Dan McPharlin created an amazing series of miniature paper synthesizers several years ago, but, much like Doktor A’s H.R. Giger glasses, thanks to Internet magic, McPharlin’s synths are enjoying a second renaissance. Here’s McPharlin in a 2010 Sci-Fi-o-Rama interview answering “how intrinsic/influential is creating and listening to Music/Audio with your artwork”?
Music is very important. I feel a bit like I’m losing my soul if I’m not creating music regularly. The things I’m drawn to in music are similar to those I’m drawn to in visual art; form, space, atmosphere. I love music that evokes strange worlds, sound environments that seem more like natural phenomena than anything created by human or machine. I’m always listening to something while I work on my art; there are a handful of artists that tend to inspire the right mood while I’m creating; Gyorgy Ligeti, Arvo Part, Klaus Schulze, Jeff Mills, Basic Channel, Toru Takemitsu are a few names that come to mind.