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Interviews

Steve Reich - Documenting Reality

Interview | Music Technology, Jan 1989

Contemporary American composer Steve Reich talks about train journeys, music video theatre, and the ethics and aesthetics of sampling. Simon Trask goes along for the ride.

Steve Reich

Interview | Sound On Sound, Sep 1991

Despite an outward contempt for technology, Steve Reich has exploited it to create some of the century's seminal works of modern music, and will rely on the latest in digital electronics for his current project. Mark J. Prendergast tries to make sense of it all.

Steve Reich - Opening Windows

Interview | Music Technology, Aug 1993
Steve Reich & Beryl Korot: The Cave

Pioneering documentary music video theatre

Steve Reich - The Music System

Interview | Electronics & Music Maker, Mar 1986

The quiet man of systems music tells Simon Trask why his work is so often misunderstood - and why tomorrow's 'serious music' won't be possible without computers.

Steve Reich - The Reich Stuff

Interview | Sound On Sound, Oct 1993
Steve Reich & Beryl Korot's The Cave
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Philip Glass

Interview | Sound On Sound, Nov 1991
The Making Of A New Music Supremo

Philip Glass is the best known, and certainly the best paid, contemporary new music composer. In London for performances of his music for the films Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi, he talked to Mark J. Prendergast.

György Ligeti - The Pioneer

Interview | Music Technology, May 1990

From artistic oppression under Stalin to contributing to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, György Ligeti has remained a true music pioneer. Simon Trask talks to a musical legend.

Philip Glass - 20th Century Americans - Philip Glass - Part 1

Interview Series | Music Technology, Jan 1993

Philip Glass: Glazed expression

Terry Riley - A Composer For Our Time

Interview | Sound On Sound, Aug 1989

Mark J. Prendergast interviews California-born musician Terry Riley, the influential inventor of 'minimalist' music.

Bill Nelson

Interview | Electronics & Music Maker, Aug 1983

An in-depth interview with this multitalented musician/composer/producer who reveals the techniques used on his new LP and explains how to use the E-bow to best advantage

Harold Budd - 20th Century Americans - Harold Budd - Part 2

Interview Series | Music Technology, Feb 1993

Harold Budd - The incredible lightness of being

Wim Mertens - Music For Piano And Voice

Interview | Electronics & Music Maker, May 1986

Upcoming systems music composer chats to Simon Trask about modern technology, Renaissance music and Belgian pop.

Relatively Speaking

Interview | Electronics & Music Maker, Feb 1986

Brian’s younger brother talks to Tim Goodyer about Erik Satie, the state of pop, and being related to somebody more famous than you are.

Musical Books

Interview | Sound On Sound, Jan 1992

Although Michael Nyman's name and music became known through Peter Greenaway's extraordinary films, Prospero's Books may see not just the peak but also the end of their creative partnership. But Nyman has other strings to his bow, as Mark J. Prendergast discovers.

Klaus Schulze

Interview | Sound On Sound, Feb 1993
European Son

Rebel Yell

Interview | Sound On Sound, Apr 1993

Glassworks

Interview | Electronics & Music Maker, Dec 1983

Fashionably minimalistic, America's premier avant garde composer recently visited the UK for an all too brief concert tour. He has been cited by many international stars as one of their first influences, yet commercial success has eluded him. Dan Goldstein listens to what he has to say

Ryuichi Sakamoto

Interview | Sound On Sound, Sep 1990
Japanese Artist: World Musician

Despite the cult following for Yellow Magic Orchestra, collaborations with David Byrne on the Oscar-winning soundtrack to 'The Last Emperor', and a long-standing musical friendship with David Sylvian, the multi-faceted talents of Ryuichi Sakamoto are still not widely appreciated. Mark J. Prendergast attempts to rectify the situation...

Laurie Anderson

Interview | Sound On Sound, Feb 1991

Laurie Anderson, pioneer and populariser of avant-garde electronic music, and arguably the performance artist, recently brought her 'Empty Places' show to the UK. Interview by Mark J. Prendergast.

Jon Hassell

Interview | Sound On Sound, Jul 1991

Jon Hassell has been at the leading edge of new music for three decades, with major contributions to western avant garde and world music. Following the re-release of two classic albums from the early '80s, Mark J. Prendergast presents a retrospective of Hassell's work.

Production lines

Interview | The Mix, Aug 1994
At home with Chris Hughes

The former Tears For Fears producer invites us in for a cuppa

Licensed to chill

Interview | The Mix, Dec 1994

Ambient, techno and the internet

The Composer's Contract

Interview | Electronics & Music Maker, Oct 1985

An ex-music critic turns prolific avant garde composer and finds himself in demand from the Time Out fraternity. Dan Goldstein talks to the man everyone calls a systems music composer—wrongly.

The Sound Of Silence

Interview | Electronics & Music Maker, Dec 1985
A Thursday Afternoon with Brian Eno

The master of ambience tells Alan Jensen all about art, culture, experimentation and the Smiths.

Andrew Poppy - Pop Goes Minimal

Interview | Music Technology, Aug 1987

A successful composer of minimal music or would-be writer of pop instrumentals? Tim Goodyer isn't sure so he challenges the man himself for the answers.

 

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