My music videos are all filmed through my windows
I don’t do cuttings, I don’t do mixings
I was kicked out from the orchestra a couple of times
All my songs are made of two or sometimes three tracks
In this interview for ‘The Electronic Corner’, we dive deep into the fascinating world of ambient music with our special guest, AshRamus.
Sir Joe: Your artist name sounds very esotheric to me, and fits perfectly with the kind of music you play. I thought it was made up, but actually it comes from Ash Ramus, which in Lithuanian means “I’m calm”.
Besides the name, have you brought something else in your music from your country of origin?
AshRamus: Yes, indeed! I have a two floor house, and sometime ago I had moved the studio in the first floor.
However, you see only trees from there, while from the windows upstairs you see the mountains, with the snow on them and around.
If you watch my music videos, they are all filmed through my windows, so I don’t need to go out somewhere to get a visual inspiration.
The same goes with music. Because of lack of inspiration on the first floor, I moved the studio back to the 2nd floor.
Nature in fact plays a very important role in my music. When I see clouds over the mountains, for example, I get inspired and I start playing.
That’s how my music is born. I don’t do cuttings, I don’t do mixings, I play three, five, sometimes 10 hours, then I just keep small parts that I like.
SJ: I have a question about that later, actually, but now I would like to ask you this: Your life seems to be running in cycles of 10 years.
You studied and played music for 10 years, as you already mentioned, then you were in the military sector for 10 years, then in the constrution business, then you were a diver, also for 10 years and now you are a musician again.
I’m not so sure about military and construction, but in my mind diving and ambient music are a great match, so I was wondering if your activity as a diver had an influence in the kind of music you propose.
AshRamus: As I said before, when I play, I do it for many hours and sometimes I feel that what I saved is too short, so I keep a bit more material.
All people then have a different perception of music, so for some a track may sound too short and for others too long.
It’s like when you play a computer game that you like a lot: in that case time goes fast, then, you sit in the room alone without any computer or anything, and time goes slow. The same happens with music.
Next question: Sound design is very important in ambient music because it’s essential to create an atmosphere, even more than with other genre of music.
Do you have any favorite techniques or tools when it comes to sound design for your songs?
SJ: I understand, but do you use preset sounds, or you do you create your own sounds starting from a preset, for example?
SJ: Which of your machines is your favorite and why?
AshRamus: I think it’s the Deepmind 12, the polyphonic synthesizer with 12 voices. This is the instrument I started with, before I bought all the others.
The songs ‘Pure Thoughts’, and ‘Waves’, for example, were created using this instrument … one instrument and two hands! (laughs)
AshRamus: Yes, I would just take that with me and I’m ready to go. I don’t need all the other stuff.
SJ: Do you play live, or are you planning to play live?
AshRamus: It would be very difficult for me to play live, because every time I start to play in my studio something new comes out and it would be very difficult for me to replicate it on stage.
You also have to consider that when I was playing in the orchestra, for me it was too boring to always play the part assigned to me with the cornet or trumpet, so sometimes I was improvizing to make the music more beautiful.
That’s why I was kicked out from the orchestra a couple of times: you are not allowed to improvize, you must follow the notes.
SJ: Based on what you told us so far, we could say that your recordings in studio are live sessions anyway, aren’t they?
AshRamus: Absolutely! All my songs are made of two or sometimes three tracks, no more, and I don’t do any mixing after the recording, so what you hear in my productions is the result of a totally live performance.
(Now I invite you to watch the following video, starting at 15:14, where we discover how an AshRamus song is created.)
We say thanks to AshRamus for revealing how his ambient music is created.
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