Can a synthetic melody inspire passion? Music in the new millennium continues to facilitate how we create and interpret beauty. Throughout history, beauty has always been considered a “natural” phenomenon. Synthetic or man-made objects were rarely considered lovely. The most gorgeous paintings have been those which displayed the natural form (flowers, women, water, etc.). As music and art evolves, the synthetic feelings of these contemporary times force people to see or hear the beauty in the unnatural. While the female body’s beautiful mistakes were once painted on a canvas, the synthetic, “perfect” female bodies in today’s magazines are not true representations of the real people. As humans, let us embrace the beauty of the synthetic world, but let us not neglect the magnificence of our natural life.
Electronic music is one dynamic example of how splendor can be created via unnatural methods. From Kraftwerk & New Order to Trisomie 21 & Momus, electronic music has evolved in magnificently diverse ways. The electronic music of 1006 is clever, quirky, emotional, atmospheric, romantic, experimental, and danceable. The emotional spectrum can be felt between each beat created by the drum machine and melody made by the keyboard. Momus took a baroque style of music and fused it with quirky electronic pop. Happy Mondays fused indie-rock guitars with house and disco rhythms. The hard rock of Nine Inch Nails has always possessed a thick electronic foundation. Jazz musician, Herbie Hancock has created complete jazz instrumentals using only electronic instruments. Hip-hop music takes samples of yesterday’s synthetic music and creates a new work of art. Hip-hop producers like Swizz Beats, Just Blaze, Manny Fresh, and J Dilla utilize various keyboards along with their turntables. The art of the remix helps crosses all genres and moves the growth of electronic instrumentation even further.
Synthetic or acoustic, emotion decides the truth within the beauty of music. In the past, the sound of the acoustic guitar has always been considered timeless while keyboard-driven music often became quickly dated. The new millennium marks a new era in synthetic music. Now, electronic music has the power to be emotional, timeless, and classic. Dark electronic artists like Trisomie 21, Joy Division, Psychic T.V., Ministry, Throbbing Gristle, Depeche Mode, and Meat Beat Manifesto utilized electronic instruments to create their passion-filled music. Although these classic groups still exist today, they have given birth new generation of artists.
BOREDOMproduct is a French label that specializes in releasing electronic music. Founded by members of Celluloide, BOREDOMproduct has released albums which possess beauty created by synthesizers and the romantic charm inspired by France. Other signed artists include Foretaste, Thee Hyphen, and Dekad.
Signed to BOREDOMproduct, Foretaste is a group that creates beauty from synthetic instruments. Consisting of Creature XY (Pierre) and Creature XX (Sylvie), this male-female duo released their debut album, “Beautiful Creatures”. The splendor of the modern, man-made world is evident in the title track. Sylvie sings, “…I’m real for you, just for you…” Other dazzling tracks include, “That Smiling Man”, “Everything Is Red Today, “Re-Love”, and “You’re Trying Hard To Look Human”. Foretaste’s electronic music is sexy, clever, and artistic underneath the danceable sound.
Music is a reflection of human life. Our hearts beat to a rhythm as the music we create depends on a rhythm too. The natural world and the synthetic world have become fused together. Through the power and emotion of music, humans can move through life with magnificent style and boundless passion. Walking to a natural or artificial rhythm, we are all beautiful creatures.
MVRemix: What goes on?
Sylvie: Everything is ok. We have a lot of very good reviews and we are both working hard on a few tracks.
Pierre: We are trying to prepare our gigs, but it takes a very long time because we are working on new machines.
MVRemix: Tell us about this new album called ‘Beautiful Creatures’.
Sylvie: Well, this is our first album and we hope that people will love it. We didn't try to tell a story, but just to make music for every day. Sometimes you're sad, sometimes you're happy. We are normal people with joy, pain and strange feelings.
Pierre: The most important is that we didn't try to sound like others. That's maybe why it sounds different. We do like this image of cold people making some very romantic music.
MVRemix: What is the meaning behind the title, ‘Beautiful Creatures’?
Sylvie: We wanted to speak about people who try to sell products by using models and actresses. Those beautiful creatures are asking you think, ‘Buy me, buy me, buy me’.
MVRemix: You describe ‘Beautiful Creatures’ as an LP ‘…about passion, sadness, forgiveness, passion, crime, lust...’ Please tell us more about this description.
Pierre: I think that all bands talk about that. But, we tried to do it with our touch.
MVRemix: Do you have a favorite song on the ‘Beautiful Creatures’ LP?
Pierre: It's probably ‘Killing Disco Machine’.
Sylvie: It changes everyday, but maybe ‘Victim's Heart’.
MVRemix: Since ‘Beautiful Creatures’ is your debut LP, what kind of emotions did you have while recording the album?
Pierre: We wanted to do electronic music with human feelings. We worked hard on finding good melodies.
MVRemix: What song took you the longest to do? Why?
Pierre: ‘That Smiling Man’ was very easy to write, but I don't know why. It took a very, very long time to get the version for the album.
Sylvie: Yes, we made a lot of versions of this track. Maybe, around 30!
MVRemix: The shortest? Why?
Pierre: If I do remember well, ‘Everything Is Red Today’ was written, recorded, and produced in a few hours.
Sylvie: It's hard to explain why. Sometimes, your mind is opened and it's time to write good songs.
MVRemix: Besides the obvious connotations to chromosomes, is there a deeper meaning the names, Creature XX and Creature XY?
Pierre: That was just for fun. We were looking for strange pseudos. We hope that most of people will understand. That was never meant to be serious.
MVRemix: How did XX and XY meet and eventually form the group, Foretaste?
Sylvie: We both met on the Internet in 2003, after the first singer of Foretaste had left. We started to work together. We realized, a few months later, that we wrote about 20 tracks.
MVRemix: Does the name Foretaste have a special meaning?
Pierre: No, Foretaste has no a special meaning to us. It just sounds good when you say it.