The Computerized Musician
Interview by Kathy Yakal, 2 pp
Though probably best known for his offbeat music in the 1960s and 1970s with the rock group The Mothers of Invention, Frank Zappa has produced a body of work that includes 39 albums, more than 200 vocal songs, 91 instrumentals, 32 compositions for orchestras and choral groups, four ballets, two feature films, and two video specials. His most recent album, The Perfect Stranger, is a compilation of computer music and performances of his chamber works. Skeptical of traditional music education, Zappa learned his art by reading in public libraries, listening to records, and performing in different settings.
C!: You used to write music that was impossible for human musicians to play. Can those pieces be played now by electronic means?
ZAPPA: Absolutely. (read more)