Interview for a magazine from Macedonia
1. can u first introduce yourself... a short bio ?
I , Ross Healy have been involved in music since I was a child,
always playing percussion and writing songs at age 5. I fell in
love with electronic music at a early age and have always enjoyed
the abstract in electronic sounds. I also use to spend a very
long time listening to shortwave radio, which in Australia is
a lot more sparse, no voices like in europe, just phasing sounds....i
guess it all started from there.
2. your music background include many
bands and projects. when and how did u start to make music ?
Carring on from the previous answer I had a girlfriend who played
music too so we started making music, kind of industrialish with
electro beats, my best friend Pieter Bourke joined us , and we
became Eden with another person, we released records in UK and
USA, but I was playing bass , and it was a guitar band with synths,
i wanted pure electonics, so I started This Digital Ocean which
released records in Germany, Australia and USA, this was really
me trying to write songs again and release who i was through vocals,
I then was so into techno that i became Amnesia, I released a
techno album, also later a drum n bass ep on SOUR in UK, then
a full cd as 56K, i then went through a phase of not enjoying
music, i had done all i could and needed a change. Cray was that
change where i could get rid of beats, chorus etc, and just be
with sounds as sounds.
3.what does cray mean ?
Cray means sound as sound, I also like the name from supercomputer,
as we have powerful computers now.
4. i think i saw in your mail signature
all your releases. is that all your full disco and tell us something
about all your releases by now ?
That is all Cray releases to date, although I do have odd tracks
on servers, like microsound etc. All releases are just me exploring
sounds, i like the idea of painting music in my mind.My past music
is around but it is the past.
5. how did u get in touch with bip-hop ?
I must say that my mate Pimmon in Sydney put me onto Bip Hop,
I kept playing him tracks and he was saying I was mad not sending
them out, I got hold of some Bip Hop releases and liked where
their head was, sent a CD and Philippe loved it, Philippe and
I both get on well and we love to talk about music and life.
6. your album undo is functioning
from noise perspective same as it functioning from glitch perspective.
where will u put your self into ?
I think with noises you are more open to the abstract, the surreal,
but I am not sure what noise is, i know it is non melodic , but
thats all i know about it.
7. on your page writes: The key element
in Crays music is to experiment with sound and to create
sound images - how your creative process is unwinding ?
I just make sounds from real world or made up inside teh computer
or synthesizers, i then throw it all together and see what it
is talking to me about. I do have some control over the arrangement
fof a track, but i like to keep my options open.
8. i agere with you about your statement
that there is no right and wrong in sound. everything is music,
even mistakes. all that skippes and glitches that happened through
making procces. there is also process of making whole music with
mistakes. making with skipp cd like oval and taklemura do showing
up all that mistake aesthetic. what is your position about all
All new musics over the ages hascome about by error I believe
, people on drugs writing music, technology making errors, or
by just opening your mind to hold an instrument differently..I
love the honesty in error. I was working with skipping Cds back
in 93 unaware of Oval, but i must say they did do it better. i
just loved the sound of the glitch sound the CD player made. I
did not develop it as such like Oval.
9. im also follower of the idea that
this days computer is more important than musician/artist and
that this isnt wrong like some of more conservative musicians
and artists think. technology is moving paralel and along with
art. how technology is developing, art is taking technology as
an instrument and medium... what do u think about this procces
of changing position of artist, instrument and medium ?
I like the idea that you look at art as art, not as what made
the art, but I think this is changing as robots are painting pictures
and music programs can compose music, it is all art , saying that
I love technology, also a paint brush is technology ( a tool)
so technology has been with art for ever. i am not so interested
in human voice in music id rather listen to sounds interact and
speak with one another. I have never thought of my computer as
an instrument but i do play it to get the results i guess.
10. "Over the years I have tried
to put less control in my works, as I get very bored with a fixed
way of doing music. how will u comment this sentence. what
is fixed way of doing music and how do u put your work out of
I use to be very controlling with my music, everything had to
be right, over time i found that mistakes make up a part of a
song if you leave them in, I had learned how to program and write
music, now I want to let go and just let sounds talk, i dont care
so much where a sound comes in or goes out, i like to listen to
the end result, i know what i would do as I have been me for my
life , but if i let go I get more .
11. i dont know any experimental projects
from there. i accidentaly found one site for some experimental
radio program on community radio station 3ccc-fm, -possible musics-,
presenting experimental music...from australia and all over the
world... we talked about changing some music... it is broadcasting
from bendigo, victoria... what is the situation now with experimental
scene in australia ?
Wow I did not know about that, i must check them out. Australian
music is quite large and experimental, since the days of Severed
Heads to today, Pimmon, Oren Ambarchi, Cray etc. I think Australians
have a less chance of releasing music than say Europe or USA,
as it is really these countries that control music to some degree,
so Australians have more scope to just do what they are evolving
to do. When the "what is music festival" is on each
year we have 3 days of experimental music, and many people play
and come to listen, so australia does have a good sized experimental
scene as no one knows about us so much.
12. where do u see the future of music
if continue to progress so fast...?
I have always wanted to be one with music to live inside it, i
know this sounds vague, but i hope music will be another thought
or emotion in the future.I want to create rooms of time, not a
room reverb as such but want to create a moment in time in a ficticious
room, i am interested in how sound will react when i make my imaginary
room, what will happen in there, and then listen to the results.
13. who is markus struzina and how
come to cooperate with him for the video ?
Markus is a great photographer and friend, he loves computers
as much as i do and early electronic music , he asked me if he
could do a video clip after i played him one song Forna, he then
got the images and we both sat down and worked on it together,
I taught him some things about playing the programs to make a
scene, and he brought me into the world of video prodction, and
all the great ideas available. We plan on playing live with live
video manipulation, also a new video clip will be made. Everything
he touches has his mark on it.
14. design on your release is also
awesome (work of julien berthier). bip-hop is one of the labels
that care much about design of their releases. there are couple
of labels that gives attention to desing same as they give it
for music, like 12k-line, mille plateaux... For you is design
as important as music itself ?
I love design, and architechture, it is so close to music, abstract
music, I think a lable with a strong look shows it is serious,
but it could be minimal like Enigma lable or the Designer Republic
and Warp, or Mille Plateau etc
15. what r your direct influences,
and what are your favorite bands/projects... that u r listening
I prefer music with electronic sounds, but also love all music
and the environment, my favourite sound at the moment is a tea
cup chipping another china tea cup. I listen to so much music
that i rarely take my headphones off I live with my minidisc on
where ever i go and enjoy natural sounds, birds sound like electronic
music , and so does the human body, or is that the other way around?