[BadPanda112] Ricky Eat Acid – A Smoothie Robot For My Moon Mansion
Baltimore’s Sam Ray is the man behind hauntingly beautiful ambient psych-pop project Ricky Eat Acid.
“Sam is a mastermind in creating soundwaves of fragile and water-like type, almost like a dandelion cutting through the dry earth, gracefully opening its bud towards the blood-red sky.”
Check out the interview to Sam Ray after the jump and taste & download his new track.
Where do you live actually?
Bouncing around Maryland. I really want to be a vagabond. Or a witch.
What is the last thing you ate?
As of writing this – pez. I love candy. My friends all swear i’m a child.
Your addiction ?
I’m not sure i could say i have one. Everything is pretty whatever.
What sound or noise do you love?
Cassette fuzz/static, old school sampling keyboards, toy pianos, the sound of old televisions turning on or off, the super nintendo/nintendo 64 soundtrack sounds (especially old rpgs/adventure games), really any white noise like rain/water running in the shower/ceiling fans at night in an empty room/footsteps, etc. i love field recordings and ambient sounds. my favorite parts of a lot of songs are the accidental (or not so accidental) bleeding in of ambient noises like that.
What do you collect?
Aside from tapes/vinyls – old postcards. like the really old pseudo-photographic ones that i can’t think of the proper name for. it’s fun scanning them and manipulating the images.
What is your favorite word?
Ah – i’ve talked about this with friends a lot and never come up with an answer. there are certainly a lot of colloquial things i like to say, but for someone who has been both a creative writing and english lit major at different times, i’m at a loss for a favorite word.
Who is the most interesting person you’ve ever met?
I think to single any one person out would be doing everyone i know a great disadvantage, as almost everyone i know is very interesting. still, i’d say my friend dan, if only for the great deal of mystery surrounding him. i’ve known him for probably eight or ten years now and if someone asked me to tell them everyone i knew about him i’d only be able to explain that i was fairly sure he had one eye, but i wasn’t certain.
What is your most recent extravagance?
The last thing i actually spent any money on was probably the cloud nothings “didn’t you” 7”. that and ‘blue suicide’ on vinyl finally too. one of my favorite albums that i just never had before.
i’ve always liked that richard brautigan’s suicide note just read “Messy, isn’t it?”
Lately i really like man bites dog – i want to watch it a lot. i don’t know why. it’s not particularly amazing, but i really just like everything about it. and although it’s not in english, it’s visually striking enough that it makes a good filler movie/sound while working on something else.
The older translations of the stranger by camus. the new translations for highschool students are fucking awful. though i can’t talk until i learn french and read the original.
The song to be played at your funeral?
Come Softly by grouper, or maybe something by attic abasement.
A song you wish you wrote yourself?
Come Softly by grouper. or “door of our home” by goldmund.
Which song do you listen to when you wake up?
It’s never the same, but lately it’s probably something by cloud nothings. or maybe “i luv your girl” by the-dream.
A song for relaxing on a beach?
I don’t know the last time i went to a beach, but if i went i’d probably go at night and listen to grouper or something drone-y.
Your sunday morning track?
I could spend all sunday in bed listening to “the bedside drama” in its entirety over and over. in fact, i have many, many times.
What do you think about music industry?
i think the music industry is dead but it’s also better than it’s ever been before. there’s such an opportunity for good music to get out there now – though a lot of awful music still gets a lot of attention (even moreso almost among diy or ‘independent’ music than popular music it seems), it’s amazing that anyone can create something, share it, and have people hear it.
What about Creative Commons?
my friend matt would kill me, but i know next to nothing about any of this. i should probably have him teach me or something.
Lately i love the metro gallery. i need to get to more shows in baltimore though, i’ve heard nothing but good things about so many places there. in dc, it’s gotta be subterranean a. that place is so amazing and the guys that run it are awesome.
probably either one of the gem club/holy spirits shows i saw this past october (one with the amazing lands&peoples and the other with the equally amazing soft cat + winks/ineveryroom) or the holy spirits/mutual benefit/philip seymour hoffman/lands&peoples show i saw over the summer.
Favorite place in the world?
Where would you wish to wake up tomorrow?
Anywhere but my bed.