What’s on Our Robot Overlord’s iPod? Autolux
Scott Thill: Autolux is brilliant at creating soulful rock that nevertheless sounds as if it was made by machines.
Greg Edwards: All the equipment, machines and pedals don’t mean anything to us if you can hear it working. We’re just using it to get an unique organic sonic signature that doesn’t sound like it’s coming from equipment. Or doesn’t sound like what is conventionally produced by that kind of equipment, pedals and recording techniques. We’re definitely using the technology to get to a natural sound, in some way.
Thill: Why do that at all? What is it about working immersively through pedals, tech and samples of fridge doors closing that allows you to find a natural feel?
Edwards: Because that’s just what helps us get the results we want. Plus, it forces you to let go of the control. You have to. No matter how much control you have over the technology, when you start processing a sound through a certain number of devices, all this chaos that you couldn’t have planned for enters the music. And that chaotic element from that outside adds something that is really inspiring. You know, I hear a lot of music where I can tell every note is exactly played, controlled and sculpted. And that kind of music is almost always boring and dead to me.