Five years after her last release, Band Ane managed to foster her creativity through an awesome rural recording studio she made in the forest of Rold Skov, Denmark. Such a location is already very inspiring, but Band Ane made it the launch pad of her imagination and creativity, the result being an “organ room” with four large harmoniums, filling her archives with plenty of analogue tapes, new vinyl’s and old lacquer discs and placing many instruments and sound sources on the huge table in the attic. She squeezed her juicy reveries in the “Anish Music Caravan” album, the daydreaming collection that she recently made for Clang. It’s a sonic creation that is going to let your imagination flow by means of an impressive set of (more or less unusual) instruments: piano, zither, guitar, saxophone, bells, Nord Lead, computer, analogue tape, AM radio, record player, hearing aid, Dictaphone, clocks, tools, motorcycle, cart, birds, frogs, insects, rain, snow, ice, books, leaves, trees, fences, trains, boats, pans, pots. and shoelaces!
Chain D.L.K.: Hi Ane! How are you?
Band Ane: That’s a good question. I’m pretty busy in my new motherhood spaceship role. I’m being a mom and musician at same time. Finding myself again. I’m light years away from the five years caravan time capsule travel, where time is almost on hold, and I was inside that hold. Super curious though where this new life situation will bring me. I am thinking of leaving planet earth for my next release.
Life is pretty chaotic these days. Caring for my 10 month old baby – took a flight yesterday to play at a concert in Copenhagen. I then immediately came back again, threw my luggage on the floor and nursed the little one. I feel lucky that I have those huge contrasts in my life, but I must say that I crave to make more music. Looking forward to bursting the balloon and starting to create and compose. By then, I will know how I am or how I’ve been.
Chain D.L.K.: Compliments for your new release on clang. Before talking about it, could you tell our readers more about your path in the music world?
Band Ane: My sonic adventure… Where shall I start? From when I was little I played the piano and recorded the music on tape recorders. Again and again… Modestly, I played what I saw outside the window. It could have been the weather that I played, or a silly theme to accompany one of the persons who walked by.
I released two other records before Caravan. They are really different from each other. Caravan is by far the most different from the others. Much of it is the sound of the earth without any people. Maybe they’ve gone to Mars, maybe they have mutated into something else. But there is still human garbage, leftovers, telling a story. Like one of the places I’ve been making up in my head, the Caravan. When I was a kid, we used to call it the witch house. It was totally covered with ivy (the green, coiling plant). An old lady lived there. When I moved back to this area, she died and no one came to take her stuff. A man on the same dirt road a kilometre from there bought the place. He wanted the wild nature around it for hunting. I asked if I could have my studio in the house and he said yes. I’ll never forget the first time I was there. Always wondering what it was like inside. And the funny thing was that it was totally different from what I imagined. I was like walking into the fawn’s home in Narnia. It was very warm. I found a perfect spot upstairs, in front of a huge window. I got rid of the ivy and then had the best view of the forest and the lake, as the wild nature appeared. There were weird lamps inside, animals made of fake gold holding the lightbulbs, art, books, old furniture. She also had an old radio which I used a lot on caravan and a wood stove that I lit up every day. This was the beginning of my investigation of abandoned places. Afterwards, the places came to me and made music with me. The place I choose to make music is crucial. I have to move around a lot. Every piece I did is connected to a place, a view and the feelings it gives me.
Chain D.L.K.: And how did the thickets of Rold Skov influence your compositions?
Band Ane:Living in the forest; it’s like being inside a progress, because you really see how it changes. Life is a progress. I think it is easy to forget that here, in the city. Here it is easier to immerse yourself.
Chain D.L.K.: Can you describe the place where the more recent music by Ane was born?
Band Ane: I grew up in a collective of twelve families. We ate together every evening. I had a lot of children to play with. We had our own playground where the grown-ups were not allowed. We built tree houses and subterranean paths. My father had a great vinyl collection with classical music, but also pop, jazz, electro acoustic, psy-rock and minimalistic stuff such as Terry Riley and Steve Reich. I remember being put to bed and listening to the music my father played until late imagining what was going on and fantasising about it.
Chain D.L.K.: With reference to one of my favourite moments on your album – “Wolves In My Trash Can” -, did you meet any hungry wolves that tried to quench their hunger in your dumpster?
Band Ane: Yes. There were wolves in my trashcan.
Chain D.L.K.: Another favourite song that came out of your “caravan” was “Robin Hood Horn”, whose motif reminded me about the portrait of another “romantic” thief like Lupin, due to its French nuance. What’s the source of inspiration for that lovely track?
Band Ane: Oh! haha! Lovely picture you had in mind. I was sitting in the karlekammer (as we call it in Denmark) – it’s a small room that used to be a barn – and I just found a horn that looked like it had been Robin Hood’s. I played it and the music started to brew.
Chain D.L.K.: Where did you take the vocal samples you inserted in “Offpiste”?
Band Ane: I’m really glad you asked! Because those samples mean a lot to me. They were taken from some old reels recorded by an old movie sound engineer from Denmark, called Ole Askmand. He was cleaning up his loft and called me to ask if I would be interested in all his reel recordings. I was like: Yes, of course! He only knew me from a radio interview and thought that I was the person that could use them, recycle the sounds – give them a new meaning. For me, using sounds that have a story or mean something to me – memory, association, story; that makes so much sense. Especially in this fast-forward ever-growing technical world.
Chain D.L.K.: Another lovely song on your album is “9520 DK, At Night”. How did you build this track?
Band Ane: It’s complicated 🙂
Chain D.L.K.: I’ve read the list of instruments you used for this album. Shoelaces? How did you play them?
Band Ane: It was because I wanted to record the sowing of a thread for “Inside the Knitting”. But I didn’t have recording equipment that could capture such a sound. So, instead, I enlarged the sowing thread and used shoelaces through the shoelace hole to play the role of sowing threads 🙂
Chain D.L.K.: Are you going to bring “Anish Music Caravan” on live stage?
Band Ane: It is on stage, here and there. The Caravan would also love to go to Germany anytime soon. It just needs an invitation.
Chain D.L.K.: Any work in progress?
Band Ane: Yes. Soon I have a release coming out with some really good Danish jazz musicians. And me, myself, I’m brewing some stuff that I will have to keep to myself for a while, if the spell will last. I hope that it will not be five more years.
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