Friday, April 6, 2012

Interview with Fauk


A few weeks ago, I got the opportunity to chat directly with Fauk on Facebook. On that occasion, I asked some questions related to the creation of songs. Basically, anyone which creates a song, get inspiration from the neighborhood where he/she is, like nature, and humans. The selection of words used in the song has its own process. There is a process of creation of the word in every Lyrics. As we find in poetry, words which used in song lyrics, may have the connotation of meaning, or not in its real meaning. I usually call it with the phrase, "The word that has a thousand meanings."


So is the creation of music of a song. When creating songs, consciously or unconsciously, are also influenced by the environment around us. What we feel and see, bring our subconscious to form the composition of the tone and rhythm of a song. As I wrote in my first post, that Black Metal is a genre that expresses anger. This is represented by way of playing the instruments. No such slow blues, not complicated like jazz, and not as smooth as classical music. Tone and rhythm of the composition was formed to show emotion, at the time the song was created.


When I met a musician, I always ask, "Which was created first, the music? Or the lyrics?" This question may sound like a question, which one exist first, egg or chicken? But the answer is not as complicated as which came first the egg or the chicken. In creating songs, for some people I have ever met and whom I talked, they mentioned it is a relative thing. Depending on the habits of the person which created the songs.


For those who create the lyrics first, when they want to write the words they will create a song based on what they feel, their emotions. It is just like we write a poem. After the lyrics, they will decide what kind of music they want to make. While for those who to create the music first, almost the same as the process of making the lyrics, feeling and emotion is used to select the tunes they want to use, or without the unconscious, they will form a suitable arrangement with a sense of tone and emotion at the time. After successfully produced the music, then they would make the lyrics fit with the feel of the music produced.


For Fauk, the first thing he did in the process of recording songs, starting from making the music first. After listening to the melody that been created by him, then he decide what kind of lyrics that are suitable for the music. In short, the most important thing for Fauk, is to create music. Because through the music, he can convey ideas that is in his head.


I was asked to Fauk, "what is your inspiration in making the lyrics?" In writing the lyrics, Fauk get the inspiration from the surrounding environment. Especially from daily human life. The theme of each song is a relationship between human and nature, and the relationship between humans to humans. He wrote a criticism of how people live in the world. He tried to criticize what is happening around him.


At that time, Fauk give an example, the title song that criticizes, namely Djeveldyrkar, or in the English language means devil worshipper. If we look at the thesaurus, the definition of the word "devil" is a demon, a word that is the opposite of the word "angel". But in this songs, the word "devil" does not represent a form of demon, but the word "devil" is used as a representation of the properties owned by humans. Fauk explain the theme of the song, that at the time of the creation of the song, Fauk see properties like the devil is in the human self.


Then Fauk give another example, the song called Choose Your Path. Nowadays, human dependence on advanced technology, such as mobile phones, internet, and others. This is the reason Fauk write this Lyrics. Human social interaction is currently undergoing changes in shape of space. From the living room, into living room chat. From space called a cafe, into room called the internet portals, social networks such as facebook. This phenomenon is not only have a positive effect, but also negative. This social networking is easier for us to exchange news with friends who live far away from us, but it would be a bad thing. At least in my opinion, if social interaction is no longer physically do, someone could be being an antisocial human. He/She will no longer needs to physically meet with the others, because he/she felt enough through the social networks on the internet.


Fauk see that every life that exists in the world have their functions. The human body exist in the world, not just as a shell or place of residence of spirits, but the body is representative of the human physical form in the universe, and certainly has a function for the universe. In this song, Fauk expect humans to understand who we are in fact, choose the path of life we want to live, and understand what we want to do in this world.


From my conversations with Fauk, I get a conclusion about the music, especially the songs which created by Fauk, that is “Music is a combination of sounds, with a beauty of tone and expression of emotion ....