Scaly Whale

Scaly Whale


Scaly Whale
Photo by Olya Runyova

Scaly Whale is a title-paradox which Pavel Doronin uses for thinking out, recording and performing his rhythmical full-of-melodies music.

“Long ago, when I was about 19 years old, I was pondering about pseudonym for myself. I had thought about something that could make people ‘stumble’ and accidentally remembered the phrase from Pyotr Yershov’s fairytale ‘The Little Humpbacked Horse’ (‘Konyok-Gorbunok’) about ‘Marvel Fish-Whale’. As we were told in school at biology lessons, a whale is a mammal but not fish — so he can’t have any type of scale by definition. I decided to leave my whale with the scale because exactly such a kind of pseudonym can make people ‘stumbling’ and saying: ‘Nothing of the sort! A whale can’t have scale because he’s not a fish!’. And I would answer to this: ‘But my whale can have it!’.

MS-DOS tracker which I used for making music at the very beginning wasn’t able to support Cyrillic symbols — so I translated my pseudonym into English and was astonished: it looks and sounds like a wave: ‘scaly whale’, ‘~~’.”

Pavel’s desire to be oriented on live performances has come into being when he bought used synthesizer ‘Polyvox’ via a free-private-advertisement newspaper and became stronger with a buying of a groove box. Sound control without intermediation of keyboard and computer mouse turned to be fantastic experience which have shaped destiny of Scaly Whale as a music project.

While performing live, Pavel forgets about his other professions (journalist, translator, and teacher) and operates with a setup of electronic music devices. At the same time video art is showed on a screen (or on a wall which replacing it). In such a way an audience gets not only the interesting music but also rather interesting spectacle.

“Live actions allow me to get feedback immediately and to see right away: yes, my music has the influence, it makes people more joyful and happy. The best of possible conditions is when you — in a sweat, just have done your best on a stage — come out on a dancefloor and be saluted by those who enjoy your tunes, appreciates your work and thanks you for a great concert. I suppose, that is my reason to continue playing music.”


Listen to some music by Scaly Whale:

Scaly Whale - I Was a Spy and I Forgot to Tell You Scaly Whale - Ghettornado the Boxer in a Ring Scaly Whale - Planet Döner With Onion Rings Scaly Whale - Binary Cowboy Scaly Whale - Centfuchser Scaly Whale - Polar Ice Scaly Whale - Hektik Scaly Whale - Evening Streets in Downtown Scaly Whale - Asphalt Mushrooms Scaly Whale - Raketa

Listen more: albums

Ghettornado by Scaly Whale

Ghettornado by Scaly Whale

Ghettornado

A story about how losing a fight can help find missing inspiration, with dramatic moments and not without pain and loss.

One Man Show by Scaly Whale

One Man Show by Scaly Whale

One Man Show

Sharp music, inspired by 20th century raves, urban outlying areas, board games and hydraulic systems. Produced by one man trough touching and pushing hundreds of buttons.

Igra by Scaly Whale

Igra by Scaly Whale

Igra

A collection of various situations and states that offer us to remember some feelings and moods from our childhood, a time when playing was the main type of activity.


Listen even more: collaborations and compilations

Ideas for Pop Producers to Steal

Ideas for Pop Producers to Steal
Our favorite type of music is the mind-infused and thought-provoking one. We are not saying that this is relevant here, but… Oh, wait. We are.

Halfway Bitter by Zimmer-G and Various Remixers

Halfway Bitter
From melancholy to joyfulness and back. From melodic depths to rhythmic curiosities. A collective effort resulting in engaging selection of music tracks.

Music for Eukaryotes

Music for Eukaryotes
A compilation that both you and your cat are able to enjoy. Along with a dog. And also a cactus. Perceive this selection of tracks from your very core!

The Discreet Charm of Consumerism

The Discreet Charm of Consumerism
The result of using an inspirational source that is seemingly uninspiring — the music made about supermarkets and related things.

Marginal Stuff for Genuine Dorks

Marginal Stuff for Genuine Dorks
A fine selection of good tunes, released under the title of an imaginary world, in which 56 Stuff deems appropriate to use some business marketing tools.

Foldout

Foldout
A compound music composition, varying in tempo, tone, mood, genre and sound. Made by 18 artists via the method Cadavre exquis de la musique.

Uncategorized

Uncategorized
A variegated compilation made with utter contempt for all the kinds of categorization. The style is whatever, the music is good.

Not So Easy. Less Quiet.

Not So Easy. Less Quiet.
A compilation-antonym to our previously released “Easy. Slow. Quiet”. This one couldn’t be called calming. It’s better to call it… well, not so calming.

Easy. Slow. Quiet.

Easy. Slow. Quiet.
An asymmetrical response to the bustle and noise of everyday life, lousy weather and bad moods.

7×8. 56 Stuff Remixes Itself

7×8. 56 Stuff Remixes Itself
A number of original tracks by various artists shuffled with remixes which participants did for each other.


There is something else:

Scaly Whale playing live in sarafan
We have that filmed: Scaly Whale playing live in a ridiculously awesome outfit!

Scaly Whale — Live at MTA Novgorod
An audio recording of live performance by Scaly Whale at “Music Take-Away” event in Novgorod.