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S8JFOU presents animated video for UKG-influenced IDM swirl ‘Waves’

‘Waves’ is taken from Op•Echo, the new album made using exclusively Operator & Echo on Ableton Live.

This video tells us about a day of extraordinary musical creation, free and contemplative : We come across a string of small characters surrounded by various instruments and references to different times of the day. These little spirits of music live out of step with the world, they prefer to see the sun rise in the morning and create the open window, so open that they are outside. Their obsession even pushes them to get up sometimes in the middle of the night to compose. 

“My inspiration comes from MARY & JIEM* as well as the Quebec illustrator BENOIT TARDIF. The dance steps are inspired by cartoons that I like, like this scene from an episode of Snoopy, or a BMO dance in Adventure Time. The video is also riddled with references and winks like ‘My first Sony’ range that I idolize, a comic strip by Anouk Ricard because she’s one of my favorite authors, or fruit because I like to draw fruits.”

Preconceived ideas about electronic music die hard. One of them is the belief that the mastery of analog instruments would be more noble than that of software’s. S8jfou knows that this is false, as for him a computer is well worth a modular synthesizer provided you know how to fully exploit it and immerse yourself in it headlong. On his new album Op·Echo, the producer has only worked with two digital tools available on Ableton : the synthesizer Operator and the delay effect Echo. Nothing else. The intent wasn’t to impose constraints or limit himself, but rather to experiment and demonstrate that the character of a sound can be made from scratch and offer a deeper music and vector of emotions.

S8jfou thought of that idea while composing his previous album, Cynism. The track Analog Things, from that album, was composed using this principle. « But this time, it’s completely intentional, admits the musician. It is a concept that requires a lot of time and research. Every single sound or frequency comes from this precise research. By doing this, I feel like I’m in control of everything, that I’m like a scientist. » However, Op·Echo isn’t a cerebral album. It is carved in warmth and variations, guided by frantic rhythms and nestled in the softness of synth layers. S8jfou has certainly always loved machines, to the point of building his own synthesizers used in his discography, but also live. But one doesn’t preclude the other, and this experience, this thirst for experimentation enables him today to take even further his quest for precision and mastery of computer assisted music.