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Stellardrone talks about influences including some of his favorite music...

READERSVOICE.COM: Are sci-fi movies a big inspiration? What are some of your other inspirations?

STELLARDRONE: Yes, films (not only science fiction) are one of the biggest inspirations to me, including other people’s music.

RV: Your first EP On a Beam of Light came out in 2009. When did you first start making ambient electronic or space ambient music and what got you interested in it?

SD: Ability to create my own sounds and structure. Ambient and space music can be very abstract and I liked the freedom of it.

RV: What are some of your favorite ambient and other electronic music artists, from older music like Jean Michel Jarre to modern artists and your favorite albums?

SD: For some reason I never liked Jean Michel Jarre’s music and probably never will and I don’t know why. I enjoy listening to only one or two tracks of his work. Some of my favourites are Vangelis, Kraftwerk, Aphex Twin’s Selected ambient works vol.2, Bass Communion, Brian Eno, Klaus Schulze with Tangerine Dream, m83, Patrick O’Hearn, Jonn Serrie, Stars Of The Lid, Ulrich Schnauss, Solar Fields and Carbon Based Lifeforms.

And these are the three albums that I can listen on the loop forever: Michael Stearns’ Planetary Unfolding, Aaron Marshall’s Noir Ambiance, Carbon Based Lifeforms’ World of Sleepers.

RV: What do you like about these albums?

SD: The awe and wonder, surreal feelings and images that they bring to my head.

RV: I like the way your music has interesting melodies and sounds. How do you start writing a song?

SD: Either from a simple melody or pad chords/soundscapes that I change later to fit my needs. I do everything from scratch, so idea can grow unfinished for several weeks and then I can digitilize it in few hours.

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