The first post-rock I was ever exposed to was at a party. Stephen, of Axxon fame, was the DJ. I asked him what that beautiful sound was. “God Is An Astronaut”, he answered. I was hooked. The algorithms of things soon had me bask in the glories of Eluvium, Explosions In The Sky, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, a host of bands and solo artists changing my music collection, forever.
(My interest in this style of music making began years before. Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” has an epic instrumental opening. I remember thinking: if only there was an album of just the music…)
It wasn’t long before I discovered post-rock’s ambient subgenre. Thomas Köner was an instant and unexpected favourite. His soundscapes were haunting, mesmerising chants filled with beautiful textures and strange droning themes. To me, it was a revelation: noise as music. I listened for hours on end, sometimes looping the same track like a meditation. I longed to create music in that style, one day—and here I am, learning.