Savaran is Mark Walters from Wales in the UK. After developing an early interest in electronic music in the mid 1980’s he moved away from the music scene to develop a career as an Archaeologist. In 2008 he returned to music and records from his home on the Welsh border near Shrewsbury.
His music crosses many of the electronic genres but leans toward the ambient, experimental, electro-acoustic, cinematic and soundscaping styles of production. The music is inspired by the random daily events and occurences that life throws at you, landscapes, nature, environment, atmosphere, astronomy, geology, past cultures or just the indefinable need to make music.
His music has appeared on numerous labels including Ember Music, Flaming Pines, Somehow Recordings, Gradient Audio, Audiogourmet, FeedBackLoop, Wasamix, Futuresequence and Hofa Media. He has appeared on net radio shows across the World and collaborates widely with other artists on compilation or album projects.
Music for Haiti
Wasamix – Savaran: Strange Landscape
Savaran on Last.fm
Savaran on Mixcloud
Gradient Audio – Savaran: Microcosmos EP
Somehow Recordings – Savaran & Barbara De Dominicis: Strandline EP
FeedbackLoop Label – Savaran: Resonances EP
Audiogourmet Label – Savaran: Observations
Savaran on Soundcloud
01. How long have you been making music?
Since 1984, but only recording it from 2008. Despite enjoying music lessons at school and being able to read music at that time I never pursued the subject academically (looking back that was a mistake !) and I’m therefore basically self taught.
02. When did you start using electronics in your music making?
As soon as I could get my hands on a synthesizer ! Back in 1984 I bought an Oxford Electronics OSCar mono synth, a small Casio polyphonic keyboard, a TR606 Drumatix and a Carlsbro Cobra 90 bass amp with a Boss delay pedal. I had a friend with a Sequential Circuits Pro 1 and access to a Juno 60 and E-Mu Drumulator through a friend of my fathers. We made lots of strange sounds, it would probably be called experimental these days, but it was great fun and I learned the basics of synthesis at this time. We had nothing to record into except for small condenser mics on tape recorders. Maybe there are still some of those old tapes out there !? After leaving University, where I studied to become an archaeologist, the synths were sold as I wanted to concentrate on building a career and needed the cash fro some basics like driving lessons and buying a car.
03. Are you an electronic purist?
Not at all ! I was brought up listening to my fathers vast classical music collection and then my stepmother introduced me to rock music. My tastes in music now are extremely wide and include medieval, baroque, folk, modern classical, experimental and, of course, all forms of electronic. I’m always on the lookout for new music that interests me and the CD and digital download collection is ever expanding. I need to get back into vinyl too as there are many fine releases I’m missing in that format.
04. What is your current favorite piece of hardware? Software?
Hardware – the Arturia Minibrute mono synth – love it! In many ways it reminds me of my old OSCar synth and it’s capable of a very wide range of sounds with plenty of character.
Software – Reaktor 5 – just a wonderful toolkit for sound creation and ideas.
05. Do you use canned loops or samples? Why/Why not?
I occasionally used them for beats back in 2008-2010 when I was starting out again with minimal kit, but since I bought the Arturia Spark drum machine beat making has become so easy I have no need for loops any more.
06. Do you use iPad/iPhone or other mobile computing devices in your music making?
Yes I use an iPad 3. I’m a big fan of the Moog Animoog, PPG, Korg, Thor, Magellan and Arturia iSEM synths.
07. Was there a moment of inspiration… a certain track or artist, that ignited your passion for electronic music?
I think it was hearing Jean Michelle Jarre’s Oxygene album on the radio that really got me interested although I had been intrigued by the sound of the early modulars on prog rock albums in the 1970s.
08. How does visual art/photography inform your music making?
A lot ! I’m very visually influenced and do a lot of landscape photography, particularly in black and white. I also appreciate lots of modern abstract art. Landscape and environment feed heavily into the music and constantly serve up emotions that I react to via music.
09. Has the internet/Social Media changed the way you make music?
It hasn’t really changed the way I make it, but it has without doubt been a vital means of making contacts in music and promoting my music to a wider audience.
10. What is your favorite artist or track of all time?
I can’t possibly answer that ! I always have so many favourite tracks spinning around my head and they change daily with my emotions, or even the weather!