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Charlie Morrow TOOT!

Composer/producer/shaman Charlie Morrow has always appeared equal parts Fluxus, Occupy Lincoln Center, Lakota mystic, and tech wizard. In this wide ranging and lushly illustrated musical conversation with his partner Maija-Leena Remes and host David Weinstein, Morrow revisits some of the processes and concepts behind a career of paradigm-bending works.

A 2011 release from XI Records entitled TOOT! contains examples from nearly three decades of private experiments and public spectacles including (and excerpted in this program) TOOT N BLINK for boats in a harbor, Marilyn Monroe Collage commissioned by Andy Warhol, Central Park 2007 for bird songs, and more plus a new work with poet Jerome Rothenberg based on the Jewish mystic Abraham Abulafia. He also divines a future path for culture sharing on the Internet and explains his invention in 3-D audio.


Experimental Composers


The object of this series is to invite emerging and established innovators to share their work. These programs are usually a combination of an interview with a far-reaching perspective on the artist's career, some recordings illustrating this history, and something new. Open territory. The unfortunate and unintended messages that come attached to a title like Experimental Composers are many. Still it is one of the few labels to come out of the world of music that has not been co-opted by promoters, corporations, journalists, or lawyers. This one just seems to have anti-market goo on it. Hooray. It's also just bad English (as if to imply that these poor souls are themselves, in their flesh and blood, some kind of experiment and, perhaps, even expendable). And then there is the spectre of defying the wisdom of the great Edgar Varèse who said something like, "I do not write experimental music. My experimenting is done before I make the music. Afterwards it is the listener who must experiment."