Drowning the Virgin Silence Wonders, "Why Do People Still Buy Led Zeppelin Records?"
|"We can call anything art," says DTVS' Richard Vergez. "But people always have a very tough time calling something music."|
New Times: Let's start with the name of your project. Why is the virgin silence being drowned, and who threw it off the causeway tied to a cinderblock?
Richard Vergez: The name comes from a poem by Federico García Lorca. The original phrase is actually in Spanish. I chose it because of the surrealist influence. I wanted to make surreal music.
Is there a dividing line between sound art and noise? Is there one between noise and rock 'n' roll?
The dividing line depends on the artist's intention. We can call anything art, but people always have a very tough time calling something music. Abstract art exists comfortably in a gallery but abstract music offends people. I'm sick of rock n' roll. Why do people still buy Led Zeppelin records? Can't they just turn on the radio?
|'Lapse' 10'' Record Box Set by Richard Vergez|
Is there a dividing line between an art object and a record label release? Some of your releases might straddle that line.
I prefer to create something that sets a mood and welcomes repeated listens. I'm not out to confront anybody, and I understand that different people have different aural palettes. Sometimes sound art can be conceptually strong, but lack an enjoyable listening experience, but maybe that's the point. I like a little bit of both.
Tell us a little bit about DTVS's relationship to outmoded technology and old-fashioned gear.
The base for the project is tape. I started making loops out of splicing cassettes. Making loops with reel-to-reels is more interactive, the sound is more physical. I like the way analog equipment can be temperamental and unpredictable. It leaves more room for improvisation and happy accidents. I'm interested in a purely electronic but organic sound, and I'm very much influenced by early electronic composers like Stockhausen and Daphne Oram.
What is your ideal performance situation?
Tell us about a time you sonically bummed people out on purpose.
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