Sun, 10 October 2010
Ian Wells is a student at Cornell University. He's been recording since his teens and releasing work as Deskhop since 2008. You can currently find two albums at his website, with a third in process. Check out his website HERE.
Wells uses Ableton Live to mix his sound collage, both live and in the studio. Often referred to as Glitch Pop, Mashup, or some kind of a mix of the two, the live performance of this music is just one of the things which sets it apart from the sound collage you may be more familiar with. This is more of a party than a performance, and Wells likes to keep it moving.
Check out Deskhop in Episode 257 HERE. Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with Deskhop...
*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: No
*Do you use a pseudonym? Deskhop
*Members: Ian Wells
*Founding Members: Ian Wells
*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: I don't use tapes or turntables, so 'digital deconstructions' I suppose.
*Another genre descriptor: No -- this sort of music has gained a lot of popularity, and you don't really need many descriptors to get people to know what you're talking about anymore.
*Is there a story behind your name? The creation of â€œDeskhopâ€ had something to do with combining white-collar, boring stuff, like desks, with its apparent contradiction, hip hop. I'm pretty sure that was the thought behind it. At any rate, I think the theme of contradiction -- or pairing of opposites -- has played a big role in this project from the start. I never thought about this theme, explicitly, but it emerged maybe as a consequence of the medium I work in, or of the desire to see things conflict, to imagine the worst that can happen and to turn that into a reality.
*Location: I go to school in Ithaca, New York, at Cornell University. So that's where I'm from, for now.
*Original Location: Massachusetts.
*What is your creative/artistic background: I used to go to a drawing class, when I was 10 or 11.
*History: About six years, though I didn't start releasing music to the internet until 2009. Back then, it was just me and a friend recording guitar, sampling ourselves, cutting things up and messing with it. I gradually got deeper into the digital side of production -- this was what really excited me from the start.
*Born: 1989, in Massachusetts.
*Motivations: I'm not sure why I make the sort of music I do. But making music on the computer, in general, is more like a nervous tick for me. I'm not so much motivated as I am drawn to it. It can be fun, a lot of times, and it keeps me excited. But other times it's more of a habit. I'm trying to break out of that habit and reexamine why I do this -- not with the intention of stopping (that would never happen), but maybe of changing directions. So it's a good question and I have no real answer right now.
*Philosophy: I think it should be clear, even from a preliminary listen, that my work presupposes a sort of strong version of eliminative materialism. Granted, the early stuff (circa Spaceheater) was definitely more reductive. But the album I'm working on now -- the album I've been working on for the last year -- takes a more radical stance.
*How would you like to be remembered: As a noble savage.