Comprising electronic musician, and digital designer Michael Moppert, multimedia expert, and computer engineer, Roger Maeder, and DJ Jonny Miller, Sonarpilot is a crew traversing the unknown reaches of a sonic galaxy. Their new release, ‘Strange Flowers’, is the latest drop from the ambient soundscape that is ‘The Mirage Project Season 2’. Strap in – we’re in for an incredible ride.
If like us you’ve been mesmerised by Sonarpilot’s releases the past few years as part of ‘The Mirage Project’, you will no doubt have some burning questions you’d like to have the opportunity to ask. We took that opportunity ourselves recently, and hopefully we’ve been able to answer some of your questions in our interview below.
We’ve been writing about Sonarpilot for a while now, the artist whose real name is Michael Moppert. With The Mirage Project, which he started in Spring 2020, he’s crafted six fractal films, using bespoke soundtracks, designed to appear monthly. Crazy to think that December is just around the corner, and with it comes the final two instalments, ‘Cathedral’, and ‘The Last Machine’.
Sonarpilot is the earth name for Michael Moppert, who holds that there’s a sort of code – a matrix even – that is the basis for all of physical reality. Formed of patterns and rhythms that can’t be detected with our existing devices, could these nonetheless form the very basis of our world, situated just beyond the extremes of our perception? While this might all sound a bit Arthur C Clarke, it’s an interesting theory, and if it exists, it’s very possible that music might be at the heart of it all, and in the hands of electronic multi-instrumentalist Sonarpilot, we could well find out what the truth out there actually is.
Michael Moppert performs as Sonarpilot, and takes his inspiration from the sonic risk takers who pushed back the boundaries of music from the 1970s onwards. Rock legends such as David Bowie, Pink Floyd, and Roxy Music, and pioneers of electronic music, such as Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, Brian Eno, all provide plenty of fodder for thought for Moppert, who sees them as astronauts disguised as artists, who explored the very reaches of musical space.