This interviews was conducted with Lex Rif from AINOMA.on 16-03-2011 Thanks Lex Rif
We are very pleased to get the chance to ask you a few questions.Thanks you Lex Rif that you have found time for this interview.
How did you get the name AINOMA?
At some moment this word became something like obsession to me, it haunted me. The combination of sounds in this word echoed in my mind in a bitter melody. Seeking for the meaning of this word I didn't find anything except of the ritual room in Taiyu-in mausoleumin Japan, and I was astonished. By that time I had already decided to release my music, and I had no doubts about the name for the project, as the word AINOMA was stuck in my mind. Now AINOMA is russian dark electronics project. In the context of the project, Ainoma is the contemplation of other people as mirrors with horrible reflections. AINOMA is a kind of portal, which reveals defects of the world we live in.
What kind of sound produces AINOMA?
AINOMA is a reflection of the soundscapes and thoughts in my head. That's why the initial goal is to create sounds that can be perceived, felt by touch. Speaking about genre, I can say that the basis is industrial, of course. I liked the way it was described in a review on Side-Line music magazine: mixing styles like industrial, ambient, dark electronics with orchestral arrangements. For example, the symphonic instruments are used so that attentive audience could believe in orchestra playing in front of him, just for a while- but the final goal is to ruin this harmony abruptly and to drive the audience into grinding flow of distorted rhythm and synthetic disharmony. Eventually the sound remains synthetic, just like the world around us.
Who or what was an inspiration to you for your compositions?
I wouldn't use the word 'inspiration', to my mind 'influence' is more correct and suitable, and I would say: 'Centuries of murders, implantation of iron in the living tissue… That's what resulted from the Mechanization of Flesh...'. All the things which I take notice of (especially now), couldn't arouse inspiration, they can only provoke fundamental, existential horror. I am not the first and not the last to face this monster. Composers, writers, bands, movies rather influenced than inspired me, and I'm infinitely grateful to them. They shared with me an experience of that horror, which takes place even now.
How did you came up with the title "the stone room" (AINOMA latest CD) and what were your thoughts to have this finished album in your hands?
The title is one of the translations of the word AINOMA, it reflects the state of inner isolation, which I've experienced while while creating this album. It's a place, where one is all by himself surrounded by stone, without any opportunity to come out. This is isolation from information flow, from advertisements, television, Internet, it's the escape from endless and empty space of symbols… Concerning the second part of the question, as soon as the album was finished, I had rather vague idea of what to do with it and who might listen to it. I must say that 'Alter-X' label, created by musicians and for musicians, helped me on that stage.
Since the music industry is more open now to purely electronic music has this made things easier for you?
What do You mean? Has it made easier the process of creating music? Of course not. And it is the main phase, on which the music industry is based. The principal problem remained unchanged- one should know what he wants to make and what means should be used for that.
Do you see the Internet as a benefit for bands like AINOMA? Does the growing possibility of someone downloading your material, rather than buying it, worry you?
I hope that by "bands like AINOMA" You imply the young age of the project. I don't regard Internet as panacea. The only good point is the opportunity to find a quick and adequate response from those who are really interested in my music. Internet is a system with its own laws and rules. Both CD- and Internet labels have their principles and demands, sometimes unfounded. As for me, I don't care whether people download or buy my music, the main point is their interest to the project.
What band or bands would you like to tour with and why?
L.R.: We already appeared on one stage with Das Ich and 'Diary of Dreams', when they had a tour in Russia. It was a very exciting experience , I should say. I can't but mention such Russian bands Sadanakar and Systemshock, working together with them is really enjoyable. There are many other projects worth mentioning, of course.
What about all the big festivals? Summer Darkness in the netherlands? Mera Luna in Germany Familientreffen in Germany and Wave Gothic Treffen in Germany and many more?
Well, I'd like to take part in some of these festivals some day.
What's the band's favorite song to play live?
Please let us know about your upcoming plans, some new releases you like to confirm here.
A very important cycle has now come to its end, the period of "The Stone Room", and we get to work with the new stuff, which will certainly differ from what was before (in quality), but the atmosphere will remain the same. There is so much that was left unspoken.
Where would you like to see AINOMA three years from now?
How shall I put it? I have an anxious premonition concerning the changes in the world for the next three years, and it will certainly have an effect on me and my creative work. And speaking about the project, I think there will be more people involved in making music for Ainoma.
Any final thoughts for our readers and your ebm-industrial fans?
Thank you all so much for the interest to our music, that is significant for us. I appreciate everyone who finds time to listen to our album. All the best, LeX RiF.