Com Truise: Not Quite the Future, Not Quite The Past

As Com Truise, east coaster Seth Haley struggles with something resembling a gear fetish, owning close to 15 vintage synthesizers. Naturally, his instrumental monsters stem from some of the most influential '80s New Wave acts, from New Order to Berlin to Depeche Mode, but his grip on EDM, self-described as "mid-fi synth-wave, slow-motion funk" has made him a perceptive addition to Ghostly International's label.

Besides penning masterful mindfucks like Galactic Melt and In Decay, Truise has remixed Foster the People, Neon Indian and his doctored Daft Punk track made it on the Tron: Legacy Reconfigured soundtrack. Not surprisingly, Truise is pretty interested in scoring a film, but doesn't really have any directors in mind.

"I'm trying to think of a project based thing, regardless of who's really doing it," Truise says over the phone. "I just think my music would be a separate part of it."

Truise's ideal film would concern the 1959 Dyatlov Pass Incident, when nine hikers were brutally killed by a "compelling unknown force" deep in the mountains of Russia. Their clothes were highly radioactive when tested and despite showing no signs of struggle, two victims had fractured skulls, two had broken ribs and another was missing her tongue. According to Russian scientists, the force to cause these particular injuries would rival a car crash. Some people blame UFOs, others blame the Soviets, but the cause of death is a mystery.

"There's no movies based on it. It's like the scariest thing," Truise says. "It just seems like something I could make a score for."

While Truise once watched Blade Runner on a weekly basis and has gone through a phase of watching nothing but campy '80s films (Surf Nazis Must Die stands out), Truise is more of a sci-fi fan. His favorites include William Gibson's Neuromancer and is currently reading through Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? But Truise isn't much of a futurist.

"I think about ways the future is portrayed in certain films or books or graphic novels or video games or stuff like that," Truise explains. "The way technology looks or what people thought up. I think of that in terms of the future but I don't really find myself thinking like, 'What planet are we gonna live on?'"

In the meantime, Truise seems focused on expanding his synthesizer collection. He recently built his own modular unit, a Eurorack system, saying it was hard to program, but "actually installing and putting them together is not really difficult."

"I'm still funking around with it, trying to get to know it," Truise says. "I'll probably start working on another case around the holidays and I'll try to go from there. And I'm very excited about that."

Com Truise is scheduled to perform Thursday, November 1, at Crescent Ballroom.

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Troy Farah is an independent journalist and documentary field producer. He has worked with VICE, Fusion, LA Weekly, Golf Digest, BNN, Tucson Weekly, and Phoenix New Times.
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