Annie Gosfield, whom the BBC called “A one woman Hadron collider” lives in New York City and works on the boundaries between notated and improvised music, electronic and acoustic sounds, refined timbres and noise.
Her music is often inspired by the inherent beauty of found sounds, such as machines, destroyed pianos, warped 78 rpm records and jammed radio signals.
Stephen Rawson talks with her about her life in music and features excerpts of several key works including her opera War of the Worlds.
(photo by Paula Court)
Cranks and Cactus Needles (excerpt)
– Performed by the Pearls Before Swine Experience
Lost Signals and Drifting Satellites (excerpt)
– Performed by The Playground Ensemble
The Manufacture of Tangled Ivory (excerpt)
– Performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars
Detroit Industry (excerpt)
– Performed by New Music Detroit
War of the Worlds (excerpt)
– Performed by the LA Philharmonic, Christopher Roundtree conducting