Maddie Hanover the Australian born composer amazed us with her compositions, entertained us with her mixtape if that's not enough she then answered a few questions for us. Here's the results. Whats your name? Madeleine Hanover Where do you currently reside, live? Melbourne, Australia How long have you been composing and how did you get into it? I've been writing my own music since I was small. I learnt the piano on and off throughout my childhood, but classical repertoire never interested me too much - I was much more happy listening to music that I loved and learning to play it by ear on the piano. This then translated into composition, as I wanted to be able to play the music I heard in my head all the time! I had a break from the piano for 8 or 9 years when I formally learnt the flute, but I came back to the piano and began to play more seriously and frequently. I was a bit of a movie buff when I was younger, and I loved listening to the scores. For me, scores make more sense musically and emotionally than classical music. Looking back, I think I composed in this way because I lived in my head a lot. I had so many creative ideas for music at such a fast pace that film music, which can be quite fragmented, was a perfect fit. What inspires your best music creation moments? When I sit down at the piano, I usually just start playing whatever comes into my head. Sometimes I'll walk past the piano and just think I'll quickly play something - and then I'm there for hours. Often I will go on and on repeating things or changing from one piece to the other. I'll suddenly realise that I'm playing something new or different and have no idea how I got there! What was the thoughts behind your track choice and placement for your playlist? I tried to create a playlist that flowed well. I’m a huge Thomas Newman fan, so I included a lot of his work. I wanted a strong opening, and ‘Orchard House’ is a beautiful, joyous track. I wasn’t conscious of creating any particular narrative or story, but I wanted each piece to flow on from the previous one in a way that made sense musically. A lot of the music I’m fond of is very minimal or subtle, or has its own ascent and descent, beginning and ending on a pensive, thoughtful note. I tried to work up to a peak point around the three-quarter mark with some faster-paced music, such as Hans Zimmer and Clint Mansell, who both combine electronic elements with classical instruments really effectively. I then wanted to come down from the extreme tension in ‘Summer Overture’ and release some emotion with ‘Locke’d Out Again’ (anyone who is a Lost fan will understand just how heart-wrenching that track really is!). Then ‘Finale’ works up again but in the last 30 seconds or so just releases all that tension and finishes with that beautiful Vaughan Williams-like theme that we heard earlier in ‘Balloon Music’. It wasn’t as hard as I expected finding places for my pieces in the tracklist. ‘A Call to Open Spaces’ worked well in between ‘Cathedral’ and ‘Angels in America’ as they all have religious themes in their composition or context of the films/scenes they’re from. I placed ‘Submergence’ following ‘The Cannery’ because there is a strong water theme running through the ‘In The Bedroom’ soundtrack and I felt they fit well together. Finally I put ‘On the Shore’ as the penultimate piece because it’s very meditative and pensive – working really well before the last bit of excitement in ‘Finale’.
Owsey is the producer of fine electronic Ambient Post Dubstep whatever music, if you havent heard it yet why not? There’s a download of his stuff right here. He was kind enough to respond when I asked him a few questions about himself and the results, well you decide. Press play and read on.
Tell is who you are in 140 characters, twitter style?
Owen, Owsey, music maker, human.
Which part of world are you from and what’s the best thing about it?
I’m from Northern Ireland. It’s renowned for its scenic offerings more than anything, but I love it for much more than just that.
Describe yourself as an artist what is your style?
I’ve no term/genre to summarise. It gets called ambient pop, chill wave, post dubstep etc., etc. But I’ve been making a handful of various styles for the past 6 months. I work a lot with photography, putting two & two together, music & imagery. It would be nice if people would refer back to the pictures when they hear my tunes, but it’s in no way a necessity.
What does good music mean to you?
Thoughtful, full of effort. Something with longevity, a keeper. Something I’ll listen to more than twice on first hearing. Passionate, unique to some end, lots of impact. I think these things help gather the components of what good music consists of. And good music can come with an immediate emotional response too – something that might alter your mood as soon as you hit the play button.
How and where do you find new music?
Blogs, Soundcloud, Youtube etc., etc. All of the mundane platforms out there. I really just tend to go digging with no expectations, and I’ll either find something I like or something I don’t.
Are you a hardware or software man? What’s your favourite bit of gear or plugin that you’re currently using?
I don’t really own any hardware other than some of the (arguable) essentials, like an audio interface, studio monitors etc. I own & play a few instruments: piano, acoustic & electric guitars, and bass guitar, but I’m woeful at bass. I sing too, so I have a rode nt1-a for recording. My favourite bits of software are libraries I bought a couple of years back: East West’s Symphonic Orchestra, Kontakt, Sampletank, so on & so forth. I treasure hunt, often coming across really cool, authentic instruments which I control via midi keyboards.
How/where do you find inspiration?
There are a lot of answers to this question – anywhere & everywhere. I’ll jot down a few examples, such as: I might find a quote I like in a book, make a note of it & elaborate on it further down the line. I enjoy photography as I said, so I spend a fair amount of time looking through various photo sites. People, places, fiction & non-fiction.
Any exciting projects your currently involved in?
I’m working on my first EP, broadening my instrument & vocal skills, and I’ll soon be rehearsing songs with with a live band. When it comes to music I’m working a lot these days, it’s very exciting. I’m also collaborating with photographers.
Who are your favourite composers, producers or DJs at the moment?
Frank Ocean, Sorrow, Stumbleine, Debussy, Mew, Flying Lotus, Koda, Bruised Skies, Fleetwood Mac, Brother Sun Sister Moon, Kettel & Secede, Grouper, Helios.
Whats your most memorable tune and what memories come to mind when you listen too it?
I have a very distinct memory of hearing Utada Hikaru’s “Sanctuary” for the first time, upon playing Kingdom Hearts 2, the video game. What comes with it are memories of stupidity, mistakes, growing up, the sort of nostalgic sentiments most people have. Boring shit that doesn’t matter to anybody reading this.
What thing makes you happiest about the current music scene?
Hmm, how genuinely nice you’ll find artists can be.
What thing makes you the saddest about the current music scene?
What’s your top 8 tracks from last year, 2012
I’m not entirely sure. Here are some of the greats, not always necessarily from 2012 but rather my own findings through that year:
Sorrow – Light at the end of the Tunnel
Stumbleine – Bloom
Brother Sun, Sister Moon – Cope
Helios – Equal Ourselves
ZiD – I need 5 minutes alone
Flying Lotus – Getting There
Mew – Panda
Kettel & Secede – Ringvanes
What do you think you’ll be getting upto in the year 2020
I’m glad I don’t have a clue, I’m more than happy rolling with the present. Let’s hope the fire in Owsey is still burning strong.
Any words of inspiration for the people out there?
Yeah, but I’m going to paraphrase Chris McCandless: ” I read somewhere… how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong… but to feel strong.”
How can people find out more about your work?