has been a creative force in the San Francisco scene for many years, first making music with the band Tussle
and then as his current project, Arp
. Arp's release In Light
is a textural and warmth-exuding record that has added something new and welcome to the electronica section of Amoeba. Recently Alexis packed it up and moved to New York City where he plans to continue composing his balmy and atmospheric tunes while also working on a multitude of other projects, notably within the gallery scene there.
Here, Alexis chats about those projects, his work in Arp, and also details what we can assume are just a few of his myriad influences and inspirations.
Miss Ess: How did you come up with your sound for Arp? What was your vision?
After leaving Tussle, I started experimenting with analog synthesizers. Initally, Matthew Higgs
(curator of White Columns
gallery in Manhattan) asked if I'd do an installation for an exhibit he was putting together at New Langton Center for the Arts
. When I learned it was a collaboration with an architect, I realized the music I'd just
started making with analog synthesizers might work really well. So the first public Arp project, Cloud
, was a modular room on wheels set up with a featherbed (just large enough for two people to lie down on or three to sit), two speakers and a few of my musical pieces on infinite repeat. I took the gallerists' sanity into consideration by picking pieces that I hoped could be heard again and again without driving them crazy.