Despite having no immediate connections to Denmark, Sydney-based Corin Ileto is releasing her debut album through the Danish electronic label, Speaker Footage. For her, the label’s combination of art, dance and experimental sound ties in perfectly with what she’s aimed to create with her album Waves Systems.
The tracks on Wave Systems are mesmeric, experimental but not altogether un-pop-like in structure; built from recurring motifs and reverb that betray Ileto’s training as a classical pianist. They’re based on the idea of water, for all its fluid and malleable properties – Ileto seeks to slip between obvious genre and definition.
For her free album launch show at Freda’s, Ileto has brought together a line-up of some of her favourite local artists: electronic musicians Electric Sea Spider, ju ja, Chunyin (Rainbow Chan’s side project) and Kimchi Princi; as well as projections by Danielle Karlikoff, Imogen Baker and Rachael Archibald.
Broadsheet: Where do you live? Any favourite haunts you can tell us about?
Corin Ileto: I am currently based in Sydney. There are some beautiful gardens in Sydney, and I think my favourite so far is the Column Garden at Centennial Park.
BS: You’re a classically trained pianist. When and why did you start using your talents to make electronic music?
CI: When I studied at the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney I learnt a lot of classical music, but seemed to take more interest in my electives in electronic production and 20th-century music. When I started this project the songs were predominately piano-based, however I gradually began to toy around with synth sounds on my Nord keyboard and enjoyed making new patches. With Wave Systems, I wanted to push the production side of things, so I ended up padding out the tracks with a lot of other midi sounds, drums and effects on top of the synth sounds I play live.
BS: Apart from music, what inspires you?
CI: The visual element is very important to me. Lately, I’ve been inspired by a lot of sci-fi films. I watched Blade Runner for the first time this year and fell in love with the ‘80s futurist aesthetic. I’m also inspired by the video installations of Vietnamese artist Nam June Paik and the glitchy computer-generated installations of Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda.
My creative friends, like photographer Saskia Wilson, also inspire me. When Saskia and I collaborate we really play off each other’s ideas.
BS: Fantasy collaboration – any artist, any era, anywhere?
CI: I would like to create a catwalk soundtrack for one of Yohji Yamamoto’s shows in the 1980s.
BS: What can we expect from your shows in Sydney and Melbourne?
CI: Usually I perform with just my Nord keyboard, but I’ve decided to extend the soundscape for this show by using a Roland sampler and a 1980s Korg Poly-800 synth. I’m looking forward to playing tracks from the album live because I actually feel most at home playing the keyboard, much more so than when I am recording or producing on my laptop. The music makes the most sense to me in its live element.
CORIN plays Freda’s on Thursday October 29.