Interviewing Piotr Raczynski of Polyend introduced us to the industrial beginnings of the Polyend brand, Raczynski's own musical projects, and the ethos behind their MIDI sequencer and sampler aptly named the Polyend Play. A mix of listening to large machines work in concert and watching their synchronized movements plow through different phases of mass production while working at a factory, along with his own love of music and passion for music technology, inspired Raczynski to invent electronic musical instruments through the company he would go on to establish: Polyend.
At first I wanted to write about defeating the most destructive and pervasive creative block: the inner saboteur. When I realized that the inner saboteur––despite how it can defeat and dominate us so easily if we are not vigilant––is just a disembodied voice, I decided I needed to start by discussing how words and language affect us as artists.
The best collaborations in art or music are those in which methods, communication, styles, aesthetics and even visions are starkly, dramatically different. Cam and I have collaborated together many times in our art and music projects, synthesizing our seemingly mismatched artistic concepts into one. At the end of our projects everything simply falls perfectly into place. In collaboration we create songs, films, plays and visual artwork that we could not have ever invented on our own.
As our mute dawn spreads
Dreams like flight's feathers of white
Sweep our morning hour.