Episode #33:The Body and Improvised Electronic Music: Bob Ostertag (IICSI archive)

The discussion that you’ll hear took place in 2011 between the Hamilton-based scholar, filmmaker, and writing instructor Mauricio Martinez, and scholar, journalist, and improvising sound artist Bob Ostertag. This conversation has a gorgeous pace about it, with Ostertag calmly articulating his thoughts about technology and improvisation, especially electronic musical production. His inviting speaking style will hypnotize you into a reflection on Walter Benjamin’s ideas about the reproducibility of art in relation to today’s digital media distribution. Ostertag also talks about playing with acclaimed improviser and saxophonist Anthony Braxton. I give you a taste of Ostertag’s work with his composition All the Rage, played by the Kronos Quartet and Eric Gupton. This episode originally aired on CFRU 93.3FM on January 19th, 2016.

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