Ableton just released a fantastic interview with New York trumpeter and composer Jon Hassell.
The interview covers among other things his studies with Stockhausen, his coining of the term “Fourth World”, his early work with Fairlight CMI, work with Bob Moog on a sound sculpture, with lots of inspiring information on his practice and art.
There was this guy named Bob Moog who came around with his new idea of one Volt equals one octave, which became the Moog synthesizer. (We actually collaborated on a sound sculpture later; a tape loop within a box that had a double reflective mirror on the inside, and every time there was a “blip”, a colored light went off. It was like this little fairyland of blips going by and each one had an output to six speakers around the room.)
Check out the article here:
2018 then seems to be auspicious moment for Jon Hassell to release a new album. Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume One) is his first collection of new music for nine years and represents an updated reconfiguration of all the signature elements of Hassell’s magical realists soundworld: the lush chords and fine-grained textures, the oddly intricate rhythm structures that propel forward while revolving around their own axis, and of course, the treated trumpet lines, sounding somewhere between an intimate whisper and a chorus of conch shells.
Listen to his latest album on bandcamp: Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume One).
Check out Jon’s bandcamp page here https://jonhassell.bandcamp.com/.
Synthesist & Multimedia Artist