International border-crossing artist KonstantinAS created his album - Plastecene Terrain - in London, then completed the project in Limassol, Cyprus.
The final product, released in DVD audio format, is described as “an album to listen to and watch” by the artist due to its special combination of audio and visual elements.
“Every atmospheric song is accompanied by stunning artwork created on the basis of the track names and conversations between the author and designer that convey the mood of each composition."
Music Week spoke with KonstantinAS to find out about the inspiration behind his project.
What inspired you to make Plastecene Terrain?
The time came to bring together the material I had created over the course of several years. It was the fruit of my study of the musical cultures of many peoples of the world, the work of great musicians such as Jimmy Page, Ravi Shankar and George Harrison, and my own experiments in tuning musical instruments (in particular the guitar) to cross-breed musical systems (namely Arabian and Indian ones).
Where does the title ‘Plastecene Terrain’ come from?
The name comes from the title of a good-natured old Soviet cartoon which I watched as a child.
Why did you choose to create an audio DVD format as opposed to just audio CD?
The DVD format was selected because it makes it possible to create and play back a multichannel 5.1 Surround Sound in a combination with video material (for example, an artwork). By contrast, the CD format involves recording and playback in stereo (two channel) sound. Furthermore, DVD allows me to record music in Surround Sound Dolby Digital Format.
Do you think interesting artwork is as necessary as great music?
Of course. Visual art, just like music, affects our feelings, and their symbiosis often strengthens and deepens the effect. In other words, the impact of music is more powerful under the influence of corresponding drawings and photographs.
Who do you envisage as the audience for your music?
My music is for a wide range of listeners, particularly those who appreciate innovation and originality.
Do you plan to take this product to a wide international audience?
I already have fans listening to my music all over the world: the USA, Britain, Europe, Latin America, Australia, Russia, the Middle East, Central Asia, Japan and many other countries.