These thirteen tracks of music from his released album take you where you never thought of going… for example witnessing a hostage holding in México “Saludes desde México”. Or the jungle of middle latitude “Seeds”.
The CD is accompanied with a booklet of digital art. Together they work well.
You can listen to some samples from his album here.
Hypnobooster’s website involves his previous indoor and outdoor paintings!
What kind of landscape do you have in mind when forming your creations? Where do you get your material from, how does the process go?
At the beginning there was one certain idea – an idea to create music that is drawn by my cognition. My head was filled with visuals, strong contrasts, but it was actually really hard to cast these things into music. So, for many years I just experimented a lot and consequently I arrived at some self-awareness, finally I had shaped some musical figures from which I selected the ones I liked the most and moved on in that direction.
I’m depending on the spur of moment when compiling the fragments of inspiration. I can’t really put this into some certain technique.
I have left the definition of my music and visuals hanging in the air. Every track on the album has a different direction, they can’t be compared with each other, even though they still maintain a collective style. My creation leaves leads to different interpretations, people can understand it as they like.
Could I say you’re leaning on the subconscious…? I can see references to dreaminess, surrealism (René Magritte’s guy with a bowler hat – Marika), hypnotism in your digital artwork. You’ve modelled images referring to brain metabolism?
I wish people to look deeply inside of them. Hopefully people can relate to these dreamy visuals I’ve made. I want to give out a positive boost through the general dark, silent and calm gloominess. People who have fallen into such a state of mind can get to know themselves better.
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I couldn’t help noticing a clear motif in the digital artwork of your album – the Tower of Babel-like constructing systems that climb up to the heaven.
The whole theme and the booklet for the album stands for eternal growth in a musical sense, the growth in yourself. All these pictures refer to gradual movement step by step in the direction of infinity. It’s actually the whole meaning of Hypnobooster.
As an intermission for the interview – the story of the Tower of Babel is about people, who wanted to construct a tower that leads up to God. When God found out about this, he made all the people speak in different languages so they couldn’t communicate with each other and finish the construction.
My intention is not to get to the high end, but rather to speak in a strong symbolic language. I represent the mediator in that sense. I’m not sure if God punishes me for that.
What does your name Hypnobooster embody?
The name came to me totally out of blue. Before Hypnobooster I had made music, I knew I wanted to release it under some name. I was considering Andre Pichen, but at the age of 30, when I rediscovered visual art as an expression (he went to some artschool – Marika), the name Hypnobooster came to me and naturally it started to compile the theme for itself and dictate the outcome. I was googling hypnobooster and surprisingly it didn’t have any results. Nowadays it’s really hard to come up with an artist name that has not been taken already…
Speaking of a working method… What kind techniques do you practice – sampling?
Yes, in a sense that Banksy has said, “Bad artists imitate and great artists steal”. These days it’s really hard to come up with something completely new, not to say impossible, because the perspectives on life coincide. I have warped the found samples, I’ve covered the little details with my own brush.
Marika has studied semiotics and history of art in Tartu University and Technische Universität Berlin and wants to specialise in art history. In past few years she's got involved with street art - particularly in cuprocking. At the moment admires sixties' garage rock and prepares an exhibition in Tartu that involves Estonian street artists.