AnOther caught up with eclectic disco duo In Flagranti to talk 70s memories, music and their unique collaboration technique.
The "fantastic conundrum" of In Flagranti is a disco symphony created by Alex Gloor and Sasa Crnobrnja. Inspired by their love of the pioneering Cosmic dance scene that emerged from 80s Italy and an eclectic bag of genres including "Funk, Rock, Punk, Afro, Electronica, House, Reggae, Kraut, Classic, Blues and Hillbilly", the pair have been working together for the past decade, creating joyful and mind-bending sounds.
"It’s like memories mixed in a giant blender and re-assembled to form In Flagranti" — Alex Gloor
Advocates of a 'cut and paste method' in all aspects of their work, the duo's music is not the only creative output in which their extravagant imaginations are set free. The album artwork for In Flagranti's back catalogue is a fantastical collection of collages, created by Gloor using vibrant clippings – the majority of which are taken from 70s soft porn magazines. "I've been collecting images from books and magazines for 40 years", he says. "I select, dissect and reassemble them to create my version of the past, a past that never existed that way. The idea is to hide my tracks, make a collage so I can fool the viewer into believing that this is a picture from the past. It's fantasy. In short, I fake history and make it look real on a very crude level." The pair use their upbringing during the 70s as a mutual inspiration and understanding: "We work with our past, images, sounds, movies, and everything we liked growing up." says Gloor, "It’s like memories mixed in a giant blender and re-assembled to form In Flagranti."
Although they seem to think almost as one, it may come as a surprise to learn that the pair create their music entirely separate from one another, as they are rarely in the same city. Describing their unique partnership fondly as the 'perfect creative chance encounter," Crnobrnja says, "It works best for us that way, seeing as we work on different aspects of the creation. There is less discussion going on and more hands on work, then we put together the elements to make it a finished product."
Text by Rhiannon Wastell