June 26, 2017 Interview by Native Instruments
by MICK BENJAMINS ANNA JORDAN: SCULPTING SOUND AND DESIGN
Berlin-based sound designer, music producer, and painter Anna Jordan released her debut LP Botanical Utopia in 2016, a body of music that resonates with deeply textural, downtempo electronica and house. Using KOMPLETE 11 ULTIMATE, Jordan recorded the album under her production alias The Allegorist and released the LP on Kraak Records. As a sound designer, Jordan also produces scores for short movies, and works in various post-production roles. Talking to Native Instruments, Jordan reflects on her time growing up in Hungary, her development as a visual and musical artist, the hurdles she overcame, and her approach to the creative process.
Which came first, painting or music?
I grew up in a religious family where listening to music was not allowed. The only time I heard music, for example, was from the radios of cars passing by. Later, when I moved to Budapest, I got involved in the art scene, and painting was my first form of expression.
How did you learn to produce music?
I learned almost everything online, by watching tutorials on YouTube, and through practice. I felt too shy to go to meetups, because I didn’t know anything back then. Luckily, I love to learn, and when I set my mind to something, I keep going at it until I succeed.
When did you decide to turn this into your job?
Deep down I always wanted to make music, but needed to get other parts of my life on track first. Moving into my current apartment was a big step for me. I finally had a place for myself, where I feel safe and at home, and had the possibility to grow.
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