MUSIC ROOTS AND WORKS
WHAT THE MASTER TOLD ME
Kris Vasil (* 01.05.1972 in Basel, CH) is a Sound Designer and Music Composer.
He started at the age of 9 recording all kinds of noises, voices, percussion onto a Tape Recorder. Later he expanded the setup with a 2 Track Tape Recorder, Sampler, Turntable. A D-70 Synth, Computer and the Atari Notator SL laid the basis towards DAW. "I always just did it with the simplest things i could afford, auto-dictat, every day".
Beside the studio works, he was also involved in a number of live jams at many different spots with people such as Mike Clarke (Herbie Hancock), Andy Scherrer (Vienna Art Orchestra), Stefan Kurman (Byrds Eye), Wolfgang Zwieauer, Rodrigo Botter Maio, Michael Chylewski (Sina), Beat Kappeler (Arte Quartet), Ruth Glatt (The Phenomenon), Jean-Paul and Matthias Brodbeck, Mani Neumeier (Guru Guru), to name a few.
In the year 2003 Edward G. Simon and Vasi decided to sell the Milieu Studio to the next generation. "I never matched genre based expectations, there was always something in my compositions that could not be classified". He started to accept his own and don´t get mainstream (with all the consequences).
Kris Vasil knew he had to go much deeper to understand the many ways of composing. "I think i got a high standard in what i hear and like to do, but i am not there, probably never will". There is no shortcut, you need practice every day. Also, when you aim for perfection, you discover it is a moving target.
I love to hear and see things from many perspectives. To reset my ears, i enjoy picking up photos i did and combine them with different elements to create something new.
And photo compositions also help me in music composition. One of the biggest things i got confirmed is, it is very easy to make things worse, but difficult to make things better. When in doubt, go for the original rather than for the processed.
I want to add, that i think, no one can be an equal Master in two complex arts such Music + Photography. So doing Photo-Montage, is rather a Hobby.
It has to do with the willingness to really go deep into something, not to go for an easy solution.
Work out those different elements and create a single narrative that really makes sense, is very solid and very personal.
May be repetitive, but with small increments of change in the harmonic content and spectral content. Also how music can evolve within an identical pattern. All that not just on an obvious rhythmic level.
When you create you are both, observer and creator. You go back and forth in-between, develop a piece and put it into a certain place.
There is space for something really personal and very subtle ways to do something that is unique. It is a very involved process, putting everything into a phrase or chords.
But there comes a moment when you know “That’s It and that’s what is has to be". Try to do that in everything you do.