Triangle Eyes Interview

Triangle Eyes 2B Continued Tel Aviv nightlife

100% Pure modular machines Techno.
“3 different angles, 3 different pairs of ears, 3 different minds, 3 different sonic spears, 3 different pairs of eyes. They came to hypnotize you, their name Triangle Eyes!” © Triangle Eyes 2011

Knowing each other for almost 20 years, Konstantin, Misha and Alex decided to join their forces together in early 2011, backed up with each individual experience and knowledge of electronic music history, production and performance, they target is to create an ultimate techno live act based on 100% analogue modular synthesis. They want to share their own “trianglized” vision with a wide audience of electronic music lovers and keep it as much live as possible in order to give to each individual show an unique, unrepeatable and original feeling.

Misha Handros-professional accordion, drummer and piano player, a great arranger and composer, a member in probably most known and important in Israel, alternative Russian rock band “Modelo Para Armar”.

A DJ and producer who is following the acid-house and electronic music scene since the late 80’s, Who’s lately had a various successful projects,collaborations and participation in some of the most important techno and house events in Israel for such promoters as Pacotek, N-Factorial, Legotek, Traumpunkt etc, releasing his music under the alias of Adeway on labels such Spanish-Boshke Beats, and UK’s -Hype Music and Recode Records.

Alex “Tolstey”, Head of A&R, producer and art director of Boshke Beats Records (established in 2001 in Canada/Spain)

With a broad of knowledge and many years of experience in the electronic music scene in general, He is worldwide well-respected producer and techno DJ, spinnng records since 1994,  working and producing with such artists as : Extrawelt (Midimiliz/Cocoon) X-Dream, The Delta, Fuzzion, Metalogic, The Rockitmen, Triple Distilled etc.

Alex could be spotted playing in clubs and most important festivals all around the world, ether its Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Toronto, Barcelona or Tel Aviv.

Konstantin Gervis– got 20 years of experience of playing in live bands from rock, synthpunk, industrial electronica, experimental noise to dub techno and noisedance-electro, his projects such Zvukoprocessor, Seventeen Migs of Spring, Penetrating Cranshaft, NTFG, ZV_K, gained a lot of respect in the underground Israeli and European scenes.

His passion for electronic instruments, hardware machines and real live in real time with NO COMPUTER involved performance, made him one of the most respected electronic composers in the Middle East.

Q: How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
Triangle Eyes: We all know each other since 93 approx. we all used to be involved in  underground concerts of various Russian rock and punk bands in Israel , we swapped music , hanged out, went to see all the concerts in Roxen, Zman Amiti, Ir Hashniya, Pingvin, we have a lot of common friends and all 3 of us are coming from a core of early 90’s Russian immigration wave who was involved in alternative music movement in Israel at that time.

Q: What is everyone’s part in Triangle Eyes?
Triangle Eyes: There are no rules that are set in stone here, but as each of us have different level of expertise in different areas and our studios are equipped for different tasks we tend to work in a certain way, but not always.. anyway, ZV_Koprocessor studio is interconnected in such a way that by pressing play all instruments start playing in perfect sync and recording every single sound source is a matter of pressing record. No software instruments and sequencers are involved in this process as we tend to play and sequence on the fly and find using anything other then real instruments with meaningful and “repeatable” (as opposite to the ever changing software types) interfaces and super fluid work flow quite essential. Usually Konstantin hits the play button and when he is happy with what he hears, we record it and then edit, adding some overdubs, composing new parts  and after arranging the multitrack in to manageable form so Misha and Alex can work on  further development of the compositions  when its obvious where track is going, we continue developing tracks together until its finished .

Q: What is special in your ensemble?
Triangle Eyes: Creating electronic music via tactile control, playing the machines, manipulating those alive electronic creatures is pure joy, its like playing rock and roll or something, pure instant energy. Also our fans have a huge benefit of coming to every gig and dance to different versions of the same tracks every time.

