Ephemeral Highways by Gregory Kyryluk


Gregory Kyryluk

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Ephemeral Highways 




AV:  Before we get down to questions about your latest CD, could you tell our readers a little bit about yourself and how you got started creating the style of music that you do now?

GK:  A basic need for expression without the limited boundaries of language. I grew up listening to soundtracks which led me to Jean Michel Jarre and early Kitaro whom I saw in the late 1980’s performing live on VH-1.

AV:  Your latest CD, Ephemeral Highways, was released not too long ago. What was the inspiration for this project and when did you actually start work on it?

GK:  Inspiration came from listening to early ECM label jazz and early Windham Hill label music. Music from Metheny, Tibbetts, Micus, Rypdal, Ackerman, Isham all these guys used space in their compositions and deeply emotional melodies that transcendent time.

None or very little of what any of these guys recorded in the late 1970s and 80s sounds remotely dated.

AV:  Once you get an idea for a music project do you set aside the time to work on the music and dedicate your full attention to the project or is it a little less structured than that?


GK:  I only work when I am inspired. This usually comes from being out and about in the natural world or in my car traveling the open backroads ofAmerica. Ephemeral Highways is a very structured release and bears no resemblence to the space music I compose as Alpha Wave Movement. I usually don’t enjoy forced music making which I have experienced from some of the smaller labels that are no longer around.

AV:  Does beginning a new project bring to mind echoes of your previous works and how do you let your new work be its own creation without becoming too derivative of what you have created before?

GK:  Sometimes it does. Working in the AWM mindset I enjoy using improvisations with the hypnotic rhythms of sequencer based composing. I know everyone has their own genre they feel most comfortable in composing. I sometimes stretch myself.

AV:  On a project like this do you isolate yourself during the creation process or do you sometimes seek outside opinions as to how things are going?

GK:  Always. On Ephemeral it was deeply personal and I wanted to control all compositional aspects. However I do enjoy the spontaneous energy that occurs between two musicians in a room with little music at hand to start
from. By this I am speaking of the Thought Guild project with Christopher Cameron and my work with vocalist Jim Cole. Two musicians that were really great to work with in the moment. You never know where that evening's events will take you. It sometimes has its magic moments.

AV:  Tell me about a good day that you had while creating this new CD and how moments like that keep you moving forward into each new project.

GK:  Every time I started composing I felt I was closer to reaching my goal which was to release the music.

AV:  If someone were to pick up your latest release what would they find there? Give me an idea of the feel of your latest release as compared to what has come before. Would your listeners recognize it as your “style” or might they be surprised?

GK:  Great music for traveling the open roads. Something a little deeper, warmer and emotional than they would expect from previous releases. Lets give them a surprise!

AV:  When did you know that this project was done and that tweaking the mix would not make it any better than it already is?

GK:   I am not an engineer. I just do my best with what I have at hand be it recorder, mixer or synths. I think choosing the right sound for your composition is very important and I believe on a personal level I am good at that. I also had the audio help of Stephen Van Handel who has a very good ear for mixing.

AV:  Do you ever feel apprehensive when it comes time to take a project like this to the next stage and release it to the public?

GK:  No. I just do what I feel I want to do. I have no major label backing me and calling the shots.

AV:  What kind of feedback have you been getting since releasing this CD? How closely do you follow reviews or the comments you receive from your listeners?

GK:  So far extremely positive and very inspiring comments but then again its only been out a short time and has had very limited exposure. I always cherish feedback from my fans.

AV:  When you finish a project like this and it has had a little time to settle down after the official release do you ever go back and take a critical look at the project and think about things that might have been done differently or have you already moved on in your mind to your next creation?

GK:  Sometimes I do but after working on the music so long I tend to let it go and mature.I usually don’t have anything in mind for the next project and of course one can be very critical of ones own work but Ill keep that to myself. Plus I don’t have the big bankroll to hire a producer but if I did well…..

AV:  What might your listeners be looking for in the near future from you as far as the next musical project?

GK:  Well theres a DVD in the works with natural landscapes and scenery from the NW with unreleased ambient music and a new Alpha Wave Movement cd due for release later this year on my label Harmonic Resonance Recordings.

AV:  Is there anything else about this project that stood out in your mind that you would like to pass along the readers of Ambient Visions as we close out this spotlight?

GK:  If you enjoyed any of my releases under Alpha Wave Movement please take a listen to Ephemeral Highways. It has the strong thematic side of AWM with a twist.