The Interpreter centers around the art of remixing. Ruane dismantles and reassembles a selection of stunners from lesser-known acts with Leeds folk-rockers Kumiko, Dutch experimental artist Martijn Comes and sonic collagists Inverchoulin and Trinkkets featuring on the tracklist. The Mancunian producer’s touch is one deeply informed by IDM and a club-ready approach to experimental music, and throughout The Interpreter a testament to the remix emerges, one where the art practice prevails over the marketing tactic.
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The Motion Makes Me Last – Eluvium (Four Tet Remix)
I chose this one because this was one of the first ‘dance’ style remixes that I came across and at the time I’d recently discovered Pause/Rounds by Four Tet so to see him take such a different step and in such a restrained, humble manner was quite inspiring for me. The outcome was a particular natural and simple form consisting of minimal material.
Collider – Jon Hopkins (Objekt Remix)
This piece, to me, is basically an exercise in sound design and sequencing. It unfolds the core concept of what a locked groove should be with a heavily swung and syncopated central rhythm torn apart by further processing and sonic manipulation. This piece is unique in terms of its form, in that each sound that enters does so in such a liquid like fashion that the entire cacophony can sometimes be constricted to the narrowest stereo image in the blink of an eye.
Dharmabums – Meeting The Samurai (Trinkkets Remix)
This piece is here because it highlights the patient and calculated aspect of structure in composition. It is my favourite example of how to make an entire track breathe – it sounds so precise yet it retains an organic quality – it is this combination that really works so well. One of my favourite artists at the minute in terms of unique processing techniques, clever sound design and organic forms.
Ted – Clark (Bibio Remix)
This one’s on the list because of the way Bibio represents the massive detuned synths of the original piece. While it’s not a wonder of complex production or a massive deviation from the original, the idea of taking electronic music back to simpler origins is evidently not without its charm as this piece is heavily reminiscent of archaic folk styles with even the timbres/textures mirroring that of a time passed.
Vessel – Jon Hopkins (Four Tet Remix)
I tried hard not to choose Four Tet again however I believe I owe so much in terms of influence and inspiration to him in terms of his remixing skills that it was inevitable he would appear again on my list. This is the first time I heard a skipping 2 step beat and really wooden, dense sounding percussion. The piece seems to just repeat but actually develops imperceptibly over time, hypnotizing yet delivering the groove simultaneously. Very reminiscent of Steve Reich.