Paul Shepherd is a composer and improviser specializing in the relationship between tape loops, sequencers and modular synthesis. Trained in composition and jazz drumming at Capilano University in Vancouver, Paul has continued his studies at Berklee College of Music online. He has scored music for dance with commissions from Toronto Dance Theatre, Ryerson University, and Company Vice Versa. Paul collaborates regularly with experimental media artist Franci Duran, recently completing there fifth work together, entitled It Matters What.
Why did you get involved in this project?
I got involved in this project through my friend and filmmaker Franci Duran.
Did the one week turn-around for the work help or hinder your creativity?
The one week turn around was helpful because it changed the way I worked. I found myself improvising more as opposed to composing each section.
How did you feel about working on a project where you didn’t know who you were collaborating with?
I enjoyed the fact that I didn’t know the other collaborators. This made the project a bit simpler because there wasn’t any negotiating between artists that needed to happen.
Has being involved in the project changed your thoughts on creativity?
This project didn’t really change my thoughts on creativity but it did change my patterns and work flow.
If you worked on several videos, what kept you coming back for more and how many did you do?
I scored 4 videos. In the height of covid lock down, this project gave me reason to keep working and battle boredom. In combination with covid this project helped me to finally perfectly patch my studio together.