RADIO // Experimental ComposersElliott Sharp
Originally aired 5/21/10
Composer Elliott Sharp discusses his opera, About us!, with AIR's David Weinstein. The opera receives its debut at the Munich Opera Festival in July 2010. About us! is directed by Sharp, but the music and texts are the result of collaboration with a group of young people, whose personal stories and anecdotes compose much of the work. The always prolific musician also talks about his process, his custom made guitars, his musical collaborators and band-mates and how he developed an ear for dark and gritty musical textures. Sharp also brought along two 2010 album releases: Void Coordinates, with his reunited band Carbon, on Intakt (Zurich), and Octal: Book Two, a solo effort (on which he uses the electro-acoustic instrument he explains here), on Clean Feed Records (Lisbon) (31 minutes).
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