Interview with

Moon Zero

Moon Zero is the enigmatic and ethereal project of London-based Tim Garratt. Composed and recorded entirely in churches, Moon Zero’s compositions explore the harmonic chaos of competing frequencies. ‘Tombs’ is the debut release for Tim Garratt under his Moon Zero moniker. This four track EP introduces Tim’s approach to noise-drone, incorporating melody and structure, delivered through processed instrumentation and filtered electronics. Denovali Records is pleased to announce the release of Moon Zero’s second EP ‘LOSS’, the result of a year spent working out how to play Moon Zero live and then going on to play concerts. Using a wide range of instrumentation such ad drawbar organ, bass synth, vocals, fx processors and guitar pedals, Loss was written & recorded over 2 days at St George in The East Church in London, October 2013. Composing and recording in churches, the musical works of Moon Zero embody their character; the authentic space and depth to the sound. Some frequencies cause parts of the church to vibrate wildly. One can hear children playing outside and wind blowing through the gaps of the windows. It has life.

Facts

1:  I lost something in the hills.

2:  It is impossible to dislike the band Los Cripis.

3:  The moon moves 3.8 cm away from the Earth every year.

Questions

What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
I’m always searching for sounds that move me emotionally. That can come from a certain resonant frequency, the acoustic space they are made, or just something that moves sonically in an exciting way.

How and when did you get into making music?
As a kid and playing around with guitars and a tape recorder in friends bedrooms. A practice that still exists for me to this day, but with better results I hope!

What are your 5 favourite albums of all time?
A tough one! I think these albums have always stood the test of time with me, for reasons of nostalgia or for changing my musical perspectives:
Neil Young – On The Beach
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven
The Fall – Grotesque
Tim Hecker – Ravedeath 1972
Guru Guru – UFO

What do you associate with Berlin?
I’ve only been a couple of times, but: A sense of freedom, creative spirit, techno, cheap rents, Lou Reed.

What’s your favourite place in your town?
St James Gardens in Limehouse.

If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
I’d probably be a dissatisfied field recordist. Or hopefully I’d have more time to read.

What was the last record you bought?
Swans – To Be Kind

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Sohrab

What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
One that has always stood out is Do Make Say Think at the Spitz in London. It was when I first moved to the city and was a beautiful introduction.

How important is technology to your creative process?
It’s important in so far that it facilitates it. I’d like to think I could be as creative without it though. I don’t feel particularly on the cutting edge with my use of technology, but I guess new technology means that it’s cheaper to buy old technology so that’s a good thing!

Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?
We haven’t really spoken about it, but I imagine he’s got my back.

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