Inquiring Minds

Pictureplane's Travis Egedy: Confessions of a Technomancer

DIY musician, producer, artist, and fashion designer, Pictureplane's Travis Egedy keeps ahead of the dust clouds. I'm for anyone who can get stupid with the science fiction. Pictureplane's music reeks of MDMA, euro-techno vibes, and house music, with a lot of information packed within — knowledge of bad behavior and good intentions alike. But moreso is a feeling of someone directly attempting to reach through the filth and the dry-dust of the past-obsessed now into the juicy marrow of the future. Pictureplane is currently on the road promoting his new album, Technomancer, on Anticon. He appears opening for HEALTH Sunday evening at Warehouse Live.

Houston Press: Tell us about this new record.
Travis Egedy: I'm really excited about my new album, and the public reception has been great. I think a lot of the album was influenced by living in New York and the sort of anxiety that comes from living there. It's an album about our current relationship with technology and how it is defining our existence right now. The term "TECHNOMANCER" is basically someone that uses technology for magical purposes. Or has a magical ability over technology.

Could you tell us a little about the making of this record?
It's all made on hardware in my home studio, and then I take the tracks in to some other studios with some people who help me engineer the songs a little bit and to record the vocals properly.

What equipment did you use?
This album was mostly made on an access virus synth. And I still make music with an old PC desktop computer.

Who was involved in the process (if anyone) beside you?
I had help from Brad Hoss, Dre Skull, D Gookin, and Lars Stafford. They helped engineer the record.

What were you reading?
As always, the T.A.Z. [Temporary Autonomous Zones] by Hakim Bey was influential. And some cyberpunk fiction like Snow Crash and Neuromancer. Thee Psychik Bible by Genesis P-Orridge. And a great collection of essays called "Against Civilization."

Is it necessary to read William Gibson in the modern age?
I think it's just necessary to read in general in the modern age. More people need to read books.

What have you been listening to?
A lot of industrial techno like Ancient Methods, and Powell. Destruction Unit, Future, Nomads, HEALTH, Oneotrix Point Never, and a lot of old-school Memphis rap from the '90s.

What's the vibe on this tour?
Fun and jokes!

Are you still living in NYC? Will NYC survive itself?
I am still living in Brooklyn, yea. I can't ever put my finger on New York. It's constantly morphing and changing. It's mercurial. I think New York will always be a cultural powerhouse. I don't think it will ever not be. So I think it will survive, yea.

Would you mind talking about the murals in the Denver airport?
When they were made, a lot of people thought they were references to an apocalypse event on the future date of 2012. There are supposedly huge underground secure bases under the airport that are for holding high society and elite people in a crisis situation. But obviously 2012 came and went. The murals are very strange indeed. There is a lot of Masonic influence in the airport and its design. And I think the bases under the airport are real.

Current and ongoing extracurricular projects?
I've also been working on my clothing line, Alien Body, a lot. And working on this art installation I am doing in Santa Fe this winter.

Pictureplane opens for HEALTH Sunday, November 15 at Warehouse Live. Doors open at 7 p.m.
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Tex Kerschen is a Houston based gadabout, dilettante, estimate reviser and the Houston Press music listings editor.
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