Like many electronic artists, Ryan Lee West aka Rival Consoles spent his early years experimenting with IDM, glitch and dance, but one consistent element in his musical journey has been his desire to create a more organic, humanised sound.
Now restricting himself to a small selection of analogue equipment, West engages his hands directly with instruments and is very selective about what he then records into the computer. He reduces musical parts even further, leaving enough space around the sound for it to breath. Odyssey is a reflection of West's quest to create atmosphere and space from minimal arrangements.
'I'm kind of obsessed with the idea of reduction. It's all about using the right ingredients at the right points in time. A lot of these ingredients are short recordings, such as ice cracking, mechanical clicks, clicks from synth errors, sounds of debris, guitar plucks etc., which interact with the simple arrangements and create little hints of rhythm.' - Ryan Lee West
The new 5-track EP will be released worldwide on October 21 in the form of a 12" Vinyl and Download via Erased Tapes.
West will perform alongside his contemporary composer mates Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm for a special electronic Erased Tapes night as part of London's The Hydra series. The same day will also see a special in-store event at Phonica Records, where West will showcase the 'Odyssey' EP amongst other tracks on his beloved analogue gear, joined by South London's artist Supermundane creating a live art piece in the store window.
18.10. LONDON (UK) - Phonica Records Pre-Release In-store Party, 8pm
18.10. LONDON (UK) - Village Underground The Hydra: Erased Tapes Special w/ Nils Frahm and Kiasmos (Ólafur Arnalds),11pm
B3. Soul (feat. Peter Broderick)
Take a look back at October's inaugural event.
The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.