Interview with Markus Reuter and Zero Ohms

Our newest release on Relaxed Machinery is from Markus Reuter and Zero Ohms called “From Worlds Unseen A Light Yet Streams A Sound Replete”

I sent a few questions to the two of them to answer some things I was personally curious about. Zero Ohms answered first and then Markus filled in a couple gaps.

This was informal and fun. Tune in Friday, Aug 14 to hear the album in full and chat with both of them.

For more info on the album go to Relaxed Machinery.

John: How did you two meet and start working together?

Zero Ohms: I had admired Markus’s ‘Trepanation’ CD, and we were Lotuspike labelmates. We met at a marriage celebration of his cousin and a house-sitting client of mine. We talked for a hour, and ended up agreeing to work on an album. “The Sun Is Just The Sun, But The Stars They Call The Heavens” was the result of this brief meeting. Three of four years later, Markus emailed me proposing a new project.

John: What was working on this album like – the process – how tracks develop – working long distance – etc.

Zero Ohms Well, this marks my tenth (I think) long-distance collaboration. High-speed computer connections and the ability to transfer large files make the process quicker these days. My performances were recorded live, with little or no editing.

Markus Reuter: For this album, which is our second, the process was relatively straight forward. I sent Richard two sets of 5 live performances each, to which he recorded his parts. The 2nd set of pieces made the cut, and I then mixed our tracks meticulously. Mastering engineer Lee Fletcher put on the final touches.

John: Such an interesting title and great Kubrick quote – how do those influence the album

Zero Ohms: The title stems from Markus’s and my musings about the source of original music. It doesn’t seem to emanate from this world or even this dimension, seems to travel hand-in-hand with Light, and seems self-contained, with ‘all the trimmings’ at times. I love Stanley Kubrick’s films, and his capacity to tell a story! I ran across this quote in a documentary about his film making technique, directed, I think, by Kubrick’s daughter. The sound creates a new world, and we must illuminate it with our own Light.

John: Richard – no flutes? Really???? I just now noticed it’s not in the credits.

Zero Ohms: No, no flutes this time, only wind-controlled synths. (WX-5, a venerable JV-1010, and Camel Alchemy.

John: Markus – what is a recursive accumulation device?

Markus Reuter: It’s a new way of using looping devices in series and within a feedback loop that I started exploring in 2014. It’s not a kind of traditional looping, because no “repetition” is ever the same. The audio gets re-arranged in a complex pattern that is incomprehesible to human consciousness. But it feels great and organic and flowing. Just the right thing for this deliberately beautiful and mostly very consonant sounding album.