What prompted you to build instruments and what role should instrument builders have in shaping the future of music? David Monette

David MonettePhoto by Hal Oringer The job of an instrument maker should be to inspire musicians to new levels of creativity. In the world of trumpet manufacturing, tradition and convention have defined trumpet design for most of the last 100 years. I started building instruments because, as a trumpet player myself, I realized that the […]

What prompted you to build instruments and what role should instrument builders have in shaping the future of music? C. F. Martin IV

C.F. Martin IV, Chairman & CEO, C. F. Martin & Co.Photo courtesy C.F. Martin & Co. Amateur and professional musicians alike depend upon high quality guitar makers like Martin for instruments that will provide the superlative tools of their trades. But beyond that, there is an intangible. Every one of our instruments holds inside it […]

View From the West: New Hope for the Pulitzer

Dean SuzukiPhoto by Ryan Suzuki I recall reading a brief but powerful and insightful article by Kyle Gann titled “Pulitzer Hacks” in the July 30, 1991 issue of The Village Voice. In it, he quite rightly savaged the institution known as the Pulitzer (pronounced, by the way, PULL-it-zer, not PYU-lit-zer) Prize as a “Reward for […]

View From the East: Noise for Whole Ears

Greg Sandow In “Girl from the North Country,” the second track on The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (his second album), there’s an arresting moment. The song’s about to end, and Dylan, playing guitar and putting his harmonica to his mouth, squeezes out a high B flat and holds it over two chords it doesn’t go with […]