Hans Christian is a musician of the world. Classically trained on cello in his native Germany, he now plays Indian instruments like the sarangi and sitara and the Norwegian hardanger fiddle. With expert looping and electronics, he brings it together on his many solo albums and with the duo, Rasa. At this year's ZMR Awards, Hans talks about music and the world.
Peter Baumann was a member of Tangerine Dream during their classic era that included albums like Phaedra, Rubycon, Stratosfear and Ricochet. He put out a few solo albums, then founded the influential Private Music label that launched the solo careers of Patrick O'Hearn, Yanni and Andy Summers as well as albums by Philip Glass, Suzanne Ciani, Ravi Shankar and Tangerine Dream. Ironically, Baumann never recorded any music himself for the label. He sold the company in 1996 and then disappeared from music. For the last 20 years he's been running a philosophical think-tank, the Baumann Institute. But now he's returned with his first new music in 33 years, an album called Machines of Desire. We plug in with Peter Baumann.
Dave Preston is a journeyman guitarist who makes repetitive, hypnotic, minimalist-driven albums. They've found their way into the hands of people like Justin Timberlake. Dave Preston talks about his brush with stardom and his low-fi approach to high concept music.
AeTopus is the name used by Bryan Tewell Hughes to create his electronic music soundscapes. He has degrees in Fine Arts and Psychology, but the music of science fiction and space music got him into synthesizers and soundscapes.
Ron Korb has been making instrumental world music for three decades. The Canadian musician and composer plays flutes from all over the world, but especially Asia. His latest recording is called Asia Beauty. Ron Korb goes on a flute journey on Echoes.
Aukai is the vehicle of East German born Markus Sieber. He performs in a chant duo called Mirabai Ceiba, but Aukai is an all-instrumental project operating in an area of pristine sound, rustic roots, and soulful melodies. Some of it should bring film composer Gustavo Santaolalla to mind, mostly because on more than half the tracks, Sieber plays Santaolalla's signature instrument, the ronroco, a South American lute. Markus Sieber talks about his westward life journey and his global music journey.
Electronic Music has often lent itself to contemplation of our place in the universe. That's one of the reasons, besides drugs, that German electronic sounds in the 1970s were called cosmic music. Julius Dobos is a Hungarian composer living in America and he's steeped in those sounds. He's developing a concept called Forgotten Future that's a vehicle for his philosophical concepts.
Steve Kimock is a veteran of the jam band scene, although he hates that term. He's played with just about every member of the Grateful Dead, and has a long history in the psychedelic music scene. Steve Kimock talks about his musical journey and new ambient album, Last Danger of Frost.
Moby has been an iconic figure in pop, electronic, and dance music for three decades. Now Moby has written a memoir titled Moby: Porcelain. We talk with Moby about his book, and his recent Long Ambient recordings.
Singer-songwriter Haroula Rose's Here the Blue River is an album of poetic beauty, both in the lyrics and the music. Its title is from a Ralph Waldo Emerson poem, and it leads to the water imagery that dominates the metaphorical language of the album.