Sunday, March 09, 2014

2002 Arpanet interview

I'm not sure how many Drexciya/Mueller interviews I've missed linking to or archiving on DRL but this Arpanet one with Heinrich Mueller from 2002 was just brought to my attention. The full text can still be read at this link but I've included the Q&A below for archive purposes. If you know of any others that don't appear on a search of DRL please send me details.  Interview by Koen Marien for KindaMuzik.

Why did you choose the name 'Arpanet'?
"It was the predecessor of the Internet. Most of the methods and technology that we experience on the present day Internet was derived from this research."

How would you describe the sound of Arpanet?

Is Arpanet a one-album project, or is Arpanet here to stay?
"Depends on many factors. It would be inappropriate to speak on this now."

Is anonymity important to you; and if so, why?
"Anonymity is not nearly as important as conceptual integrity. If you loose this integrity, anonymous behaviour is irrelevant."

Electro, and especially so-called electropop, has become very fashionable these days. Is that a blessing or a curse?
"People do what makes them satisfied and we should leave it at that."

The album is called Wireless Internet. What is, for you, the importance of wireless communication?
"Man, by his very nature, desires mobility. This technology synchronizes with his instinctual nature to be free."

Are modern (or wireless) communication technologies, like the Internet, useful for you when making music?
"Well, in this case, it is primarily utilized for information: human-to-human interfacing and research purposes. Laboratory work is a separate issue."

I-F once said about the Internet that it's specifically important for underground electro music, because its followers are pretty scarce and geographically spread all over the world. Do you agree?
"It does not matter if it is agreed or disagreed upon. In principle, you must fully support musical work to make it fullfill its task. Record executives, in most cases, do not possess the necessary integrity to focus in on products of substance, but only profitable items such as pop stars. If twenty million euro were strategically placed in the promotional budget, you could make any music work. You must remember the boy bands and girl groups are forced down your throat by the media giants, fueled by record company donations."

What do you think of the following statement?
"It's not the technology that matters; It's the way people use it. All technology has limitations; that's why it has to be constantly upgraded and eventually replaced when more efficient and flexible options surface. This also applies to its human operators."