ATQPOD037 || Monolith (Live)

Updated: Nov 3

It's time for the 37th Arteq podcast, oh how time flies. It's been a wonderful journey so far, highlighting some of Australia's best talents, and a few abroad artists to spice things up. We hope you have enjoyed the series so far.

Though it doesn't stop here, quite frankly, we are only just warming up. And we are so, so, so, so, SOOO pumped, to release the next podcast courtesy of Melbourne techno legend Monolith.. live.

Monolith lays down 62 minutes of techno, techno, techno. We'll say it again. Techno. Live, f*^king techno. Expect sexy acid, sharp percussion, heavy-hitting kickdrums, beautifully crafted modular, and much, much more.

So strap in. This set is unfairly banging. Monolith, thank you. We look forward to hosting you at an Arteq event soon.

CLICK to open mix in SoundCloud.

More from Arteq and Monolith below.

What direction did you take on the podcast?

I'm inspired by classic sci-fi movies and their sounds tracks. The flow of harmony and complex tonality in these movies exemplifies the futuristic direction of sound. You experience these complexities within the modern age of music. When you watch people like Jeff Mills and Speedy J play live they develop their sound over time like an epic futuristic sequence.

The approach to this live performance was to stretch and evolve a story. I have all these tools that I want to explore and discover how to evolve a scenario.

Why did you decide to go this way?

This is the quintessential path Monolith takes. My performance is to tell a story and the story is written as it’s performed. I improvise and it’s a essential part for me as performer. Initially there is a blueprint, however the journey of being in the moment is what dictates how the story is told.

What did you use to record this mix?

  • Moog Mother 32

  • Moog DFAM

  • Moog Subharmonicon

  • Roland TB-03

  • Roland TR-8

  • Elektron RTYM (MK1)

  • Korg ARP Odyssey

  • Novation SL49 MK3 MIDI Keyboard

  • Strymon BlueSky Reverb pedal

  • Korg Kaoss Pad (MK1)

What drives you to create and perform?

Again it’s about the narrative of the performance. When I watch a movie like 2001: A Space Odyssey the music keeps building throughout is chronology, it ebb and flows throughout the film. The narrative can be eventualise from anything; a conversation between friends or a painting. The follow up album I’m working on is based on a painting and from there it will start to progress.