Those Who Don’t Like, Do Well

Nice interview by Daniel Wakin in today’s Times with one of my favorite oddly low-profile composers: Paul Lansky. The money quote: “I basically don’t like electronic music. I like to compose it. I’m just not a big fan of it.” And yet, no one has done more than Lansky to demonstrate how seductive, engaging, and memorable electronic music can be. Maybe it takes someone who doesn’t really like it to bring out its best potential – just like I think I’m a good theory teacher because I don’t really take theory seriously. There are areas of human endeavor in which, if you fall for the company line, the results can be too deadly earnest.

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  1. says

    Thanks for the link, Lansky`s ‘Six Fantasies On A Poem By Thomas Campion’ is some of the best electronic music ever made in my opinion.

  2. scooper says

    i enjoyed the inadvertent juxtaposition of punch cards and the apparently alchemical process of drawing dots on a page leading eventually to something fantastic. a cue to what we’ve lost in the era of pro tools…

  3. kraig Grady says

    First heard him on your radio podcast and had to hunt more down. a good composer!