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All the wrong questions to ask a composer

You might think the video interview below was a parody. It isn’t.

Every single question you hear, the voices electronically disguised, is one that has been put to composer Thomas Goss in his attempts to talk about his work on radio, and every answer is admirable in its steam-coming-out-of-ears restraint.

Enjoy. Like a visit to the dentist.

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  1. Richard Barker says:

    Hahahah It may not be a parody, but a parody could not have been done better!!!! :-))))

  2. “The Lord is my main man, have you heard the song?”
    Hahaha!! :D

  3. Michael Hurshell says:

    Hilarious and yet agonizingly annoying.

  4. The usual, but one point stuck out. He says professional composers of contemporary classical music live from their work. In reality very few do, though many of them are still considered professional. I took a quick look at Mr. Goss’s activities on his website but didn’t see events that would be big sources of income.

  5. Herbert Pauls says:

    Definitely very funny, but still a parody, in my book at least. Like the other “interviews” in this series, they seem to have simply strung together all the most ridiculous sounding questions that they could find, culled from various interviews. After collecting them, they have overlaid them with inane sounding electronic voices. Is that not a parody of the real thing? It is exaggerating for effect, a technique occasionally used by some well-known writers as well!

  6. Laurence Glavin says:

    Making up call letters for a skit can be treacherous. There actually WAS a radio station with the call letters KLOD. It was in Flagstaff, Arizona. If you have to make up call letters, do what the Mary Tyler Moore Show did: choose THREE letters that are not in use since the FCC is no longer issuing three letter calls.

  7. Mike Scott says:

    Oh, please, please tell us:

    1. Was this a compilation of many questions asked over a period of time of the composer edited together for the sake of this parody?

    2. If this is a “transcript” of a single, real, interview, please tell us who the interviewer was and the radio or TV station which broadcast it so we can listen to other interviews and post the results on YouTube. People that ignorant (if not utterly dumb) have a tendency not to learn from their errors.

    Just think of the mirth you’d be spreading…

    • Tim Rutherford-Johnson says:

      Mike – details can be found on the video’s original YouTube page:

      “A collection of some of my strangest conversations with the press, all boiled down to one interview. Yes, I was really asked all of these questions by various arts journalists and audience members. The names and situations have been changed to protect the innocent (me).”

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