LUST AT DUSK CYBERZINE
ASYLUM INMATE: Chiasm
LOCATION: Detroit, MI
LUST AT DUSK INTERVIEW w/CHIASM
…and now, from a Lusting "vibe", either waiting for Dusk to fall or shackled in such! It is the LUST AT DUSK CYBERZINE’S divine pleasure to bring fourth to youuuuuu, to feed upon CHIASM…………
WARNING ASYLUM MENTAL CHECK! Where are you and how did you arrive? And are you alive?
CHIASM: Um.. i'm at home. it's thanksgiving weekend, and i locked myself in after driving home from work last wednesday and haven't left because it's cold and snowy outside. i think i'm still alive, yep, the cats say yes.
LADC (RedCrow): Thanks for taking the time to convo! I’d like to ask the structure question. What is the actual creative vision behind CHIASM?
CHIASM: Pretty much anything that comes out of me in the studio i try to record or sample, then make a song out of it. Chiasm is really an audio diary of sorts for me.
LADC (RedCrow): Why the name CHIASM?
CHIASM: When I started the project, i was in grad school for biology, and specifially was interested in neurology at the time. I was fascinated with the optic chiasm, which the project is named after, both as a structural reference as well as it's more literal meaning, a point of crossing over. I felt i was in that sort of place in my life and it's where Chiasm began.
LADC (RedCrow): How would you describe your sound? And what makes you different from others in your chosen craft?
CHIASM: I've been told my music is hard to define because i don't intentionally fit into any mold. As a solo project, the music is electronic, influenced by industrial and classical piano, with female vocals. I think what makes me different is that i really am writing for myself, so a catchy tune occurs by accident rather than the will to write for an audience. I think the fans that enjoy it do so because the music feels so personal, and it is.
WARNING ASYLUM THERAPY QUESTION! If you went into a restroom at a venue you were playing and you noticed a $100 bill floating among urine and "other things"; would you reach in and grab it, or flush the money away? Why or why not?
CHIASM: No. that's just disgusting! I might tell someone else about it, though.
LADC (RedCrow): Could you give us a brief history of CHIASM?
CHIASM: I started the project in 1997 in Detroit and self-released my first demo album, "Embryonic", in 1998. I played a few shows and got some track placement on compilations including the "Diva x Machina vol. 3" album on COP International records, and was signed to their label in 1999. My debut album, "Disorder", was released on COP in 2001, and i continued to play shows and write new material. A remix album with labelmate TL5 titled "Divided We Fall" was released in 2003. In 2004, my track "Isolated" was featured on the Navy:NCIS tv show as well as the Vampire:The Masquerade-"Bloodlines" PC game, and the project started to gain some extra attention. My newest album "Relapse" was released in 2005, and I'm currently working on new material.
LADC (RedCrow): What instruments do you use? Who plays what?
CHIASM: I use all hardware in my studio, mostly Korg, Roland, Novation, and EMU synths and sound modules. I play and program everything myself.
LADC (RedCrow): And who does the writing lyric wise and music wise?
CHIASM: That's all done by me too.
WARNING ASYLUM THERAPY QUESTION! What were your childhood fears? Any particular reason?
CHIASM: I have plenty of irrational fears, elevators, dogs, chewing gum, probably all my mother's fault. But i try to be brave.
LADC (RedCrow): Who else do you work with as far as Producers, Engineer’s, Studios and other artist?
CHIASM: Well, I produce, engineer, and mix all my own music, in my personal studio. I have collaborated with other artists in the form of remixes and guest vocals, etc., but it was all done through the mail. So I generally work alone. Labelmates TL5 and Zentriert ins Antlitz have recently done remixes found on my newest album, "Relapse".
LADC (RedCrow): Could you tell us a little about your latest work?
CHIASM: I'm working on a new single called "Prefrontal", which will be released soon on COP International records. It is an older track that was never released, and now I'm reworking it with several parts because there's so much complexity in its story. It will also have a remix by labelmate Carphax Files.
WARNING ASYLUM THERAPY QUESTION! There’s a drunk member of the opposite sex (or same if that’s your preference) lying next to your hotel room or backstage door half out of it. No one else is around. Do you help them up and welcome them in to seduce them, help them up and welcome them in to make them coffee and call a ride, or do the words "PLAY TIME" automatically alarm in your head? Why?
CHIASM: I try to be cautious around strangers, so I think I'd find someone else to deal with it.
LADC (RedCrow): Who has been a major creative and personal influence for you?
CHIASM: Early musical influences include Einsturzende Neubauten, Skinny Puppy, Project Pitchfork, etc. Other than that, my day job and life in general have the biggest impact on my subject matter.
LADC (RedCrow): What events in your life have driven you as creative and personal influences, both good and bad?
