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15 Questions to Ryonkt

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Hi! How are you? Where are you?
I’m fine. At home in Sapporo, Japan. Sapporo is quite a beautiful city - every year in February, there's a Snow Festival.

What’s on your schedule right now?

I'm working on getting the releases of my own label, Slow Flow Rec, distributed. Plus, a new album by Celer was released in November.

How would you describe and rate the music scene of the country you are currently living in?
In Japan, Techno is extremely popular, yet Ambient and the kind of experimental music that I play are pretty small. But I actually think this is just splendid. „Big things“ can easily turn into a brand, which makes it harder for them to evolve.

Do you see yourself as part of a certain tradition or as part of a movement?

I wouldn't say that what I do is particularly new, but I have actually not given it any thought. I just play my favorite music and sell it.

What, would you say, are the factors of your creativity? What stimulates you to write music?
I walk through town. I take inspiration in the scenery which I'll watch while listening to nearby sounds.

How would you describe your method of composing?

I do not like complicated systems. What I do is simply play the Guitar in a very basic way and then perform some processing on it. The first drafts of my pieces are always based on improvisation.

In which way, would you say, is your cultural background reflected in your work?

To me, there are no relations.

How do you see the relationship between sound and composition?

I wouldn't say they're particularly related in my music.

How strictly do you separate improvising and composing?

I do not have a lot of technology. What matters to me is to play with feeling and without thinking.

What does the term „new“ mean to you in connection with music?

It is stimulation.

Do you personally enjoy multimedia as an enrichment or do you feel that it is leading away from the essence of what you want to achieve?

If I have various possibilities, I will make use of them.

What constitutes a good live performance in your opinion? What’s your approach to performing on stage?

The space direction is important.

How, would you say, could non-mainstream forms of music reach wider audiences without sacrificing their soul?

When I make the friend who is a musician and open little by little by exchanging information, I feel it.

You are given the position of artistic director of a festival. What would be on your program?
I would organise it in my hometown as a means to reveal the splendor of Sapporo.

Many artists dream of a “magnum opus”. Do you have a vision of what yours would sound like?

Because I'm constantly changing, I want listeners to enjoy each work for what it is. That's my way.

Sea (Noise-Joy)     2007
Slow Time (Dog Eared Records) 2007
Gray Sky (Resting Bell) 2008
The World that was Surrounded by a Deep Forest and Warm Light (Resting Bell) 2008
Today's Weather Is Rainy (Dog Eared Records) 2008
Transparence (Audiotalaia) 2008
Four Fragments (Smallfish) 2009
Periodic Wind (Audiotalaia) 2009
Small Conversations (Experimedia) 2009
Sunlight & Water (The Land of) 2009
Window To The Room (Under The Spire) 2010



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