On the first evening, on August 9, at 21:00, RADAR Festival Beyond Music 2019 will be young, in its beginning, as is the case with Stoyan Yovchev. The young man starts Omori as a drum and bass project in 2016. More about him, his experiments with a palette of genres – lo-fi hip hop, glitch and noise, and his plans for a musical future, can be found in our RADAR interview below. And in the City Art Gallery, the experience of the glitched “here” will take place, in the very words of the artist.

1. RADAR Festival Beyond Music has the primary goal to present musical projects dealing with a wide spectrum of artistic forms. When did you become aware of the limitedness of your own artistic form, or, to put it in other words, when did your radar detect the need for multidisciplinary expression?

I’ve been making music for three years, and for two years, after starting to go to events, drum n bass, techno, noise, ambient, etc., I have been interested in other art formats. The so-called “visuals” were very impressive, and I started looking for visual artists among my circles with whom to collaborate. I made my own cassette design with my first release and the majority of the track art in my SoundCloud account, as well as several YouTube videos.

2. Which three words describe the motivation behind your project?

The motivation for the Omori project in three words: emotions and anima, glitch, exploration. Well, it was four words ;d

3. To what extent would you say your artistic devotion is inevitable?

I realized I was inevitably connected with art when I was fourteen. I visited the Pompidou Museum of Modern Art, and when I came out I felt that it had changed me forever. My enthusiasm to make music has been a hobby for the past three years. But now it will also become an academic activity because I am going to study music in England with the desire to make this a profession.

4. If you could create a project in another artistic field or form, what would it be?

Easy! VISUAL ART – specifically 2D/3D animation. I know best what I need visually. It would be great to also meet a right person with whom to resonate regarding our ideas. In any case, I myself am beginning to engage more seriously with animation and data-bending, pixel sorting and other types of glitch animation.

5. 2019 is your personal year for…?

2019 – graduating high school, 4 live events (including RADAR), some (meaning many) personal dramas. I am closing this chapter of the Omori book and I am opening a new one – absolute dedication to music and audio engineering in an academic environment.

6. When is music beyond?

Music is beyond when it is thoughtful, when it exits the cliché, when it is made by sincere artists with a profound understanding of themselves and an attempt to understand the world around, as well as their own artistic ideas and what they want to communicate with their art. Art for the sake of art 🙂

7. Which is your personal radar?

Hmm…the radar is looking for a particular thing, right? No matter what I look for, especially music or strange ideas, objects, experiences…I trust my heart. I have my criteria and postulates, but mostly I have intuition. I listen to the opinions of friends and artists whom I respect and that I am close to, and occasionally they “open my eyes”.

8. The format of RADAR Festival Beyond Music takes into consideration the artistic potential of new technologies and their supplementary functions. What is the significance of technologies in your own work?

I rely entirely on technology. I work with two MIDI keyboards, a laptop, and I use music software, I’m not an organic musician with an acoustic guitar or drums. I love technology and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for us. Some people imagine it dystopic and gloomy, like in Bladerunner / Ghost in The Shell, but such films and ideas are a huge source of inspiration for me. However, if I have to describe in a word how I see things, it would probably be glitch. Glitches happen precisely within technology, which brings me even closer to them in a broader perspective 🙂

9. Often, the resident projects at our festival are acts of spontaneity or dependent on variables – and that makes them resistant to reenactment or repetition in the same way. In a sense, these projects remain here and now. What is your reflection upon the here? And upon the now?

Every live I do is spontaneous and relies on variables and it will definitely stay there and then ;d. And about here and now, honestly, it’s a little difficult for me to live here and stick to the now – I often think about the past and imagine myself through it. And when I’m “here”, it’s usually in the same space, but the reality is not the same – it’s my own. It is my own, a glitched “here”, which is more wishful than actual or real. When I present my music to an audience, I am entirely here and now, but I aim at something else: for the audience member to be through the music wherever they want. 🙂

10. What can we expect from you in Varna?

Expect an emotional set, the genres: experimental, IDM, ambient, noise, jazz-inspired jungle and, naturally, that Omori spice 🙂 So far, I have always enjoyed positive feedback on my live sessions from different types of people – be it musical taste, age, worldview, etc. And for this live, I will try to make your audience hear the best of Omori so far.

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