Caden Moore is the Illinois based electronic artist LAKE R▲DIO. He also plays for the band Heavy Ghost. His music was one of the most recognized names in the “witch house” movement that emerged in the past several years. His music sublates the traditional chopped and screwed sound associated with the genre in more idm, dream pop, and dark-wave directions. In the past several months, he has released an EP under a limited tape cassette run, Eyes Rarely Closed, as well as a full length LP currently available exclusively through bandcamp.
Do you feel attracted to the gesture of the loop as a musical mechanism?
Lately I’ve been trying to use—loose—too many loops. That is a tongue twister. Loose… loosen loops. Loop-de-loops. Because when things are looped they become too digital sounding. Like think back to the Beatles. Do you think they looped Ringo Starr’s percussion? They couldn’t do it. Brian Eno said one time that he doesn’t like to quantize things, which basically means taking a piece of music that you recorded and putting it in time, into a four four grid. When that happens, some of the soul of the music is lost.
Because there is no spontaneity?
Because there’s no spontentaity, because there’s no scratches, there’s no imperfection. I do use a lot of very quantized very calculated loops, so I don’t want to disrespect loops.
I heard you recently spent the week dubbing new tapes? How many did you do?
An edition of 21. What’s the name of this?
Eyes Rarely Closed, which is what my eyes were when I was dubbing them, because I stayed up. I spent almost a full day this week just sitting at my computer watching tapes spin.
In your opinion can one explode the infinite loop?
No. Not one person!
How many people would it take?
It’s beyond human capability. It’s out of our realm. We can’t control the universe that way. I was laying my bed and I was closing my eyes, and every few seconds it synced up with my thought, the visual. It would be an image of me in my bed, image of the top of my roof, image of an aerial shot of my neighborhood, image of Illinois, image of United States, image of the world, it just kept going back and back and back.
Did you play tetherball as a kid?
I wasn’t really in to it. I was more into four square.
If you could travel to any country in the world today, what country would it be?
What would you do in Antarctica?
Freeze to death. There’s a team of scientists in Antarctica.
Did you want to be a scientist?
No, I just want to hang out with them, and study snow or something. Every year they play a screening of The Thing. You know because when you’re in Antarctica you have cycles where it’s dark for 24 hours. Anyways it takes place in Antarctica and they show it in Antarctica.
You were recently included in an “icepunk” compilation. What do you have to say about that?
I’m not sure what icepunk is. I just had a track I wasn’t going to use with anything else. There’s a lot of tracks on that compilation. There’s like 50 tracks. Someone once said you’re only as good as you what include yourself with.
How do you want your music to be perceived?
I want people to look in the details. I want it to be examined. It’d also be nice to try to communicate my dreams through my music. That such an artsy-fartsy type of answer. Maybe that’s what you’re looking for though.
Would you like to read your dream journal entry from 2009?
Sure, I’ll read it.
To hear about Caden’s dream which describes how he chose his name, and a bunch of drunken banter, listen to the interview ^^^