Lament configuration is a kickass powernoise project. I recently spoke with the man behind the band,chris moseman.
First off, could you give us a history of Lament Configuration? How long has the project been around? Are you a Hellraiser fan? ( I ask this since you're named after pinheads evil box).
lament configuration was started in 1998. in the mid 90s i had a short love
affair with cold meat industry so when i first started trying to produce music i
tried to do dark ambient type stuff. i love hellraiser and i thought the phrase
lament configuration fit the music i was attempting to do literally in a way -
as 'an arrangement of sorrow'. im not sure it fit for very long but i kept it. now theres a black metal band called lament configuration and i regret keeping the name because of the confusion. i may change the name soon, if i ever release
Lament Configuration has a really original sound. Do you have any specific compositional techniques that you use? Could you give us a gear list?
thanks, i usually don't use any gear.. only software, and very little software at that. most of the music ive done that's been released was composed on a pentium 266 pc with 64 mb ram so ive been pretty limited. since i started out like that ive found it hard to incorporate more/different tools, i feel most comfortable using stuff like soundforge and fruityloops. ive owned a couple of pieces of hardware and usually i don't even use it and end up selling it a few weeks later. the only piece of actual gear ive ever used on a couple of tracks was a roland alpha juno 1 which i really loved for its warm sound and intuitive design. im no gear junkie so im sure there are 5 billion better synths for that type of thing but that's the only one ive ever had and actually liked.
Were you involved in any projects before Lament Configuration ? Are you currently in any other bands?
lament configuration was my first project. ive been involved in a couple of collaborations ( neither one ever had more of a release than a couple of tracks on mp3.com) - judas cradle and korosa. judas cradle was myself and mike
from the ebm/darkwave group the mercy cage (now on dsbp). we only did 2
tracks, they sounded a little like bites era skinny puppy which was cool as
hell. korosa was a project that john of meson and i did together. im really not
a good collaborator because i take a lot of breaks from making music. i go
dormant for months at a time, and that pisses other people off.
What are some of your influences (musically and otherwise)?
dirk ivens is probably my biggest musical influence, his style shows that you can do a lot with very little and that's what i try to do. some others are thd,the rza (wu tang clan), imminent, autechre, gridlock, vangelis, and more recently legowelt. i think im influenced by books and film as much as music: the aesthetic values of blade runner and anime like ghost in the shell influenced paragon-asia dataflow very much. before recording paragon-asia dataflow i asked myself what the bum in the street in a gibson novel would be blasting on his boombox or what would the elevator music of the future sound like and then i tried to create it. so it was kind of a concept album influenced by cyberpunk in a loose sense.
How do you feel about the industrial / experimental “scene”?
im not really involved in the scene at all.. the extent of my involvement is
listening to the music i like alone, sending my own albums to djs and zines to share what ive done, and sending new demos to labels who in turn ignore me.
Do you play live? How do you feel about Laptop preformances? Do you think sound is more important than visual stimulation in a live context or the other way around?
ive never played live, mostly because if i did itd have to be a laptop
performance and what fun is that? to me visual stimulation is definitely more
important than sound in a live context.
Do you have any advice for fellow noisicians / artists?
make music/noise for yourself.. stuff you believe in and enjoy listening to. and the flip side of the coin: do a lot of networking or unfortunately no one else will ever hear it.
If you could collaborate musically with one person (living or dead) who would it be?
like i said before, im a bad collaborator so id drive whoever it was crazy. with that being said id choose wesley willis.. he was already crazy and we both possess about the same skill set.
Is there anything else you’d like to add (anything goes)?
if i had a website id plug it but in the meantime anyone that's interested can find updates and sometimes new music on myspace
Thanks a lot for doing this interview.