"I attempt to bend and hopefully break each genre I encounter" : Pim Zond December 2012
Pim Zond is a Canadian experimental avant-garde guitarist and recording artist active in free-improvisation, noise, metal, jazz, and doom genres. With his fascination with Franz Zappa, John McLauglin, Anton Webern and Derek Bailey, Zond strives to obtain as wide an array of sounds than are usually heard at that particular moment in time, under the conditions with the chosen devices or instruments.
He uses spidery-fingered tones and harmonics, psycho-billy fragments, only to become dominated by fierce but brief heavy metal inspired noise riff attacks. This builds to a high point until unusual handmade string instruments are deployed to explore low-tension tunings, and discordant scraping and feedback with computerized rhythmic accompaniments.
His current guitars are a vintage Gibson Les Paul Deluxe, a customized Metropolis electronic guitar with joystick tone control, a 9 string semi-acoustic travel guitar, a 1960's Saturn 5 acoustic, and a 1960's Audition electric guitar which his parents bought for him when he was 10 years old. He plays through a Karaoke machine, using various guitar effects and pedals.
Added to the mix is a Chinese Moon guitar of his own design created from found objects called the "Dead Ring". This 5 string semi-acoustic guitar is featured as the world's largest Mandolin Guitar (22") in a world record at recordsetter.com, along with his playing of the the world's smallest 4 string mandolin (2"), also a world record.
Pim Zond uses any instrument as purely a sound source, depending on every condition, such as costume, mood, inspiration and other environmental atmospheres.
"Experimental music refers, in the English-language literature, to a compositional tradition which arose in the mid-20th century, applied particularly in North America to music composed in such a way that its outcome is unforeseeable, and may be a hybrid of disparate styles, or incorporates unorthodox techniques and instruments or devices that become instrumentation."
A brief interview with Pim Zond, Interview reproduced courtesy of Soundclick.com
Pim Zond, is an experimental noise guitarist, media motion-maker and Canadian avant-garde surrealist. Being ambitiously experimental, he combines elements of dark ambient guitar and noise with space music soundtracks and gothic metal influences with psychotic free jazz.
"Passion for electronic and experimental music history, and experimentation with found art musical instrumentation construction and debasement. Enjoying deceptively non-musical audio. Creativity everyday." (2012)
Do you play live?
I’m a gallery concert performer currently.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
It changes it for the better, since it causes chaos in an old “industry”, which leads to a shake-up and creation of new ways to produce and distribute. Although I prefer vinyl as a medium, for its’ sound and size, etc.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Given the right opportunity with the right company.
Based in Canada since 2011.
My main influences are people like Stockhausen, Eno, Derek Bailey, John McLaughlin, Sunn O>>, Boris, Edgar Varese, Marc Bolan, Reeves Gabrels, etc, although I don’t make any attempt at emulation.
Between low Earth orbit and underground.
In this last project, my album: “23 Years of Fear” I used a Gibson Les Paul Deluxe, a custom electronic Metropolis guitar, a 9 string semi-acoustic travel guitar that I rebuilt. And a handful of Boss and DOD fx pedals with an Ibanez Weeping Demon. Plus a few fx from a Yamaha keyboard, I forget the model number at the moment.
You didn’t mention the amp(s) you use?
Actually I can't afford an amp as yet, I play through an old Karaoke machine.
I have to thank my fans on-line, who are very supportive as well as my family. Plus, I ought to clarify my personal creative philosophy that within my goals of avant-garde sound design I continuously try to grow and learn and pursue an experimental gothic metal style of un-replicable free improvisation.