Chain D.L.K.: So, first off. What is Granular Inverse?
Granular Inverse: Michael Weeks: Granular inverse is a collaborative live project of Christopher and myself. We get a bunch of gear in a room and record.
Christopher Jon: …And it is a distraction from the pressures that are our main projects.
Chain D.L.K.: What is it about Granular Inverse that makes it unique?
Granular Inverse: Chris: Well, we don’t care about Granular Inverse, and I think that’s what makes it wonderful. Granular Inverse is stress relief.
Chain D.L.K.: It’s wonderful because you don’t care? I like that.
Granular Inverse: Chris: Yeah man, I stress myself out with I, Parasite. I agonize over every note.
Mike: It’s a no pressure situation. 3/4’s of the time we’re not in control anyway, we rely on a lot of happy accidents with signal routing and odd combinations of effects/triggers/etc. We use it as a way to learn new gear, and to use gear we know in new ways.
Chris: Yeah, we force ourselves to use gear we don’t know as well, yet. We just tell the gear what to do and hope it listens. Sometimes one of us triggers the other’s gear, and you just have to react.
Chain D.L.K.: This isn’t either of your first projects, correct?
Granular Inverse: Mike: Not at all. I’m a schizophrenic with projects–The Wretch, Ivilion, Sythilix, Etherine, Darkfilter, and Zerodivided. My main project is The Wretch, which has been around since mid 2003. My second release, Ambulatory, was released in November, 2004, and my third album is in production as we speak.
Chris: My main thing is I, Parasite, which I’ve been doing since 1996. I have 3 releases, 2 of which are full length releases. I’m working on the third I, Parasite album now. I also have The Pseudomancer, which is long dead, and Scatter[verb], which I haven’t done much with as of yet.
Chain D.L.K.: How do you, as Granular Inverse, approach the creation of music?
Granular Inverse: Mike: We start with an idea. I start with my speakers blaring, and random sine waves being shaped into melodies. I use initialized programs on whatever I’m using and program on the fly, both sequences and sounds. So from the start it’s very minimal and over time it grows into textures and rhythms. We shoot cables out to gear, to sync his to mine.
Chris: We say like, “fast, slow, mellow, aggressive,” just to come up with the mood, then we just go.
Chain D.L.K.: So, you just let the concept build as it will?
Granular Inverse: Mike: Exactly– responding to what Chris is doing.
Chris: Right. I usually let Mike start since he’s building most of the sequences. I tend to play the melodies and noise over his foundation. I do sometimes add more sequence stuff. Sometimes we re-wire mid jam.
Chain D.L.K.: What environment do you guys jam in?
Granular Inverse: Mike: Either Chris’ studio or mine, I set up on a small table in Chris’ studio or we set up on a bench at mine.
Chris: We take turns.
Chain D.L.K.: What equipment have you been using, then?
Granular Inverse: Chris: In theory it’s everything in sight. We haven’t really been using software that much, very little, in fact.
Mike: For the sessions at Chris’ studio I bring my Elektron Monomachine, Elektron Machinedrum, Metasonix TM-1, Moog Lowpass filter, and a powerbook running Ableton live and some libraries of sounds I’ve recorded. I’ll be hopefully adding a future retro revolution and a Roland RS-09.
Chris: At my place I tend to switch between my Yamaha DX-200, Roland Juno-6, DSI Evolver, Troubled Variance Noiseswash, and Frostwave Resonator. Next time I’ll be adding a Midfi Electronics Glitch Computer. We’ve only jammed at Mike’s once and that was pretty much all pedals.
Chain D.L.K.: And these performances were all broadcast live on the web?
Granular Inverse: Chris: Yeah, we stream the jams live over the web along with a web-studio cam.
Chain D.L.K.: How has the response been?
Granular Inverse: Chris: Good. It’s grown. Every time we jam we have more people tuning in to hear us fuck up and make mistakes, that’s really the only time to hear it raw like that
Chain D.L.K.: And you have also been recording these sessions?
Granular Inverse: Mike: We record everything.
Chris: Yeah, we multi-track it, then edit and mix it down into something more coherent for eventual release as an album of some sort.
Chain D.L.K.: How long are these performances, on average?
Granular Inverse: Chris: The average jam is around 40-45 minutes.
Chain D.L.K.: How often do you record? Or is there a set schedule?
Granular Inverse: Chris: Whenever we can. The Wretch and I, Parasite are still more important.
Mike: We try to keep it somewhat regular, but with both of us working on our album projects, it’s tough to schedule. Plus with the band rehearsals for the IP live sets
Chris: Oh yeah, Mike’s in I, Parasite’s live band now. I’m also in the live Wretch. It’s like incest.
Chain D.L.K.: How did you come up with the name Granular Inverse?
Granular Inverse: Mike: Random word association during a chat.
Chain D.L.K.: Do you happen to remember what words you were associating?
Granular Inverse: Chris: Well, partially…See, we were kind of returning to industrial roots, taking a more old school approach in some ways, so one of us said “it’s the ‘additive inverse of the way industrial is made now.’”
Chain D.L.K.: So, how can people find out about upcoming jam sessions?
Granular Inverse: Mike: It’s posted in the DVM forums! http://www.forums.darkvisionmedia.org, in the “other projects” category.
Chain D.L.K.: Ok, and Do you have an official webpage?
Granular Inverse: Mike: http://www.myspace.com/granularinverse, which is updated whenever there’s a jam coming up, and there are audio samples there as well.
Chris: It’s our only web page at the moment but this will change when I have some time.
Chain D.L.K.: So people can go to your Myspace page and listen to your material now?
Granular Inverse: Chris: Yes.
Chain D.L.K.: Anything to add?
Granular Inverse: Chris: We figure we’ll be jamming more in the coming months. And I’d like to have an actual album out maybe by the end of the year or early next year.
Chain D.L.K.: So will you be self releasing, or?
Granular Inverse: Chris: Unless we get an offer we’ll be releasing on DARKVISIONMEDIA, which is my label.
Mike: We’ve got packaging ideas already, agreed upon and ready to go. We’ll post updates when anything new happens.
Chain D.L.K.: Alright, thanks guys!
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[interviewed by Shaun Phelps] [proofreading by Shaun Phelps]