Saturday, June 23, 2007



rachMiel is a sound artist and writer living in Rochester, New York. His website offers many of his columns, as well as examples of his work as a composer. You'll find everything from ambient, drone and noise music to something he calls Classic TV Show Covers. These miniature compositions reduce samples from the shows in question to their essence. Boiled down to the point where sometimes the title of the piece is the biggest clue as to the source material, he refers to these experimental compositions as "extreme covers."

rachMiel writes for Computer Music and Electronic Musician magazines, in addition to and a blog at his website. Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with rachMiel...


*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: Classic TV Show (Extreme) Covers.

*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: Digital deconstructions. I'm very interested in presenting the known in (sometimes dramatically) un-known ways. so the first step is to find a sonic object that is well known, part of popular culture: a pop song, a tv theme, etc. then I turn to Reaktor, which provides dozens of instruments one can use to de-construct audio by modulating pitch, speed, entry point, loop length, timbre, amplitude, and so on. After de-constructing, I end up with a long block of complex wild sound, which I then edit down, like a sculptor chipping away at stone, until its "true form" reveals itself.

*Another genre descriptor: Extreme covers.

*Why you use this descriptor: Because that's what I feel they are: Extreme interpretations of well known songs.

Is there a story behind your name? It is the Hebrew form of Richard, my Russian Jewish Grandfather's name, a musician who, as the story goes, played for the Czar.

*Location: Rochester, NY

*Original Location: New York, NY

*What is your creative/artistic background: Conservatory degrees in composition, full drop out of academia, descent into underground acoustic madness, electronica.

*History: Electronica about 6 years, acoustic music much longer.

*Born: I was born in Freeport in the last millennium.

*Motivations: Joy

*Philosophy: Joy of endless creation and discovery.

*How would you like to be remembered: For creating equally idiosyncratic (out there) and compelling (expressive, moving) music.

*Web address:

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