Wyrd Question Daze: Ana Rita de Melo Alves
Hi, I’m Ana and I’m behind the project anrimeal. I also run my own label/art project called demo records, where I focus specifically on demo/homemade/DIY recordings. To find out more, please visit the following: anrimeal.wordpress.com / demorecords.org
Where did you come from and where are you going?
I originally come from Porto, Portugal. I personally come from a place of conservatism and moderation, although I think I’m moving towards a place of bigger freedom and self-actualisation.
What preoccupies your mind these days?
Probably the use of my time is what preoccupies my mind the most. I want to feel like my time was well spent and that I have generated something that is useful and meaningful.
Name a favourite taste, touch, sound, sight and smell
Favourite taste is probably coffee! I love coffee so much that I have to be very disciplined about when I drink it.
Favourite touch is either of sunlight or water.
Favourite sound is a bit of a torturous question but maybe I’ll go with the sound of delay.
Favourite sight is definitely of the sunlight hitting things!
Favourite smell is either of the sea or freshly cut grass.
Describe one of your most vivid dreams or nightmares
I once dreamt about encountering some people who were dying of thirst. In the dream I knew of a tap, so I took off my shirt to soak it in water and take it to the people to drink. But in my mind I felt conflicted because I knew I couldn’t tell them where the water was coming from, because if I did they wouldn’t drink it and would die. And then the dream revealed to me that the tap was inside a church. That dream has really stuck with me, perhaps because of some personally repressed religious inclinations, it felt really symbolic. I still think about it regularly.
Have you ever had an uncanny experience?
My life is a bit dull, actually. But sometimes I have weird clairvoyant moments, where I think of something really specific that ends up happening. That’s quite uncanny, right?
How does your sense of place affect the way you express yourself?
Oh my god, it affects it so much and in so many different aspects! The light of a space is probably what affects my creativity the most, I need natural light to have any deeply pleasant aesthetic experiences. Then there’s the resonance and actual size of the room, which inspire me to use specific types of sounds that play the room as much as themselves. And then there’s the level of comfort, so how comfortable I can be in that place affects the type of work that I do. If I’m in my bedroom, where I am most at ease, I allow myself to try things I wouldn’t try elsewhere, it’s my most experimental setting. But sometimes being in an unfamiliar environment (i.e. place), can also allow me to access sides of my creativity that I wouldn’t have discovered otherwise, there’s a feeling of novelty that I can’t get from my own space.
What has particularly touched or inspired you recently?
Brian Eno’s diaries from 1995 were really inspiring, and ‘Afropessimism’ by Frank B. Wilderson III was a really moving read.
Tell us a good joke, story or anecdote.
Yikes, I have a very hard time telling entertaining stories, I think that’s why I write music and poetry. Too serious for my own good…