Weapon Eyes is the uncensored outpourings of the hidden psyche, speeding endlessly and uncontrollably onwards regardless of the passengers’ wishes. Weapon Eyes is the raw internal churn of the restless mind of Al Johnson, known solo as Alien and in the duo Masal with the talented Ozlem Simsek. Weapon Eyes is a single wave folded and morphed into rhythm and noise, the coalescing and collapsing of ideas, forming then sliding away before reaching completion.
Each piece is generated from a single tone, warped and mangled through a modular setup.
Where did you come from and where are you going?
The acid drenched hinterland of the commuter-belt, nowhere I do all my traveling in my studio.
What preoccupies your mind these days?
Besides the impending collapse of society? Mortality and an unquenchable drive to keep creating new forms, pushing ideas to the limit, zooming from expansive vistas to microscopic detail within my work – and writing a dancefloor classic.
Name a favourite taste, touch, sound, sight and smell
The smell of rain on hot tarmac.
Describe one of your most vivid dreams or nightmares
I don’t sleep much
Have you ever had an uncanny experience?
When I was a kid my deceased Great Grandad would stand at the end of bed – never said much
How does your sense of place affect the way you express yourself?
My entire musical outlook is informed by the Thames Estuary and the broader Essex coastal landscape. Especially the ambient sound and bird life, I love the mix of a Redshank call and the distant trill of a 16 year old on a 50cc moped going full throttle – as Captain Beefheart says ‘Listen to the birds – That’s where all the music comes from. Birds know everything about how it should sound and where that sound should come from.’
What has particularly touched or inspired you recently?
Musically the For Those I Love project by David Balfe is really special. I run a night called Control Voltage, where we book a diverse collection of Electronic explorers – I am constantly inspired by the performers there.
Tell us a good story, anecdote or joke
What does the man with two left feet wear to the disco? A pair of Flip Flips