The Sights and Sounds of Thedor Erkamps' Home Studio

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Thedor Erkamps has a lot of colorful expressions - namely his beguiling, mid-century and contemporary design-themed prints. Benefiting from his affinity for patterns and vibrant color, his works can be seen in restaurants, schools, and homes around the world, as well as on his Etsy store. In today's Playlist, Thedor shares the eclectic patterns of his listening habits.

What do you listen to while you work?
I usually listen to a pretty eclectic range of music styles and my interests are constantly shifting. In recent years, I find myself listening to mostly electronic, ambient, experimental, world, ethnic, jazz, and classical.

How do you listen?
In my art studio, I use a vintage Technics SA-800 "old school" monster receiver driving a vintage pair of Yamaha NS-690 speakers. I love the warmth of the sound that vintage stereo equipment produces. I also play music, so my setup doubles as a recording studio.

Do you have any favorite music websites/providers?
CKUA Radio Network, university radio station CJSW, CBC radio, Last.fm, iTunes, and the Discovr music app (below).

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Does music influence your work?
I think it does -- most likely not knowingly -- but I do think it plays a role in my creative process by affecting my overall mood and energy. When I discover new talent, I'm particularly motivated and it does translate to my work indirectly.

Where do you find music recommendations? Who influences your musical taste?
The radio stations I tune into definitely contribute to discovering new music. When I listen to foreign language stations, I will use Shazam to determine the artist. Additionally I use the app "Discovr Music" on my iPhone and iPad. Last.fm is also a fantastic resource for finding artists who are similar to the ones I already like.

My friends, artists, and events in my life influence my musical taste. I'm consistently on the hunt to discover new, exciting, and interesting music. I tend to gravitate towards the more obscure and "as of yet" undiscovered talent, so I'm very open to suggestions.

What song or artist best represents the work you create?
My work is best defined by the "electronic" and "experimental" music genre (as a whole) rather than a single song or musician(s). With my art work, I experiment a lot with textures, shapes, colors, and especially randomness and therefore I find that my artistic process is most similar to experimental electronic music.

Ideal place to sit and listen to your playlist:
A comfortable and nicely balanced space that you feel most connected to. This playlist is an aural journey, so to speak, and comfort is key. Sitting in the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman (Oiled Santos Palisander and Black Leather) is an exact balance between being asleep and being awake -- a perfect place for music listening and to give that music you're about to listen to -- and yourself -- the comfort and attention it fully deserves.

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Thedor’s Playlist:
1. Khanamoot, Loscil
2. Fahrenheit (Unreleased Long Edit), Asura
3. Temple of Unfed Fire, Pepe Deluxe
4. Beacon, Liquid Stranger
5. Ciudad de Las Ideas, Vicente Amigo
6. Jobim: Chega de Saudade, Rosa Passos
7. Fear and Trembling, Pat Metheny & Brad Mehldau
8. Assalam Felawan (Peace to You), Bombino
9. Colours & Patterns, Entheogenic Sound Explorers
10. Sheets, Promise and the Monster
11. Criminals, The Tallest Man on Earth
12. Mountain Wind, Mamer

(Images: Thedor Erkamps)

lifework2012-02-22 at 2.10.00 PM.jpgRepublished in partnership with Herman Miller Lifework. Originally posted by Jamie Latendresse.

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