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Searching For Soundscapes

Music

Searching For Soundscapes

Syafiq Rafid

‘You can’t express yourself through covers.’
 

 

THE ALTERNATIVE GROUP Amnesia Haze, is born from the frustration of being trapped within the predetermined confines of the already written work. ‘Covers already have a sound, even if you change and rearrange things, there’s always a motif that comes out.’ Looking for something more, the band wrote their first originals in 2011, breaking out of their box. ‘When you write your own music anything goes. You get to try new stuff, enjoy the creative process.’

 
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Moving on, I asked them if they could define their sound, or identify what grounds their music. ‘Our music is rooted in grunge, post grunge and has progressive elements.’ They draw their sound from artists like Nirvana, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dream Theater and Pearl Jam. Yet there is more to them than just thumping beats. ‘We always want to have this melodic sense. We always tell ourselves, get back to the melody’. For this they often take cue from greats like Jimi Hendrix. And even then they are not satisfied. ‘We don’t want to stay in one place, we want to move around, make our music deliberately awkward, challenge musical norms.’ Never letting the listener rest, Amnesia Haze moves away from the classic 4-4 or 8-8 beats, ‘we deliberately cut here and there.’

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‘We want people to be transported to a different landscape when they listen to our music.’ Instead of a message, they aim to move listeners beyond their reality. Drawing a lot of their lyrical inspiration form dystopian literature, they create soundscapes for the audience to occupy when listening to music. Following works by authors like Ray Bradbury and John Wyndham, Amnesia Haze creates these alternate spaces. Nonetheless, within these soundscapes their music occupies, the lyrics are still relatable, often dealing with issues like human relations.

Intrigued, I ask how one would be able to properly transport oneself to one these fantastic soundscapes. ‘Listen to us while on a bouncy castle, in cage without a key or just lock yourself in the car.’ Their music, if anything, is introspective. They aim to for the listener to be able to lose themselves in their music and at the same time find him or herself again. Because to them music is more than just the arrangement of different sounds; music invokes memory. They want to bring back images that words sometimes cannot do. ‘Its something words don't have, so that is why music is important. This extra sensory level.’

 

Amnesia Haze aims to take a hold of you and shake your soul loose so it can experience itself again, all through their music. Get their fist EP on http://amnesiahazesg.bandcamp.com/album/ep and keep with the band at https://www.facebook.com/amnesiahazesg

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