At IMPOSE, we’re big fans of Motion Graphics‘ unique approach to music. His debut self-titled LP – certainly not Joe Williams’ first release, but the first under his new moniker – came out last week, and it’s an absolute burner. The album – released on August 26th – is a 10 track extravaganza, exploring the intricacies of sight and sound. The music itself brings an ambience to its surroundings, giving us all a little glimpse into the genius mind of Williams and the creative, driving force that is Motion Graphics.
Stream the album below, and then check out a quick interview we did with Williams about his new work.
What was the first album or song you remember listening to, and who introduced it to you?
One song that immediately stands out was “Promises” by Basia. She was a Polish singer similar to Gloria Estefan or Sade. She played this track/record all the time in the house.
How were you influenced by Twitter’s timeline and newsfeed in your project?
I wouldn’t narrow it down just to Twitter. Its like any timeline that funnels in that many different perspectives into one row of information. Its a sometimes funny/ often tragic/always fragmented place, but everyones really comfortable with it! I am too, Its something I connect with, I grew up as a heavily distracted person with for reals ADHD. I made this scrolling instrument w/ Ableton Live that selects/scrolls over 100 different instruments at random. When you hold the notes down it freezes the instruments in time. It never plays the same combination of instruments twice, and sort of imitates that chaos we get from our current news feeds. There are a lot of these randomized passages on the record.
Is Twitter your go-to social media platform? Why or why not?
Twitter is so huge. It seems to cast a really wide net, it means so many different things to so many different people. I just love how quick everything is.
Is there anything that you must have with you during your recording process?
I think having a computer would be enough. I have certain habits or go-to’s for specifics but I would say Ableton and a max’d out CPU would be enough for me.
How do you imagine your listeners enjoying the new album?
It definitely works as a headphone record. Like I was saying before I think it can function as an ambient record so any household activity would pair well with it.
If you could collaborate with any musician, who would you collaborate with?
I would love to work with any amazing vocalist.
Motion Graphics is available now.