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Amit D. Patel (aka Dushume) – Noise Music, Glitch, Live Electronics

Amit D Patel aka Dushume

Name: Amit D. Patel aka Dushume

Where do you live / work: Dushume is a thriving experimental noise artist/ musician from Leicester, with interests in fusing Asian underground sounds with electroacoustic music.

Personal Website: www.dushume.co.uk

Favourite Transformations

FilterCombi- FilterA filter changes the frequency makeup of a sound by making parts of it weaker. Filters allow you to focus on parts of a sound that are of interest to you, or to take away parts that you don't like.More infoFilter

Splice- SpliceTo cut up a sound file.More infoSplice

PanBadge- PanningThe placement of sounds left and right between a stereo pair of speakers.More infoPanning

ReverbBadge- ReverbThe multiple short reflections of sound that give humans an immediate impression of space. Reverb effects can be used to impart a sense of space onto recorded or generated sounds.More infoReverb

DelayBadge- DelayA process in which an input signal is looped and repeated.More infoDelay

1. How would you describe the type of music that you make?

Since 2008 I have been looking at bass influenced noise music through improvisations and working collaboratively. I would describe my work as experimental Noise music with generous bass influenced by the Asian underground, IDMIntelligent Dance Music, a type of electronica.More infoIDM, ElectronicaInnovative electronic forms of pop music, primarily note based, whilst using sound-based elements and techniques.More infoElectronica, TechnoRepetitive instrumental music, often with a strong beat, that developed from the mixture of electronic music and African styles.More infoTechno and Electroacoustic musicMusic in which electronic technology is used to manipulate, eventually generate, explore and combine sounds. More infoElectroacoustic music.

2. If you had to use the genre categories to describe your music, which would it be?

Noise MusicThis term is associated with various forms of music that have focused on noise as its key sound quality.More infoNoise Music, GlitchA type of music that uses the sound of errors as material.More infoGlitch, Live Electronicslive performance with electronic instrument devices that can be controlled in real timeMore infoLive Electronics.

3. What types of sounds do you like to use when you compose?

I practice by exploring live electronics, sampling, looping techniques and perform with purpose built do-it-yourself (DIY) instruments. So it is a mixture of recorded samples, recordings from bespoke electronic instruments encompassing experimental textures of glitch, bass, high-pitched and low timbres and tones.

4. What makes these sounds your favourite?

Naturally I have developed an interest with this sound world. I like to physically feel the music and allow it to move me as well as hear it.

5. How do you go about starting or coming up with an idea for a composition? Do you personally use a similar approach each time? Or is it always different?

It is usually a slow work in progress. I will perform to produce sound materials, improvising on different noise instruments and make recordings.

I will then take these recordings and, using a computer, begin to splice, layer and subtly edit them. I use filtering, panning, reverberation and delay to mould the raw sounds into a new piece.

I have subtle ideas of how I want the final work to sound, however the process is flexible and constantly evolving with the result itself usually providing an unexpected outcome that is mostly positive.

A sense of ‘play’ and experimentation is very important to me. I enjoy my compositional work enormously.

6. Which composers /musicians are an inspiration to you?

I would say a number of different artists inspire me for various reasons such as the Dirty Electronics ensemble, Aphex Twin, Autechre, Dam-Funk, Michael Jackson, Burial, Talvin Singh and Nitin Sawhney.

7. What is it about this music that engages you so much?

Although the sounds can be deemed as unwanted to others I find the music quite meditative, relaxing and comforting especially most work by Autechre.

8. Could you pick a short section from one of your own pieces and describe how you created it?

Rickshaw

The work itself is developed from recording sounds that are improvised live, then edited layered and composed later. All sounds come from the Dirty Electronics Bed of Nails Instrument.

  • Sounds that are improvised live and recorded.
  • The recordings are taken into a software programme and combined, layered and edited.

9. What were you trying to convey to the listener in this excerpt?

The lively hustle and bustle of the streets of India; ‘Rickshaw’ is a journey of Mumbai after dark. The composition attempts to capture, highlight and give you an indication of what a journey could be like at night on a rickshaw from the experience of Dushume.

10. If you were giving some general advice to someone who was beginning to compose a piece what would it be? What is the most important thing to remember when composing?

I would use this process of experimenting, find out what you like and don’t like and then practice, rehearse, record, compose and lastly listen and reflect, but most of all enjoy it and have fun.

Remember do not give up!