Adnan Marquez is a saxophonist, improviser, researcher, computer musician, composer, and sound artist. He received his PhD from the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast. His research mainly focuses on the development of skill with digital musical interactions and how this process informs the design of new musical devices. His music involves improvisation and electronic manipulation of sounds in real-time. His first recording, “The Paradox of Continuity”, was released in 2007 under the Californian label, Circumvention Music. As a producer under the alias duplex helix, he released the “Bonds EP” in 2011. He has participated in numerous projects with musicians from California, Mexico and Northern Ireland. He is a co-founder of the Mexican improvisation collective Generacion Espontanea and the multimedia collective N0R73 (now OpenL4B.Norte_Hackerspace).
1) Adnan, can you tell me a bit about yourself and your musical background?
2) How would you describe the music you make?
3) What would you say have been your biggest influences on the music you make?
4) Could you briefly describe your setup and instruments you use?
5) Do the instruments/setup you use influenced your compositional approach?
6) Do certain elements of your setup allow greater or less freedom when improvising?
7) Are you looking forward to playing the Blackbox as part of the NI Science Festival on Sat 28th Feb?
If you fancy learning a bit more about Adnan, you can have a read of his website here: https://duplexhelixmusic.wordpress.com
Oh, and don’t forget! On February 28th Maker.com present a night of handmade music in The Black Box, Hill Street in Belfast. It’s £8 in and you’d be crazy to miss it. (Geographically depending, of course.)