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What is "Deep Mollusca" and why is it so cinematic?

Deep Mollusca was envisioned almost as a soundtrack for an oceanic educational video or National Geographic soundtrack. In fact, videos from EVNautilus and Schmidt Ocean Institute were a direct influences on the work, so it's only natural the music would play out dramatically.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

Landing on an official Pandora playlist was huge, but at the end of the day, creating and sharing music is its own reward. William's mind is its own world and this how he lets people in.

Can you write what was your best performance in your career? How do you remember it?

William doesn't have a live act at the moment so...

What are you most proud of?

William's proudest achievement is having the courage to dive back into music after a mid-life crisis. At this late age (already dead if Google is to be believed, pursuing a passion in music is considered to be a waste of time,

but it's not like William was doing much anyway aside from pulling pallets and being dead, so whatever. Here he is and he welcomes you to his world.

Do you have a mentor or coach?

William regularly keeps in touch with Steve Müesk from Pentachrist ( They've been bouncing ideas off each other for years. People should give Steve's music a listen. It's immaculately produced.

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?

While there's certainly less money, William believes the Internet's had an overall positive impact on music. Only in this post postmodern age could a long dead composer from the 18th and 19th centuries have a shot at being heard. The barrier for entry has never been lower. Now there's only the barrier to attention span.

What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as an artist?

William likes to go with the flow and follow his interests. The music is always connected to some outside philosophical, artistic or hobbyist pursuit, so the growth is always concurrent. Every album, E.P. or Single is a document on William's life and interests at that moments.

What message do you want to leave to your fans?

At heart, despite his Postmodern tendencies, William is a staunch Existentialist. William believes that being arises in the conflict between what one does, what one believes, and how one is perceived. The interplay between these is always in flux and identity is this ephemeral spectre that haunts that ever shifting space.

If one is not engaged with this ghost, then the only other option is to sit around and wait for death while others write the story that is left behind. Be the spectre. A Stoic analysis admits that one is not entirely in control of the story that is written, but one's hand is in play. We're all ghosts in the end, but we have a hand in shaping the world's future hauntings. May they be pleasant, or... at least interesting.

Do you agree with the Pigeon?

Does the Pigeon agree with itself?


Check out the new original album by William Sanford: Deep Mollusca!

In the opener, seabirds announce a beach atmosphere and the sea in the intro needs no introduction. Then strings or synthesizers that sound like sturdy strings plunge us into a mesmerizing aquatic atmosphere that reminds me a lot of one of my favourite Abbey Road tracks: Octopuss's Garden!

On the other hand, I'd like to highlight "Abyssal Solenogastres", which wins me over with groovy metallic beats that propel these electronic components to the deepest parts of the ocean, as if I were watching Daft Punk's Discovery, but underwater or as if I were aboard a submarine in a video game, while I have to escape the natural dangers present in the Mariana Trench, where monstrous creatures with no access to light and as yet unknown live...

Not only do I have to escape the monsters, but our crew also has to fight underwater currents that compromise the safety of our submarine, which goes round and round in circles trapped in a whirlpool, just as my head spins endlessly when I hear the bops of Deep Mollusca!

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