What is your name and role within The Black Codes?
My name is Karnpapon Booput nickname “Jim” i’m Thais The Black Codes is my personal project, on the musical part I do everything except for some mixing and mastering was done by my friend but some of it was mixed by myself. since I graduated from graphic design school so I can do an artwork and all the relative stuffs, such as motion graphic, Illustration, currently I’m developing my own website which is nearly done.
How did you start?
Around late 2014, The Black Codes was initially started out as side-project for “Snuffvideo”, a folk music project I was focusing on at that time, and I became more and more obsessed by electronic music, so Snuffvideo was inactived since then. On electronic music I found it has shared some common ground with design, whether it process or methodology.
Though it might sounds such a cliched analogy but I personally think my music seems like a collective piece of works through time, like a memento, sort of thing. Since I’m working as graphic designer for living and do music as a hobby, Thus I’ll writing the song whenever I feels the time is right, that’s why it takes a long time until the next song is going to come out. I don’t often play live, because I will easily got nervous whenever I standing in front of crowds and it often messed up the show, but i still try to find compromising way on how to play it.
Where are you from and currently based?
I’m from and currently based in Thailand.
Please give an example of your music creative process?
Initially, I told my friend to randomly picking up around 5 images in any categories from any sources such as internet or taken by himself, then I randomly picked 1 out of them to write a song, this process was applied to some of my released songs, since The Black Codes is my personal project so everything seems manageable, controllable, It’s kind of self-centered process and I sometime feels in reality everything is less controllable, we’re all simultaneously depends on the others,That’s the idea behind the concept, Obviously It was inspired by “Indeterminacy technique” by John Cage, an American Experimentalist.
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on finishing my first ever album in my life, it is planned to be this year (2017).
What is your gear setup?
It’s basic setup, I have Korg Volca, and Octatrack, sampler machine, Akai APC40, controller, some midi keyboard, Fender Telecaster, and some little pedal board, but when I play live it keeps changing overtime because I try to find a way to minimize the setup not to distractive my focusing.
What do you like to do outside of music and does it affect your music?
Right now my interest is Coding,I finds it really fun, also I had realized there is so many possibilities out there, In programming languages world,I personally think of it like an intermediate to communicate between my design and music skills but it’s require some learning curve.
How would you describe your music genre?
Frankly, I really have no idea how it should be described,I think it’s good to being described by the audience, but fundamentally more or less it’s inherited some electronic’s philosophy, Sound as an object that can be manipulated, sampled, reproduced, I can see some overlapping place between them and design, metaphorically says likes two sets of Venn’s Diagram. on some degree design is reproduction of existed thing becomes new thing.
Do you know any music theory?
To be honest, only the tip of the iceberg. sometime I don’t have any idea what chord I was playing is, I just know that it sounds good, eventually, ultimately says, “no theory” is theory by itself, its’ inevitably to learn it anyway, so now I’m starting to learn more about it, but yeah, I still only know only the tip of it.
What are your plans for the future?
I don’t have any solid plan, just wanted to learn more about coding and find a way to integrated it with music and design.
How did you get into music?
like other normal kids, I saw one of my friends brought his guitar to school and it was inspired me to getting started, but the reason I started to composed my own song was started out as fearing of oblivion, when I was a teen around(13-14) I was obsessed with the thought about mortality, I thought I was gonna die soon, so I just wanted to leave a trace to the world, It kind of nonsense idea at that time, but by looking back I realized my young-me seems to have depression state.
What are you listening to at the moment?
I have no idea whether this “Obscured-sound” term was existed or coined but I categorize some exotic-rare-digging sound within this term, works such as Geinoh Yamashirogumi, Robert Musci, are the perfect illustration for this. Beside this, I really enjoying new work of Ryuichi Sakamoto, his new album “Async” is totally brilliant, such a heavy dose of beautiful melancholic atmosphere.
Who are your top 5 influences and icons?
quiet tough question ‘cause my lists change overtime, but the first 5 who come up in my mind right now are Steve Reich, an American Minimalist his works such as “Pendulum music”, “Clapping music”, “It’s gonna rain”, “Music for 18 musicians” are so inspiring not only how to making music but also how to perceive it.
Nick Drake, Nick Drake is English folk musician, sadly he died young but his work begin to reach the world after his death. His personality, his voice or his lyrics are so fragile and calmative but sometime it’s simultaneously encouraging.
Uyama Hiroto,I should add Nujabes along with him because their works like a continuous story, Nujabes is an electronic producer died in 2010, but his legacy lives on, I think one of the reason is because his friend, Uyama Hiroto, his works is like an continuous melody from Nujabes,I love how he’d used simple sample loop, but i can listened over and over without getting bored, the way repetition becomes attractiveness.
John Cage, He might be one of the most famous amongst others modern composer in 20th century,and “Experimental” terms was originated from his philosophy, and have fundamentally reconstructed the way “Music” or “Sound” should be, his most famous works “4.33” still one of the most radical and controversial work even today, personally, his works are not as interesting as his process and my paradigm was completely shifted when i had read about his philosophy, he interpreted music or sound far beyond just about managing musical harmonies, but exposed other aspects of it.
Brian Eno, I love how he approach music process through art, whether his idea of generative music or ambient music are influencing works.
Asano Inio, Japanese manga author, his works heavily talking about slice of life, struggle, kind of serious sensitive topic in mundane life.
When are you playing next?
for now I don’t have any gig.
The Black Codes is nothing but a product of mundane life.
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