Interview: LUCRECIA DALTLucrecia Dalt has just released her new album Anticlines. So I sent her few questions regard her work ethics and methods. Here is the whole conversation.
At first I want to congrats you about your recent work. Album Anticlines is a masterpiece. So, I want to you ask, how did you approach to this particular structure on a album? This magnific mixture of spoken words, visions, sounds ...all those instrumental moments, that demonstrate preceding concepts?
You've written, recorded and mixed the album. Yet, could we say you are a kind of a songwriter, or in many ways a storyteller, or a musician, or...Which of these artistic expressions suits you best?
Album is extremly gently made; the piece Tar is amazing, with gentle, breath like rhythm and subversive lyrics, where you sing:we touched only as atmospheres touch. How do you combine lyrics with music? What comes first? What is your first impulse? Idea?
For this album the lyrics came first. First I made a document full of ideas, thoughts, pieces of text, images, transcripts from conferences, poems, and with that document I met with my friend and collaborator Henry Andersen with whom I wrote the lyrics. After having done that I started to make the music. My first impulses or ideas are usually rhythmical ones, with very basic melodies, and with that I started to see how to use the lyrics by improvising along with these first rhythms.
In the opening song Edge in lyrics you depart from Colombian myth El Boraro, an Amazonian monster, who turns its wictims insides to pulp before sucking them dry and inflating their bodies like balloons lifelessly float away. „What am I but an edge?" you ask me./ „What am I but an edge?" you ask me? What do you think? Are any possible answers to that cinemascope atmosphere?
There are 6 poems on the album and you don't sing them, you tell us the story. So I want to know, what is your take on spoken word in music? It's storytelling, it's performing, acting but it's algo singing. Speaking is actually a very complex form of singing to me. Take for example the piece Analogue Mountains, if you listen to the first word "mineral" I'm going up and down almost three semitones.
I made many interviews with Gudrun Gut and I appreciate her work and devotion to the female artists. When did you met her and what do you think about her, her work, working possibilities at Berlin art music scene...?
When and how did you start making music at all? How did your path grow...from „ordinary" pop singing to making music with the machines, loopes, sounds? That's a whole biography in one question! Let's see, I started making electronic music in Colombia in 2004 already with ableton live. I started to very gradually add different elements, guitar, bass, synths. I worked with loops from day one, and I still do but they pass through lots of feedback and processing.
How do you relate to machines when creating music?
With whom do you collaborate the most?
What's or who are your great inspirations in life and in your artistic work? You position yourself as a curator of influences, the dam for many creative streams. Tell me, please, something more about these influences?
Does it bother you, when someone compare your approach to the art, making noises, music, inventing new sounds, prodicing,... to the Laurie Anderson, for instance? What do you think?
I read that you are happy to work on a project Announcing Amplify Berlin; can you tell me, please, something more about this project; what are your main issues in the project?
What are your future plans, Lucrecia? How will you preparing a live set for Anticlines? Any tour in Slovenia, maybe?