Aeriae is Sydney-based electronic composer/producer Wade Clarke. Aeriae’s tracks pulse with all the addictive beat microscopy and spliced atomic delights of IDM masters like Autechre, and wed these rhythms to conspicuous tonal beauty and classical figures. Organ lines, crystal-like textures and treated White Girl voices wrap around tracks whose compass includes the song-like and the properly experimental.
Aeriae released his debut album ‘Hold R1’ in 2007, along with the award-winning 8-bit animation for the track ‘AMay’. The second album ‘Victris’ is due in 2010, as is as another Aeriae project, an 8-bit horror adventure titled ‘Leadlight’.
1. What was the first band you saw live?
It’s hard to say. It was at the Big Day Out and I feel like I saw a whole bunch at once. There was Alchemist, Tumbleweed, TISM and The Jesus Lizard.
2. What’d you learn from them?
I wish I could say more intelligent and useful for myself, but mostly I learned about them -they rocked.
3. Got any pre-gig rituals?
Make my hands are warm. I have Raynauds disease (bad circulation in hands and feet) and playing without blood in my hands is both cumbersome and dangerous.
4. What do you think is the most important issue affecting music in NSW is today?
I can’t speak for the whole state, but in Sydney there were some prominent venue closures and related problems in 2009. It seems it’s logistically too difficult for a lot of venues to appease councils in urban areas. Standards need to be maintained because residents should be able to live comfortably near venues, but even while going out of their way to meet these standards, venues have had to close. Something’s going wrong here.
5. If you weren’t a musician what do you rekon you’d be doing?
I can’t not make music, the same way I can’t not write or draw. I have to continue to do these things in spite of my real fears of ending up in abject poverty.