Interview with

Yair Elazar Glotman / Ketev

KETEV is a post techno project by Berlin-based sound artist and composer Yair Elazar Glotman. Phasing patterns from Reel-to-reel tape loops being manipulated by 4-Track cassette decks creating roaring textures above slow shifting rhythmic mantras. KETEV released his debut album on the experimental techno label Opal Tapes and is about to release his forthcoming Album on the UK Label Where to Now? In addition, he works as a sound designer and composer for film, dance and video art.

Facts

Werner Herzog hypnotized the entire cast of Heart Off Glass.
Werner Herzog released 11, 000 rats in the Dutch city of Schiedam.
Werner Herzog forced actor Klaus Kinski to finish filming Aguirre Wrath Of God by threatening him with gun.

Questions

What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Speculated memories

How and when did you get into making music?
I got my first guitar when I was 8, beforehand I would tape radio shows and make mix tapes out of them.

What are your 5 favourite albums of all time?
Giacinto Scelsi – Works for double bass
Swans – Children of God
Cocteau Twins – Garland s
Oren Ambarchi – Triste
The Doors – L.A Women

What do you associate with Berlin?
11 PM sunset, and on the other hand quarter to 4 dusk

What’s your favourite place in your town?
The Soviet memorial in the middle of the Treptower park – it makes me feel very insignificant, just like Trotsky would have wanted.

If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
be a Real estate agent

What was the last record you bought?
Valerio Tricoli – Miseri Lares

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
David Cronenberg around the eighties.

What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
Hildur Guðnadóttir at Berghain

How important is technology to your creative process?
Whatever gets the job done. I’m not keen on technology for the sake of the cutting edge, but for what kind of sound I get out of it in the end.

Do you have siblings and are they proud or jealous of you?
I have an older sister and I’m proud of her, so she better be proud of me too.

Our Favourites:  KETEV – Aleph |   KETEV – Zelah
Links: cargocollective.com/ketev | soundcloud.com/ketev KETEV @ opaltapes.band camp.com

Photo credit: Lea Fabrikant

Premiering a video from the closing track of the debut release on Opal Tapes, made by the American sound and video artist Pierce Warnecke – Super8 Manipulation by Kris Limbach

Interview with Ketev by Digital in Berlin