Arnold Dreyblatt is an American media artist, composer and professor of Media Art at the Muthesius Academy of Art and Design in Kiel. He is one of the second generation of New York minimal composers, who studied music with Pauline Oliveros, La Monte Young and Alvin Lucier as well as media art with Woody and Steina Vasulka.
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1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Abstract analog video art, minimalism in music and the visual arts.
2. How and when did you get into making music?
At SUNY Buffalo, seminar with Morton Feldman, John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, 1974.
3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
Sacred Music of the Aztecs, Folkways (My number one of all time)
Come Out to Show Them, Steve Reich
Folk Music of the Bahamas, Nonesuch
Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks
I am sitting in a Room, Alvin Lucier
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
Soviet War Memorial Schönholz.
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Art, which I do in any case, since I am also a visual artist.
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
CD – Music at the Bauhaus.
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
Petröfi Czarnok, Budapest, 1985.
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
Without Fourier Analysis my music would not exist.
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
I am an only child.
Arnold Dreyblatt presents the world premiere of new music commissioned by Zinc & Copper on 3rd July 2018 at ACUD MACHT NEU.
Photo © Ben Tran