The Artsy Jumbo | Janick’s Tuesday Never Comes basks in innovative electronica
Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012
Updated: Thursday, September 20, 2012 01:09
What happens when a B movie meets a synthesizer? At least for Tufts senior Steve Janick, the answer is an innovative, multimedia collective.
Janick spent his high school years playing guitar in a band and appreciating the introspective creativity it provided him. Still, something was missing.
“I was always interested in doing some kind of musical project, but I never got around to doing it,” said Janick. “After playing by yourself for a while, you don’t get that freedom of expression that you might get from playing with a group.”
Janick’s current musical endeavors began when he befriended a coworker, Ray Ennis, who is now a graduate student at Lesley University. After exchanging music and ideas, the two were inspired to start jamming together around December of last year. Both were disenchanted with the computer composition-driven music that dominates contemporary electronica and decided to create something different.
“We sort of take issue with the aesthetic of a laptop on stage,” Janick said.
Their resulting group, Tuesday Never Comes, is almost completely improvisational and makes use of a synthesizer, effects pedals and a sampler that draws from B movie VHS tapes. The group’s heavy use of analogue equipment and hardware, rather than software, better allows for spontaneous experimentation.
“It’s a whole experience, is the idea, when you’re there. It’s not just listening to music,” said Janick.
The project, which Janick classifies as a collective, encourages participation from “anyone who’s down.” Participants can watch the spectacle unfold, or they can contribute as they see fit, regardless of their musical backgrounds.
Though Janick once dabbled in electronic music and remixes, Tuesday Never Comes has quickly become his primary musical outlet due to its engaging, ever-evolving nature. He welcomes anyone interested in the project -- who knows, his next collective-mate could be you.