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Interviews

John Cage - 20th Century Americans - John Cage

Interview | Music Technology, Apr 1993

John Cage eavesdropped on the strange noises coming from his own imagination. Geoff Smith and Nicola Walker Smith eavesdrop on the wise words emanating from the man himself, in one of the final interviews of his trailblazing life and the last in MT's exclusive series on modern American composers.

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

Interview Series | Music Technology, Jan 1993

Philip Glass: Glazed expression

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.

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

Interview Series | Music Technology, Feb 1993

Harold Budd - The incredible lightness of being

Real Cale

Interview | One Two Testing, Oct 1986

He's Welsh

Can - Can - The Right Time

Interview | Music Technology, Nov 1989

In the '70s, Can paved the way for a generation of experimental electronic musicians. Simon Trask talks to Holger Czukay and Michael Karoli amidst the CD rerelease of their entire back-catalogue and a new LP for '89.

Tom Newman

Interview | Sound On Sound, Mar 1987
Tubular Bells, Bayou Moon and other stories

Apart from his claim to fame as the co-producer of Mike Oldfield's hugely successful 'Tubular Bells' album, engineer/producer Tom Newman has most recently been making his mark in the New Age music field with two beautifully recorded albums. Mark Prendergast reports.

Bernard Xolotl on Synclavier II and Music

Interview | Electronics & Music Maker, Mar 1983

This French-born synthesist describes his experiences with the Synclavier and other digital instruments

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...

Bill Nelson

Interview | Sound On Sound, Mar 1991
A Musical Luminary

Bill Nelson remains largely unheard of by the record-buying public, yet his influence on modern musicians has been considerable. Nigel Humberstone visits him at his home studio in Yorkshire.

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.

Mass Hysteria

Interview | Electronics & Music Maker, Jul 1984

The Human League are still one of the world's most successful synth bands, but their new album was a long time coming, and they've stuck guitars all over it. The League's Ian Burden explains why.

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.

Aesthetics

Interview | One Two Testing, Jul 1985

too good a piano player and not a good enough guitarist

Red Bill

Interview | One Two Testing, Jul/Aug 1986

The birth of HM jazz?

Difficult Customers

Interview | One Two Testing, Oct 1986

McPopsters strike back

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.

Brian Eno - Eno Sense

Interview | Music Technology, Feb 1988

His successful production of U2 has brought musical sage Brian Eno back into the public eye. John Diliberto finds out what's become of his oblique strategies and how he approaches the latest technology.

David Cunningham - The Lizard King

Interview | Electronic Soundmaker, Nov 1984

At home in the ice-house with Flying Lizard David Cunningham.

Harold Budd - The Sound-Painted World of Harold Budd

Interview | Sound On Sound, Dec 1986

The Eno collaborator and leading exponent of American minimalist music, Harold Budd, discloses the fascinating background to his new solo album 'Lovely Thunder', his love of the piano and his strange union with the Cocteau Twins. Mark Prendergast attends the masterclass and takes notes.

Harold Budd - The Serpent and the Pearl

Interview | Electronics & Music Maker, Jul 1986

Don Goldstein talks to American composer Harold Budd about his past collaborations with such luminaries as Brian Eno and Michael Nyman and, more recently, the Cocteau Twins.

Mark Isham - Blowing Technology's Horn

Interview | Sound On Sound, Nov 1988

Mark Prendergast talks with trumpeter, composer, and synthesist Mark Isham about new technology, David Sylvian, Van Morrison, Windham Hill, and his solo career as one of Hollywood's more interesting film soundtrack composers.

Omar - Sold To Soul

Interview | Music Technology, Sep 1992

Omar: comin' to ya, on a dust road

 

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