Who is your favorite classical composer? Do you have one?
Until I was 11 years old, I only listened to Western classical music, not centered on any composer. I couldn’t stand other types of music. Later, I couldn’t stand Western classical music anymore. I got physically sick from especially Mozart! It was also a question of wanting to revolt against older generations. Strawinsky was the oldest Western classical music I could stand. But I was always interested in Sub-Saharan classical music, for example. Or East-Asian classical music from people living in the jungle, for example. For very few years I do sometimes listen to Western classical piano music when I work in my so-called day job. It gives positive calm energy, but it has to be the late 19th century, not older. I functionalize it.
Funny enough, some time ago a meeting about culture politics was scheduled in Frankfurt regarding classical music composers’ and instrumentalists’ needs and wishes. I did not feel invited. But to my astonishment, I received a message later that I had been included under the genre (?) classical music. Classical without knowing it? There were only two categories: classical and jazz/club/pop. Pardon the anecdote.
When did you start composing electronic music?
Around the time I finished high school.
How did you hear about the 9 Beet Stretch?
I was invited to this project. I can’t recall for sure if I had read about it before, but possibly I had.
The world is upside down, how does living in the shade of COVID has impacted your creative work?
I live under the shade of climate change, of right-wing populist politics, of racism, of capitalist greed, of the extinction of species, of biopolitics, of malicious narcissists, of ignorants, of rapists, of war, of misinformation, of multinational companies dominating our lifestyles, of frustrated people inventing alternative realities in order to control others because they cannot cope with the situations around themselves. And I am still creative!
What projects are you currently working on?
Two theatre pieces, a series of masks, a book, and a radio piece with and because of dream diaries. I have just completed a two-volume catalog of my artworks.
Should electronic music be purely academic (MUST an Electronic music artist be formally trained in music?)
I consider this question obsolete. Look at electronic music practice around the world.
In your opinion, what is the merit of improvisation and experimentation?
Getting to know yourself and others. Experience freedom.
What do you think as an artist about the juxtaposition/fusion of classical and electronic music?
If you are interested in music, or if you are practicing music, the history of music from where you live, and hopefully also other music histories permeate what you are doing. They also permeate mobile phone ringtones, language, and literature, maybe also your dreams. In my practice as an artist I fuse whatever I consider necessary for the artworks. However, a fusion of medicine and music would be more interesting to me than a fusion of genres or epochs within the field of music alone. The group “Rondo Veneziano” is a good example of fusing Western classical pre-20th century with pop/rock music, by the way, but…?
How do you envision the future of electronic music?