We are really excited about working with Norm Chambers, AKA Panabrite, for the score of Graphic Means. Emerging from a love of early electronic, concrete and tape music, soundtracks and early new age, Norm attempts to create worlds of sound that touch on many elements and moods, from more spatially motivated ambient to aspects of cosmic synth, minimalist composition and improvisation.
For Graphic Means, Norm will work with his array of vintage synthesizers and drum machines to create a soundtrack to the Cold Type Era and then the transition to the Digital Revolution.
What is your favorite pre-computer age production tool/method? Probably the 4-track cassette recorder. I used it on some of my early releases. Not only is the quality of the sound very distinct (that grainy hiss and overall warm sound), but there are also the limitations imposed on the musician that force them to make hard decisions, unlike the computer where there are endless options.
What other projects are you working on right now, or have you just finished up? I recently finished a remix for Max Richter for one of his long piano and string pieces. It was fun to run all that through a synth and rearrange the parts. I've also been slowly trying to start work on a new Panabrite album, although incorporating new synth equipment always holds the process up bit. Also putting together a couple of archival tape releases and a duo collaboration with my friend Daryl Groetsch (AKA Pulse Emitter).
Check out some of Norm's work here.