Slowfoot was introduced to Robert Logan by producer Ivor Guest [Grace Jones, Brigitte Fontaine, Bomb The Bass], who, impressed by such an obvious talent, invited him to the studio to contribute beats and textures for Grace Jones' forthcoming album. They have since collaborated, alongside Brian Eno and Philip Sheppard, on the music for a feature-length documentary.
Robert has been composing for a number of years and the resulting debut Cognessence shows the confidence of his production and the intelligent fusion of influences from folk, medieval and classical to krautrock and electronica. He blends acoustic and electronic instruments and sound sources including voices, field recordings and a hungarian cimbalom, and has developed an intuitive and fluid use of digital production tools through which he squeezes, teases and shapes this material.
His complex and restless rhythms carry an echo of his half Hungarian backround and its rich musical history. His production skills are edge of the seat, playful and assymetrical - a powerful assimilation of recent trends that mellows with repeated listens to reveal a strong melodic instinct.
Robert's methods are rooted in improvisation and experimentation, but also owe a debt to his exposure to composers from the classical tradition and to the work of pioneers in contemporary and electronic music from its beginnings through to the present day. In particular Robert cites composers such as Steve Reich and Arvo Part, 70's outfits like Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk, through to more recent artists Autechre and Aphex Twin. Music from around the globe including Hungarian folk and Javanese gamelan, as well as dark ambient albums created by the likes of Lustmord, Robert Rich, and Steve Roach have also had a huge influence.
When I was six or seven years old, I would improvise on the piano for hours. I was obsessed with creating things, and after seeing my dad improvise, I tried playing for myself and discovered the perfect way to express myself. My music today is basically rooted in those experiences; improvising with sounds and melodies to try and capture what I have in my head, to create new atmospheres to inhabit. It's a spontaneous experience, even if there is often a basic plan I have for a track and even if my roots are in classical composition and traditional instrumentation.
Composed the music for Alex Gibney's Oscar winning documentary feature 'Taxi to the Darkside' with Ivor Guest, Philip Sheppard and Brian Eno.
Created ambient textures and drum edits for "Hurricane" from the forthcoming Grace Jones album.
Has also collaborated with or remixed for Ivor Guest, Slovo, Sarah Sarhandi, Snorkel, Andrea Black, Red Snapper, Gagarin, Raf & O, Tim Simenon, Phillip Shepherd
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