Last week Liquid Geometry's Boarsley dropped his "Sabbertoother" EP, and now we got an exclusive interview with the man himself, Cameron Bailey.
If you haven't already please check out his music video for the title track and the rest of the "Sabertoother" EP below. Interview after the jump.
You used to go by Vertighost when living in San Diego. Can you go into a little detail about your new project/vision as Boarsley?
Boarsley's an old nickname that my high school buddies gave me. Using it as my artist name is just something to always remind myself where I came from I guess.
Your sound is very original and fresh, where do you draw your inspirations from for Boarsley?
That's a tough one. I draw inspiration from a lot of different sources. Similar to a lot of electronic musicians, I draw inspiration from science, technology, and mathematics. I grew up playing in punk bands so the whole DIY attitude for music making has also been a major influence. I think that mentality has been a huge factor is the way I make music, trying to do as much from scratch as possible all the way down to programming software or making custom fx/instruments in max for live. I also grew up in a family of musicians, so there was always a good variety of tunes playing around the house. Whitney Houston, Paula Abdul, Mariah Carey from Mom. Brothers Johnson, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel from Dad. And my older brother has always been on a conquest to find good new music and share it. He's the one who got me into to some of my favorite electronic artists such as Mouse on Mars, Autechre, Squarepusher, Matmos, etc. Over the last few years I've started listening to contemporary composers like Morton Subotnick,Karlheinz Stockhausen, Steve Reich, John Cage, Jean-Claude Risset, John Oswald, etc. etc. While I was in SD I came across some pretty influential beat-makers like Mike Gao, Mastah Syphe, Sleeve↓, Mystery Cave, and pretty much everybody hanging around Family Matters, Liquid Geometry, Kill Quanti, Kava Lounge, etc. I've also spent a lot of time working and volunteering for Recombinant Media Labs in both, San Diego as well as Oakland. Some of the surround-cinema work done for RML has completely changed my outlook on electronic media; artists like Ryoichi Kurokawa, Masako Tanaka, and Egbert Mittelstadt.
What can people expect from a live Boarsley show & what is your current set-up?
I really like experimenting with performance systems and I've tried out a lot. One of my favorites has been my guitar with a midi-pickup sending data to Max/MSP which allows me to either play notes into softsynths or apply fx to pre-recorded material based on which note is being played while controlling fx parameters based on how much that note is being bent. I also like to include my Korg Electribe and KP3 whenever possible. I'm currently working on an anaglyph 3D audio-visual set which combines urban field recordings and video collected with a 3D camera with synthesized 3D graphics and audio. Should be a lot of nerdy fun when it's finally complete.
You graduated from UCSD not to long ago and received your BA degree, studying under their ICAM program, correct? Can you please go into some details about the program and what you learned and how it’s helped develop your sound?
They've got a great program. The faculty, lectures, staff, students, etc. are all amazing. I'm very lucky to be a part of that community. I can't even begin to tell you how how much I value my experience knowledge gained there.
Your also going to graduate school now in Oakland right? Can you explain what that’s all about, what you hope to learn, and why?
Yeah, I'm about to start at Mills College. They also have a great music program with a long history a ton of vintage analog gear that I can't wait to get my hands on. Please forgive me, but I can't go into what I hope to learn and why without taking all day.
You're also into video production and the visual arts, what do you enjoy most about that aspect and the marriage of audio and visuals?
The two are naturally connected. What people see effects what/how they hear and vice versa. I don't necessarily think of them as separate things.
What’s your favorite record that you own & what are some current artists that you are listening to right now or would recommend that people check out?
Oh damn. Well I've never in my life been able to chose an absolute favorite album.. it's impossible. Artists that I'd recommend people check out are everyone that I mentioned before, the entire Liquid Geometry catalogue, Clark, Neko Case, Africa Hitech, Tortoise, Shabazz Palaces, haha I could keep going all day man.