I have been making electronic music since 1998. Around that time I joined international creative community 56 STUFF which became my main record labelHaving picked Moonscape as my first pseudonym, I started with tracker music. Back then the Internet was slow and sparse, and I was taking sounds from whichever sources that were available — samples from occasional mp3s, audio files from computer games, my own recordings of different objects and environments. Out of those I composed pretty random and unruly music.
Few years later I discovered Reason and fell in love with its Maelström graintable synthesizer. Glitch was big in the early 2000s, and I hopped on that bandwagon. Inspired by everyone from Markus Popp to Matthew Dear I was drifting between abstract soundscapes, odd breakbeat and quirky tech-house. The result of these experiments was my debut album, ‘Public Jewelry’, which I released on 56 Stuff in 2006. Shortly thereafter I assembled experimental ambient tracks for a self-released compilation simply titled ‘2004-2007’.
Around that time I decided that I have to have a unifying concept for my compositions. To discover it I resorted to the vast trove of Soviet Music. I approached it as Western producers approach world music — it was a colonization of sound. For several years I have been gathering samples ranging from political speeches to radio plays to Kyrgyz disco. I picked rhythm patterns from Soviet art rock, wrote my own basslines and built tunes on top them from whatever I deemed fit — waltzes, military marches, film soundtracks, lyrical and patriotic songs. Since this music was very different from everything I’ve done so far I decided to publish it under a different name — Idiosync. In 2012 I released my second album, Extrapolation.
Working with Soviet samples was fun, but I didn’t feel like locking myself in this concept forever. In 2014 I got back to my first moniker, Moonscape, and produced my next album, titled ‘The Future We Have All Been Waiting For’. This time I composed all tunes on Tyrell N6, a brilliant free analogous synthesizer. All beats were made out of electronic drum kits. To contrast this synthetic environment I intertwined all compositions with my field recordings.
Throughout these years I have been performing my music live. I started from playing existing tracks, but eventually I began rearranging and recombining existing compositions, often improvising on the fly. I often recorded my performances and at some point I realized that I have enough material to make an album out of these recordings. In 2016 they came out as ‘Gigbits’.
These days I continue making music both as Moonscape and Idiosync. I am also slowly developing a concept for my next alter ego, Caterpillars of Society. Its progress will be promptly reflected on this page.