By Jamie Goyman
VANCOUVER — The pairing of Vancouver electronic music producers Michael Red and Gabriel Saloman was unplanned, but sometimes a friendship and collaboration hits hard and sudden.
Their latest project, Chambers, can be described as both unexpected and expressive. Sigma Flare II (Debacle Records), the second instalment of their two-part series, inspires wild, lustrous musical landscapes while exploring and reflecting their growth as individual artists.
“Michael and I have been making music for a long time and I think our voices are fully present in the music. I don’t know how anyone else could make this music or who would. It is the two of us in conversation, not speaking over each other, but speaking back and forth. Speaking and listening,” says Saloman. “An appreciation for rhythm and sound was a big part of our interest in collaborating. I think that touchstone is much more obvious on the tracks that show up on Sigma Flare I. The songs on the new album reflect a transition towards really discovering our own sound and way of playing together. We both have a lot of overlap in terms of music that we listen to and love but by the time 151 and AEBB were recorded we were trying to build the world – those audible landscapes – that was particular to Chambers.”
Artistically these two unyielding in their creative endeavours, wherever they may lead, and their albums have this significance about them that is hard to really place your finger on. The music of Chambers falls into an area of audible space depicting landscapes rendered in a catching body of work that not only transports, but travels alongside you.
What makes Chambers one of the better team-ups out there is their complete dedication to the craft and the camaraderie Red and Saloman share. “The best part is playing music, especially live through a solid system. The music feels like a world that I get to visit only through this collaboration. I’ve never gotten bored playing this music and never played a show without wishing it could continue on for hours. Besides the playing, it’s the learning experience of working with an artist like Michael. He’s a craftsman who’s put in way more than his ‘10,000 hours’ and it shows. Playing with him has changed my own music making as a solo artist, not stylistically so much as in terms of my knowledge of sound, frequency and the rigours of the post-production process,” says Saloman.
For Red, “Those magical moments when we’re improvising and find that zone and just ride and enjoy it. I’ve said it before, but I very much enjoy our differences — both musically and personally — and how we’re both experienced and grounded enough to very willingly jump in and explore where those meeting points exists. I learn a ton from Gabriel, and I love to learn.”
Within the Vancouver electronic music scene Red and Saloman are known for their abilities, both live and in the studio. This Chambers collaboration has come to be one of those huzzah moments for the duo on their creative paths as artists. “Being creative is a physical and spiritual need for me, not a want,” Red says. “I need to express and interpret and discover in order to stay, or go back to being sane and grounded. I’m very naturally motivated to go places other people haven’t gone before and try to break new ground, and also to express the parts of me that haven’t been expressed yet. Chambers is definitely in that category,” Red says.
For more from Chambers, check out www.chambers-dub.net.BC, British Columbia, Chambers