Owen Roberts came into my life about six years ago as a rather unassuming, yet polite Brit with knack for partying. We connected over common interests, which at the time involved having as much fun as possible. All though I knew from the get-go that he was a composer with a degree from the university of Oxford, and that he had a special musical talent, something about his demeanour made it difficult for me to imagine him composing an entire orchestra. After years of sharing dance floors, jam-sessions and spontaneous bursts of singing in high ceilinged halls, I finally got to see a side of Roberts that defied all of my expectations.
His various obscure, but magnificent performances displayed a confidence and profound understanding of music that moved me deeply. The pinnacle for was when I saw him perform his project ‘Recycled Hyperprism Plastik for Amplified Chamber Ensemble,’ at Berghain for CTM in 2014, and my heart was literally overflowing with pride and joy. I knew then and there that this person was destined for great things. Time is showing that he certainly is, and while I’m eagerly following the journey, (these times often from a greater distance than I’d like to) Owen, under his moniker Eugene, has put together this gem of a soundscape for us, and it’s every bit as quirky as I expected it to be, and all the more enchanting.
Eugene is the wonky noise pop pseudonym of Owen Roberts. Owen comes from the noisy, angular world of contemporary composition and electroacoustic music, and also from the UK.
Based in Berlin for the last 6 years, he has found a musical home in not having one; exploring the free improvisation scene as a bass clarinettist, creating techno inspired work for large ensemble (CTM 2014), playing solo electronic sets, working as an orchestrator for artists such as Jóhann Jóhannsson and Tim Hecker and as a producer for Slip artists Julia Reidy and Laurie Tompkins, playing in a duo and a band with space house/songwriter Raz Ohara and recently as a vocalist for Brandt Brauer Frick.
Right now Owen is on an adventure in Paris, trying to work out how to make pop music. An album of the results will come out under the Eugene moniker at some point in 2017.