"Seeping Sense of the Cosmic Abyss": Midday Veil Interviewed in The Quietus
by Dave Segal
on Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 9:36 AM
Seattle psychedelic mystics Midday Veil have been garnering some glowing media attention in Great Britain this year, and this interview by Joseph Stannard for The Quietus webzine is the latest addition. Vocalist/keyboardist Emily Pothast and synthesizer sorcerer David Golightly prove that their eloquence in Q&A contexts matches their exceptional musical abilities. Topics range from Golightly’s experiences under the tutelage of Karlheinz Stockhausen to the French artist/astronomer Étienne Léopold Trouvelot to György Ligeti to the assets of analog formats to the importance of improvisation to geodesic domes and more.
Here’s a choice quote from Golightly:
Though we have a lot of other influences outside of Stockhausen, and our approach is quite different, Midday Veil explores a similar conceptual territory; I like to think when we're successful we can play multiple genres, media, timescales, parallel universes off one another, which is something I think you can hear on each of our recordings all the way from the beginning, and has also been an inspiration for our live performances. Each piece has to have its own distinct sound-world; it's only by taking in the totality of the work that the coherent picture comes into shape. Stockhausen was also my gateway into Can, who I'd never heard of until I saw an interview in Germany between Stockhausen's biographer and Holger Czukay (a Stockhausen protegé), who convinced me that it's ridiculous to draw a hard line between "serious" music and "fun" music; that music, done properly, is just about the human experience.