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