Maddrigal – Alma Maddrigal
is a sound artist from Paris who began his journey in music by getting a classical training at a very young age and later producing for hip-hop artists, before switching to ambient electronic music.Tom (Maddrigal)
: "Soon making music [for other artists] became very emotionally demanding. So I decided to focus on my music and put the production aside. I've always been fascinated by Alice Coltrane's spiritual albums, and it was when I discovered Replica by Oneohtrix Point Never that it clicked. I love to play with textures and sounds, I try to get to that stage between meditation and focus."
It's exactly this middle ground between meditation and focus perfectly expressed in Maddrigal's "Alma" that drew us to the track. "Alma" is part of Maddrigal's EP "Essence/Lack Thereof...".Tom (Maddrigal)
: "On this album, I used field recording elements from my daily life. Conversations with relatives/family, and sounds that surround me. Like the street below my flat recorded from my window, the neighbors partying...
For "Alma" it's a recording of the street below where I used to live in Paris from my window. I then played the recording through a little bit damaged Monotron delay , so the jack cable disconnected from time to time.
[For the electronic sounds] I mainly use a Prophet Rev2 and a Moog Mother-32.
The Prophet Rev2 was a dream synth, I love its lush and deep sounds. I think the Mother-32 complements well the Prophet, with its powerful bass and more percussive sounds."