Ed KottickPhoto by Oscar C. Beasley I started building musical instruments because I was both a musician and a woodworker. I realized that although a table or desk can look nice, it makes no sound; it’s only value is as something to put something on. But an instrument is not only a visually aesthetic object, […]
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 […]
Carlene HutchinsPhoto courtesy the National Music Museum I never intended to get into instrument building; I was only going to make one instrument for myself to play. I wanted to play in a chamber group with my friends at the Brearley School where I teaching science at the time. The trumpet that I played all […]
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 […]
Robert Moog, Carlene Hutchins, C.F. Martin IV, Ed Kottick, David Monette, and Charles Ruffino offer some thoughts.
The relationship between tools and language.
I met Harry Partch when I was cast to sing a role in his opera Delusion of the Fury. The performances were held at Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA, and singers and instrumentalists were in the pit, though visible from the audience. Dancers and actors were above us on the stage. I was […]