Cryobiosis is an ambient project from Cluj, Romania created by Cristian Voicu. The project attempts to paint with sound the environment and feelings that surround a man who awakens in a harsh and frigid post-apocalyptic world. Industrial ruins spread before his eyes while strange voices and distant signals echo through the dark mist. As he begins to discover the remnants of the old world, past memories of atrocities and terrible wars unfold inside his shattered memory.The music generally consists of haunting pads blended with field recordings, piano melodies and subtle rhythms. A lot of care has been put in the details and quality of the tracks. The first Cryobiosis album, “From the Depths” has been released in August 2012. In the fall of 2012, Cryobiosis became a part of the Cryo Chamber label and contributed a song, “Departure” to the label’s first compilation, “Behind The Canvas Of Time”. The second Cryobiosis album, titled “Within Ruins” was released in 2013 on Cryo Chamber and was well received by critics and listeners. A third album “Inner Stasis” was released in July 2014 on Cryo Chamber, continuing and completing the bleak story from the previous albums.
Interview with Cryobiosis
1. Give us a brief history of the project.
I’ve been a rock/metal fan since my teens. As a kid I studied piano and music theory but my main interest was always composition. After being involved in a few unsuccessful bands, I came across ambient music mostly by accident. The first song that got me interested was ‘Iodine Sky’ by Black Light Burns. Then I discovered Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Ghosts’ and I was completely blown away. It was as if I had found a world I always wished for. I continued to explore, and found CMI, Cyclic Law. That was when I knew I had to be part of it. At first it was really basic, I just played with some samples and mixed them. I kept improving my skills and fast forward about 2 years, I started Cryobiosis. Initially I wanted a very minimal, slow, dark drone ambient project. But I got bored with the tracks soon and decided to add layers and I also envisioned the story behind it. Getting released on Cryo Chamber was a huge thing for me.
2. What are your influences?
First and foremost, my own feelings. I went through some lonely and dark times. Writing music was a fantastic escape that also provided a great satisfaction. Second, growing up in a post-communist country with many industrial ruins, I was very inspired by them and by how nature reclaims the territory stolen by humanity.
3. What does your studio or recording space look like?
I would divide my recording space in two parts: studio and field. As for the studio, I try to keep it very simple – a laptop, keyboard and monitor headphones. I use only softsynths, digital samplers and effects. I work in StudioOne and use Alchemy for sample manipulation, Z3ta+, Sampletank and many others. My recorder is also a very important part – I record tons of diverse field samples.
4. What do you feel as you record music?
Most of the time I try to be relaxed. On most occasions really feel that I am connected to the music and I’m able to directly translate my feelings into sound. Trying to describe a location or a place is also an alternative route for creating a track.
5. If you had to listen to one artist for the rest of your life, who would it be?
This is a really tough one as it would be one of the worst tortures for me. I really don’t have an answer as I don’t believe that there are ‘perfect genius artists’.
6. If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
I’m going to limit myself to the world of music for this question. It would probably be Brian Eno; I think he is an amazing artist who had a tremendous vision in pioneering the ambient genre. It’s just so different than anything hear before and he had guts to put out something that had very small chances of getting recognized. The whole idea of painting a landscape with sound is what fascinates me. He had his own influences of course, but I’d really like to shake his hand for what he did.
7. What is something that not a lot of people know about you but you WISH more people COULD know?
I listen to a lot of different music styles. I talked to many people who are focused 100% on one genre – I’m not one of them. Sure, I really love what I’m doing with Cryobiosis but I can enjoy other kinds of music as well (while still being very selective, of course).
8. Who is your favorite prophet?
I’m an atheist, so I don’t really believe in ‘messengers from gods’. I have a great respect for people who have actually helped humanity like Pasteur, Curie, Fleming, etc.
9. Any last words?
Thank you very much for taking interest in my project, it means a lot to me. Keep supporting the underground scene and ignore the mainstream ‘artists’ who are doing business, not art. Peace!