Thursday, March 1, 2007

alex tsiridis

Currently studying Graphic Design in London and Thessaloniki, Alex Tsiridis is now gaining recognition for his forays into sound.

Over the past couple of years he’s been slowly developing his own individual style, trying to make interesting electronic music with a Greek twist by using bouzouki samples for inspiration. He also has a knack for making weird sounds with his mouth and generates much of the percussive elements in his tracks by recording himself, as well as his direct environment i.e. dropping a guitar pick on a desk or screwing up paper. Alex puts this down to wanting to rebel against the "factory sound bank" citing the fact that too much dance music is just made up of barely manipulated ready-to-use samples.

Whiling away the hours in this bouzouki tinged, electronic haze he wasn’t particularly interested in producing club tracks, although the glitches and clicks of the minimal genre his friends were freaking out to did help bridge the narrow divide back to the experimental sounds of Warp that fascinated him as a teenager. On the contrary, he was obsessed with creating an electronic Rembetiko (an old, traditional style of Greek music with unusual rhythm patterns) incorporating layers and layers of bouzouki riffs. At some point however, deep in the night, this idea morphed into a droning 4/4 sample and the idea for Bouzouki Several was born.

So, at the moment he’s making dancefloor oriented music, whether it's labeled "minimal" or whatever… but Alex is more concerned with staying true to the musical doctrine he set out for himself during his experiments in 'bouzouki electronica' together with the unique fx he creates spontaneously from his natural environment. For him it’s essential to make electronic music with both identity and personality rather than imitate some stale, tried and tested formula and his surprisingly self assured debut on Gumption, featuring Bouzouki Several & Ballpoint, does just that.


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