Interview: E Ruscha V

The Brief


E Ruscha V is the stage name of Eddie Ruscha, a visual artist and electronic music producer. Under his former alias as Secret Circuit, he released two EPs and an album, Tactile Galactics, on the label Beats In Space. His latest record, Who Are You, is a fluid, free-form collection of instrumentals characterised by open space and, in Ruscha’s own words, ‘the feeling of a lost day’. It was released on Beats In Space in March 2018, receiving acclaim from publications including LA Record and Pitchfork.

Which animated film would you recommend?
Check out Fantasy, directed by Vincent Collins, for melted paranoid hippies everywhere.

Which album about travelling would you recommend?
When I travel, I always take Manuel Göttsching’s E2-E4 – even on the couch.

Which floral artwork would you recommend?
Victor Moscoso’s lithograph Dallas Poster Show, with its Yin-Yang flower sphere hovering over another flower surface.

Which video game would you recommend?
Katamari Damacy, always. I want the job of rolling stuff up into a giant ball set to amazing Japanese electronic and city pop music.


The following questions relate to our Perspectives column, in which two writers respond to an artwork that they are experiencing for the first time.

Do some art forms capture fleeting moments better than others?
Of course, music will always capture the fleeting moment best for me, as that moment will most likely never be the same. Music can also create a stamp on a period of time of emotional involvement.

Does art encourage solitude?
Art in process is usually solitary, but is usually inclusive to an eventual audience. Exceptions are filmmaking, theatre, concerts, and raves.

Rule of Three

The following questions relate to our Rule of Three column, for which each article includes a trio of artworks that share an association with a single word.

Which artwork associated with the word ‘Chess’ would you recommend?
‘Chess’, a song by Longmont Potion Castle. It's a regression of the digital chess session.

Which artwork associated with the word ‘Youth’ would you recommend?
‘Screaming Target’, a song by Big Youth. Smooth chatting after a most ballistically dread intro.

States of the Arts

The following questions relate to our States of the Arts column, for which each article includes four artworks that share an association with a single nation or territory.

Which Belgian music genre would you recommend?
Belgian new beat – cheesy, rough, and sleazy side trippers.

Which Mexican artistic tradition would you recommend?
Huichol bead work – beautiful, sacred, cactus-bead, spirit-world-extending pattern-makers.

Which Portuguese record label would you recommend?
Principe, which has released many fine new experimental funky dance workouts.

The art of discovery

The following questions relate to Silent Frame’s aim to celebrate the art of discovery.

For you, is artistic discovery a private or shared experience?
A funny subject, as I often find myself savouring the moments of discovery before sharing. Does it take away from its value when known by a wider audience? I still seem to grapple with this quandary.

What question would you like to ask other Silent Frame interviewees?
What do you do that is artistic but is not art?

More to discover

E Ruscha V: Visit Eddie Ruscha’s website here, Secret Circuit’s Bandcamp page here, and Secret Circuit’s Soundcloud page here. Listen to ’Who Are You’. Read an interview with the artist for Test Pressing.

Today’s recommendations: Fantasy (short film), Quiet Nervousness (first track of E2-E4), Dallas Poster Show (image), Katamari Damacy (trailer), Chess (song), Screaming Target (song), Belgian new beat (an introduction to the genre by Ro Maron and Louis Pattison for Fact Magazine), Huichol art (information), Principe (Bandcamp page).

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