Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Seven questions... with Tom Frühwacht aka Earlyguard

I love ambient music and I think Tom Frühwacht aka Earlyguard creates some particularly lovely soundscapes. He is a prolific producer with eight releases available on bandcamp. I am fond of Selective Perception which he kindly releases for free.

In addition to creating these awesome soundscapes... he also writes Haiku and taked photos using the Hipstamatic app on his iPhone (which can be seen on his tumblr). I love his short poems and enjoy the images he creates.

I was recently given the honour to review his latest work... "Haiku"... which will be released on the 1st of June. The wee booklet that accompanies the release demonstrates his talent for Haiku and for iPhoneography... and is a very nice touch. That wee bit extra is always appreciated!

Anyway... while I was penning my thoughts on his work... I thought I'd ask him my seven questions. He responded almost immediately and these were his answers. Enjoy.



1) Who are you and what do you do?
I am Tom and produce my own ambient music.

2) What are you working on at the moment?
Today I've finished working on my next CC release "Haiku" which was inspired by the Japanese traditional poetry form...

3) Who inspires you?
My wife and my 12-year old daughter inspire and support me pretty much. I even did a collaboration with my daughter last November. The result was an EP called "Far Out" :)

- Name an artist who has inspired you.
There are so many... but the most impressed and inspired me Brian Eno indeed. His album "The Pearl" (a collaboration with Harold Budd) was my very first contact with Ambient music in the mid-80s... a challenge!

- Name place that has inspired you.
All places with a specific vibe are inspiring me. I love the most looong beach walks at the German North Sea coast - with strong and cold wind!

- Name some "thing" that has inspired you.
There are so many... for example my first Synthesizer was a Casio CZ230S in 1986 - veeery inspiring (later I noticed that it was pretty limited) - my second Synth was a Siel Kiwi Analog Synthesizer (a monster) hahaha... a few years ago I discovered the Ukulele as a fantastic musical instrument for relaxation. ;)

4) What drives you to do what you do?
Hmmm, it is a 'must do' for me. There's something in me that drives me to make music. It's about the creative process - not that much to present my tracks as a "product" - I don't listen very often to my own tracks - in fact most of them just once! ;)

5) What values do you wish your creativity to express?
My music is very abstract and often spontaneous - so it's something like a "snap shot" of a moment in my life. Nothing more.

6) What role does community play in what you do?
Community is nice. Feedback is nice. Exchanging opinions is nice.

7) What is next for what you do?
I will go on and on and on... Like I did for the last 25 years. I don't need further steps. I feel extremely comfortable with what I do... :)


Thanks Tom... my thoughts on Haiku will follow in the next day or so.

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