“New tools inspire new ideas that every now and then suddenly give birth to new genres and styles of electronic music”


Q: What equipment are you using?
Triangle Eyes: We can go on forever on gear… the list will be too long, but basically for music creation it is all hardware setup, multiple sequencers that play multiple sounds, In regards to modular we most certainly not an analogue purists when it comes to oscillators, but the rest of signal path, filters, VCAs and most of the modulators EGs, LFOs etc is analogue. Digital is also extremely cool when you control it with CVs. The fun about CV control is that its instant, very obvious and the most intuitive way to control synth.
We also big fans of Elektron Music Machines and that’s pure digital, but what a sound…. and the most intuitive and fast user interface on a menu driven machines.

Analog Equipment in Triangle Eyes studio

Q: Do you have any superstitions? eg: pre-show rituals or special clothing / accessories etc?
Triangle Eyes: No strict rules or superstitions, more like habits and common sense.

Q: What challenges and limitations have you faced with on the Israel electronic music scene?
Triangle Eyes: So far we’ve been very well received and supported, we just played our first show in Tel Aviv last month and it was great, promoters, crowd, club, press, gaining new fans, some interviews coming , like this one today, the fact that all the tracks we produced by now are already signed to some cool labels, and new labels keeping on contacting us asking for more music, we already making some remixes for artists we like and respect and who’s been influencing us  in the past, we got a great feedback  from our famous and infamous producer- friends so its all pretty challenging.

As for the limitations the biggest limitation is the narrow minded stigmas like dividing the music to styles and stick it to the bands who doesn’t really like it and deserve it,  another thing is all those exclusivity promoters politics, the typical monopolies, the press where the knowledge of the subject or true innovations are not so important as personal connections, the lack of unity between the existing parts of the electronic music scene in Israel, endless competition, repetitive trends, copy/paste syndrome.

Q: Describe the Israeli audience.
Triangle Eyes: Passionate, full on  party animals, curious, hot temper, going till the end of the road.

Q: In your opinion, who are the key figures of the Israeli electronic music scene?
Triangle Eyes: Hard question, electronic music scene  is much wider then dance music may suggests,  we really not up to date with the local scene, we spend all our time making music.

Q: Relating to your performance experience, what do you think is the best Israeli club and worldwide club? Also, are there any clubs you would like to have performances?
Triangle Eyes: In Israel its the The Block in Tel Aviv – best sound system in the country, at least from what we know, we would love to play there!
Worldwide club, there is so many good ones, but we would love to play a concert in  Bergahin/Panorama Bar in Berlin.
We like to play in all the clubs, as long the people enjoy our music we are happy to do it anywhere.

Q: What is the future of the electronic music scene (and the dj’s) in your opinion?
Triangle Eyes: Electronic music is developing since the very beginning of twentieths century, actually its the most innovative form of music there is, its constantly evolving with certain genres becoming obsolete or stuck and some are always on the move forward and sometimes forward and backwards at the same time. New technologies allow different implementations of classic ideas in electronic music instruments, something that was not possible or prohibitively expensive just 10-15 years ago is relatively affordable and miles ahead of the past designs. New tools inspire new ideas that every now and then suddenly give birth to new genres and styles of electronic music. So even that the future in general is quite uncertain we think the future of electronic music looks very promising.

Q: How would you define the word “success”?
Triangle Eyes: Success is an opposite of the failure

Q: What can we expect from you in this coming year?
Triangle Eyes: You can expect to be hypnotized and triangleized by lots of our live shows, and  upcoming releases on all formats and carriers as singles, EP’s, remixes and some compilations appearances too.

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Credits / Daniel Baranov for the photos and Inga Burina for the graphic arts


2B Continued Podcast  31 Trianlge Eyes.
Exclusive live podcast by Triangle Eyes for 2B Continued, extracted from original live recording from Triangle Eyes debut show at Pacotek/Dalton party, Tel Aviv, Israel 23. 12. 2011.

1. Diez y Siete
2  Hallucinothen
3*. Deep & Bleep (Triangle Eyes “Deltaplan” Remix)
4. BBC
5. Sharpshooter
6. Fourteen
All tracks written,produced, performed and recorded by Triangle Eyes.
* The Delta “Deep & Bleep” originally produced by Marcus. C .Maichel and Alex Tolstey, remixed by Triangle Eyes.

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