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EMILIE SIMON interview








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Hybrid and Peter Hook at the BBC Maida Vale session







The Seattle Session Orchestra with Harry Gregson-Williams recording for I Choose Noise






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written by Jennifer Warner

Noise. An orchestra waits silently, poised for the conductor's signal, bows raised above taut strings. This is not your typical electronic album waiting to spring forth from a full string section (to be laid amongs some seriously nice breakbeats), but if you've been a fan of or followed any of Hybrid's groundbreaking recordings or live performances, you wouldn't be surprised.

Though you might be by the cheeky answers to our interview questions! Admittedly, I got a little playful when composing them, but how could I not be inspired by the creativity that flows out of their latest artist album, I Choose Noise. I didn't know which part of the duo (Mike Truman or Chris Healings) would be answering, but all I could remember of our last interview years earlier was having to try really really hard not to laugh so it wouldn't mess up the audio while I was taping the interview!

I don't think Hybrid needs any more of an introduction than that, if you want their full life story you can check out their website links at the end of this feature.

So... what do you choose?

Jennifer: Is this Mike or Chris or both?

Chris: Chris Here Howdedoode.

Don't these these email interview sometimes feel like you have a blindfold on?

Still blindfolded from last night thanks very much..

No I'm not going to ask what you're wearing!! Instead how about you describe to me where you are sitting right now.

I'm at home in Wales sitting in the East wing of my country house in a small village called Llanfairpwllgwynryllogogerchwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoc roughly translated that means "The church of St Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St Tysilio's of the red cave" or where Hybrid live...

What were you doing right before answering these interview questions?

Just been working out in the Gym for the last 3 hours and i'm looking ripped....

Why do you choose noise?

Well i chose noise but you could always Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a Hybrid album. Choose a career. Choose a family, choose a fucking big telivision, choose washing machines, cars, compact disk players, dildos especially the black mamba, and electrical tin openers. Choose good heath on Monday's to Fridays and letting it all go on the weekend. Choose low cholesterol and dental insurance. Choose fixed-interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home and then set fire to it. Choose your friends. Choose the second Hybrid album, Choose leisure wear and matching luggage 'Nice'. Choose a three piece suite on hire purchase in a range of different color sheeps wool. Choose DIY Sex and wondering who you are on a sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind- numbing dwarf orgies as they do it in each others ears, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. (Nothing wrong with that). Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your life away in a nice snug bar and shouting at your children. Choose your future Luke. Choose Life.. Choose Noise..Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family, Choose Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family, Choose a fucking big television, Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc.

Agree or Disagree and Why: your new album returns to your grander symphonic style.

Agree, we got bored of our Terror Jazz side project called "Creme Brule" and wanted to get back to our roots...

Tell me about working with Harry Gregson-Williams. What's it like, do you all sit in the same room with an orchestra for days on end?

The whole process starts with myself and Mike working on a track then once we are happy with the almost finished product we then work with Harry and a Giga sampler library which is basically a box of Harry's which has an incredibly well recorded orchestra inside it that he uses to write his scores for film.

The final string additions get written here with Harry and then the parts go to one of his orchestrators where it's written and scored out for the orchestra...

Final faze is going to the orchestra and recording the session while Harry conducts, we did the 'I Choose Noise' session in 3 hour's due to a tight budget but with the help of someone like Harry we incredibly managed to get everything done...

Was that the same process when you worked with him on scoring Man On Fire?

Yes it's kind of the same way of working as above but the music is going the other way this time. We work on cue's until we can't get them to go anywhere else and then send up to harry for him to tweak or sometimes completely rework... Man on Fire was a great film to work on and our first with Harry, we came over thinking that this would be easy with our electronic orchestra background but how wrong we were, it was like starting all over again.. I think we must be getting better at it though as since then we have done work for Harry on Narnia, Domino, Deja Vu and Kingdom Of Heaven and also did our first full score ourself's for a film called Catacombs coming soon..

Will you be scoring more films?

Oh yes more on the cards already for next year.

Let's play a game. I say something and you reply with ONE word only. (Or two, I'm terrible with rules) Ready... Set... Go!!

Perry Farrell: Awesome surfer
(Editors note: he's the album's first single "Dog Star")

touring: Bus with booze

bikini: and blindfolds

martini: shaken

Peter Distefano: Dude
(aka Porno for Pyros frontman, also on album)

dream car: Batmobile

dream girl: Wife

Martin Tillman: Dude 2

Kirsty: MILF
(aka Kristy Hawkshaw, on album)

Peter Hook: Uber Dude
(aka of New Order, also on album)

------ Something sort of funny happened at this point in the interview. Maybe an email snafu, but our last two questions were left off or eaten by cyberspace, or Chris maybe just chose not to answer them? In any case, they were...

Now for something a little more serious... or not! Do you consider yourself spiritual or religious? Tell us a little about your beliefs, or how you make your life rules.


Anything else you'd like your fans on & to know?

Guess we'll just have to wait for the next album and interview to find out!!

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