QA : LXV

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Photo by Nick Stathopoulos
1. Who are you?
David W. Sutton III. I currently record music under the alias LXV and Heaven Copy.
2. What do you do?
I am an internet library technician, i guess, for the Internet Archive. I also have been recording and performing electronic music since 2004.
3. Where do you often create/produce?
In my bedroom almost always. the conceptual framework is usually formed while i’m at work researching things, or out in the world i guess. I’m constantly obsessing over ideas, scribbling notes in something. So sitting down to “realize” the sounds, the compositions, it happens pretty fluidly usually.
4. When?
Usually once a week or every couple weeks, and then periodically listen back, and fiddle with things. I have had a pretty good run on production for a few years now, but when the ideas or drive isn’t coming I don’t think its good for me to try and force it. I set some time aside every weekend when all the receptors are jammed with ideas and revelations of the week, so i’ll sit down for a couple of hours and try to work them out. It’s a little hard to work on music during a conventional work week. I am staring at a screen all day and then to continue that at home gets tough, so having a day set aside each weekend or so makes the most sense, even though you do sacrifice some spontaneity.
5. Why do you play music?
I don’t think I do much “playing” really anymore. there aren’t really instruments involved, safe for a single module; the rest is processing software, samplers and directives. I always felt that sound was the best realm for me to realize ideas. I always liked things that were forged in non-linear modes of thought. I grew up making visual things as well, but it never felt as natural; possibly because I am drawn to the illusory capabilities of music and sound. Although sound is a time based medium everything embedded in the duration has vast possibilities. You can create virtual environments, influence mental spaces, contain tons of content deep within the scope of auditory reception. That is then superimposed into other environments via the listener. There is so much in play when using this language, active and passive listening, memory and perception, etc.
6. When did you start making music?
I started making music when I was 15ish.
7. Which track defines you the most?
Hm, hard to say. I think I have tried to keep myself, my personality at arms length in the music I have been making. “Clear” an LP released last summer on Anomia is definitely something I would like people to listen to as an album. If anything it defines the project of LXV. I felt really happy with how that came out, felt as if it seamlessly synchronized ideas I had about music and about the world.
8. How would you describe your own music?
Every project is a separate concept, a separate methodology of realization. I think, for the most part, i’ll leave that up to other people maybe. LXV is definitely intended for active listening. I don’t consider it to be ambient.
9. Any track of the moment?
I don’t know, I’m definitely excited about some things coming up though. A new cassette on Phinery I am very excited for people to hear as well a bit of a different direction with Heaven Copy on Summer Isle.
10.What influences your work?
I guess knowing that I have an arena to reconcile ideas about the world, about existence and that they can become something else, they can become sound environments, abstracted and that other people can then project their own ideas about the world onto and interact with them.
11.What’s your academic background? Are you an autodidact?
I received a BFA. I studied the spectrum of visual arts without totally investing myself in any of it. In terms of audio stuff I suppose I am an autodidact for the most part.
12.Favorite designer?
Antonio Trecel Diaz
13.Favorite book?
For fiction maybe “The Transmigration of Timothy Archer” and “Pattern Recognition”. Non fiction- I’m interested in a bunch of things concerning the history of religion, ideas about the ancient and antediluvian world and speculation about the philosophy therein. Lately I keep returning to texts from the Nag Hammadi Library.
14.Favorite classic movie?
Spirit of The Beehive, Heart of Glass, Woman In The Dunes, La Jetee, Solaris, Stalker, Andrei Rublev, High Planes Drifter, Pickpocket, Nirvana (1997)
15.Favorite music label?
All Gone, LITF, Anomia, Monorail Trespassing,  Enjoying sounds I’ve heard from Vienna Press lately. Used to like this label Morc Tapes a lot, not sure if they’re still around. Sacred Phrases, Raster-Noton.
16.Your dream collaboration?
Probably to be able source and manipulate recordings at certain places, collaborate with the different environments; magnetic anomalies, Antarctica, Skinwalker Ranch, Atacama Desert, other places..
17. Are you analog or digital?
Both.
18.Which soft wares/tools/ instruments do you use/play?
Roland SP808EX, Pure data, been sampling some things from an E-MU rompler, sometimes I will sample from variable speed tape decks or a califone variable speed turntable.
19.Describe your creative process?
Have a fractured view of reality, write down observations, translate into spatially arranged membrane of hypermedia.
20.When are you the most prolific (creatively)?
I don’t have that figured out right now. I have definitely slumped for years at a time but I currently feel, at least with sound stuff, right now pretty consistent with ideas and motivation. due for a break probably.
21. Any favorite record stores? (Real/virtual)
Princeton record exchange, Reckless in Chicago, mostly for CD’s ha. There used to be a 78RPM store at this flea market but it closed.
22.What’s your life philosophy? (Optimistic/pessimistic)
A healthy mix of both. Most often I feel confident in the idea of panpsychism.
23.Do you have a healthy lifestyle?
Probably not as healthy as it should be.. did I get tricked into an online survey!?
24.How do you manage your time effectively? (Job/hobby)
its not hard when you aren’t forcing yourself. My job also isn’t very demanding apart from the time spent there. I often get obsessed about ideas, especially if i’m not working on them.
25. Any secret skills?
Hmmm, not sure
26. Any future plans?
Interested in working more hands on with auditory phenomena; exploring physical occurrences as opposed to digital processing.
27.What’s your life motto?
“I dreamt of a worm”
28. Any “mot de la fin”?
Don’t trust the first listen, i guess, unless it really sucks.

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