This month, Textura (.org) features a new interview with Taylor Deupree.
Very few in electronic music circles can match Taylor Deupree in terms of recording and label activity. The amount of material issued under his own name verges on staggering, and the catalogue he’s assembled under the 12k name since its 1997 inception is equally impressive; it would be no exaggeration to say that the label name has come to be synonymous with consistency and quality. Born in 1971, Deupree is one of the key figureheads responsible for experimental electronic music as we know it today, whether the music in question is digital minimalism or electro-acoustic soundscaping. In collaboration with Richard Chartier, Deupree expanded on 12k’s vision in 2000 by establishing the sub-label Line, which delved even further into microsound projects and has proven to be as influential (in its own naturally quiet way, of course) as its parent label. The packaging for the two labels’ releases is characterized by a refined design aesthetic that perfectly complements the musical content, and Deupree has received deserved acclaim for his design work, photography, and mastering. He recently discussed with us his recent full-length release, Shoals, and generously shared his thoughts on the life expectancy of the CD, illegal file-sharing, future 12k projects, and a number of other matters.