What are the genres that describe better your music style?
Ambient, Contemporary Classical, Neo-classical, Dark Ambient, Space Music
Few words about your musical background and career?
I am a musician and composer that has been making music for a long as I can remember. I grew up in a a pretty large musical family with what felt like music all around me. However I've always preferred writing and working on my own and following my own passions. I was always looking for anything I could lay my hands on that made some kind of interesting music or noise which meant that I never became too locked into any particular music style or genre, something that is still reflected in the music that I listen to. Essentially I love music that moves me emotionally in some way whether I am the one making it or not. Over the years I have released 5 albums and worked on 3 film soundtracks.
Do you remember your first connection of love to music that was the right impact to be a music artist now?
Growing up I remember hearing artists like Queen, ABBA, The Beatles, Blondie and Pink Floyd all through my childhood, in fact sometimes it feels like I have them written into my DNA. This gave me a real appreciation for the power of music to move people emotionally and unite them in a shared experience. It also taught me to follow my own path, success is amazing if it happens, but staying true to your artistic vision will give you creative satisfaction and fulfilment.
How did your new album come about?
My new album, ‘Circuits’ kind of took me by surprise, I wasn't planning on making it and all of a sudden, there it was. I had been working on music for a number of different projects and when I put them together I realised that they worked well together and formed a cohesive album that I really like. On the album I have continued to explore ambient and piano led composition, but I have also introduced some stronger orchestral elements too which I think provide some nice dynamic range over the course of the 15 tracks. As well as the music on Circuits, I have made videos for each track on the album using a series photographs of light manipulations I made that I then animated.
Nagamag: Music has no borders and many of us we may listen to more genres that we are mainly involved. So share with Nagamag which track comes first in your mind from music but is NOT similar to your genre?
Stephen Caulfield: The Japanese House "Chewing Cotton Wool"
Nagamag: Of Course Nagamag would love to listen also which track from a similar artist you admire?
Stephen Caulfield: Jóhann Jóhannsson "Flight From The City"
“Heliograph is a song that features piano and vibraphone, taken from the new album of Stephen Caulfield, "Circuits. It starts as a gentle neoclassical track and when vibrapbone take a step becomes a peacefully lullaby which set you in a calm sleepy mood. Very melodic and relaxing.”
“Stephen Caulfield with his track "Make The Call" from his album "To The Light House" invite us to an atmospheric solo piano performance which captures the scenery of a long drive to Djúpavík. You get a bit tension initially from the expectation of reach the destination which drives through an emotive yet hopefully message as it ends where finally release a sense of calm and satisfaction.”
Stephen Caulfield – Everything Is Remembered (Spotify)
Everything Is Remembered is an ambient instrumental track that uses a vintage Omnichord, lo-fi drum loops, and pitch and time warping techniques create a dreamy atmosphere. Stephen Caulfield speaks about this music: I find watching the waves wash on and off the black sand beach very hypnotic and you can easily get lost in your thoughts and memories - which suits this song very well. The instrumentation on this song is essentially a love letter to one of my all time favourite instruments, the Suzuki Omnichord OM-84. I’ve recorded it live and sequenced, as well as sampling it and doing all sorts of audio mangling.