CHIASM: School, breakups, helplessness, loneliness, road rage, whatever it may be. Emotional extremes tend to push me to write.
LADC (RedCrow): What besides music do you enjoy?
CHIASM: I have cats and hamsters as pets. I like pinball machines. I like walking in the forest and building snowmen. I like scifi books and movies. I drink a lot of coffee. Sometimes i draw pictures with crayons and tack them all over the walls.
WARNING ASYLUM THERAPY QUESTION! Your locked in an Asylum, embraced by a straight jacket. Your genitals and buttocks are being overwhelmed with an itch equal to 1,000 crabs having a "mosh pit" on you. How would you relieve the situation?
CHIASM: I think I'd try my best to go to sleep and hope it's gone when i wake up.
LADC (RedCrow): How old were you, and how did you know that this craft was what you wanted to do?
CHIASM: I'd always enjoyed playing music on the piano since i started lessons when i was five. i got my first midi keyboard when i was 13, and started writing cassette albums of music, playing my sequences back through a speaker in the garage, and singing onto a tapedeck with all the room reverb. I never expected to become more serious about it until i was out of college and saw the bigger picture.
LADC (RedCrow): Give us a social stance. What do you hate and what do you love?
CHIASM: i hate busy grocery stores. i love going to the post office.
FANTASY QUESTION: Which other artist or band, alive or resting, would you love to collaborate with in recording or performing?
CHIASM: Bjork. She has no fear.
WARNING ASYLUM THERAPY QUESTION! Chess, Checkers, Dominoes or Cards?
CHIASM: Chess. or Othello.
RUMOR MILL QUESTION: Behind the scenes what is CHIASM working on or projecting to work on? Give us something that we cannot find out anywhere else.
CHIASM: I have an upcoming side-project with Louis Diaz of TL5 called BioMod. I'm currently working on a remix of the first single, "Seed", and it's pretty cool so far. A little more trancy than the Chiasm stuff, dancy and fun.
FINAL ASYLUM THERAPY QUESTION! If you were convicted whether you did the crime or not, and sentenced to meet fate by execution; what would your last words be?
CHIASM: i love you.
LADC ALBUM REVIEW
STYLE: Industrial / Electronica / Gothic
LABEL: COP International
LOCATION: Detroit, MI
CONTACT INFO: www.myspace.com/chiasm www.chiasm.org
Chiasm, P.O. Box 130684, Ann Arbor, MI, 48113-0684
(Out of 6*’s)
DELIVERY (VOICE): ******
REVIEWER’S MENTAL SCREAM: This album should be studied by any and all upcoming Electronica recording artists! The album starts off with samples of an airport, which set the project off perfect. Beware listeners, get ready for sound flight! Through out the album Emileigh travels range levels in vocal delivery and in sound structure giving the recording great dynamics! I find the album to be a must have! If you have yet to pick up a copy of this album, you need your vitals checked!
LADC ARTIST REVIEW (CHIASM)
Every now and then an artist comes along that makes us question the structure around us. Makes us question the reality in which we are swimming. They bring us murky waters rich in depth. They are tools of a sort. Tools that help us explore depths that we did not know even existed. Chiasm, the brainchild of one lovely Emileigh Rohn, is indeed such a tool.
The music takes on life form as if shape shifting in sound. It is beauty, it is joy, it is pain, it is rage, it is art and most of all, it’s refreshing! Her musical touch is very melodic and hypnotizing; greatness in sound motion. Her touch to both, music creation and lyric delivery are very personal. Very personal in the same sense that a medic would be while attending to a wounded soldier at Pearl Harbor, or to a victim at the World Trade Center on 9/11. Difference is, her attention is soothing to ones soul. To be honest, and I remind you that I am not comparing in no way; I have only had three other female vocalist reach me in such a way. The others, being Evanescence, Beth Gibbons (Portishead) and the late Selena. Just as the mentioned are very different from each other’s sound, so is Chiasm. The similarity lies in the fact that she has the gift to not only reach the listener, but she can touch them with words and make them feel it.
Her musical structure is next to genius, packed with great inflections and elevation points, shackling the listener in a car upon the great roller coaster of divine sound. The melody, rhythm, sample timing, sound effects and music playing; all executed in perfection!
Her delivery is very complex with a form that travels and defeats range and tempo barriers. She scorns you with highs, with lows, and complex over-dubs. What’s a bit eerie about this, is that she’s able to do this with a slow pulse as well as with a fast pulse in tempo. Her voice sound as a whole? I’d like to place a label titled "direct Angelic", contents under pressure" on it. Along with a warning label reading, "warning, soul seduction could take place on impact".
This is one artist that I hate to admit that I’ve had yet to see her perform live. So I’m sorry that I cannot report on her performance. However, trust me, I swear by the latches on my straight jacket’ed heart, that I will soon! Till again……..
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