Listen to Boora’s ‘The Art Of 10 Seconds’ (+ Q&A)

A six-second drum break, a short bass line, or keys for a fraction of a second… With samples, it doesn’t take long to get to that inexplicable special touch. Russian producer Boora has been aspiring to master that craft for years now. And with his new album The Art of 10 Seconds, he takes it up a notch. 

Made solely on the E-mu SP-1200 (in case you’re not a beatmaker or hardware head: the iconic sampler only allows up to 10 seconds of sampling time), Boora has created a raw and dusty album, taking you on a trip through 60s and 70s Soviet jazz archives (with archive material from Soviet state label Melodiya in particular), folk music, nature sounds, and obscure movie and science dialogues.

Listen to the album below, followed by a short Q&A with Boora. With several Soviet jazz recommendations, to keep exploring music.

What do you do for a living?

My profession is in Logistics and I’ve been organizing freight transfers for about 10 years. My first album, Soundogolism, was recorded when I had a 9-to-5 office job, but this year I decided to fully dedicate myself to making music. Also, I am planning to build a studio with a mic booth outside my house so that more people can come over. I really want to organise a music production & DJ’ing course outside in the studio. The workflow will be much more saturated.

Recently you took part in a lecture and tutorial with the legendary Marley Marl. What have you learned or studied as a beatmaker from him in particular?

To me personally, it has always been interesting to know who the first producer was to create one-shots from original breaks, what we call chopping nowadays. And Marley talked about that in his lecture. The second thing is that he doesn’t limit himself to one particular music genre. On his radio show he plays not only hip hop, but also dance music that I enjoy.

With your inspirations from 60s/70s jazz from the Soviet Union, you must have some great recommendations for people out here…

There was only one record label in the Soviet Union called Melodiya, a state label founded in 1964. If you come to Russia and are looking for Soviet Jazz, you should start with artists such as Igor Bril’, Leonid Garin, David Goloshyokin, Alexey Kozlov, Anatoly Vapirov, Nikolay Levinovsky, Murad Kazhlaev & Alexey Kuznetsov.

What’s your favorite place to go digging for records/samples?

If you ever get the chance to visit Moscow, you should definitely visit Sound Barrier. There are also a couple of flea markets in Moscow where I like to go. But I’d like to keep them a secret, sorry—you can visit these places with me though:)

Vinyl & Stream: The Art Of 10 Seconds

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