FOBOS: Through Time and Space

Argentinian progressive group band Fobos released their second studio album titled “Éxodo, Tiempo y Espacio” in November last year. Prog Sphere talked with the band about the record, their mission, technology and more.

Define the mission of Fobos.
Fobos’ mission as a group is to basically revive a bit what was the scene of progressive rock of the 70′s and the neo-progressive in the 80′s which is the music that always inspired us. At the same time we always take advantage of the advances in technology for the creation of new sounds, nuances and ways to record the music; always trying to find an identity and own sound while respecting the characteristics of the genre.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your second album “Exodo, Tiempo y Espacio” and the themes it captures.
Particularly on this album, we were able to take things with more tranquility, by having our own recording studio (La Terraza Progresiva) we had a lot more time to compose, record, mix and master. That and also because, taking the experience of what was our first album, we knew best how to manage certain concepts.
We wanted very spatial moments with pads an guitar effects and also a journey through the songs with a main concept. This started with a conceptual idea of science fiction that can be read in a literal way: over a world in decline and the search for new horizons. At the same time, we wanted to give a second reading more metaphorical about the inner search of a new reality and getting out of the world in we are not happy, this would mean to go in search of this “planet” or new reality in which we find happiness. The album has in total thirteen songs, some of them are sung and others are passages of connection between each song and have used classical resources of concept album where certain melodies or harmonies are the leitmotiv of the whole work by in climates varying rhythms and intensities, all this gives disk homogeneity and at the same time, dynamism.

What is the message you are trying to give with “Exodo, Tiempo y Espacio”?
The message is to tell some stories from a conceptual point of view referring to the universe and science. The main focus is the space and time and also we dare to play with the arcane mysteries that are there.
Éxodo, Tiempo y Espacio

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?
We work with many digital audio workstations and we record the idea while we have it in our minds. Then, each one of us adds the instruments to create the whole piece. We often write chords, bars and liner notes in paper too.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?
Yes it is. We are always checking, not only in the recording process but in the mix and mastering process too. Because we are our own egineers, we have control of the work all the time during the process of creation and we really value and love that.

Describe the approach to recording the album.
Recording this album was really fun and peaceful because we had the pleasure of doing it in our own studio, wich was new at that time. We record during the week and between jobs (we all have jobs not vinculated to the music). Many of the songs were already in the form of “models” or “demos” with a few midi sequences to enlighten the future process of arrangement and composition of the solos.

How long “Exodo, Tiempo y Espacio” was in the making?
It took us half a year to record and mix all the record. We work fast, yes…but is because we were interested to had the record ready for the last show of the year; that was last year: 2015.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?
The main Argentine influences are Serú Giran, La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros and many other rock artists with prog works in their discography like Luis Alberto Spinetta. In international influences it is always Genesis, Pink Floyd, Marillion and Camel.

What is your view on technology in music?
We believe that technology, on the one hand, provides a lot of versatility to create and work perfectly to find the sound you are looking for. On the other hand, artistically, it diminishes the merit of the artist and you can do anything to make the job badly done good.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?
Could be… at least we hope that our music gives joy and happiness to the one who is listening. On the other hand, given that the lyrics has been written in a our language, could be a revival way to promote all the other forgotten music before us here in Argentina to be listen again.