Turning 40 has "not been too bad" for Brazilian electronic music artist Amon Tobin. "I feel like I've got some things done, so I'm feeling pretty good about it," he explains.
That he has. Tobin has released seven studio albums and also composed music for films such as "The Italian Job" and "21" and video games like "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory" and "Infamous." Tobin also distinguished himself with one album of manipulated field recordings (2007's "Foley Room"), while he turned his own voice into female-sounding vocals for last year's "ISAM."
"I don't really ever stop," says Tobin, who currently resides in Montreal and has been working on Two Fingers, his hip-hop oriented project with British DJ Doubleclick. "With me it, 'Alright, this is done. Now what do I do?' when I'm working on one thing I'll have ideas for something else, so I make a note of it and come back to it. But it's never-ending."
Tobin also enjoys the challenge of presenting his music in a live setting, and he says that after more than 15 years of active duty, starting out under the name Cujo, he's learned that sight is as important as sound when he takes his turntables and other gear out of the studio.
"The way I look at electronic music is it really isn't about performance. It's really studio music," Tobin explains. "It can't really be performed in a traditional sense; you're essentially triggering sounds from controllers, and the jury's still out on whether that's live or not. It's a really powerful way to work but pretty boring to look at.
"So for me it's about trying to be creative about how you present something in the live context which isn't made by musicians. The whole point of the show is to get around that problem, or try to, by making a visual interpretation of the music and make me a very small cog, visually, on stage as part of bigger machine...and let the audience react to what they're seeing and hearing rather than to an individual personality."
Amon Tobin ISAM Live and Holy Other perform Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $28. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.
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