LOS ANGELES ELECTRONIC COMPOSER HYDRAH
FINDS HARMONY IN THE MIDST OF CULTURAL TURMOIL
ON HER NEW TRACK
“BEAUTY IN CHAOS” OUT NOW
“The song is ominous but seductive. It lures you in with its upbeat snares and bassline.”
– THIS SONG SLAPS
Los Angeles electronic composer Hydrah (Katie Kramarczuk) is excited to release her “Beauty in Chaos,” the second single from her forthcoming EP Siren (out June 2nd).
“Beauty in Chaos” was composed from Hydrah’s observance of the major political, social and environmental changes happening around the world. In the midst of this disarray Hydrah chose to take steer her focus to all the beauty in the world, both big and small. In doing so, she found the turmoil to be transformative and motivational. Her intention with the composition and lyrical content for “Beauty in Chaos” was for listeners to adapt this same thought process and funnel their tumultuous energy into something positive.
The deep sense of artistic craftsmanship and connection Hydrah has with our world is present throughout the entire five track EP. Kramarczuk, who studied Biology in college worked as a conservation biologist, travelling around the world working in some of the world’s most incredible ecosystems from the beaches of Western Samoa, to jungles of Costa Rica, working with endangered species. It was during this time that she developed a deep connection to our planet, and fell in love with all the sounds she absorbed on her travels. She channeled these aural experiences into her work by incorporating sounds and samples from nature into the tracks on Siren. Samples were collected from coral reefs using a hydrophone, one healthy the other critically endangered. Other sounds include distant calls of the Bornean rainforest, cicadas, Gibbons and endemic birds. These jungle sounds were treated with reverb and delay to reflect how the sounds react in their natural environment.
Hydrah is a classically trained musician who by twelve was performing compositions by Chopin and Sibelius, and at thirteen began playing cello, playing in the orchestra all throughout high school, all while refining and building her vocal performance and showmanship with solos in choirs, and roles in musicals. Her vast curiosity and love for music found her playing with an Indonesian Gamelan orchestra to fronting and touring with a punk band. All of these experiences came together into a clear focus, when Hydrah discovered Ableton Live, and began to experiment with incorporating her classical roots, creating synergy between strings, piano and Serum and Sylenth produced bass lines. She recorded organic instruments live violin, piano, cello and vocals with a condenser microphone, laying it atop heavy techno inspired beats and melodies she produced with Ableton, Native Instruments and Serum.
The Siren EP is the synthesis of all of her musical endeavors and her passion for the planet. Now more than ever, when the planet and all of its inhabitants are in serious danger from the protection policies and regulations being unraveled, artistic actions like Hydrah’s are important. Her message is subliminal and subtle, but often times this is the most powerful type of resistance. The kind of art that creeps into our minds and unknowingly challenges our thought process.