Float Tank 1/01/2017: Weston Rundle Showcase/Interview
Written by Casey McCarthy on January 1, 2017
Today, Float Tank featured Colorado-based independent music producer Weston Rundle. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Portland State University, he returned to his hometown of Denver, Colorado to explore a different music scene while also surrounding himself with the Rocky Mountain atmosphere he was raised within.
For this Float Tank session, Weston joins us by phone for an interview discussing his musical background, inspirations, and the character of the musical artifacts that he creates.
So where did it all begin for this 24 year old vegan intellectual?
Weston cites his memories of observing harmony at his family’s church as a youngster. This fascination carried over in Weston’s young adulthood and aided his love for soul music. The inspiration for Weston’s more experimental musical interests were initiated by his older brother who provided Weston with a wide selection of musicians that were sonically ahead of the curve, so to speak. Weston began making instrumental hip hop beats with an MPC1000 sampler in his late highschool days in Denver and his early college days in Portland. Since then, Weston began working with synthesizers to incorporate different forms of melody and texture into his work. While Weston does enjoy performing hip hop instrumentals live, his releases are impossible to replicate in a live performance due to the dense layering of different sounds.
The songs played today are from Rundle’s latest release, A Refusal, which combines synthesizer patches, vinyl samples, and self-recorded acoustic sounds to create a variety of introspective sonic landscapes. The head bobbing rhythmic tracks are reminiscent of Rundle’s classic hip-hop styles while others with a more ambient, fluid-like cadence showcase the artist’s more abstract creative side.
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