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, mixing and layering all kinds of noises, voices, percussion onto a 2 Track Tape Recorder. He soon expanded the setup with a Sampler, Turntable and a D-70 Synth. "I always just did it, auto-dictat, every day".
Under the Pseudonym DJ Radikkal, he formed together with Tron and Scen the group P-27 (formerly HLC Crew) in 1989. In 1993 P-27 signed with EMI a Major Label Contract. P-27 is today known as the pioneers of Swiss Rap.
He quit the group 1996 to form his own Studio and Label “Milieu Records” together with Edward G. Simon. Under the Pseudonym Vasi, he produced many records that have been distributed wordwide and are quite wanted on Discogs.
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.
The meeting with the remarkable Producer / Composer Peter Scherer was the most inspiring of all. His Music and a series of concerts with him as Mentor changed the way Kris Vasil experienced music. "I never heard another composer that can compete with his complexity, details, space, variations in music and rhythm, until today".
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 when you aim for perfection, you discover it is a moving target".
I always loved 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.
But hey, why not take yourself a picture and get inspired by the "Manimals" Exposition? ( in collaboration with Christian Schneiter).
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.
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. All that not just on an obvious rhythmic level.
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.
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