Hi! Tell me about Arcane Voidsplitter. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
During the early stages of the project, I had the idea to create something atmospheric that was both cosmic and mysterious. I drew inspiration from a science-fiction story I’ve been working on for years, where at one point a ship is found. Those that find it can to some extend identify its purpose, and their first thought is the ship has to be some kind of weapon. Since it’s aimed at the central black hole of a neighbouring galaxy, the idea grows in their mind the ship might have been built to collapse or upset that black hole to the point that the entire galaxy around it might fall apart. Taking into account what little elements these discoverers also know about the society and language of the extinct species that built the ship and similar ones like it, they believe it’s called Arcane Voidsplitter.
“Voice of the Stars” album was released on March. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
It’s good to have a physical component to my music. I put out a lot of stuff as digital releases only on the internet, but having an actual CD in a digipack with artwork makes it feel more real.
I make music for myself in the first place, trying to figure out what sounds I like the most. Towards the end of the process of creating an album, I end up listening more and more to what I created. There comes a point when I feel I’m done with the album and ready to start something new, and that’s generally the point where I release it.
It does happen, usually much later, that I feel things could have been done differently, but instead of going back to an older release and adjusting it, I just keep such thoughts in mind for future albums.
Tell me more about “Voice of the Stars”? Album ideas etc…
Voice of the Stars explores that idea that the combined gravity of stars moving relative to one another creates different gravimetric patterns in each point in the cosmos. If you were then to record the fluctuations and replace them by sound waves with similar amplitudes and frequencies, you’d possibly get some interesting sounds.
Every point in space is subject to the gravity of different stars in different amounts, so each point would, over time, generate it’s own unique sound.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
I spend something like 10 hours on my various creative projects each day, that doesn’t leave much time to explore music or other creative works made by others. Occasionally I do have some spare time that I spend reading fiction or playing computer games. Both these tend towards fantasy, science fiction and to a lesser degree horror genres. While I don’t actively go looking for ideas in the works of others, since I still have more than enough ideas of my own, I suppose one can’t avoid collecting some influence or inspiration on a more subconscious level. No doubt there are various elements in the back of my mind that have built up there over the years of reading books or listening to music, and some of these might merge with my own ideas to form new things.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Arcane Voidsplitter’s sound?
It’s a mix of elements taken from funeral doom, drone and ambient in an attempt to create a grand, slowly evolving sound with an atmosphere that makes on think of the cosmos, of reality as a whole, it’s near-infinite scope and grandeur. The idea is to turn the listener into an almost insignificant particle on a journey through amazing cosmic vistas.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
I was already working on new stuff before the album came out. There’s some work and time involved in going from finished music to having the actual CD available to fans, and it wouldn’t make sense to just sit around and do nothing while I still have so many musical ideas, so many experiments I’d like to try.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
I don’t listen to a lot of music, but I’ve always been impressed by bands and artists like Pink Floyd and Mike Oldfield. They created great music, but as musicians they were talented and successful yet weren’t afraid to experiment.
I try to remain original, but since I don’t listen to much music these days, I can’t say if the stuff I make accidentally sounds like music made by others. With so much material being put out, it’s inevitable anything will sound like something else. So while I like to think there’s no outside musical influence, it’s to be expected that on some subconscious level, some of my ideas are for instances mergers of various things I’ve listened to over the years.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
Since my music is a personal matter, I prefer to work alone. I don’t think I’d function well in a situation where I’d have to work with others on a creative project, unless I perform a role where no creative input is expected of me, and that’s not too interesting.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
I’ve always made a lot of my music available for free. That used to work well in the first 10 or so years of my work in music. Since I didn’t play live that was also more or less the only avenue available to me. These days that no longer works due to the ever increasing amount of music that gets created. The only way to stand out is to throw more money at advertising than other people are doing.
So I stick with the free music as much as possible as it’s still the only option available to me, even though it’s nowhere near as effective as it used to be.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
I write and am working on a comic. These days I do spend more time on that than on my music, but there’s overlap between the two.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
I don’t tend to talk too much about what I do, but I haven’t been thrown out of the house yet, so I’d have to say yes.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!