Amosphère is a Paris-based composer & multidisciplinary visual artist. Born in China, partly educated in Japan and now residing in Paris, Amosphère came to the attention of a wider circle of listeners when she was invited by Laurel Halo to perform as part of a 10-hour durational ambient concert at London’s Mode Exchange in 2019.
Inspired by personal touchstones including Tarkovsky’s Solaris, the subtly wavering grids of Agnes Martin, and the heterophonic layers of Chinese traditional music, Amosphère uses a careful selection of vintage electronics, sophisticated harmonic sense, and keen compositional intelligence to invite listeners into a meditative sonic space. Time expands and contracts, simplicity reveals complexity, and repetition becomes patient transformation.
1. Infinity Zero
3. Cosmic balance
1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Universe and universal love.
2. How and when did you get into making music?
One day, it was as if I started receiving signals from outer space that were expressed through me and my instruments.
3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
There are too many to mention. Almost all non-commercial music. But my all-time favourites are mostly krautrock, ambient, spiritual and traditional music, minimal electronics if we have to mention genres.
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
My hometown in China where I grew up was once colonised by Germany during the Second World War. They built a huge cathedral and the central train station (now destroyed) which might explain my ‘déjà vu’ with the town.
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
I love being at home and to create, or to create anywhere there is nature. I also love to be in the crowd (not at the same time as in nature).
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
Music From the World of Islam before the Ramadan.
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
My last installation in Zurich where people play my metallic instruments inspired and composed by the position of the planets above us on that day. It was relaxing – everyone seemed to be almost hypnotised.
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
Machines or humans? Black Mirror and what is happening where I grew up already warned us of the dangers. In my humble opinion, to stay with our spirituality and humanity, it’s better for us to use our hands. What I try to do with my own work is to combine (carefully-used) technology with spirituality which I think are both important for the future.
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
I feel very lucky that everyone in my family is very supportive and has a positive influence on my work even though I’m an only child. My mom always told me that it is great to be an artist, not because of ego but because of the contribution we could make to the world.