On Mantis Radio tonight – Somaticae
Mantis Radio 142 + Somaticae
live on Future Music FM – 2000 GMT
On tonight’s show we present French producer Somaticae with a special showcase session recorded recently at Bratislava.
On top of that I’ll be playing new music from amongst others – AnD, Alphaxone, Dalglish, Laurel Halo, Muslimgauze, Synus0006, Vatican Shadow and Autechre.
Somaticae is one of those producers for whom the music speaks volumes and prefers to have his personality remain in the background – which some might regard as mysterious. Who he is isn’t necessarily important. His live shows can often be dramatic and feature sounds that might be unexpected to the uninitiated. His work on Paris label In Paradisum fits but also embraces it’s own place on the label. His sound is techno, of a sort.
His album Catharsis, released on In Paradisum is a richly textured work that experiments and doesn’t offer a straight listen to those who take it on – or indeed, peaktime tracks for the masses. This is a shadowed headspace that rewards those willing to let it in. The album notes that
the watchword for the unprepared listener has to be “expect the unexpected” (which is an understatement). He can abruptly shift gears between dark ambient/contemporary classical and quirky metal/rave hybrid, yet all the time maintaining the odd uncompromising and dark atmospheres that are his signature.
A new album is on the way, Le Puits et le Pendule under his dark ambient guise Insiden. That’s forthcoming in January, also on In Paradisum.
For my lives I use Reaktor and Ableton Live. Basically, my set-up is like using advanced Korg Electribes on a computer (with samples I created first) and distortion effects. And I also use a noise pedal.
Those of you in Paris can catch him performing November 30th at Garage Mu alongside the excellent Container.