Tuesday, July 04, 2017

The Inquisition: 089.Synopsys

1. How did you came up with the name of the band?

To be honest, the name of the band was already Synopsys before we started to bring our project the way it is today. We played different styles of music in our past musical explorations. But as we are quite often qualified as a cinematographic band, we think that the word synopsis, as we use it for a summary of a film, is something quite close to our musical style.

2. Do you have a standard procedure of creating a song? Do you just jam around or is there a main riff and the track is build up on it?

We use all the ways that we can to create songs. We like to think that we try to let the music go its own way, so every moment of creation is important for us. Jamming could open some doors that computer composition can not, and inversely. For this album, we recorded a lot of material, at the studio, everyone by it own at home, sometimes phones memos or complete composed track on computer. Then we decided to chose and combine all these sounds / tracks / riffs to make an album. At this step we built a pre-production on computer to know what the album will sound like and to organise the tracks.

3. What are your influences and what kind of music do you hear when you are at home?

A lot of different influences. Post-rock and metal naturally but a lot of classical music, electro experimental, classic rock, ambient music, films, books … We let inspiration comes from all possible ways.

4. Which is the one album you can't live without?

As we are 5 we had to pick more than one album, but Isis’s Oceanic / Autechre LP5 / Led Zeppelin eponymous & Black album from Metallica are our favorite albums if we have to choose one for each musician.

5. What's the first record you've ever bought?

Led Zeppelin - eponymous, Nirvana - From the muddy banks of the wishkah, Wu Tang - WACDC - Ball Breaker, Metallica - Kill Em All

6. Name a band that you would like to share the stage or tour with?

Probably Russian Circle and Isis if one day they come back to stage.

7. Did the internet and specially the blogs helped to spread your music around the world?Name a place (country) that you were surprised to know your music has reached to?

Synopsys is a musical project with not label yet. Like most bands we are doing everything by ourselves. And internet and blogs are very useful to spread our music around. Because of its direct links to the band’s music, it make it easy to be discovered by people from all around the globe. We are already surprised to send our physical supports to Russia, Canada, Norway… But that's thanks to blogs like post-engeenering.

8. Do you support the idea of bandcamp where fans can decide the price or services like Spotify?

We like Bandcamp because it is a most complete platform. You can sell merchandising. But Spotify is perhaps more « sharing around » and is clearly used by more people. But when someone buy your music on Bandcamp, the possibility to decide a price higher than the band ask is important for the artist support. Not because that we raise more money, we do not make music for money first, but because of how encouraging it is. There is something more friendly with Bandcamp. We can send email to thanks our fans and keep a good contacts with them. We think it is an important side of the music-sharing support we use, and Bandcamp do it well.

9. Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?

We hope we’ll have spend many times on stage, and composed one more album, exploring news soundscapes and collaborating with new artists again and again.

10. Is the artwork of an album important nowadays in the digital era?

As we are two graphic designers and visual artists in the band, we like to think that artworks are important. And it seems to be, as we can read some comments from new listeners who come sometimes first for the visual side of the project. It can sound marketing-like but this just some analysis to help us to answer the question.On an other point of view, the artistic point of view, Artwork are also important for us because of the cinematographic aspect of our music. That’s why we made the artwork for « Le temps du rêve » quite abstract and metaphoric. As our music and lyrics could be.

11. What is you favorite album cover?

Pink floyd - Dark side of the moon

Neurosis - Times of grace

Red hot chili peppers - Californication

Nirvana - Nevermind

12. It seems that a lot of people are turning on vinyl again. Why do you think that is and which is your preferable media format?

Vinyls have something about affective. Because, we think, of their analog aspect. We know that today every vinyl have been recorded on computer, and the recorded sounds are no-more 100% analog if you consider the work from recording / mixing on computer before engraving vinyl. But there is something more affective. The large artwork probably. The manipulation of the object before listening. There is a real interaction with the object and the sound, vibrations, defaults …

13. What's the most vivid story or moment as a band?

One of our best experience as a band was when we played a cine-concert (concert film) inside a wonderful movie theatre in Avignon. The screen behind us was so big ! Peoples sitting in their armchairs and we really felt the interaction between sound and images. A vibrant moment for us !

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