ogresound

Thanks so much for the interview!!

Interview by izioq

Windfallen – “In Season”

windfallen

Few weeks ago I’ve stumbled across this beautiful 5 tracks EP “In Season” by Windfallen: http://windfallen.bandcamp.com/releases

Windfallen is the project of Ben Steed, based in the Midlands, England.
This EP mixed perfectly smooth chiptune melodies with peaceful piano in a very original way.
Furthermore, the first notes of the opening track remind me the prelude of Final Fantasy VII which is always a good thing 🙂

Last but not least, it’s free… so go check it, you won’t regret it!


by izioq

interzioq #1: Jack Odell’s interview – PONCHO Original Soundtrack

poncho soundtrack

Hello what’s your name and how do you feel right now?
Hi, I’m Jack Odell and I’m feeling pretty chill. 🙂

Anything else about you that you’d like to share (age, country, favorite food, shoe size, etc.)?
Sure, I’m 25, live in the UK, I love video games and all kinds of electronic music.

What’s your last release and do you have something special to say about it?
My latest music release is the soundtrack to PONCHO, a game me and my friend/colleague Danny Hayes have been working on for a few years now. It’s pretty cool! 😀

What software, gear, setup, etc. do you use to make music? 
I Use Logic Pro X (on an iMac) I mainly use the software synths that come with Logic Pro, but sometimes dabble with NI Massive. The rest of my setup is pretty simple: MIDI keyboard, DT 990 Pro headphones.

How would you describe your music, with words? 
My music is pretty game-y. I like the aesthetic of retro game console sounds like the SNES, so I use a lot of synths in my work. I rarely record live music. Maybe Neo-Retro? If that doesn’t sound too cheesy, haha.

What inspires you? 
Other video game composers music, sometimes I’ll play around with synths for a bit till I find a sound that sound that I can work off of. A lot of the time, when I work on a project, the art/visuals, especially in games, informs a lot of the decisions I make on how a track will sound, then I just go from there. It’s a lot of trail and error.

Any musician, famous or not, we should check? 
Disasterpeace is amazing, definitely go check out his work. Also Toby Fox just put out a game called Undertale, which he also wrote the soundtrack to, and that is really amazing so go check out the Undertale OST.

Tell us about a movie, a book or a video game you liked recently…
I’d have to recommend Undertale again, it has such a cool vibe, really reminds me of Earthbound. Just has a lot of personality.

Please describe your actual haircut. 
Short.

Any other links you’d like to share here(youtube, twitter, etc.)? 

Yeah, go check out PONCHO, we just released it on STEAM and PS4 and the soundtrack is up on my Bandcamp page, along with some other stuff: https://jackodell.bandcamp.com
And you can always follow me on twitter @jack_odell


Interview by izioq

RETRO LIFE

retro life

RETRO LIFE is my first album and it’s 100% chiptune.

You can download it here: https://izioq.bandcamp.com/album/retro-life

This album is dedicated to all the 80’s & 90’s kids and teens!
This is a compilation of chiptunes modules made with a tracker in the “old-fashioned” way.
They are short, they are sweet and full of sine, square and triangle waves.

I hope you’ll enjoy the track titles and find all the references on the cover art (I made it. I’m proud).

A little useless egotrip here: I’ve sent an email about this album to Rich Vreeland (a.k.a. Disasterpeace, the mastermind behind the awesome FEZ soundtrack: http://music.disasterpeace.com/album/fez-ost) and he was kind enough to reply the following message about my album. I couldnt resist to share it with the world:

Cool! Some old school demo scene vibes here. I can tell you put a lot of work into it. Nice work 🙂
– Rich

That made my day 🙂

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My name is izioq.

izioqHi there!

My name is izioq, I’m french and was born in 1982.

I make music mostly about pop culture from the late 80’s & 90’s because I don’t have a DeLorean yet.

Pop culture things such as:
Movies (Gremlins, Ghostbusters, Back to the future, Wayne’s World, Home Alone, anything with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Hanks or Robin Williams, etc.)
Video Games (old Atari games, Zelda III, Mario, Secret of Mana, Mario Kart, Street Fighter, Donkey Kong Country, Mario Paint, the Game Gear… yes, the Game Gear, that’s sad I know…)
TV shows (Fresh Prince, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, Dungeons&Dragons, Master of the Universe, etc.)

Of course, I’m also heavily inspired by my everyday life, friends and family… all my songs have an important meaning to me, even without lyrics. I miss all those pretty things from my childhood… but I don’t live in the past: the past lives in me, that’s different (wow, deep quote here…).

You can listen to my music here (and grab some free tracks as well): https://izioq.bandcamp.com/

So welcome in the izio-Qlub!

By the way, you can also follow me there: http://www.twitter.com/izioq and, like every good fellow citizen, I’m also on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/izioqchannel

I guess it’s enough for now… Take care and see you soon, I hope!

// izioq //
P.S.: I’m french so, please, pardon my French.