NN: Please give me a short introduction to who you are and what you do.
Mikrosopht: Mikrosopht, multidisciplinary conceptual creative, frequent collaborator.
NN: When exactly did you make "Hookface-1981"?
Mikrosopht: 2003. I collected & selected the loops, then September to November assembled the tracks.
NN: What was the inspiration and idea behind it?
Mikrosopht: Deprogramming. Growing up in small town america means not much diversity on the radio; People around you habitually play the same mainstream pop. I thought that by editing some of those familiar elements into something new I could possibly solve the ear worm problem, break the spell that those particular songs usually perpetuate. And it does work for me, it may also work for listeners.
NN: What was the technology and process you used?
Mikrosopht: For this I used Cool Edit Pro, a wave editor & multitrack editor (still use it). I went through the 100 individual source songs to find my favoured loop to represent each song. Once I had a loop I wanted to start something with, I sought compatible second, third, & sometimes further possible layers of other song loops. After selecting a base loop & speed for a track, I would pitch shift subsequent loops usually lower to match time and diversify tones. My track structures on 1981 follow basic patterns of pop in abstract.
released November 14, 2019
Audio available in 44.1 kHz/16 Bit.
Audio assembled in Providence, Rhode Island.
Cover artwork by A. Bill Miller.