Beat and bass bore a hole in your soul throughout Ranzee’s ambient admixture “Utopia”.
Phasing off into ether, we slip from one world to another on a slipstream of sound. We got to talk with Ranzee a bit about his inspirations in music and his singular style, so read on for more!
An abandoned outpost… In endless pitch…
You’re here, forgotten by a world gone dark. A sign of times, long gone, in which…
Humanity hardly made a mark.
“An electronic oscillator is an electronic circuit that produces…”
Like silk submerged in a fire-straddling kettle, “Utopia” bubbles and simmers with rising energy.
How long have you been making music?
All my life, but for a long time it was only a hobby. I purchased my first drum machine in the late 1980s – a Boss Dr Rhythm, my first synthesizer in the late 1990s – a Roland XP-10 (a Rompler) and continued to slowly acquire gear. However, I never really got deep into producing during those years (life probably was in the way).
It wasn’t until 2013 that I decided to get back into my electronic hardware and started writing again. I began purchasing some really cool hardware: synthesizers, drum machines, sequencers and samplers.
Then came the fun part – playing with my gear and hooking them up in different combinations and the music began to flow.
Blitzed synths swirl in a frenzy around “Utopia’s” intro, dispersing to their own nooks in the mix shortly after. Ranzee reveals bits and pieces of harmony like parts of a plot read page by page. Elements combine to expansive clouds and clusters, then collapse to a rumbling groove.
What single word would you say best describes your music and why?
Dreamscapes … I love to create atmospheres where people can chill out and have space to think. We all have such busy lives these days, it is really important to relax our minds so we can enable those dreams to come through.
I love music that gives you a fizzy feeling, that travels up your spine and tingles your cheeks. Music is meant to be felt – it is all about the vibrations.
You’ve mentioned Jean-Michel André Jarre as an influence for this track. What about his work would you say inspired “Utopia”?
Jean-Michel Jarre is famous for his dreamy synth strings and sequenced basslines (among many other things). For Utopia, I wanted to capture a feeling of bliss, giving you space to dream and be inspired.
In “Utopia,” high above us, synthesized sound signals traverse the spectrum. Bright sounds build over bass, bass blends to background and background grows to form the foreground. An endless cycle, this progression plays to infinity. It’s a recursive state of mind – ever-deepening.
If you could collaborate with any musician in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
That’s a hard one. There are so many artists out there that I am truly inspired by.
However, I think it goes without saying it would have to be Jean-Michel Jarre. His music has kept me in love with synthesizers, sequencers, samplers and drum machines since I was a child.
The whole foundation of electronic music is his life and it is so refreshing to hear him talk about it today with such insight. He’s also recently completed two collaboration albums which every track features a different artist – so who knows, he might be open to the idea 😉
“Utopia” is but the first track on Ranzee’s ultra slick album “Link”. Click the link below and press play. You’ll be tempted to stay.