8 Tracks: A Field Recording Special with Leafcutter John

Graduating in the late nineties with a degree in fine art painting it would appear that John held a passion for abstract creativity. He has just released a new album on James Holden's Border Community..

8 Tracks: A Field Recording Special with Leafcutter John

Graduating in the late nineties with a degree in fine art painting it would appear that John held a passion for abstract creativity. He has just released a new album on James Holden's Border Community..

There are numerous endless ways in which to approach electronic music, there is enough equipment out there for a limitless variety of opportunities and reconstructions. Leafcutter John has been regarded as a 'computer musician' in the sense that he often utilises software and technology to unleash his creative potential. However, this is not to say that he doesn't draw upon instrumentation and that the everyday world around him does not inspire. In fact, quite the opposite. Much of his sound design is built upon endless layers of field recordings, playfully warped soundscapes and the spaces in between the music. 

Graduating in the late nineties with a degree in fine art painting it would appear that John held a passion for abstract creativity. He later channeled this into his own music and as such was encouraged by the likes of Mike Paradinas and Planet Mu who released much of his early work. 

More recently he has released music on James Holden's Border Community imprint, this emerged earlier this month and was his first solo material in many years. 

Leafcutter John is an imitable talent, a pioneer of abstract sounds and the future of electronic music. We asked him to pick apart some of the field recordings and moments which have helped him realise his own dreams...

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