Hi Leon, thanks for giving me some of your time to answer a few questions. I see from your work that technological innovation is a big thing in your work, what won’t you be without when creating your own sound design?
A field recorder and granular synthesis engine. The combination opens up a sound pallet and discovery opportunities for years to come.
Sound design has it’s underground stars, was there any particular artist or singular piece of work that introduced the genre to you?
Not really. Sound design hit me about forty years ago and came to me in bits and pieces of radio art, storytelling, experimental psychedelic rock pieces, sound use in conceptual art. It was, and still is, everywhere.
Nowadays I’m inspired by a more cinematic and storytelling sound art form. Two excellent sources are Soundproof, an Australian production by Miyuki Jokiranta and The White Whale by CyNarPictures.
Looking at the experimental side of music then Raffaele Pezzella, also known as Sonologist, is a great influencer. Raffaele runs the ‘Unexplained Sounds’ label and Facebook group. Every Sunday he hosts an hour-long listening session on Mixlr. In doing so, he has taught me so much about experimental music/sound art and introduced me to wonderful creative musicians in the process. Highly recommended for anyone looking for unusual new sounds and music.
Do you have any memorable experiences regarding sound that’s still very vivid today?
I’m very interested in the sounds that convey a sense of safety. When I was a young kid, I used to snuggle on the floor, hidden from view, listening to grownups mumbling without actually listening or understanding what they were saying. These soothing soundscapes are still dear to me. Sites like Coffitivity.com use sounds like this to boost productivity.
Since a sound artist won the turner prize of contemporary art in 2012 many artists have been working to bring sound art back to the attention of the public, is there any artist you love the most?
Manja Ristić, very talented instrumentalist and performer from Belgrade, Serbia.
What projects are you currently working on?
My current focus is to get out of the woodshed, meeting new people, getting fresh perspectives on sound, art, music. Let’s perform together and see where that brings us.