Chris Christou is the man behind Etherfysh, a project through which he explores a dreamy, downtempo form of electronic music encompassing genres from the Berlin School and New Age, to ambient and hints of jazz.
"Electronic music has always been a fascination for me," says Christou. "As a kid, my best friend's mother was always playing Tangerine Dream, so early exposure to albums like Zeit, Phaedra, and Stratosphere had an irrevocable effect."
Christou, who is from from Hastings East Sussex, England, spent his late teens and early twenties exploring new music and saving for his first synth purchase: a kit built string machine and Korg MS10. He steadily built up a collection of instruments, and continued honing his soundone built around the visual and emotive powers of electronic music.
"Electronic music and synthesisers always had an ability to draw and conjure images, sensations and emotions within me. I have always thought that Klaus Schulze's title Picture Music summed up the genre pretty succinctly. I don't really spend time trying to work out whether Etherfysh fits into a particular musical box. I would much rather my listeners draw their own conclusions on that one."
Inspired by early electronic pioneers such as Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Vangellis, AshRa and Tim Blake, Etherfysh also count less obvious artists as inspirational. Weather Report, and in particular Joe Zawinul have had a major impact on the inspiration, thinking and recordings of Etherfysh.
Kawai: K1r & K1m, Korg N1r, Yamaha MU80, Evolution EVS1, Pro53, FM7, Absynth, Cubase SX, Wavelab, Soundforge.
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