Q&A: Shapednoise Announces Album on Type
The Berlin based artist is set to release the Different Selves LP through Type, on December 3.
The Italian producer, who has previously released on Russian Torrent Versions, Hospital Productions, Opal Tapes, and Repitch (a label that he runs alongside Ascion and D. Carbone), is renowned for his dark, industrial techno sound. His next outing will be with an LP release on Type, an imprint founded in the UK, specialising in experimental productions.
It is available for pre-order at Juno. We spoke to Shapednoise ahead of the release.
So, Different Selves is your second album after the release on Hospital Productions in 2013. We read that it features a collaboration with Justin K. Broadrick (a.k.a. Godflesh / Jesu) — how did this come about?
I had already been in touch with Justin for a few years, as we met for the first time in 2013 at Berghain, when I had the honor of opening the Godflesh concert. It was one of the most exciting nights of my career. In January of this year my album was signed with Type, and Justin was playing at CTM Festival. When I managed to catch up with him there, I already had this collaboration in mind, and he was also enthusiastic about it. For me it was a dream come true, as Justin is one of my favorite musicians of all time! His projects like Godflesh, Jesu, and Techno Animal have all been a big inspiration for my music.
Lately you’ve been collaborating with a lot of great artists such as Mumdance and Logos, as well as Miles Whittaker of Demdike Stare. Can you tell us more about these projects and what you find so special in working in a collaboration?
The Sprawl is a project that born in 2015, and was commissioned by CTM and Red Bull Music Academy for the closing night of the festival. At first, the project started off as live show, using a hybrid of hardware, modular machines and digital software, for a freestyle session without anything synced between them. After playing various shows together, we went to a studio together in London and created our very first record (which will be released soon on The Death Of Rave).
As for Boccone Duro, the project with Miles, the initial idea for the project was mine. The show was commissioned by Club2Club for an exclusive project at the Rome event. We are both good friends and meet up a lot here in Berlin, though we hadn’t had the opportunity to work together until we collaborated for this one-off show. It’s an exciting move for both of us—normally we share food, and now it has evolved into sounds!
What I find so special about working collaboratively, is that you can learn a lot from the others artists—I’m open to any kind of experimentation, and I never set myself limits.
Your album was announced with a stunning video teaser. Is there also a visual aspect to this album as a whole? What were your influences for these visuals?
The video teaser was made in collaboration with sYn, an audiovisual artist based in Berlin. We currently have a show running called “Metaphysical,” where we work with different types of scientific, macroscopic and internal imagery—the teaser was an offshoot of that.
We have been working together on the “Metaphysical” project alongside the development of my new album. sYn works with images in a way that is more usually associated with sound processing—the sounds are reverse engineered into synthesiser commands, which are then used to manipulate images in realtime. The images become almost audible, oscillating at different frequencies and rhythms. So, now maybe I am trying to do the opposite with my sounds—to make them visual!