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Hsiao-Lan Wang

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How would you describe your music?

Contemporary classical music, experimental

What is your role in your band? In the studio? In business or marketing decisions?

I am the director of the Electric Monster Laptop Ensemble, from Montana State University. I am a music professor teaching a variety of courses.

Describe your gear.

computer and MBox

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

The older generation are more aware of the difficulties women faced in the male-dominated classical music field. The younger generation are less aware of the difficulties, possibly because situation is indeed getting better. But if you look at the number of active female composers, there is still a large gap between male and female numbers.

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Did anyone ever give you any valuable advice about making your way in the music industry? What advice would you give to a woman musician just starting out?

My previous professors always encouraged me to be a better musician, and be myself. They did not particularly bring up the gender issue.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I learned the instruments when I was a child. It was not a personal choice.

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